Social Pressures Push American Teens Toward Obesity



Government experts, health professionals, educators and concerned citizens have been warning Americans about the danger epidemic obesity poses to our nation's long term health and economic prosperity. The issue is often discussed in terms of its impact on the adult population, but unless something is done to curtail the problem, obesity will become a societal norm within a few decades. 

In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we're going to look at obesity's effects on children and adolescent Americans, putting special emphasis on the lasting effects socio-economic pressure on American youth will have on future weight management problems.


Surveys show that adolescent obesity is on the decline, but there's a noticeably sharp contrast between children in lower income families compared to their affluent counterparts.

The results of an analysis of 36,827 children by Xiaozhong Wen of Harvard University's School of Public Health and colleagues shows that Medicaid insured children are not losing weight as successfully as children insured by other programs. Wen's team points to research which shows higher income children have greater access to healthier foods, lifestyles, home environments, as well as dietary and exercise counseling than children raised in lower income families.

This theory is supported by Cornell University researcher Gary W. Evans who analyzed 244 children (age 9 years) to establish a link between exposure to stressors in early childhood and adolescent weight gain found that children exposed to stressors e.g. poverty, family turmoil, substandard housing suffered decreased self-regulatory behavior in their teen years.

The result was that four years later (age 13) these adolescents experienced higher adiposity which put them at risk for obesity in later life.

In the early developmental years, these young people did not learn how to delay gratification, and this impairment of self-regulatory behavior - which was linked to emotional stress - led the children to overeat. It is likely to have a lasting effect, with the impulse to overindulge significantly hampered, they'll have greater difficulty refraining from overeating when exposed to stressful situations throughout life.


A Different Way of Looking at the Obesity Epidemic

The obesity epidemic may have a socioeconomic component in that people residing in high income environments may experience a turn around in obesity whereas lower income Americans will continue to gain weight placing their own lives in jeopardy while also putting strain on the nation's healthcare resources.


Puder and Munsch's assessment of psychological factors' effect on childhood obesity can be looked at in terms of familial conflict, impulsivity, deficit of emotional regulation and uncontrolled eating behavior. Two of the most striking take aways from their study was learning unhealthy eating habits early in life and that children who have difficulty keeping their emotions in check e.g. depression, anxiety, social isolation are likely to experience weight gain.


First off, children may pick up bad eating habits from their parents. When children watch their parents eating high volumes of empty calories, they are much more inclined to perceive this as approval to consume fattening foods which then makes the children susceptible to unhealthy weight gain.


An even more important, albeit often overlooked, factor is stressful home environments. For example, stress brought about by poverty can have  tremendous impact on a person's psychological health and well being.


Stress is the catalyst for production of norepinephrine, cortisol, serotonin, dopamine, and neuropeptide Y - all of which contribute to adiposity. They also point to the fact that in addition to their role in body fat regulation, these very same neurotransmitters are associated with depression.


Then, when obese children attempt to interact with other children their age, they may experience social stigma i.e. ridicule and isolation which again increases the release of stress hormones which affect the obese child's metabolism (not to mention the tendency to eat food as a coping mechanism) thereby continuing the vicious cycle of stress, overeating and obesity.


Results of a study by Columbia University researchers establish that depression in already obese children may lead to weight gain in adulthood. When you consider these facts, it becomes apparent that children maybe in for a lifetime of weight problems if depression comes to influence their eating behavior.


Stress plays a very significant role in food consumption.


When Born, Lemmons, Rutters et al studied the effect of acute stress on food choice in adult women they found that stress causes increased consumption of carbohydrates. Stress caused the release of cortisol which influenced female volunteers to eat even when they were NOT hungry.


Basically Born's investigation of normal weight adult women shows that stress alters the way the brain perceives food. 


Imagine, then, what can happen when young people whom are constantly exposed to extreme psychological stress, coupled with limited access to healthy food options, eat large amounts of fattening foods as a coping mechanism?

