Push to supply pregnant women with free vitamins Yahoo7 News


We know how important a healthy diet and vitamins are for unborn babies, but many Australian women are missing out because they simply can’t afford them.

 

Now there is a new campaign pressuring the Federal government to make supplements available to all mothers-to-be.

For Catherine Smale, vitamins have played an important role in her pregnancy.

Catherine Smale has taken supplements since the beginning of her pregnancy. Source: 7 News

She has taken supplements since the beginning, but it’s not the same story for many Aussie women.

“Twenty-five per cent of doctors have reported patients who are not filling the scripts they need to because of affordability,” McKell Institute’s Sam Crosby said.

Women are not filling their scripts because of affordability issues. Source: 7 News

Those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds often can’t fulfill dietary requirements, nor buy the vitamins they need.

“When you’re trying to buy a cot, a pram, a crib, a car seat, everything else is a real impost,” Mr Crosby said.

The McKell Institute has launched a campaign arguing that vitamins should be free for pregnant women who hold concession cards.

The McKell Institute is pushing for free vitamins for pregnant women who hold concession cards. Source: 7 News

Some vitamins, such as folic acid, can make a huge difference.

“It definitely reduces your risk of spina bifida,” obstetrician Rod Allen said.

Obstetrician Rod Allen supports the idea of supplements for all pregnant women. Source: 7 News

“Vitamin D will make the woman’s bones stronger, we know that.”

The UK government already gives free vitamins to expecting women.

Babies born to mothers who are battling financially as 60 per cent more likely to be low or underweight at birth, which can also mean later in life they’ll have health problems.

“It would definitely be a bonus if you could have free supplements for all pregnant women,” Dr Allen said.



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Spring herbs | Otago Daily Times Online News


Spring really excites my taste buds. It makes me think of new fresh dishes to create.

However, it’s also a tricky time as this is a time of growth and, to be honest, not a lot of variety is around, so digging deep and making the most of the soft herbs, which are flourishing, can make a simple meal into a truly explosive tasting experience.

Herbs which are flourishing at the moment and should be used in abundance are: coriander, mint, parsley, tarragon, chervil, marjoram, bronze fennel and chives.

 

Quick spring herb sauce

This sauce is fresh, vibrant and full of uplifting aromas. It can be used drizzled over a salad, roasted veges, or try dunking fresh asparagus in it. It also will work wonders with fish, steak and pork.

Makes 250ml

Ingredients
1 packed cup of parsley leaves
1 packed cup rocket leaves
¼ cup mint leaves
¼ cup chervil, tarragon or marjoram leaves
small bunch chives, roughly chopped
2 tsp capers
⅓ cup olive oil
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
pinch sugar (optional)

Method
Place all the leaves in either a mortar or food processor, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar. Grind with pestle or blend to a coarse paste.

Add the capers and blend into the herbs.

Slowly drizzle in the oil while stirring or blending.

Transfer into a small serving bowl and serve alongside your favourite dish.

 

Spring herb salad

I am wanting lighter meals now that the days are getting lighter and I especially seem to be yearning for a tasty salad. However lettuces can still be pricey and hard to come by. So by combining soft spring herbs and a fresh zesty dressing you can make a salad worthy of any meal-time.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients
60g rocket leaves
40g parsley leaves, stalks removed
20g mint leaves, picked
40g coriander leaves, picked
15g dill, picked
10 chives, cut into 1cm lengths
½ tsp celery seeds
½ tsp nigella seeds (optional)

Dressing
45ml extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
sea salt and cracked black pepper

Method
Place the olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper. Whisk together, set aside.

To make the salad
Pick through all the herbs, removing any tough stalks and placing them in a large bowl. Add the rocket leaves and sprinkle with a little sea salt.

Just before serving, pour over the dressing and gently toss together.

Serve immediately.

 

Herb risotto

Making a risotto can be quite therapeutic as you gently stir and watch the rice transform into a creamy delight.

By adding a selection of fragrant spring herbs and a touch of lemon, you celebrate with a bowl of spring flavours and tastes.

