CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 10, 2008
Today’s meeting, held by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, was a Request for Public Comments for Use in Preparing for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which support nutritious meals and snacks served to children in schools, child care institutions and afterschool care programs.
Speaking on behalf of the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and Enjoy Life Foods, Mandell said, “On behalf of the children, their parents and caregivers that are currently excluded from receiving program benefits, I strongly urge the USDA to make the necessary changes to the National School Lunch Program to ensure that ALL eligible students can benefit from this important, federally assisted meal program.”
Mandell supported his comments by citing the growing number of children affected by Celiac Disease, food allergies, food intolerances and autism:
Celiac Disease, is the world’s most common genetic auto-immune disease, and is estimated to affect at least 1% of the populationi. At this time, the only known treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life (gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, barely and rye). Food allergies are estimated to affect 6 to 8% of children and 3 to 4% of adultsii, and diagnoses are on the rise. For the over 12 million Americans with food allergies, symptoms can range from mild (such as gastrointestinal discomfort) to life threatening (due to anaphylactic shock). Another 30 million Americans have food intolerancesiii that cause them to avoid certain foods. And finally, one in 150 children is affected by autismiv which can be effectively managed in some cases by following a diet free of gluten and casein (the protein found in dairy). Carol McCarthy Shilson, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and ACDA member, also provided comments on behalf of Stefano Guandalini, M.D., the Center’s founder and medical director. “It is not right that children with Celiac Disease should be denied a safe meal or given food that is nutritionally inadequate. Surely we cannot expect our children to learn and thrive with such conditions. It is our duty to see that all children are provided with a nutritious and safe meal at school,” Guandalini commented.
Shilson also presented results from a recent survey by the ACDA, which revealed that among 2,229 parents of children with Celiac Disease, only 111 were able to get a gluten-free lunch at school. The others had to pack a lunch or go without, according to the ACDA survey.
The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) began to take shape in early 2003 when an ad hoc group of 15 leaders in the celiac community came together to help persuade Congress to require food labels to include information about allergens. The group’s efforts were instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. The non-profit organization provides leadership on policy issues affecting the lives of individuals with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder affecting children and adults. The ACDA is recognized internationally for its role in advocating on behalf of all segments of the celiac community.
About Enjoy Life Foods
Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in 2004 the company acquired Perky’s, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 29 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. Visit http://www.enjoylifefoods.com and http://www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more. In September 2008, Enjoy Life Foods was named for the second consecutive year to Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.enjoylifenb.com.
i Dr. Stefano Guandalini, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
iii National Institutes of Health
iv Autism Society of America
NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008
They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.
With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.
It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.
“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”
Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.
Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.
With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.
“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”
As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.
“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.
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Granada Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 8, 2009
Los Angeles County family law attorney Tamila C. Jensen has written a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger urging him to sign Assembly Bill 590, which will help the poor get access to domestic legal services. The governor has until midnight on October 11 to veto or sign AB 590.
Attorney Jensen is a strong advocate for equal access to legal representation. She is a proponent of Civil Gideon, inspired by the 1963 Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. Writing for Valley Lawyer in April, Jensen explained that the Gideon ruling ordered the states to provide a lawyer for anyone facing a felony charge. However, Jensen noted, the 1981 Supreme Court ruled in the Lassiter case that “poor people do not have an absolute right to a publicly provided attorney when they face losing custody of a child to the state.”
“The main purpose of AB 590 is to fund and support collaborative efforts between the courts, legal services programs, local pro bono projects, and bar associations,” Jensen explained. The resulting pilot projects will improve and expand legal assistance for low-income members of the public in critical civil cases involving basic human needs, she said, such as family law and housing.
Jensen added that she is acutely aware of the legal struggles for low-income residents of Los Angeles County not only from her work as a family lawyer, but also as treasurer of Neighborhood Legal Services. “We have only 40 attorneys to serve one million eligible low income people,” Jensen said. “I want Governor Schwarzenegger to sign AB 590 into law so that we can begin the hard work of providing legal protection to those who need it most.”