The Task that Lies Ahead

A ready interpretation of the facts surrounding childhood obesity in low income environments would be that the task of health care professionals, educators and caregivers is to provide young people with the tools necessary to participate in healthy lifestyles i.e. better nutrition, regular exercise, improved living arrangements, greater socioeconomic opportunities.

This becomes the responsibility of federal, state and local agencies, school districts, health care professionals, community organizations, parents and children.

Considering that obese and overweight children are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and that children and adults in the lower income bracket are often under insured or lack any form of health insurance, it becomes imperative that we as a nation tackle these underlying issues and thereby reverse the obesity trend for all Americans.


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Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 99, 000 Packages Of Bread Products Because Of Possible Presence of Plastic Pieces in Product



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. has announced that it has voluntarily recalled approximately 99,000 packages of its bread products because of the possible presence of clear plastic pieces in the some of the products.

Koffee Kup said the product recall is limited to the bread products listed below and only those identified by the “use by” dates 9/30/16, 10/1/16, 10/2/16 or 10/3/16, which are printed on the closure tags of each package. Products bearing other “use by” dates were not affected by the recall, nor were any of Koffee Kup’s crullers or donuts, which, the company said, are produced on a different manufacturing line.

The company said following Koffee Kup products may be affected. They want customers to know that no Koffee Kup products other than those identified below bearing “use by” dates 9/30/16, 10/1/16, 10/2/16 or 10/3/16 were affected.

Seeded Potato Hamburger Buns Potato Hoagie Rolls Koffee Kup Sub Rolls
Kaiser Rolls Koffee Kup Wheat Sub Rolls Koffee Kup Wheat Hamburger
Seeded Kaiser Roll Poppy Koffee Kup Kaiser Rolls(Corn) 12 Hot Dog Buns
Wheat Hoagie Rolls Koffee Kup Kaiser Rolls(White) Potato Hot Dog Buns
Sourdough Hoagie Rolls Koffee Kup Kaiser Rolls(Wheat) 12 Burger Buns
Sandwich Rolls Market Basket Plain Bulkie Rolls Koffee Kup Hot Dog Rolls
Grinder Rolls Market Basket Wheat Bulkie Rolls Market Basket Plain Sub Rolls
Wheat Kaiser Rolls Bar-B-Que Sweet Buns Hot Dog Buns
Wheat Grinder Rolls Seeded Sandwich Buns Hamburger Buns
Koffee Kup Hamburger Buns Big Y Bulkie Rolls Seeded Kaiser Rolls Sesame
Big Y enriched White Grinders Big Y enriched Wheat Grinders Hamb 5.5” Plain 8 PK
Hamb 5.5” Seed 8PAK

Koffee Kup said recalled products were shipped to U.S. retailers in the following states:

  • VT
  • NH
  • ME
  • MA
  • CT
  • NY
  • NJ
  • PA
  • RI
  • MD
  • VA

"Koffee Kup discovered the presence of a foreign object in its bread and roll production through routine screening. The company ceased production immediately and upon further investigation, discovered that a small piece of clear plastic entered the stream of production and broke apart during the production process, thus creating a hard-material choking hazard. The company elected to commence an immediate product recall of all products potentially contaminated by the plastic that entered the production stream." the company posted on the FDA website.

Koffee Kup said no injuries have been reported to date.

The company said that drivers, distributors and retailers have been notified of the recall and have been directed to remove all potentially-affected products from stores, but customers may have already purchased some products. Koffee Kup said that customers should not eat the recalled product, but return it to the place of purchase for a refund. The company asked that when possible, consumers should return the product with the bag and closing clip.

Consumers with questions can contact Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. at 1-800-841-8102.


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Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

Submitted by: Michelle Stewart

It is great to see that Spring is definitely on the way. Now is the time to seriously focus on the Spring cleaning of the refrigerator and pantry. I agree with you--it can be a grungy job but it’s one that has to be done. It is a great chance to clear out the clutter of fossil foodstuffs beyond their date of optimum quality and nutrients. We’ve all looked into the ‘fridge and found a container that we were convinced was a science experiment! Some things probably need to go for good, some you’ll need to replenish ensuring that you have plenty of the right stuff on hand to aim for a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of my picks to stock for good health.

