Project ACES Day Announced

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kidsjumpingJoin the world’s largest exercise class this May…..The 30th annual Project ACES global event will occur at 10 AM local time, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. It will be celebrated during May which is National Physical Fitness & Sports month.

On May 2nd, 2018 at 10 AM, all the children will either exercise, walk, jog, bike, dance, do aerobics, or a combination or all the above. Each school organizes its own participation assembly for the 15-45 minutes the program runs. There is no specific routine to follow, just have the children do some form of exercise at 10 AM. Feel free to be as creative as you would like. Many schools choose to invite local celebrities to the event and play music to accompany the activities. Organizers of local events can choose to get the whole school involved, or just selected classes. The majority of schools will get the entire school population outside on to a play field, put on music, and have everyone in the school have some fun by moving and exercising together.

If it rains, have a backup plan. Some schools have the student body go to the gym and do aerobics and calisthenics. Another option if it rains is to pump music over the PA system, and have the classes exercise in their classrooms. Invite the local media to cover the event. The children will love to see themselves in the newspapers or on TV. Proclamations from the Mayor’s and/or Governor’s office may also be read.

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Allergic To Valentine’s Day

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heartshinyDr. Clifford Bassett of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York ( warns that Valentine’s Day allergies are on the rise and notes definitive increase in patient volume (including pediatric) the week of Valentine’s Day. Due to a critical mass of requested consultations the NYC allergist will be extending office hours for the week following Valentine’s Day.

Bassett warns, “Valentine’s Day comes with allergy triggers including latex, flowers, perfume, candy, food, stress, and more. The most common allergic conditions I treat in adult patients include food, indoor, and skin allergies.”

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are on the rise. Basset states, “I see a spike in pediatric patients Valentine’s Day week with nut allergies – which tends to be an ingredient in many Valentine’s Day candies.”

The most common food allergies which are prevalent during Valentine’s Day prompting visits to the doctor or ER include: nuts (that are often hidden ingredients in sweets and desserts) and shellfish.” Chocolate and oysters are commonly consumed on Valentine’s Day due to the myth that they are natural aphrodisiacs. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “Shellfish is among the most common food allergens.” Many chocolates often contain nuts, another highly allergic food.

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 37.8 percent of Americans purchased flowers for Valentine’s Day in 2015. Allergy inducing flowers include: daises, dahlias, asters, sunflowers, gerbera, lilac, baby’s breath and gardenia. Non allergenic flower choices for Valentine’s Day include: unscented orchids, roses, bird of paradise, tulip, snapdragon, mum, petunia, freesia, peony crocus, daffodil, gladiola and iris.

“Kissing on Valentine’s Day can also trigger an allergy attack,” cautions Bassett. Possible allergic reactions to kissing include traces of trigger foods in their partner’s mouth. If their partner has eaten peanuts even four hours before kissing one can be in serious danger (if one is allergic to peanuts). In fact, allergens can linger in their partner’s saliva following ingestion, irrespective of tooth brushing or other interventions. Some common allergic outbreaks to kissing include: lip-swelling, throat-swelling, rash, hives, itching and/or wheezing.

girlFor women who don’t regularly wear makeup, but do so on Valentine’s Day it is important to understand that many facial cosmetics and moisturizers may contain hidden allergens and skin irritants. “Men frequently experience a skin reaction to the facial products that women wear making them literally allergic to some women”, stated Bassett.

About Dr. Clifford Bassett

– Dr. Clifford Bassett is an adult and pediatric allergy specialist in NYC with locations on the Upper East Side, Financial District, Gramercy, and Midtown East. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and on the teaching faculty of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center, and Faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College.

6 Ways A Hug A Day Keeps Illness Away

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

friendsNew research suggests that prevention of infections and reducing stress-related illness might be as simple as a hug from a trusted person. The findings of this latest research were published in Psychological Science. It found that the physical act of hugging is associated with protection from the effects of depression and anxiety, as well as lessening the number of stress-induced infections and severe illness symptoms.

The research team studied hugging as an example of social support, because hugs are typically a marker of having a more intimate and close relationship with another person. People who have ongoing conflicts with others are less able to fight off cold viruses and infection. The interesting fact is what hugging represents to the participants. They stated that hugging made them feel more connected, more supported, more validated and intimate with the hugger, which had a direct effect on their immune system. The researchers went on to say that those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection.

