I am pleased to announce the release of my Jumping Jacks with Jill DVD, Fitness Videos for Kids. Copies are available at www.jumpingjill.com under store. The press release is below. I produced this video entirely myself and appreciate your support.
Secondly, my band, Sunset West, is releasing a new album on Sunday, June 3rd at the Knitting Factory in New York. If you are in the area and want to rock, you can pick up a ticket for $10 and get a free copy of our CD at www.sunsetwest.net or www.knittingfactory.com. It is an all-ages afternoon show, so little punks are also welcome. The theme is Punk Rock Prom, so punk an old dress with safety pins and wear it with Converse tennis shoes. Check out our new tunes as www.myspace.com/sunsetwest.
The Rockstar Nutritionist
Jumping Jack with Jill
New York, NY
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Contact: Jill Jayne, RD
DATE: March 5, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUMPING JACKS WITH JILL LAUNCHES IN MULTI-MEDIA
NEW YORK- Move over Dora! Jumping Jacks with Jill, nutrition education through entertainment, is now available in multi-media. Four instructional videos get kids up and moving, while a fifth story features kids doing exercises with Jumping Jill. The DVD is ideal for ages 4-8, for educators and parents alike. The DVD is available on the new and improved Jumping Jill website, www.jumpingjill.com. A new promotional video highlighting what Jumping Jill can do for you is also available. Check out recent press, upcoming shows, editorials, and recommended resources there as well!
Only one out of three kids meets basic fitness requirements. With heart disease remaining the number one killer of adults, and its primary causes such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure developing in childhood, nutrition and fitness education are crucial. Health professionals are reacting to childhood obesity, but Ronald McDonald continues to serve over 47 million per day. No matter how educationally correct, well structured nutrition education competes with an intensely pervasive and persuasive media environment. Jumping Jacks with Jill uses the tools of mass media proven to sell unhealthy foods with excitement, humor, bandwagoning, and role modeling. Previously, Jumping Jacks with Jill was only available as a live character. With the launch of the website and the DVDs for kids, Jumping Jill is now multi-media, taking her message of healthy habits and a positive body image to the masses.
"It is very exciting to expand my reach. I can have more staying power with these many media, as kids interact with media more than ever before," says Jumping Jill. Rather than waging war on the media, Jumping Jill is part of it to become a competitive force in how kids learn about health.
To request a multi-media press kit, call 646-596-7454 or email whataboutjill(a)gmail.com. To order Jumping Jacks with Jill Fitness Videos for Kids visit www.jumpingjill.com.
Jill Jayne, RD-- Rockstar Nutritionist
240 W 104th Street-3A
NY, NY 10025
Jumping Jacks with Jill
Nutrition Education through Entertainment
Dear Colleagues -
Great thanks to LeeAnn Weniger for providing these food portion pictures.
They are from USDA.
Also a great web site for food pictures is:
Thank you for your assistance!
Kathy Orchen, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator for Nutrition Education Programming and Training
26 Nichol Avenue, Davison Hall Room 226A
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
FYI, attached is a response to the health dept's Small Step ads on obesity
prevention from the Academy on Eating Disorders Special Interest Group SIG
on Prevention. The prevention campaign that many found disturbing was
developed by HHS and the Ad Council.
To view the ads, visit:
The are listed on the right-hand side of the screen, under "Campaign
The American Medical Association wants fast-food and chain restaurants to
add nutritional information to menus and menu boards as part of an effort to
combat obesity in the U.S. The group said the information should be easy to
understand and include calorie, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium
content, reported Reuters. Full
Susan L Roberts, JD, MS, RD
Director, Food & Society Policy Fellows Program
Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute
8830 NW 35th Street
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
I have verified the recall of Veggie Booty
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Nancy Ortiz,
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 6:13 PM
Subject: [hen-l] Veggie Booty Recall
Robert's American Gourmet Food, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Recall of Veggie
Booty Because of Possible Health Risk
Robert's American Gourmet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 28, 2007 -- Robert's American Gourmet Food,
Inc.of Sea Cliff, New York is recalling Veggie Booty Snack Food all lots and
sizes , because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an
organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young
children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea
(which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare
circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting
into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial
infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Veggie Booty was distributed nationwide and also in Canada through local
distributors, internet sales, phone orders, mail orders and retail outlets.