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Tamila C. Jensen is a native Californian who has practiced law for 34 years. She is also a law professor and published author on real estate law, as well as a variety of other legal topics. Jensen’s practice is currently focused on elder law, estate planning, real estate and family law, including child custody. She also provides a wide range of other legal services to small businesses and individuals. Jensen recently finished a term as president of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) February 3, 2010
If you don’t think your child is spending every waking minute connected to the world, guess again. According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8 to 18-year-old spends 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using a form of entertainment multimedia, such as TV, computers or video games. If you subtract the amount of time they should be in school, those 7
Coto de Caza, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2011
We R’ Moms presents a free Mom-i-nar: Internet Safety For Parents further expanding awareness of the vital role internet safety plays in the lives of our families. Join We R’ Moms on June 10, 2011, 9:00-10:00 a.m., and insure that the safety of children as they use the internet is protected.
The speaker is Bob Cohen, an internet safety expert, author, lecturer, and trainer. Many middle, junior high, intermediate and high schools are requiring students (parents sometimes are also encouraged to sign up with a school account) to use the internet for everything from tracking homework assignments, grade notification and of course, research. We R Moms is definitely a proponent of using the internet and believes that parents must learn how to protect their kids as they use this dynamic, and helpful tool.
In August, the We R Moms Mom-i-nar switches gears to refresh our moms and ease them back into the approaching school year, August 12, 2011 with Discovering Our Value As Mothers. The guest speaker is Lisa Hein, radio talk show host of Everyday Parenting and parenting author of Im Doing the Best I Can! Some of the topics include: understanding our children – what are they here to teach us, setting boundaries for our children AND ourselves and motherhood doesnt have to be so overwhelming.
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East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) June 15, 2011
The flying family vacation with young children is alive this summer as an alternative to high gas prices for tiring, lengthy car trips. Parents can find airfare sales extending through the high travel season in a slumbering economy. Family travel planners should visit online fare tracking sites, such as Airfarewatchdog and SmarterTravel, to find recurring summer airfare deals from competing carriers with sale names such as “Cheeps,” “Click ‘n Save” “The Sand in Your Suit Sale,” and others offering limited-time booking deals for 2011 summer and fall travel. Registering for fare alerts allows you to receive automatic email notices for your desired destination as each fare sale becomes available.
Parents planning to rent a car can save money and hassles by bringing child car seats and non-bulky strollers on flights without paying baggage fees for child items on most airlines. Some carriers allow seats to be carried on for children to use during flights. Others allow items, if not bulky, to be gate checked after being used to reach boarding gate waiting areas. Parents also skip the cost of renting a child car seat from a rental car company in their destination at prices of about $ 10 to $ 15 per seat per day.
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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) April 24, 2012
Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in the United States, is urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to fund food aid for development programs at a minimum of $ 450 million in the reauthorization of the Farm Bill.
There are certainly many things in this bill we like, said Bill OKeefe, CRS Vice President for Advocacy. But we are concerned that it could have a real negative impact on long-term projects designed to alleviate hunger and nutrition problems in developing countries around the world.
While the Senate Farm Bill as introduced reauthorizes Food for Peace food aid program funding at $ 2.5 billion a year and provides greater flexibility in how those resources can be usedboth laudable movesit also calls for development food aid to receive only 15 percent to 30 percent of overall Food for Peace resources, guaranteeing funding of only $ 275 million a year.
CRS position is that development food aid needs to be funded at a minimum of $ 450 million a year.
We understand that some will say the $ 275 million is a minimum figure that can rise, but our experience, particularly in a time of tight budgets, is that the minimum is all these programs will get, OKeefe said. This could really damage our countrys food aid program, cutting almost 40 percent from our development programming budget.
CRS points out that it was this kind of long-term development work that made many communities in East Africa more resilient, helping them avoid famine during the recent devastating drought. The ongoing success of such development work can be seen in Burkina Faso as it weathers the current Sahel food crisis; in Haiti as the agricultural sector helps the country recover from the 2010 earthquake; and in Bangladesh, where such work helps poor farmers survive cyclical floods.
We know that people will always needand receiveassistance during emergencies. But CRS also knows that development work means that fewer will need such help in the future, OKeefe said. This is the type of smart investment that the U.S. should be making with its assistance programs.