If you’ve decided that this is your year to be on a health kick, in addition to watching your diet and exercising, you may want to add hugging to your list of daily activities.

Here are six ways to protect your health and relationships with hugs:

1. Studies show people who are hugged regularly by their close friends and family have reduced blood pressure, lower heart rates and feel more connected to one another.

2. People who are contented in their marriages report frequent hugging and non-sexual touching.

3. Couples who report hugging or cuddling frequently also report feeling more emotionally connected to their partner. They also reported feeling more secure than non-hugging/minimal-touch couples.

4. Ten minutes of hand-holding or hugging greatly reduced couples’ reported stress and the harmful effects of stress on their body.

5. The release of oxytocin in the body from hugging helps foster a healthy immune system.

6. Children who grow up watching their parents hug feel more secure and perform better in school.

As you begin the new year, don’t forget the most important gift you can give all year round, the gift of belonging, being valued and being emotionally connected to your loved ones. Something as simple as a hug can provide those feelings and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at and more about Rapini at

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stay With Two Apples A Day

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applevectorResearch Reveals Simple Solution to “Get Healthy” Pledges: Eat More Apples.

Sticking to your health-related New Year’s resolutions is hard, but eating more apples a day can make it easier, according to mounting research on the health benefits people realize when eating at least two apples a day. For example:

* Resolving to lose weight in 2015? Studies have found overweight women who ate three apples a day lost more weight than those who didn’t.

* Committing to cutting your cholesterol count this year? A Florida State University study reports eating two apples a day for six months can reduce artery-blocking LDL by 23 percent.

“We all know the adage, ‘An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away,’ but why stop at one when studies show eating multiple apples daily can help you be even fitter?” said Wendy Brannen, Director of Consumer Health & Public Relations for USApple. “As we set our New Year’s resolutions for a healthier 2015, we suggest ‘Eating Two Apples a Day’ be at the top of your list as the easiest, tastiest way to reach and maintain your New Year’s goals.”

“Plus, unlike the often-expensive fitness gadgets, diet books and club memberships we purchase to keep fit in the New Year, apples are always affordable, portable, easy to find and fun to mix into any nutritious meal,” Brannen added.

Looking for more inspiration to eat more apples in 2015? USApple offers more reasons eating apples can help you meet your New Year’s Goals:

* Resolving to keep muscles healthy? Studies find ursolic acid found in apple skin may prevent muscle wasting.

* Wanting to get that beach body by springtime? People who eat apples have trimmer waistlines (and lower blood pressure).

* Building a better immune system? Research from University of Illinois suggests soluble fiber, like pectin from apples, may strengthen the immune system.

* Working toward better bone health? A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests older women who eat plenty of fruits (including apples) may have a lower chance of bone fractures.

* Keeping the cardiologist away? Ohio State University reports eating one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, by 40 percent.

Want to keep up with the latest on apples’ health and taste benefits throughout the year? Follow for the latest.

About USApple

U.S. Apple Association is the national trade association representing all segments of the apple industry. Members include 40 state and regional associations representing the 7,500 apple growers throughout the country, as well as more than 400 individual firms involved in the apple business. More information on the organization is available at

Hot August Nights And Day After Hangovers

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By Kac Young PhD, N.D., DCH

youngdrinkThe party was fun, the people were festive, you danced the night away and you wake up the next morning feeling like you’ve been run over by a herd of peptic camels. Other than wanting your mother to soothe your brow and coo, “There, there honey,” you can do something to restore your body’s healthy status quo.

To get back on track you’ll want to:

1) Drink Orange Juice. Go for the Vitamin C: Orange and grapefruit juices have the highest level of one of the most powerful antioxidants, vitamin C. The vitamin works to neutralize free radicals to help fight cell and tissue damage that could lead to diseases. Potassium: citrus juices have the highest level of potassium which plays an important role in cardiovascular health. Folate: Orange juice contains the highest amount of folate. Citrus fruit juices are higher in vitamin A, thiamin, and phosphorous than other juices in the analysis.

2) Eat Some Fruit. Blackberries, kiwi, grapes and oranges have the highest levels of antioxidants These antioxidants and other free radical scavengers such as flavonoids, carotenoids, organic acids (cinnamic and gallic) and vitamin E . These compounds neutralize free radicals in the body and bring oxygen into the blood stream.

3) 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar can help restore the acid balance in your body caused by excess drink and food. Apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. It can also help in breaking up mucous throughout the body and cleansing the lymph nodes.