Veggie Booty is sold in a flexible plastic foil bag in a 4 oz., 1 oz., and
l/2 oz. package. The brand name is Robert's American Gourmet, and all codes
and expiration dates of Veggie Booty are being recalled.
Robert's American Gourmet has been notified by the U. S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) of 51 cases of Salmonella across 17 states, associated or
related to the consumption of the Veggie Booty, predominately in children of
three years of age or younger. Based on the information provided by the CDC
and FDA Robert's American Gourmet has decided to conduct this recall as a
precautionary measure, even though there are no confirmed positive results
in the finished product yet.
Check Nutrition (and savings) at my site:
Nancy Ortiz, RD
"Life is not life unless you make mistakes."
Then I must be living well!!!!
Has anyone used the "ReCharge!" curriculum (www.actionforhealthykids.org/Recharge/index.php)?
Would you be willing to share your opinions about it? I have been impressed by the resources from Action for Healthy Kids but do not have first-hand experience with this particular program.
Please feel free to email or call at your convenience.
Shelley Scott, RD, LDN
America's Second Harvest--The Nation's Food Bank Network
35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 2000
Chicago IL 60601
Printed below is the email version of our Nutrition & Your Child newsletter that was distributed yesterday to the ~10,000 subscribers on the CSREES-LYRIS listserv. If you are not a member of the listserv for this newsletter, you may want to join and/or share this informationwith others in your
The direct link for the PDF version of the newsletter with graphics is www.kidsnutrition.org/images/pdfs_nyc/2007/vol2.pdf
Topics included in this issue include:
* Increasing Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
* Get Out and Play
* Sleep Patterns and Obesity
* Influence of Child Care Providers on Children's Eating
* Infant Feeding Trends Over 25 Years
* Volunteer Opportunities
If you have questions about the research and/or the potential linkages to your program, please contact me or one of the researchers quoted in the articles.
Marilyn A. Swanson, PhD, RD, LD
USDA/CSREES National Program Leader - Maternal and Child Health
USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center
1100 Bates Street, Room 2062
Houston, TX 77030-2600
email: mswanson(a)bcm.edu <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
tel: 713-798-6788 fax: 713-798-7035
From: Marilyn Swanson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 12:53 PM
To: Swanson, Marilyn A.
Subject: [nyc] NUTRITION & YOUR CHILD Vol 2 2007
NUTRITION & YOUR CHILD Volume 2, 2007
NUTRITION & YOUR CHILD is a research-based newsletter produced by the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) at Baylor College of Medicine and electronically distributed in cooperation with USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) to enhance the
research base for educational programming. It is sent only to individuals who have subscribed to the newsletter.
View this issue as a "newsletter formatted" Adobe Acrobat (pdf) file at www.kidsnutrition.org/images/pdfs_nyc/2007/vol2.pdf .
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
* Increasing Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
* Get Out and Play
* Sleep Patterns and Obesity
* Influence of Child Care Providers on Children's Eating
* Infant Feeding Trends Over 25 Years
* Volunteer Opportunities
Increasing Children's Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
How can we get children to eat fruit and vegetables? If you are a parent, you know that this is not an easy question. If you are a health professional concerned about childhood obesity and health, you may wonder how you can encourage parents to buy fruits and vegetables and make them available so
children will eat more of them.
Dr. Tom Baranowski and his colleagues at the Children's Nutrition Research Center have shown that children will eat more fruits and vegetables if parents make them available. Now they are trying to understand why adult food shoppers do not buy more fruit and vegetables and how buying
patterns could be influenced. They used outcome expectancies [the good or not so good things that one believes will happen as a result of a behavior ], item response theory and other statistical procedures to discover information about fruit and vegetable purchasing behaviors. (More information
about the research and scientific methods used is available in the March 2007 issue of Public Health Nutrition .) Refer to www.nutritionsociety.org <http://www.nutritionsociety.org/> for additional information about this article.