High Nutrient Food Choices

Beans and legumes are under the banner of high nutrient selections. Beans are good sources of protein, high in fiber and antioxidants. Peanuts, which are really legumes and not nuts are also high in protein and contain mono and polyunsaturated fats which promote heart health.

Whole grain foods are wise choices; they are high fiber which is one of the nutrients most people can use more of. Fiber will help give you a feeling of satiety or fullness; it aids in digestion and helps you maintain a healthy colon.

Low fat dairy such as milk, cheese and yogurt are a good source of vitamin D, calcium and protein. These nutrients help maintain bone density and are linked to lower blood pressure. Research also indicates that calcium from low fat dairy products may have a role in body-weight regulation. It is important to read food labels; sometimes low fat products have higher amounts of sodium which is something you want to avoid.

Better for You Snacks

Snacks are important and an excellent aid to staying on track. They are good sources of energy and provide vitamins and minerals that you need. However, this does not mean eat as much or as many of the snack as you can---choose healthy snacks, eating a moderate or the recommended amount. For example:

-Whole grain moderate to low-sodium crackers

-Whole grain granola bars

-Low fat Greek-style yogurt

-Canned fruit in natural juice

-Fresh Fruit i.e. apples, strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries

-Vegetable sticks, i.e. carrots and celery

-Rice cakes with peanut butte

-Nuts, about 1-ounce.

-Trail-mix, about 1-ounce


-Sunflower seeds

Liquids to Love

It is essential that you drink plenty of liquids for good health. Humans can survive about a month without food, take away those fluids and survival is limited to a few days. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water; I recommend eight to ten glasses a day. If you’re looking for fluid options in addition to water, you can find an array of healthy beverages. From nutrient-enhanced water, to sport beverages, to juice drinks enhanced with antioxidants and vitamins, thirst-quenching has never been so easy. Most importantly remember that all beverages hydrate. If you get thirsty, that is a signal of dehydration and dehydration is sometimes confused with hunger.

I’m not saying you can’t enjoy food, just plan to bite into healthy food options on a daily basis. Renew your focus, and clear your mind to think of the positive rewards of health and well-being.

Take Away: High nutrient foods, good-for-you snacks and healthy beverages are best bets to keep your plans moving forward for a healthier you.

About the Author: Michelle J. Stewart MPH, RDLD/N, CDE is an experienced food and nutrition communication expert specializing in wellness with a holistic approach to living your best life. Michelle has been leading the way to a healthier you for more than 25 years. She is zealous when it comes to wellness from the inside out and empowering whomever she comes in contact with to take charge of their health and wellbeing. Her motto is "EAT LESS MOVE MORE" Sign up for her Free Report 10 Weight Loss Tips for Life when you visit

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Sager Creek Foods, Inc. Recalls Limited Number of Canned Vegetable Products for Possible Allergen Risk



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Sager Creek Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Del Monte Foods, Inc., announced they are recalling approximately 15,000 shipped cases of FIELD PEAS WITH SNAPS and GREEN BEAN PRODUCTS, primarily non-retail, which might have potentially been contaminated with trace amounts of shellfish.

The majority of the recalled cases (14,761) were distributed to foodservice customers. The products were shipped to 22 states. They are listed below:

  • CO
  • IL
  • PA
  • WI
  • AL
  • AR
  • MD
  • MO
  • MS
  • FL
  • KS
  • GA
  • KY
  • LA
  • OK
  • NC
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • WV

Sager Creek said the products are sold in 106 ounce metal cans with Best By Dates of JUN 01 19 printed on the top and contain the following UPC codes and product names:

0 34700 01224 4 Allens Cut Green Beans

0 34700 01224 7 Allens Cracker Barrel Label

0 74865 12172 9 Reliance BL Cut Green Beans

7 58108 01041 3 Monarch SWD Cut Green Beans

7 58108 01048 2 Monarch Mixed Cut Green Beans

8 06795 04718 9 Silver Source SH/C Green Beans

0 74865 02895 9 Reliance MX/SH Cut Green Beans

0 34700 63214 8 Allens Field Peas with Snaps

Shellfish allergen can cause serious or fatal reaction in people whom are allergic to shellfish. Symptoms of shellfish poisoning may include:

  • hives
  • watery eyes
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • swelling of face, lips, tongue and hands
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • anaphylaxis

Sager Creek said that a customer alerted them to the incident. The company said there have not been any reports of illness in connection with this issue to date. There is no risk for people who don't have a shellfish allergy.

Sager Creek said that if consumers or customers have any of the listed items with the indicated UPC codes and Best By dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-543-3090, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time or by logging onto the url:


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Combining Dips For A Physical Strength And Aerobic Workout



Today I'm going to tell you how to combine the benefits of a strength training exercise with aerobics. First off, I'm adding this disclaimer: consult with your physician before making any changes to your diet or physical fitness regimen.

With that said, let's get started!

Dips is an amazing body weight exercise. Why? Because it's a fun way of using the weight of your own body to increase your physical strength. 

But I've also learned that performing dips rapidly increases my heart rate thus giving me a cardiovascular (aerobic) workout, too.

So, how do you get started with this fantastic exercise? You're about to find out.


Equipment You Will Need For Dips and How To Perform the Exercise

There are a variety of ways to perform dips. You can use a dip bar at your local fitness center, use a total upper body work out bar (i.e. one that is designed for pull ups/pushups/dips), or use a sturdy chair.

For the purpose of this article, I'm going to focus on total upper body workout bars.

To perform dips you need to:

  1. Place the bar on a flat horizontal surface ( your bedroom or living room floor).
  2. In a seated position, place yourself in front of the bar.
  3. Place both hands on the handle grips, your palms should be pacing down.
  4. Extend your legs in front of you.
  5. Push your body upward so that only the heels of your feet are touching the floor (bottom of the exercise).
  6. Now, push your body upward until your elbows are almost locked (top of the exercise).
  7. After you've reached the top of the exercise, lower yourself down again until you reach your starting position (this is the dip).
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for a total of ten repetitions; that will complete one set.
  9. Rest 30 -45 seconds.
  10. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for a total of three sets taking 20 seconds to rest between each set.

If you're in good shape, you can increase the number of repetitions and sets. I personally do thirty reps per set for a total of 150 dips.

Dips are an upper body exercise which is designed to strengthen your triceps, upper pectorals, and deltoids.

When you perform dips rapidly, it will cause your heart to beat faster because your muscles will need more oxygenated blood to execute the movement.

The dips exercise is a great way to develop upper body strength while simultaneously treating yourself to an aerobic workout. This exercise can help your fat loss efforts, too; rapid movement requires a lot of energy and muscles consume energy even during rest.

Developing a faster metabolism means your body will burn more calories and eventually help you shed excess body fat.


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Caesar Salad Recipe: Easy Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad Recipe: Easy Caesar Salad

Submitted by: Brandy Summers

If you like Caesar salad, but don’t want to spend a lot of time making it, whip up this quick recipe for Caesar salad.

1 medium head Romaine lettuce
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup croutons
Caesar Dressing

Mash with a fork in a shallow bowl, the following: 1/4 teaspoon prepared mustard sauce, 6 anchovy fillets and 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir in 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/3 cup olive oil.
Tear washed and dried Romaine into pieces and place in salad bowl. Pour over dressing and toss lightly. Add Parmesan cheese, pepper and croutons.

=> Caesar Salad Recipes: Golden Caesar Salad

You can make this Caesar salad with ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen.

2 bunches Romain lettuce
Pinch of sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 bottle golden Caesar salad dressing


Mix all ingredients together top with croutons.