Believe it or not, a glass of red wine can rebalance your body and put your blood sugar back into balance after a night of partying.

4) 6 oz Red Wine – believe it or not, a glass of red wine can rebalance your body and put your blood sugar back into balance after a night of partying. “There’s good evidence emerging that the chief cause of hangover is acute withdrawal from alcohol,” says Mack Mitchell, M.D., vice president of the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation in Baltimore, and assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. So, a small glass of red wine can assuage hangover symptoms and gradually wean the body off alcohol and back into balance.

5) Spice It Up. Eat something very spicy.. Look for foods heavily seasoned with rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic or paprika. Spices will get your circulation going and wake up your sludgy systems. Try this version of Drunken Noodles as your antidote for your revelry:

1/2 pound Asian wheat or egg noodles

8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)

4 tablespoons fish sauce

3 tablespoons canola oil or rice bran oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tablespoons finely minced garlic

1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce, the spicier the better for you!

1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

1 can sliced water chestnuts

1 small green pepper, seeded and sliced

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 medium carrot, thinly sliced on the diagonal

2 teaspoons cornstarch

3 ounces snow peas, ends snapped, strung, and large ones cut in half on the diagonal

2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

1 cup Thai basil or sweet basil whole leaves, packed

recipeskacyoungCook the noodles according to package directions- usually under 4 minutes. Drain. Sauté chicken in 1 tablespoon of oil. Set aside. In a small bowl combine fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic. In a small cup combine the cornstarch and rice wine. Stir and set aside. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to wok or large skillet. Add carrots, onions and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, snow peas and green pepper and cook for another minute. Add final tablespoon of oil then combine noodles, chicken, water chestnuts and sauces in wok or large skillet. Lift noodles gently to combine all ingredients. Serve and eat immediately.

– Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love. Learn more:

Have A Heart To Heart With Dad On Father’s Day

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

recipeskacyoungHow do you celebrate your dad on Father’s Day? 79.1 million people will celebrate dad with a barbeque (1). There are two ways to show dad how much you love him: One is by grilling up a bunch of marinated steaks, baked potatoes packed with butter and sour cream and a big sugary cake and ice cream for dessert. The second is to prepare a heart-healthy backyard feast using a reduced sugar and salt barbeque sauce recipe, chicken and shrimp instead of red meat, baked potatoes with non-fat sour cream and butter substitute, a hearty green salad with low fat dressing and fresh fruit or frozen yogurt for dessert. One way says, “Enjoy today, but there may not be a tomorrow;” and the other way says, “Dad, I love you and want you to be around for a long, long time.” Which message will you send to your dad this coming June?

If you’ve never thought about food as a token of love, you’re not alone. Generally, we don’t think about heart disease until it smacks us upside the head. From experience, I can tell you a heart attack is no fun and we can prevent 90% of all heart disease if we change the way we eat. Switch out red meat for white meat chicken or turkey breast, pork loin, fish or shrimp. Use low fat and low sugar sauces and dressings and stay away from the buttered biscuits, butter-drenched corn, and pies, cakes and ice cream desserts. Choose food that enhances the body and provides vitamins and nutrients instead of fats, sugars and salts. My website has more information for you about the care and maintenance of your heart health.

Here are a few recipes you can choose to start moving in the right direction for better heart health, not only for Dad, but for yourself, too.

Bottled condiments, like barbecue sauce, are famously high in sugar and sodium. A little sugar and spice is definitely necessary, but some of the store-bought brands get carried away. If you do shop for BBQ sauce, check labels for ingredients you recognize. It’s best to use these homemade versions to add sizzle to chops, chicken, fish and veggies at your next cookout. The best part? You control the ingredients. You can make them ahead and refrigerate.

Quick Draw BBQ Sauce

This sauce is delicious and fast. That’s why I called it Quick Draw! Make it and enjoy it in less than ten minutes if you chop fast.


Non fat Canola spray
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp cup honey
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper


Spray a pan with non-fat spray. Sauté onion and garlic about 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in vinegar, water, and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. You can store this in your refrigerator for up to 1 week. Perfect make-ahead recipe.