Parents responded to a number of statements including: I like to eat fruits/vegetables because
* they are good for your health.
* I grew up eating them.
* they are easy to prepare.
* they are inexpensive.
Although responses differed, when the data were analyzed it was clear that parents were convinced that eating fruit and vegetables was good for health. This suggests that the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables is well known. Providing more information about health benefits of fruits and
vegetables most likely would not lead to increased consumption. Many consumers did not agree with the statement that fruits and vegetables were inexpensive. This suggests that educational efforts should highlight the nutrient content of fruit and vegetables compared to cost. Analysis of the taste
preferences showed that adults liked fruit better than vegetables and preferred fresh vegetables over cooked vegetables. This may suggest that tasty, simple, quick and easy-to-prepare recipes should be developed for vegetables and introduced to food shoppers.
Dr. Baranowski concluded, "Behaviors such as purchasing fruit and vegetables are usually done for a reason. If we can understand the reasons or "motivating factors", we should have a better chance to influence purchasing behavior, leading to more successful interventions to increase fruit and
vegetable consumption for our children. "
Get Out and Play
Most people are familiar with USDA's MyPyramid food guide and MyPyramid for Kids (www.MyPyramid.gov <http://www.mypyramid.gov/> ) which provide personal eating plans and activities. University of Missouri-Columbia Extension health educators expanded on the MyPyramid concept and developed the
MyActivity Pyramid designed to show children ages 6 to 11 how to include physical activities into their daily lives.
The design is similar to USDA's MyPyramid. Cartoon-like drawings and multiple activity levels in the MyActivity Pyramid show children kinds of activity needed and how much.
Everyday activities - where children should accumulate most of the physical activity time - are at the bottom of the pyramid. These activities make-up the largest area of MyActivity Pyramid.
The next level describes more vigorous activities that children need at least three to five times a week. Active aerobic and recreational activities include sports, jogging or running, rollerblading and vigorous playground games.
Flexibility and strength activities fill the third level of MyActivity Pyramid. Two to three times a week, children should be involved in activities that promote muscle fitness and flexibility, such as stretching, push-ups, practicing martial arts or yoga.
Many activities that young children enjoy can fit into more than one level. Ideally, kids should accumulate their 60 minutes, and up to several hours a day, from all three levels.
The top of the MyActivity Pyramid represents inactivity. Watching TV or playing video and computer games should be limited to two hours or less each day. MyActivity Pyramid has an accompanying activity log to help children chart their own activity on a daily, weekly and monthly
Dr. Marilyn Swanson, CSREES National Program Leader for Maternal and Child Health, stationed at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center considers this an example of a state expanding upon Federal information to promote physical activity for young children. Additional
information can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/explorepdf/hesguide/foodnut/n00386.pdf or through a link on the CNRC website (www.kidsnutrition.org <http://www.kidsnutrition.org/> ).
Sleep Patterns and Obesity
Obesity is a major health concern today. A simple explanation for weight gain is excess calories and too little physical activity; however researchers are examining additional factors to help explain the dramatic increase in obesity throughout the world.
Drs. Molly Bray and Martin Young at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center are exploring the role of the circadian clock in the development of obesity. Circadian clocks are defined as fundamental molecular mechanisms that help condition the organism to environmental
changes that occur throughout the day.
Biological rhythms, such as sleep/wake cycles, are a central part of all aspects of life. Recent reports suggest that disruptions in sleep patterns, often linked to today's 24-7 lifestyle, are associated with more body fat and altered metabolism. Abnormal sleep/wake patterns may
change the intracellular circadian clocks that allow the cell/tissue/ organism to anticipate diurnal variations in its environment, such as circulating levels of nutrients (e.g. glucose, fatty acids and triglycerides) and various hormones (e.g. insulin).