Serves 4-5

Ingredients
2 Tbsp olive oil
100g butter
1 onion, finely diced
½ leek, finely sliced
1 stick celery, finely diced
450g risotto rice
250ml dry white wine
1 litre hot vegetable stock
100g freshly grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
handful parsley, mint, chives, marjoram, dill, rocket leaves roughly chopped
salt and cracked pepper

Method
Heat the oil and half the butter in a large heavy-based pan. Fry the onions, leeks and celery gently for 8 minutes, without colouring.

Add the garlic and rice and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until the rice is lightly toasted.

Turn the heat up slightly. Add the wine and a light squeeze of lemon juice. Reduce the heat and simmer until absorbed, then add the stock a ladle at a time, stirring constantly.

After 20-25 minutes, when the rice is almost cooked. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. The rice should be cooked, but with some bite.

Add the rest of the butter and the cheese. Season. Stir well, turn off the heat, cover and leave for 5 minutes.

Stir in the herbs, lemon zest and a little more lemon juice.

Serve with plenty of freshly grated parmesan cheese.



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SMSC donates $250K to improve Native American nutrition | News


The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, through its Seeds of Native Health philanthropic campaign to improve Native American nutrition, has given $250,000 in grant funds to support a program designed to improve health and nutrition in tribal communities. 

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health announced Monday a funding collaboration to support its Healthy Futures initiative. The collaboration also includes a $150,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and support from the Michael and Ellen Kullman family, according to a news release. 

“We are grateful to the SMSC, the Walmart Foundation, and the Kullmans for their critical investment in building tribal communities’ capacity to improve health and well-being through improved nutrition, fitness, and education,” said Director of the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Allison Barlow.

The Healthy Futures project will combine three Center for American Indian Health-designed programs, which individually promote nutrition, food access and physical activity in Native communities, into a comprehensive effort. Healthy Futures will be implemented in two Southwestern tribal communities over a three-year period. The project will be evaluated and, if proven successful, packaged for replication by other tribes, according to the release. 

“We hope that our funding partnership — combining tribal, corporate, and private family philanthropy — will inspire other funders to look at the critical needs and great grantmaking opportunities that exist in Indian Country,” said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. “The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health has an incredible track record of effective, innovative work within tribal communities, and its Healthy Futures program is the perfect project for us to collaborate on.”

The program components include:

  • School-based nutrition and healthy lifestyles education through activity-based, experiential curriculum taught by local teachers and Native health coaches.
  • Family-based nutrition, meal planning, gardening, and physical activity education and promotion conducted through home visits by local Native family health coaches.
  • Community-based events and activities–including gardening and harvesting education, fitness camps, and Elders’ teachings – that comprise a cultural assets-based approach to promoting healthy nutrition, fitness, and positive lifestyles.
  • Rigorous evaluation to determine a solid evidence base for expanding the model to tribal communities across the country.

“Access to healthy, nutritious food plays an essential role in helping children reach their full potential,” said Karrie Denniston, director of Hunger and Nutrition for Walmart Giving. “We are pleased to continue our support of Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health to ensure American Indian children and teens have greater access to healthy food and learn how to grow and enjoy nourishing, culturally relevant foods.”



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Premium Beauty News – Feed the skin with a colorful beauty routine



As environmental credentials of beauty products are increasingly important, skin care consumers are looking for products as natural as the food they eat. They are seeking benefits normally associated with nutrients such as vitamins, lipids or antioxidants. While eating well is part of an effective beauty-from-within-routine, it should be complemented by a healthy skin care. Superfoods are no longer just for eating, they’re actually amazingly effective ingredients in personal care that provide the benefits of nature’s very best to help us look and feel better.

Nature and tradition

Aligned with this growing trend, Lipotec proposes a new way to incorporate superfoods in the beauty routine by following the traditional five-colored diet in topical skin care formulations.

The ancient Chinese believed that to get a balanced yin and yang a well-rounded diet must be carried. By consuming vegetables and fruits from five color families (red, yellow/orange, green, blue/purple and white/brown), we can get a broad range of vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals that can enhance our health and give equilibrium to our body. These colors are associated with the body’s vital organs but also with the five main elements found in nature. Since then, a multicolored diet is considered vital not only to reach a balance within oneself but also to stay in harmony with nature.