Easy Honey Mustard Barbeque Sauce


3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper


Combine the honey, mustard and vinegar in a heavy medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until it is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Cook the sauce completely without burning. Cool and then transfer barbecue sauce to a jar. Store for a week to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Peachy Mustard Barbeque Sauce


2 tablespoons neutral-tasting oil, such as grape seed, canola or avocado
6 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons low sodium tomato paste
1 slightly heaping tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch ground cloves
2 cups low sodium ketchup
2 cups water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dark molasses
1/8 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons English-style dried mustard
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, paprika, red pepper, allspice, and cloves and cook, stirring, until paste is dark red, about 3 minutes. Add the ketchup, water, vinegar, molasses, brown sugar, salt, soy sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, black pepper, and bay leaf. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the flavors come together, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf before using. This will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Apricot Julep BBQ Sauce


3 tablespoons butter substitute (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light, or Smart Balance Light)
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup whole-grain mustard
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3/4 cup low sugar apricot jam or low sugar preserves
1 tablespoon bourbon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Melt the butter substitute in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and boil until almost completely reduced and the mixture looks like wet sand, about 4 minutes. Whisk in both mustards and the jam or preserves. Simmer, whisking, until jam melts, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bourbon* and salt.

*The bourbon is added at the end—uncooked—to give a kick to the sauce. This blend goes well with pork but is also a good finisher for chicken or shrimp.

The best news of all is that this Father’s Day you could be one of the 79.1 million people who choose heart health and long life for your entire family.

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and great taste. Traditional recipes are turned into heart-healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

(1) Source: GFK Mediamark Research and Intelligence as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012, Table 1240

Have A Heart Healthy Mother’s Day – Part 2

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

saladheartsmallPart Two: Ordering Heart Healthy in a Restaurant:
It’s Mom’s day so you want her to enjoy her outing. But remember that you’ll keep Mom around a lot longer if you follow a few heart healthy eating guidelines.

One excellent idea is to eat a healthy soup or salad before the entree. Healthy soups and salads can be filling and a good start for the meal. Avoid chowders such as clam, corn, split pea or potato and cheese. These are heavy on the butter and cream. Ask the waiter to describe what’s in the soup before ordering to check for saturated fats. Order a one cup serving and not a bowl.

If you’re choosing a salad remember that the salad isn’t usually the problem; the dressing is! Ask for a vegetable-heavy salad and the dressing on the side to control the amount you eat. Skip the creamy, fat-laden dressings and opt for the oil and vinegar, balsamic or fat free if they offer it. Stay away from sugary Asian dressings, unless you can check the ingredients, and avoid the staples like French, Blue Cheese, Thousand Island, or Ranch. You can also be heart-smart by mixing a small amount of olive oil and lemon juice yourself. Definitely skip the croutons, cheese toppings, crumbled bacon or tortilla chips.

If you are at a salad buffet choose lettuce and greens, such as spinach and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bean sprouts, fresh peppers, a sprinkle of peas or corn, and a handful or red or black beans.

Taking Mom out for international cuisine? Try these heart healthy ordering tips:

riceWhen eating Chinese food you want to avoid dishes with gravies, items that are fried or deep fried and dishes that are coated and then fried or wok fried. Avoid fried rice and order brown rice instead. Do not pour the sodium-heavy sauces over the rice. If you want to taste the sauces (Hoisin, plum, sweet and sour or soy) dip your fork or chopstick into the sauce then collect a portion of rice with it to achieve just a taste. This will help you to avoid ingesting too much sodium.

Don’t order the egg rolls, the fried won tons, or any deep fried appetizers. Order a Chinese chicken salad, dressing on the side and ask them to hold the crispy won tons. Skip dishes that feature fatty nuts like cashew, macadamia or sugared walnuts. Order all other dishes with nuts on the side and add only a small portion of the almonds, peanuts or walnuts.

Avoid dishes like Sweet and Sour Pork, Pork Ribs, Kung Pao Chicken, Moo Shu Pork, fried or coated shrimp items and dishes heavy with gravies or sauces. Order dishes with lean meats (preferably white meat chicken) or fish (not fried) make sure there are lots of vegetables in the dish and ask them to cook it or sauté with “light oil.” Always ask for your sauces on the side!
If you are taking Mom out for Mexican food, skip all cheeses, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Order chicken, fish or shrimp fajitas, ask for “light oil” and order only corn tortillas. Limit yourself to one or two tortillas because most commercial varieties contain lard and saturated fat.

Avoid flour tortillas and the creamy sauces such as enchiladas, burritos or chimichangas. Skip the refried beans because they are usually high in fat. (Fat free refried beans are available in the grocery store so you can enjoy them at home.) Enjoy the salsa (no chips please!) and the fresh verde and salsa fresco sauces. These contain simple ingredients with low or no fat.