Their research of the potential role of the circadian clock in obesity was published in the March 2007 issue of Obesity Reviews and is available at www.kidsnutrition.org/faculty/bray2.htm <http://kidsnutrition.org/faculty/bray2.htm> . Although their research focused on mechanisms at
the cellular level, they are optimistic that the circadian clock mechanism within fat cells may be a new field of study to help understand the increasing prevalence of obesity, as well as the timing of obesity therapies. Dr Bray adds, "The consistent sleep schedule recommended for young children may
not only influence attention and fatigue but may also be optimal for maintaining coordinated circadian rhythms within fat cells."
Influence of Child Care Providers on Children's Eating
Eating behaviors of young children are influenced by their eating environment. Today many young children spend considerable time in child care settings. A major responsibility for feeding, (which is part of the eating environment) has shifted from family members to child care providers.
Most research on the impact of feeding practices of young children has focused on parents in controlled laboratory settings. Drs. Sheryl Hughes and Theresa Nicklas and others at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston are investigating the impact of the feeding
styles of caregivers and young children's eating patterns in Head Start centers. Child care providers, much like parents, influence what and how much children eat by:
* serving as an example (modeling),
* providing instruction through directives, and/or
* providing little or no instruction, leaving children to their own devices.
In their research, published in the April 2007 Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics , child care providers were observed at three mealtime occasions. Self-reported feeding styles were assessed using the Caregivers Feeding Styles Questionnaire (CFSQ), available on the
CNRC website at www.kidsnutrition.org/faculty/hughes.htm . The researchers examined the association between observed feeding styles of child care providers and what and how much children ate. An observational checklist was used to associate observed behaviors with child intake.
The caregiver's feeding style was categorized as authoritarian, authoritative, indulgent or uninvolved. Overall, indulgent feeding styles led to young children eating more food. Examples of indulgent feeding behaviors include:
* Gives seconds,
* Offers seconds verbally, and
* Gives multiple servings.
Although characteristics of indulgent feeding behaviors might be encouraged when the food being served is nutritious and healthful, efforts should be made to minimize indulgent feeding behaviors of caregivers when the food is less healthful.
Infant Feeding Trends Over 25 Years
A symposium, "Advances in Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Infants Worldwide" organized by Dr. William Heird from the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center and sponsored by the International Formula Council was presented at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition. Dr.
Heird started the symposium by summarizing the progress made over the past 25 years in promoting breastfeeding, combating malnutrition, and improving the composition of infant formula. Symposium papers were published in the February 2007 supplement of The Journal of Nutrition and are available at
According to Dr. Heird more than 90% of women in developing countries and 50% to 90% of women in industrialized countries now start breastfeeding, a marked improvement over the past 25 years. Although the duration of breastfeeding also has increased, fewer than 35% of infants
worldwide are exclusively breastfed at 4 months of age despite the recommendation that exclusive breastfeeding should continue for at least 6 months.
Parallel to the greater prevalence of breastfeeding, progress has been made in combating malnutrition. Stunting (low length/height for age) in children younger than 5 years in developing countries has decreased from 49% in 1980 to 23% in 2005. Along with more widespread
breastfeeding, there have also been other positive trends in infant feeding practices over the past 25 years, including:
* Delayed introduction of cow's milk;
* Increased use of iron-fortified formulas which has been credited with reducing the prevalence of iron deficiency anemia in infants who receive formula; and
* Modification of formulas by the addition of taurine, carnitine, nucleotides, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The use of whey-predominant rather than casein-predominant formulas also has increased over the past 25 years. Although the protein in whey-predominant formulas is more similar to human milk protein, there is no clear evidence that whey-predominant formulas provide a major benefit
Houston-area residents are invited to participate in the following nutrition research projects designed to help CNRC scientists learn more about the nutritional needs of children. Free transportation and parking are available.
NEW! WHAT'S YOUR PROP?
