CNN features story on NuVal Food Scoring System
On August 16th, CNN did an extensive story on the NuVal food scoring system on its American Morning show. View Ssegment
The Wall Street Journal
In The New Nutritionist: Your Grocer, the WSJ highlighted NuValís food scoring system, currently in more than 600 supermarkets in 21 states, in its article about ways in which grocery stores are offering services to help customers make healthy food choices. See Full Article
Good Morning America
See GMA segment entitled "NuVal System Helps Supermarket Shoppers Make Better Nutritional Choices" shown on August 2nd.
Back to School — Healthy Lunchbox/ After School Snack Recipes by Catherine Katz, PhD/ as featured in The Flavor Full Diet
Banana Chocolate Chip Soft Wheat Muffins
These wonderfully moist muffins are a great snack to throw in your child's lunchbox - or have ready when they get home from school. Not only that — they are super easy because you mix everything in one bowl! They are filed with fiber and fruit, very low in fat and sugar and burst with banana flavor! They also freeze well, so make a batch and freeze some for later.
Makes 12 muffins or 28 mini muffins:
2 medium ripe bananas
1 egg (organic, omega-3)
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
3 Tbsp fat free powdered milk
3 Tbsp canola oil
1 ¼ cup soft wheat pastry flour*
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup organic skim milk
1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cocoa)
*Catherine recommends using organic pastry flour from Arrowhead Mills but any other brand of soft wheat flour with lots of fiber will do. You can also use oat bran flour instead.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Place bananas, egg, sugar, powdered milk and oil in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until well blended.
3. Add flour and baking powder to the batter and start mixer on low speed, adding in skim milk until slowly well blended.
4. Add chocolate chips and stir to blend
5. Place paper liners in a muffin baking pan and spoon the batter so each is 2/3 full.
6 . Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
Almond Butter Flax Crispies
These are another nutritious snack to throw in your child's lunch box! These no bake nutrition powerhouses are easy to make and keep well in the freezer so you can have them ready to go. Makes 30 squares.
1 cup natural honey
1 cup natural almond butter (or peanut butter)*
1 cup flaxmeal
5 1/2 cups Crispy brown rice cereal (Erewhon)
1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cocoa)
* with no added salt, sugar or partially hydrogenated oil
1. Place honey in a pan over low heat and cook for 1-2 minutes. Turn off the stove and stir in almond butter until melted. Stir until smooth.
2. Put flaxmeal in a large bowl along with the crispy rice cereal and mix gently with your hands.
3. Pour the warm almond butter/honey mixture in the bowl with the rice cereal and flaxmeal and stir well with a spoon. Stir in chocolate chips while still warm.
4. Pour mixture into a 8x12 pan and press down to flatten with slightly damp hands until nicely compact and flat throughout.
5. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and cut into 30 squares.
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Welcome to Our Fall 2010 Newsletter
A Word from Turn the Tide's President
Summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner. With the end of summer and its hot, humid weather brings the cool, crisp days of fall — my favorite time of year for enjoying the outdoors — riding horses and taking long hikes thru the trails of Connecticut where I live.
We have some exciting news to share in this issue about Turn the Tide's activities and programs. I appreciate and encourage your help supporting these programs, whether that's by spreading the word, or through direct donation to Turn the Tide.
To your health,
To learn more about Dr. Katz, please visit www.davidkatzmd.com
OWCH (Online Weight Counseling for Healthcare Providers) Approved for CME credits! Visit www.turnthetidefoundation.org/programs.htm to access the online training program and CME credits.
Coming Soon! ABE (Activity Bursts Everywhere) for Fitness. By popular request, Turn the Tide Foundation will soon bring you an expansion of our ABC for Fitness program that can be done in a variety of settings, not just the classroom! We're teaming up with Dr. Stephan Esser, USPTA, MD, and his wife, Tiffany, who is a personal trainer. Dr. Esser is completing advanced training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard University and will bring his expertise and passion for physical activity to develop Activity Bursts Everywhere for Fitness. We'll keep you updated in upcoming newsletters.
It's as easy as 1-2-3... or, 98-99-100 in the case of NuVal in the schools! In addition to bringing the NuVal food scoring system to the cafeterias in the Palm Beach County School District,(thru the generous support of the California Walnut Commission) , Turn the Tide is pleased to bring the NuVal food scoring system to the Independence, MO School District as well. Bringing NuVal to school cafeterias is just one way Turn the Tide is helping kids learn more about making healthy food choices — and making it really easy at the same time. NuVal scores foods from 1 — 100, the higher the score, the more nutritious it is. Both schools are in the process of having their recipes analyzed by NuVal dietitians and we expect to have the scoring in
place by early 2011. Stay tuned for updates in future issues of our Newsletter.
Philanthropy Matters. By David Garamella, The Giving Collaborative.
It's reassuring to know that you can make a differenceand perpetuate what matters most to you. Perhaps you have built a successful business. Perhaps you pride yourself on your family and the values you have instilled in your children and grandchildren. Perhaps you serve, or have served, in community or civic groups or volunteer at your place of worship. Perhaps you have wanted to change the paradigm on childhood obesity.
Turn the Tide donors come from every corner of the country — from grateful schoolchildren, collecting quarters, who feel a need to share their new found good health, to political leaders wanting to ensure that their constituents are not on a fast track to diabetes and early death, to charitable foundations that believe in our mission and share our goals.