=> Best Caesar Salad Recipe: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Here’s a scrumptious chicken Caesar salad recipe that features chicken, pepper, garlic,croutons and cheese. It’s much heartier than the regular version.

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound boneless chicken
1/2 teaspoon each salad and pepper (divided)
2 teaspoon garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
2 slices bread of choice (cut crust and cube)
3 tablespoon ground Parmesan cheese


Preheat broiler. Salt and pepper chicken; place 3 inches from broiler. Cook completely. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch strips. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in skillet; add bread cubes and cook until light brown. Drain and cool.
In a salad bowl, mix garlic.1 1/4 teaspoons salt. Add in the lemon juice, mustard, pepper sauce and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix well. Gradually add 1/3 cup oil; blend well.
Add chicken and coat well. Add lettuce, bread cubes and cheese; toss well.

=> Fiesta Caesar Salad Recipe: Mexican Caesar Salad

Here’s an original Caesar salad that has a real kick to it. It features roasted peppers, Jack cheese, beef, and tortilla chips.

1/2 red pepper, julienned & roasted
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
Tortilla chips for garnish
2 plum tomatoes
1/4 cup pinon nuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
4 bunches fresh basil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 anchovy strips (or as desired)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 oz. Beef fillet (must be all 1 piece)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
Pinch white pepper


Combine chili powder, granulated garlic, cumin, coriander and white pepper; coat the tenderloin with the spice mixture. Coating should be about 1/8 inch thick. Roast for 15-20 minutes until medium. Allow meat to cool.

Meanwhile, combine pinon nuts, garlic, basil, lemon juice, anchovies and Parmesan in a food processor. Continue to process while adding the olive oil in a slow drizzle. Use a feed tube if possible. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit of warm water or lemon juice.

Cut the lettuce across the leaves as for a standard Caesar salad, and toss it with the dressing. Put on plates, top with shredded cheese and place 3 to 4 strips of meat per serving atop the salad. Garnish with tortilla chips, quartered tomatoes, the red pepper strips and a dollop of dressing on each meat strip.

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So You Have A Picky Eater

So You Have A Picky Eater.

So You Have A Picky Eater

By: Destry Maycock, MSW

If you have a picky eater, mealtime can make you feel like you want to pull your hair out. It is very frustrating for parents to watch their child only fiddle with their food at dinner or not even touch it, claiming they "don't like it." Then what happens? Thirty minutes later guess who is hungry? You guessed it. Your little picky eater.

Jamie's mother was concerned about Jamie's lack of interest in food. She told me, "Jamie never wants to eat anything I fix for dinner. What can I do to encourage Jamie to eat the meals that I have prepared?" I came up with the following ten tips for her. You may find them useful as well.

TIP: INVOLVE JAMIE. You could have Jamie help with planning the menu or meal preparation. Kids are less likely to "turn up their nose" at something, they had a hand in.

TIP: PLACE A LIMIT ON JAMIE. Perhaps Jamie is playing with her food at dinner and not real interested in eating it. Mom say's, "Jamie, I will be serving breakfast at 7:00 a.m. try to eat enough to make it to then. You decide how much you will need. Oh! We will be clearing the table in _____ minutes."

When Jamie comes to you later that evening complaining of being hungry. With an understanding tone, simply remind her that you will be serving breakfast at 7:00 a.m. as usual. Jamie will most likely be persistent about getting something else to eat. It is important that you follow through with the limit you have placed. Otherwise, Jamie learns that you do not mean what you say and you lose your credibility with her. You may have to tell her several times that you will be "serving breakfast at 7:00" until she realizes that your are not going to give in.

Jamie: "Mom I'm hungry. Can I have some cookies?"

Mom: "Kids who eat all their dinner are welcome to have a snack after."

Jamie: "But mom I'm really hungry."

Mom: "I know Jamie. I would be hungry too if I ate as little as you did for dinner, but don't worry I will be fixing a big breakfast at 7:00 a.m."

Jamie: "What? Do you want me to starve?"