Five colours

Under the name of Tutti Foodie. Back to basics., Lipotec offers a selection of botanical extracts with valuable skin care properties that can be used to create a comprehensive beauty routine around the five colors in order to fulfill all the skin needs. Each color offers valuable benefits for the skin:

  • Red. Powerful ingredients that boost collagen synthesis and maintain elasticity to counteract the signs of aging for a radiant and youthful appearance. Example of botanical extracts within this color include ACTIPHYTE™beet, that reinforces skin elasticity against sagginess, and ACTIPHYTE™ pomegranate which may protect collagen structure for a youthful glow.
  • Yellow & Orange. Energetic antioxidants that fight skin-damaging free radicals for a more vibrant and healthy complexion. In this color group we find ACTIPHYTE™ ginger, which reduces skin reactivity aggravated by free radicals, and ACTIPHYTE™ grapefruit that can provide a fresh looking skin despite reactive aggressors.
  • Green. Protective elements to help reduce the damage caused by the environmental factors such as UVB and pollution, as well as restore sun-damaged skin. The selected green extract examples are ACTIPHYTE™ avocado that supports enrichment for dry skin caused by environmental hazards, and ACTIPHYTE™ broccoli as a green shield contra sun damage.
  • Blue & Purple. Essential minerals and fatty acids that assist in nurturing the skin for a luminous and hydrated look. In this color group we find ACTIPHYTE™ eggplant which may seal the essential moisture, and ACTIPHYTE™ acai berry that nourishes the skin for a luminous appearance
  • White and Brown. Strong antioxidants that can prevent sebum peroxidation and soothe irritation of acne prone skin. This color is represented by ACTIPHYTE™ almond that regulates oil balance in a hydrated skin, and ACTIPHYTE™ quinoa that may purify imperfections for a flawless looking skin.

Personal care brands can formulate a healthy “skin care diet” by simply following a rainbow.



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Get to Know: Donna Franklin | News


Occupation: Owner/operator of Mortar and Pestle Apothecary, an herb and tea shop in Downtown Mount Vernon.

Family: Married, with four kids and three grandchildren

Education: Graduated the nursing program at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Interesting fact about me: “I actually really enjoy what I’m doing.” Franklin worked as a nurse for 30 years, but said she started playing around with herbs a few years ago.

When I was younger I wanted to be: “I always wanted to be a nurse. My Halloween costume was always a nurse costume.” She was inspired by her grandmother, who was a nurse in Poland during World War II.

Things that brighten my day: ”When someone comes in and says something I gave them works.”

First job: An Italian bakery in New York.

Best Job: An ER nurse. “(I loved) the excitement and adrenaline. I’m an adrenaline junkie.”

Hobbies: Knitting, crocheting and cooking, specifically Italian food.

Biggest pet peeve: Liars and disloyalty.

The world would be a better place if: “If people would just be open to others’ views.”



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TiLT 4-H youth attended nutrition education grant training – News – Wilmington Star News


BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) 4-H youth volunteers; Autumn Apple, Sydney Blair, Peyton Curtis, Summer Kelly, Bobbi Jane Lawrence, Maggie Reece, Matthew Robles, and Samantha Washburn attended North Carolina 4-H’s Walmart Nutrition Education grant training at Millstone 4-H center with six other county Healthy Living teams Sept. 29-30. NC 4-H’s Walmart Nutrition Education program pairs teen leaders with their County Cooperative Extension nutrition educators, to help them teach a series of at least six healthy living lessons, with a focus on nutrition and physical activity, to youth in grades K-12. The teens participated in training sessions on food safety and knife skills, learned new games and physical activities, and continued building their knowledge of action planning using a socio-ecological model for community change.

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, Brunswick County TiLT youth volunteers, participating in the Walmart Nutrition Education program, are scheduled to teach Steps to Healthy, LGEG, and Healthy Living lessons to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade clubs at Southport Elementary School. They will also be teaching excerpts from these lessons to middle school youth at Communities in Schools Cedar Grove and Shallotte After School program sites. TiLT youth volunteers will continue their training, and planning in November at the 1st Southeast District 4-H Healthy Living Summit.

For more information, email, angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu.



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