Treat Mom to fish with a light, fresh sauce – a great way to enjoy Mexican cuisine. Be careful of the rice because it might be loaded with lard, butter and salt. The best advice is to ask your waiter what’s in a dish before ordering it. A light beer is a better alcoholic beverage choice than a sugar-packed, salt-rimmed margarita. Have beer or wine to avoid the high calories and high fructose corn syrup in the party drinks.

If Mom is craving Indian food there are many ways to eat healthy. When dining out order chicken or shrimp tandoori to avoid fatty marinades and sauces. You can also order dishes with half the sauce or simply ask for the sauce on the side. Avoid the ghee-drenched breads such as paratha or chapati and order your naan without the ghee.

Raita makes a great dip with yoghurt and spices for your meal, and the rice dishes, if you ask for light oil or reduced ghee, ought to be okay. Order vegetable-heavy dishes and avoid the deep fried appetizers such as onion bhaji, papadums, pakoros and samosas. Dal is a good side dish and sauce because it is lentil-based and made with tomatoes, onions and spices. Curries can be made with ghee and coconut milk, ask about the sauce ingredients before ordering. You can request the kitchen to cook your dish with half the sauce or ask for the sauce on the side. Skip the deep fried desserts and stick with fruit.

If Mom loves Italian food, the Mediterranean Diet provides foods that are heart healthy. Avoid the creamy, cheesey sauces like Alfredo and stick with the sauces made with fresh tomatoes and vegetables. Make sure to skip the fried, stuffed or “parmesaned” selections and stay away from the four-cheese ravioli and baked ziti. Your best bet is to order grilled chicken breast, baked fish or a pasta dish with marinara (no meat) sauce or go for the linguini and clams.
In general stay away from the steak houses and meat-oriented grills. Choose a restaurant that offers fish and chicken dishes or go vegetarian for a change.

Red wine or light beer is a good choice if you are celebrating with an alcoholic beverage. Otherwise stick with club soda.

fruitswhiteDesserts can be a downfall if you’re not careful. Choose fresh berries and skip the cream or topping. If you want a taste, have a fork full of someone else’s desert. Avoid ordering your own unless it’s fresh fruit, berries or low fat heart healthy. It may be tough to pass up the desserts, but you can usually enjoy sharing a nice sorbet even though it contains sugar.

The words on menus you should definitely avoid are: fried, deep fried, sautéed, basted, breaded, coated, floured, fricassee, gratin, dusted, dredged, bisque, marinated * pan fried, wok fried, au jus, creamed, creamy, cream, cheesy, smothered**, mousse, chowder, buttered, encrusted, pastry. Commit those to memory and you’ll be on your way to eating heart-healthy.
* Marinated could mean high in oil, fat or sodium.
** Could mean smothered in anything. Be careful of what the item is smothered in!

Heart Disease is 90% preventable according to the American Heart Association. What a wonderful way to tell Mom you care. Get more information about your heart health at:

Have A Heart Healthy Mother’s Day – Part 1

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

recipeskacyoungFor fun, I Googled “Mother’s Day Menus” and discovered that most of the recipes were highly unsupported of heart health. One of the nicest things we can do to honor our mothers, and be honored if we are a mother, is to cook a heart healthy meal to show how much we value “Mom.”

Say “I love you,” with a meal that promotes heart health and tells her you want her to be around for a long, long time.

Part one of this article is filled with ideas for cooking for mom. Part Two contains suggestions for ordering heart healthy in a restaurant or at a brunch buffet. They can help you stay healthy.

Part One: Cooking with Love for Mom:

If you are making dinner or a brunch for Mom then please choose a meal that features a low fat main dish and sides that will keep her heart healthy.

Suggested menu: Heart Easy ™Roasted Citrus Chicken; Heart Easy™ Roasted Garlic, Grilled Avocado Mashed Potatoes; Heart Easy™ Fast & Easy Corn Pudding with Veggies. You’ll be too full for dessert, but if you insist, stick to fresh berries without the whipped cream.

Heart Easy ™Roasted Citrus Chicken

This entree roasts up beautifully moist and tenderly infused with four citrus flavors and garlic.