Mom: "I'll be serving breakfast at 7:00 Jamie"

Jamie: "This isn't fair."

Mom: "I'll be serving breakfast at 7:00 Jamie"

Jamie: "Fine!"

TIP: NOTICE THE EXCEPTIONS. Call attention to the times when Jamie eats most of her meal. "Wow! Jamie you ate everything on your plate. Good job. You should be proud of yourself." Too often, we only notice the negative aspects of our children's behavior and that is what we reinforce with our negative attention.

TIP: CATER TO JAMIE'S DESIRE TO BE "BIG". " You probably won't like this halibut Jamie. Usually, adults are the only ones who like halibut." Guess what may just become Jamie's new favorite food?

TIP: PROVIDE VARIOUS CHOICES AROUND MEALTIME. "Would you rather sit by me or by mommy?" "You can eat with a fork or a spoon which would you prefer?" "Do you think you will need more potatoes or is that enough?" "Have as much as you think you will need to make it to dinner." "Milk or juice?" "Should we eat at 7:00 or 7:30?"

TIP: BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL. "You know dear, although spaghetti is not my favorite, I will eat it because I know how hard you worked to make it."

TIP: EXPOSURE. Encourage Jamie to try a variety of foods early on in her life before she knows any different. Some children may have never thought liver was gross if it hadn't been for what someone else had set their expectation to be.

TIP: PROVIDE SOME FLEXIBILITY. Let's remember there are some foods that certain children just can not stomach. If Jamie has a problem with spinach but it is part of that particular meal, try to have other items that she can get her fill up on once everyone has their share. However, this should be the exception rather than the rule.

Try letting Jamie dip her foods in sauces, dressings, syrups or ketchup. It may make them taste better to her.

TIP: MAKE MEALTIME ENJOYABLE. Try to talk about things other than eating at mealtime. Dinner is a great time to talk to Jamie about how her day went. During breakfast, you could discuss what everyone has planned for the day.

Everyone pitching in to help prepare the meal can teach Jamie an important family value. An added bonus for children is that it can teach them important thinking skills regarding timing, measuring, colors, comparisons, counting, and cause and effect.

Be creative in the ways that you dish up Jamie's food. Mold her mashed potatoes into a volcano, cut her meat or sandwich into bite sized pieces and poke toothpicks in them, layout veggies in the shapes of letters or numbers, or use a drop or two of food coloring to make it more interesting.

TIP: LIMIT SNACKING. For children to be hungry enough to eat a meal they usually need to go two or three hours without food. However, it is difficult for children to go from noon to 6:00 p.m. without food. A nutritious snack after school should be fine to get Jamie to dinner still having her appetite.

TIP: RECALL PAST SUCCESSES. Think back about times when Jamie has ate her meals. What were you doing? Were you placing a lot of emphasis on her need to eat her food? What was she doing? What were you eating? What happened before the meal? These kinds of questions may help you realize some of the things you or Jamie is already doing which assist her in becoming a better eater.


Author Bio
Destry Maycock has over eleven years experience working with children and families as a professional social worker. Destry has helped hundreds of parents solve a variety of parenting challenges and strengthen their relationships with their children. Destry enjoys developing products that help parents. Visit to see the latest parenting programs.

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Speedy Foods Recalls Chicken Spring Rolls Because Of Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that Speedy Foods, LLC, an establishment in Commerce City, Colorado is recalling approximately 920 pounds of chicken spring roll products due to undeclared allergens and misbranding.  The product contains eggs, a known allergen which is undeclared on the product label. 

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The recalled southwest chicken spring rolls items were produced on March 10, 2016 and Aug. 8, 2016.

The items subject to recall are listed below:

  • 75 oz. BROWN BOX packages containing 180 pieces of “WHOLE FRESH FOODS SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS” with a package code of 3-10-16 and a case code of 16151 on the upper right hand side of the case.
  • 75 oz. BROWN BOX packages containing 180 pieces of “WHOLE FRESH FOODS SOUTHWEST CHICKEN SPRING ROLLS” with a package code of 08-08-2016 and a case code of 16151 on the upper right hand side of the case.

