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Food Heavyweights Asked to Help in Childhood Obesity Fight

Posted by PCF Admin on December 5th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a Washington-based coalition chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama is focusing on the private sector to help stop the childhood obesity epidemic. In the past year the group has signed nearly 20 deals with the some of the biggest food companies in America. The PHA is working with companies to make it viable to offer increasingly healthy choices without hurting their bottom lines. For instance, Wal-Mart is currently working with its suppliers to lower the cost of fresh food. Just recently the retailer lowered the price of whole-wheat pasta to that of white pasta. Dara Restaurants, operator of chains such as Olive Garden and Red Lobster, now has plans to reduce sodium in all their dishes by 20 percent over the next decade. The PHA also has Hyatt hotels working on childhood nutrition issues. Beginning next year Hyatt will offer more fruits and vegetables with their children’s meals and make the default drink option milk instead of soda. Read the full article at NPR. Turning To Big Business To Solve The Obesity Epidemic

Healthy Recipes: Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars

Posted by Jim Wood, Director, Digital Media on December 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »
Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars

Healthy Eating - Servings: 16 Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes (including 1 hour cooling time) To Make Ahead: Store airtight for up to 1 week. | Equipment: parchment paper Recipe Description: These cereal bars are chewy, crunchy and delicious with good-for-you seeds, nuts, fruit and little explosions of chocolate. We like the flavor of dried cherries or cranberries, but any coarsely chopped dried fruit will work. Recipe Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups unsweetened puffed wheat cereal 1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped ...

Project Empowers Latinas to be Champions against Cancer

Posted by Kristina Hunken, Research Administration & Community Outreach on December 1st, 2011 | No Comments »
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Community Outreach - In December 2010, the Foundation received a 2011 National Capital Area grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This two-year grant is funding a project entitled “Las Campeonas de ¡Celebremos La Vida!: Providing Education Outreach and Screening.” ¡Celebremos La Vida! (Let’s Celebrate Life!)  provides breast and cervical cancer education and screening to medically underserved Hispanic women in the Washington, DC area and in McHenry County, IL. Through support from Komen, the Foundation is adding ...

The Power of Charitable Giving to Save Lives

Posted by Carolyn Schmidt, Managing Director, Development on November 29th, 2011 | No Comments »
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Foundation News - The day after Thanksgiving I saw a friend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s completed four rounds of chemotherapy, lost her hair, and on some days her appetite.  She’s thinner and looks a bit frail, but her spirit is as strong as ever. Thankfully, she’s doing great. She has a sparkle in her eye and an unbelievable zest for life that would have killed her cancer if the chemo didn’t! She was thrilled to ...