1, 5 lb whole, low sodium, hormone free, chicken.
1 lemon, cut into 8 pieces
1 lime, cut into 8 pieces
1 orange cut into 8 pieces
6 cloves of garlic, crushed
Tangerine infused olive oil*
Fresh ground black pepper


Wash chicken and remove giblets. Pat dry.

Using a chopstick or a small spatula gently lift and separate the chicken skin from the raw breast meat.

Carefully spread 1/2 of the crushed garlic under the skin and then repeat for the other chicken breast.
Press the garlic evenly under the skin.

Mix the lemon, lime and orange pieces together and push them into the chicken cavity. Close the cavity and secure with a small skewer or a couple of toothpicks.

Rub the exterior of the chicken with 1 T of the tangerine olive oil.

Place in a roasting pan. Cover the chicken breast, wing tips and drumstick tips with foil. Bake at 375˚ for 90 minutes or until chicken reaches 165˚. Remove foil coverings after 1 hour and allow chicken to continue cooking for another 1/2 hour. Remove from heat and allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes. Carve and place on a platter for serving.

Pasolivo™ makes the Tangerine Olive Oil.

You can also create your own version by grating the rind of a tangerine, adding 2 T of cold pressed virgin olive oil and let stand overnight. Drain the rind from the oil and use as directed.

Heart Easy™ Roasted Garlic, Grilled Avocado Mashed Potatoes
Inspired by David Larkworthy

This amazing side dish is fresh, festive and delicious. It adds flair to any meal and becomes a topic of conversation immediately. Dazzle your guests with this one.

Yields: 4 servings


1/2 lime,
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Smart Balance Light or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light
1 1/4 pounds Yukon or honey gold potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 cup non-fat milk
1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
1/2 – 1 teaspoon white pepper
2 ripe avocados
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh cilantro or parsley


Scrub potatoes and cut them into 2″ pieces. Place in a microwave-safe dish and microwave 7-10 minutes until potatoes are cooked through. Set aside to cool. When cooled, peel the potatoes and place them in a bowl.

Cut avocadoes in half, remove the seed. Brush the avocado face with avocado or olive oil and place face down on a grill pan. (Pan with raised grill ribs.) Place lime face down on grill pan. Cook the avocados on medium low heat for 3-5 minutes until heated through. Cook the lime half for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. When the avocados are cooled enough to handle safely, scoop out the flesh and add to the potatoes.

Heat the milk and butter substitute in the microwave for: 30-1:00 until butter is melted and milk is warmed. Squeeze the lime over the potato and avocado mixture, add milk, butter substitute, pepper and salt. Whip with a hand mixer or food processor. When fully blended and fluffy, turn into a bowl and serve. Top with parsley or cilantro.

Heart Easy ™ Fast & Easy Corn Pudding With Veggies

This dish is a one bowl wonder. Fix it and give yourself and your family the treat of comfort food without paying a high health price.


Non-fat butter spray
3 cups canned yellow corn, drained (or 16 oz. frozen and thawed roasted corn)
1 egg plus 2 egg whites, beaten well or 1/2 cup Reddi Egg
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
1/2 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup seeded and chopped multi-colored peppers
2 Tbs. raw sugar
1/2 cup non-fat milk
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 packages of powdered butter substitute – Butter Buds
1/4 cup SoySation® 3 Cheese Blend, or The Original Almond® Mozzarella Shreds, half reserved
1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/8 tsp. Kosher salt
For a little southwest flavor add one 6 oz. can green chilies.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray an oven-proof casserole dish with non-fat butter spray. Beat the egg whites or Reddi Egg until fluffy (about 1 minute). Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a medium bowl and pour into prepared casserole dish.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until casserole is firm. Top with the remainder of SoySation® 3 blend cheese or your choice of Lisanatti RiceCheeze® flavors or The Original Almond® Shreds. Allow cheese to melt for 1 minute before serving. Cut and enjoy.

kacbookBest Tip: You can order Heart Easy, The Food Lover’s Guide to Heart Healthy Eating online at: and give Mom the gift of heart health. Over 300 delicious recipes to help her stay young, healthy and fit.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article…..