The southwest chicken spring rolls items bear establishment number “EST. P-7195” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were shipped to distributors in Colorado and Oklahoma. 

According to the USDA, the problem was discovered by Food Safety and Inspection Service inspectors while conducting routine label verification activities.

There have been no reports of injury or illness as a result of eating the recalled items. Anyone with concerns about illness or injury should contact a health care professional.

The USDA said consumers who bought these products should not to consume them. They urge consumers to throw the products away or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Brandon Barnes, president, at (303) 287-2856.


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Free Weights Equipment Can Add To Overall Health

Free Weights Equipment Can Add To Overall Health

Submitted by: Kevin Urban

Face it, not everyone wants to look like a Sherman tank. Many think the overall outcome of a good free weights equipment training program will be a bulky, hulk-type look. This simply isn’t so. Weight training can add so many benefits to an overall health program that it’s crazy for people not to take advantage of this simple and relatively inexpensive form of exercise.

Effective weight training programs are just one portion of an overall fitness plan. Lifting, cardiovascular exercise, diet and even stress reduction all come into play if total health improvement is the goal. Lifting free weights, however, is a key component that shouldn’t be overlooked when equipping a home gym.

By toning, strengthening and even bulking up muscles – if that’s the program’s desired outcome – a person can help improve their appearance, muscle endurance, strength and even outlook on life. Muscles that are toned, firm and fit also help a person training with free weights prevent injury and even prevents osteoporosis at a later age, which is now considered a concern for men and women alike.

Getting started using free weights can be a little tricky, but it’s not rocket science. A training program involves making sure whatever weights and exercises you incorporate are handled with care. Since weight lifting equipment enables a huge range of motion, it’s important to learn proper form and follow it. Injury can result with over lifting and hyperextensions, so being informed before starting to train is just a good idea.

Once a good plan is put into place, free weights can be a really fun endeavor to add to a fitness program. The challenges of lifting and doing it right are fun and rewarding. The rewards are visible and often quite easy to track. Results can be seen by following a program that only involves a few days a week. It’s not necessary to train on the equipment seven out of seven to improve conditioning.

Weight training equipment can provide huge benefits physically and psychologically. Just remember when getting started to arm yourself with good information and then enjoy from there!

About the Author: Kevin Urban is the editor at, a consumer guide on home exercise equipment.

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Kellogg Company Recalls Limited Number of Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles Due Potential Listeria Contamination



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Kellogg Company has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 10,000 cases of Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Kellogg said none of the other Eggo products are impacted by this recall.

The affected product is

Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain® Whole Wheat Waffles

  • Package Size: 10 Box Count (12.3 oz)
  • Package UPC Code: 38000 40370
  • With Best If Used By Date of: NOV 21 17 or NOV 22 17

The company said the date code can be found on the side of the package.

Recalled product was distributed to customers and retailers in 25 states:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Vermont
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Minnesota
  • Michigan
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Indiana
  • Wisconsin
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Wyoming
  • Virginia
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Georgia

Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause serious and life-threatening illness in the elderly people with weakened immune systems, frail persons and young children. The bacteria can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages among pregnant women. Healthy people who become infected may experience the following symptoms:

  • high fever
  • nausea
  • stiffness
  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea

Kellogg said the recall is a result of its routine testing which detected the potential for listeria contamination. As soon as Kellogg learned of a "potential concern" they quickly moved "to identify any foods that might be impacted and resolve the issue."

The company said it hasn't received any reports of illness to date. They are recalling the product as part of the company's commitment to health and safety of people who consume their foods.

Kellogg has asked people who bought affected product to discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers may call 1-800-962-1413, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. Or they can visit


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Morning Sickness Cures And Remedies You Should Know About

Morning Sickness Cures And Remedies You Should Know About

Morning Sickness Cures And Remedies You Should Know About
By Hannah Bajor

Pregnancy Morning sickness affects about 50% of pregnant women. Read on for tips on morning sickness cures and remedies for making pregnancy a little easier for you and your baby.

What is morning sickness?

It is a feeling of sickness within your stomach the first thing in the morning when you are pregnant. Most cases starts very early in pregnancy. For some women it can start as soon as pregnancy occurs. It can last from a few hours first thing in the morning to all day. Some pregnant women do not get morning sickness until mid-morning. Usually it will end by about the 12th or 16th week of pregnancy. Unfortunately for some women it can persist throughout the pregnancy.

Sometimes you feel so sick to your stomach that you feel like you have to throw up. You may spend a while with your head over a vomit bowel and nothing comes out except you are retching like hell. For other pregnant women they actually do throw up. Some women cannot hold down any food at all during the first trimester of pregnancy.

What causes morning sickness?

Up until I experienced my own pregnancies, I was always taught and believed that morning sickness was either hormonal or physiological. I now know differently.

I know the hormonal surges cause nausea but I have my theory about why some women are more nauseated than others and I would like to share this with you. As an energy healer I go within and understand pregnancy from a deeper prospective.

Looking at the bigger picture, pregnancy has an energetic part. The energetic makeup or feel of the incoming spirit (your baby) is very different from that of the mother's. This then creates an imbalance between the mother's and the baby's energetic patterns and this in itself can literally make the mother physically sick. Morning sickness remedies have helped many pregnant women from feeling so awful during the first few weeks or months of pregnancy.

It could be likened to this analogy. For a moment think of a person makes you uncomfortable when they are in your presence. Now pretend to put that person inside your body twenty-four hours a day for a few months and imagine what it would feel like. No wonder pregnant women feel sick and have morning sickness! On the other hand, some women have greater compatibility with the incoming spirit and for them, pregnancy is easier to handle.

Here are some cures and remedies for morning sickness that my clients have tried over the years so see which ones work for you.

    • Eat a few plain dry crackers 10-15 minutes before getting out of bed in the morning.


    • Avoid excessive toothpaste use first thing in the morning.


    • Eat small amount of food at a time.


    • Don't mix liquids with solid foods.


    • Keep away from strong smells such as perfumes during early pregnancy.


    • Sleep if you can until the morning sickness passes.


    • Avoid over crowded warm places.


    • Sniff fresh lemons or ginger in early pregnancy, essential oils may be used as a substitute.


    • Drink soda water, lemonade, ginger ale or watermelon as they may help.


    • Salty potato chips or salted crackers are great.


    • Have a homeopathy consultation for your pregnancy symptoms.


    • Using accupressure pregnancy safe adjustable wrist bands has been a very effective as a morning sickness cure for many pregnant women.


    • Try some pregnancy lollipops specifically designed for pregnant women to relieve nausea.


    • Purchase a pregnancy relaxation CD to effectively communicate with your unborn child to make the energetic adjustment necessary for a more harmonious connection between the spirit of your incoming you baby and you.


  • Many times Vitamin B-6, 50 micrograms, twice a day helps.

Having said all of this morning sickness is exhausting and take the joy away from your pregnancy. If this is your situation, then I urge you to get some help from an energy healer that can help you have an easier pregnancy.

Pregnancy is an extraordinary experience for a woman. It is far more than growing a baby and dealing with issues like morning sickness. Pregnancy has a huge emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic side to it. The more you understand these aspects, the easier and less symptomatic your pregnancy will be. Learning how to connect with the emotions of your unborn child will allow you to enhance your pregnancy experience and surrender to its normal physiological process of pregnancy morning sickness.

Midwife Hannah Bajor C.N.M., M.S.N. from Lumalove teaches women all over the world who want to have a healthier pregnancy experience how they can connect and communicate on a more meaningful level with their unborn child. In doing so couples globally are starting to lays the foundational blueprints for a happier, healthier pregnancy outcome and gives their unborn child the opportunity of unlimited potential.

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