CRS is also concerned that the cost recovery requirements in the bill as introduced do not adequately take into account the variations in overseas markets and shipping requirements, and could end up doing damage to aid programs.
CRS does applaud many provisions in the bill, including the Committees efforts to make Local and Regional Procurement of food aid permanent with a $ 40 million yearly program that would be implemented in conjunction with the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, as well as the Committees direction of studying and supporting resiliency efforts in the Horn of Africa.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency provides assistance to people in need in nearly 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. For more information, please visit http://www.crs.org or http://www.crsespanol.org.
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) May 24, 2012
Death is an unpleasant subject to discuss, especially when it comes to financial planning. It is estimated that 58 percent of Americans die without wills, leaving loved ones financially vulnerable. Derek Overstreet, president of New Millennium Insurance Services, Inc., said he now helps families with children with disabilities craft solid plans for retirement because having financial affairs in order is more important than ever, especially when caring for loved ones with special needs.
You must have your finances in order when caring for someone with special needs, Overstreet said. Technology has advanced and people are living longer. Those with special needs are living longer.
According to Overstreet, the average life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased from 25 years in 1983 to 60 years today. This statistic helps show why it is critical to protect assets and have a secure retirement plan when caring for someone with special needs. Click here to learn how financial planners like New Millennium can help.
This is the first generation in which parents of special needs children need to plan for their care after they are gone. Special needs children are outliving their parents, Overstreet stressed.
The income planner explained that parents of children with disabilities or other special needs have different concerns when planning for retirement.
A lot of my clients feel as though they have given their children a nice life, and now that they are educated, they want them to earn their own way in the world. They dont want to leave their children an inheritance, Overstreet said. Thats obviously not the case with parents of special needs children.
Overstreet outlined six documents parents of children with special needs should have when planning for retirement:
Chicago (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
Thanks to online sales and some retailers starting the holiday shopping season earlier every year, many gift-givers have already begun to purchase items to get a jump-start on their lists. But sometimes, the best deal may not be the safest. Prevent Blindness America, the nations oldest non-profit eye health and safety group, wants everyone to make sure that all gifts purchased, especially for children, are safe.
In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that hospital emergency rooms across the country treated 251,700 toy-related injuries. And, 72 percent of those injuries were to those under the age of 15.
In order to spend the holidays with family and friends, instead of in the emergency room, we must be diligent in making sure our children are protected, said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. We all need to make a conscious effort to think about the gifts we are buying to make sure they are appropriate for every childs age and development level.
Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month in an effort to help adults make the best decisions on how to keep the holiday season joyful for everyone. The group is offering toy-buying and gift-giving tips to all those planning to purchase a gift for a child this year.
Chicago (PRWEB) July 01, 2013
Prevent Blindness America warns the public about the potential danger of fireworks. Injuries from fireworks can have a severe impact, even affecting lives years after the accident.
Back in 1997 when Colin Burns of Chicago was in the 5th grade, his life changed when shrapnel and gunpowder from a firework that someone else lit, destroyed his left eye. To make matters even worse, Burns was already being treated for amblyopia, or lazy eye. The accident caused him to replace his good eye with a prosthetic eye and he then needed to rely on his weaker eye to compensate. Burns endured multiple surgeries over the next few years, including one where doctors moved tissue from his bottom lip to his eye socket to help fill up space. Because the risk of injury to his right eye was too great, he was not able to play in organized sports growing up.
Despite his injury, Burns accomplished tremendous amounts, including recently graduating law school. However, the lingering effects of his eye injury have made many activities, including driving and reading, more difficult.
Of course as a child, I didnt fully realize how important healthy eyes were until my accident, said Burns. I hope my story will serve as a reminder to everyone, especially parents, on how dangerous fireworks can be.
Last year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated in its annual report that there were an estimated 8,700 injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States, with the majority of those around the Fourth of July holiday.
Of those injuries, 12 percent, or 600, were to the eyes. And in most cases, including Colins, bystanders are more often injured by fireworks than the operators themselves. In fact, last year there were 100 eye injuries reported from viewing public fireworks displays.
Prevent Blindness America has these tips to help prevent fireworks-related injuries: