Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Eat This Not That ~ Summer Goodies!

Fair Foods

Cotton Candy or Caramel Apple?
Cotton candy! Cotton candy has about 220 calories and 0 grams of fat while the caramel apple has up to 365 calories and 6 grams of fat. Aside from lower calories and fat counts, cotton candy is much more fun to eat and a lot less sticky!

Gryo or Sausage and Peppers on a Roll?
Pick the gyro! A gryo has about 593 calories and 12 grams of fat while the sausage on a roll has 669 calories and 45 grams of fut. Plus, in a gryo you can add some healthy veggies like summer tomatoes and fresh lettuce.

It's Getting Hot out Here...

Very Berry Strawberry Ice Cream or Light Raspberry Chip Ice Cream Shake?
Both from Baskin Robbins, and honestly, the answer isn't that obvious! 5 ounces of strawberry ice cream has about 280 calories and a large shake has 1,160 calories.  Gee...sounds like you can have a bunch of ice cream scoops instead of that light shake!

Weekend Cookouts

Ground Sirloin or Turkey Burger?
While the turkey burger seems like the right choice, th eground sirloin actually comes in with slightly fewer calories and fat.  The turkey burger often requires a lot more ingredients to get the turkey to stick and taste better.

Movie Night 

Soft Pretzel + Bag of Sour Patch Kids or Large Buttered Popcorn?
Get double the goodies with a soft pretzel and sour patch kids...coming in with much fewer calories and fat than a tub of buttery popcorn.

Peanut M&Ms or Junior Mints? 
Pick the junior mints, which have fewer calories and fat grams. And fresher breath I presume!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Nachos or Slice of Pizza?
Pizza pizza! A slice of pizza give you portion control and has around 272 calories, 10 grams of fat.  On the other hand, a tray of nachos (um then there's the cheese!) has up to 1,101 calories and 59 grams of fat.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Over the past 30 years, there has been a nearly 29% increase in diagnosis of pediatric cancer. This increase has resulted in pediatric cancer becoming the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children.  As the list of potential carcinogens continues to grow, we can only anticipate the rate of pediatric cancers to increase as well.  While cures are out there, one of the best ways to help prevent childhood cancer is to take preventative steps.  Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent cancer in children:
  1. Avoid pesticides.  Instead use non-toxic remedies around the house.  Also, removing shoes before you enter your home will help keep chemicals that end up on your shoes stay out.
  2. Use non-toxic products.  Read labels and look for more natural materials!
  3. Clean up indoor air with non-toxic products.  Try using plants to filter your air or window ventilation.
  4. Try to eat more organic and healthier.
  5. Avoid products made with plastic that contain harmful chemicals like BPA.  Use reusable glass or stainless steel instead.
Given this month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted fill you in on a couple ways you can help spread the word and give to the cause of fighting childhood cancer.

1. You can donate to Mira’s Movement, whose missions is to “increase public awareness of the incidence and impact of childhood cancer, to provide resources and support for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and to broaden support for increased federal funding of pediatric cancer and brain tumor research.”

2. This month, Hyundai is giving $200 from the sale of each vehicle in September to 68 hospitals and non-profit organizations in the form of “Hope Grants”.  Through Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Hyundai plans to donate $100,000 to each hospital and non-profit…totaling $6.8 million!  You can also donate directly through Hyundai Hope on Wheels.

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