9 to 10 and 17 to 18 year olds are needed for a study to learn if people who can taste PROP (a natural substance found in some vegetables) eat differently from others who cannot. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
NEW! VIDEO & WEB GAMES FOR DIABETES PREVENTION
10 to 12 year olds are needed for a study to learn if video or web games can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Must be fluent in English, have high-speed Internet connection at home, love playing on computers, and be available for 4 visits to CNRC within 4 months. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
NEW! SUGAR AND FAT METABOLISM
15 to 17 year old overweight but otherwise healthy Hispanic and African American males are needed for a study to determine how the body handles fat and keeps blood sugar levels normal after a meal. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
NEW! ZINC METABOLISM AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS
10 to 15 year old healthy control white males and females are needed for a 5 day in-hospital study to determine whether zinc supplementation will improve the health of children with Cystic Fibrosis. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
NEWBORN NUTRITION STUDY
Babies taking formula and less than 10 weeks of age are needed for a study in newborn nutrition. Formula and stipend provided. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
4 and 5 year old children are needed for a study of children's food preferences and intake patterns. The children must like macaroni and cheese. Both children and parents must be fluent in English. Families should not have participated in previous Supertaster studies. Stipend. Call Marilyn,
CARBOHYDRATE AND SUGAR METABOLISM
Normal weight and overweight Hispanic teens, ages 13 to 17 years, are needed for metabolism studies. The teens should be healthy, not on medications, not have a diabetic parent or sibling, not be enrolled in sports nor currently trying to diet. Study includes 12 weeks of supervised exercise with an
exercise physiologist. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
PROBLEM SOLVERS NEEDED
14 to 17 year olds, fluent in English, are needed to complete questionnaires about physical activity and problem solving in young people. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
New mothers, 18 to 35 years old, healthy, non-obese, not taking any medications (including birth control) and exclusively breastfeeding infants less than 10 weeks of age are needed for two studies investigating metabolic factors that affect breast milk production. Participants should not have
parents or siblings with diabetes. Stipend. Call Marilyn, 713-798-7002.
Through NUTRITION & YOUR CHILD, CNRC nutrition scientists share their ongoing research and offer useful nutrition information to those interested in the nutritional care and feeding of children. We encourage you to forward this newsletter to your friends (and suggest that they subscribe--it's FREE).
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USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine
1100 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030-2600
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The link below will take you to a 12 page policy brief on the role of
nutrition education in the farm bill (focusing on FSNE) created by the
Prevention Institute and the California Association of Activity and
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Subject: [cfsc-schoolfood] Local food sales
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007 13:43:49 -0600
From: Marion Kalb <marion(a)foodsecurity.org>
To: cfsc-schoolfood(a)yahoogroups.com <cfsc-schoolfood(a)yahoogroups.com>,
This comes a piece in the School Nutrition Association weekly update:
Locally Grown Foods are a $5 Billion Market
Food safety issues and America's awakening "green" culture are just a couple
of the factors driving the surge in fresh and locally grown food sales, with
locally grown foods expected to jump from approximately $4 billion in 2002
to $5 billion in 2007, according to Local and Fresh Foods in the U.S., a new
report from market research publisher Packaged Facts. Based on the
exponential growth of farmers' markets, as well as farm to school, retail
and other foodservice initiatives to add more locally grown products, the
report estimates that locally grown foods could turn into a $7 billion
business by 2011. According to the report, consumers, equating freshness
with higher quality, are increasingly looking toward the perimeter
departments of their local supermarkets for fresh foods, which not only
include locally grown and organic fruits and vegetables, but fresh meats,
seafood, dairy, and baked goods as well. According to the report, retail
sales of fresh foods totaled $230 billion in 2005 and in 2006 fresh produce
surpassed fresh meat as the top-selling department in perishables. To learn
more see Related Links.
Marion Kalb, Director
National Farm to School Program
Community Food Security Coalition
3900 Paseo del Sol
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
Phone and fax 505-474-5782
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