Heart Disease is 90% preventable according to the American Heart Association. What a wonderful way to tell Mom you care. Get more information about your heart health at:

Spread Your Activities Throughout The Day

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From Your Health Journal…..”I found a great article/interview today by Irene Maher of the Tampa Bay Times that I wanted to promote here. I hope you all visit the Tampa Bay Times site (link provided below) to read this great article about keeping active throughout the day. Experts state one key to healthier lifestyle is to make your entire day more active by building movement into your day. It is a habit best started as early as possible. This is so important. I know for myself, I do try to make physical activity a big part of my day by taking steps, doing extra chores, walking from place to place, always going outside for fresh air, making more walks to the bathroom at work…..etc. I feel it helps to keep me fresh and vibrant, and not stiffening up. So many people spend a big part of their day sitting and just being very sedentary, so getting up and about is very important for many people. We know that heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and many young children already suffer from risk factors for heart disease, so change is needed. Please visit the Tampa Bay Times / ABC News site to read the complete article.

From the article…..

How do you get in shape and stay in shape? Experts say the real key is to make your entire lifestyle more active by building movement into your day. It is a habit best started as early as possible.

To find out more, we talked with Lisa Witherspoon, co-director of the Active Gaming Research Laboratories at the University of South Florida.

Anything with “gaming” in the title might sound like fun, but her specialty could hardly be more serious: getting kids moving.

Americans of all ages spend too much time on their backsides, and lots of experts think that’s a major cause of the obesity epidemic and a growing list of attendant maladies.

But Witherspoon will not tell you and your kids to put down your beloved electronic devices. Her research centers on finding ways to use technology to increase physical activity.

The interview:

Q: What happens, physically, to inactive people?

A: The first and most obvious result is obesity or weight gain. Also well-documented are the problems inactivity causes related to heart disease — blood pressure, cholesterol, circulation, heart rate, diabetes. Bones lose density, putting you at risk for fractures and osteoporosis. Muscle strength declines, limiting you physically so you’re not able to do as much, even just around the house. Balance and coordination decline also as muscle strength declines. Basically, if you don’t move, you’re slowly killing your body.

Q: Why are some kids running around all the time and others seem glued to the TV?

A: It has a great deal to do with parents and other role models at home. If the parents aren’t active, chances are the kids won’t be active. Many schools are eliminating or reducing physical education and recess time. So, if they aren’t getting it at home or at school, it’s no surprise that kids are becoming accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle.

Q: Do parents only need to worry about activity if their child is overweight or obese?

A: Kids who are not active are at a major disadvantage for their health. This isn’t about being fat or skinny. We want them healthy so their bones and their hearts, their muscles and their lungs are strong. Active people live longer, have fewer health problems, less pain and live independently longer.

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In Minutes A day, Low-Income Families Can Improve Their Kids’ Health

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From Your Health Journal…..”I always love article from the Science Codex, and I encourage all of your to visit their site (link provided below) to read some great articles. Today’s article is about In Minutes A day, Low-Income Families Can Improve Their Kids’ Health. Children whose families engaged with one another over a 20-minute meal four times a week weighed significantly less than kids who left the table after 15 to 17 minutes. Over time, those extra minutes per meal add up and become really powerful. Quality of interaction also mattered. Families who said that shared mealtimes are an important part of family life and have special meaning for them were less likely to have an obese child. And families who talked more together and interacted more positively during the meal were more likely to have healthy-weight children. Please visit the Science Codex site to read more, you won’t be disappointed.”

From the article……

When low-income families devote three to four extra minutes to regular family mealtimes, their children’s ability to achieve and maintain a normal weight improves measurably, according to a new University of Illinois study.

“Children whose families engaged with each other over a 20-minute meal four times a week weighed significantly less than kids who left the table after 15 to 17 minutes. Over time, those extra minutes per meal add up and become really powerful,” said Barbara H. Fiese, director of the U of I’s Family Resiliency Program.

Childhood obesity in low-income families is a complex problem with many contributing factors, which may include being part of a single-parent family, having a mother who has little education, and living in a poor neighborhood without easy access to healthy foods, she said.

But, even as these risk factors accumulated, the study found, low-income children’s participation in regular high-quality family mealtimes made a difference in their weight status.

“Three to four extra minutes per meal made a healthy weight more likely,” she said.

In the study, researchers observed 200 family mealtimes, testing the cumulative effects of socioeconomic factors and mealtime behaviors of families with children in elementary school. They noted the importance families placed on sharing a meal, efforts made to schedule family meals, and whether the family attached special meaning to this practice.

Socioeconomic circumstances mattered. Children raised in single-parent households were more likely to be overweight or obese than kids raised in two-parent families, she said.

And, at the neighborhood level, high concentrations of children living in poverty were associated with greater risks for childhood overweight or obesity in the home, she added.

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