We are the beneficiaries of generosity in many forms. As our reputation for delivering sound nutrition and wellness programming grows, we have attracted an increasing number of friends globally. In 2010, we face our biggest fundraising challenge since the Foundation's inception. Children, Parents, Schools and Governments have been clear they want to push back the tide on obesity.
With your support, we hope to fulfill this demand with programs like Nutrition Detectives, ABC for Fitness, and OWCH, an online weight management training program for healthcare clinicians. Today, with the help of the many friends who share this commitment, we have started to seal up the levy. We are going to need everyone's help in making this a success and we hope you will be a part of this effort.
Over the coming months you will begin to hear more about how, through your generosity, you can make a difference. Below you'll find listed our ambitious goals and why we need your support more than ever.
Visionary individuals will recognize this vision, and we ask that you join us in supporting Turn the Tide's vital work. By June 2011, it is our goal to raise $1 million to continue to build an unstoppable, positive momentum against the negative tide. Farsighted, generous donors will help us to meet these funding aims:
Nutrition Detectives — $500,000
Gifts will enable grade-appropriate, fun and effective nutrition education materials for teachers and thousands of children in schools across the country.
ABC for Fitness — $500,000
Donor generosity will facilitate instructional materials on this highly-effective fitness program so that teachers may deliver the recommended Activity Bursts in the Classroom interspersed throughout the day.
Research and Endowment — $1 million
Each of Turn the Tide's programs and initiatives has been thoroughly researched by Dr. David Katz and his colleagues. Research is essential to increase the body of knowledge that will turn the tide on the obesity epidemic. Creation of an endowment ensures a base for funding vital research and programs into perpetuity.
Want to donate? See "How to Help" below left.
Dr. David Katz recognized for his obesity prevention work. Dr. Katz and the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center will be recognized at the Annual Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA) Conference on Quality and Innovation at the Waterís Edge Report in Westbrook, CT on October 29, 2010. Dr. Katz will receive the Platinum Innovation Award, the highest level awarded from the CQIA. The award was given for the creation of the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System!
Additionally, Dr. Katz recently learned he is the recipient of two major awards for his contributions to public health, one from the American College of Preventive Medicine, and one from the American Dietetic Association, both to be conferred in 2011. Dr. Katz will be speaking at the annual meetings of both organizations — in San Antonio, TX in February, and San Diego, CA in October. Stay tuned for more details!
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Back to School By Julia Havey — Turn the Tide Board Member and author of the Vise Busting Diet. The start of school is an excellent time for parents to implement a healthier lifestyle for their family. Around my home, like many other families we fall into a lazy "every man for himself" summer rhythm that includes eating dinner out as opposed to our significantly more regimented and healthful "school year"' lifestyle. I am not saying that's a good thing (I of all people know better than that!) but sometimes "life happens!"
As parents, we really do lead by example. IF I am not going to get up and make myself a healthful breakfast — and make it for the kids too, why would they? They mirror what they see us doing so it is important that as often as you can you set the best example that you are able to. To me, Back to School day means Back to Healthy Living too!
For me, it starts by NOT buying the "convenience" or "Junk Food" in the first place (something about summer, it just sneaks into the cart!) If you don't want your kids eating it, don't buy it in the first place!
1. Start with Breakfast — Research has shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast have an overall better quality diet and tend to be leaner. Eating breakfast also helps students concentrate at school. An ideal breakfast would be a 2 eggs, toast, fresh fruit and milk or juice. My kids LOVE when I make them a breakfast smoothie drink — I always prepare ours w/ Slim Styles PGX shake, ice cubes, banana and water. If your child doesn't like breakfast, think beyond traditional foods. Even a sandwich will do BUT skipping breakfast isn't allowed!
2. Pack a Good Lunch — If at all possible send lunch with your children to school. Typically the foods offered in even the best schools falls short of proper nutrition and certainly isn't as good as mom can make! Be sure they have a source of protein from a meat, peanut butter, yogurt or cheese. Every day include a different fruit or vegetable. And ONE cookie — or one muffin (see Banana Chocolate Chip Soft Wheat Muffin recipe on left) - especially homemade, top off the perfect lunch.
3. Go "Jamie Oliver" all over your Lunch Lady! — Get to your children's school, enlist the help of other concerned parents and fight for improved nutrition for your children! If best or only option is for them to eat at school, then do what you can to ensure it's the healthiest food possible. IF your child must buy, then be sure to talk to them about making good choices. Many schools post their menus online or make them available. Go over the menu and point out healthy foods. After school, follow up and ask what they had for lunch. Praise them for eating healthy food (and again, go "Jamie Oliver" all over your lunch lady if she gives them fried ANYTHING!!!)
4. Designate a Healthy Snack drawer or cabinet and keep it stocked with things that your children know they can have as an after school snack. And keep the fruit bowl stocked up at all times!
5. Eat Dinner Together — Make time to sit down at the table and BAN TV, TEXTS and laptops! This is a good time for parents to model their healthy eating choices. Serve each plate in the kitchen instead of putting the food on the table family style to control portion sizes. Family dinners are virtually disappearing from our culture and as a mother of almost grown children I can tell you that it is treasured time that you will miss dearly when it's gone. You get to hear and learn about their day, their friends and pick up on the little things that might be very important going on in their lives that you would otherwise never learn about.
In addition, remember to be patient when children do not want to try new foods. It helps for children to first see the food on your plate and taste it several times before having a full serving.
One fun way to get children to eat more fruits and vegetables is to make a chart and keep track of how many everyone — children and parents — eat each week. Earn stars or stickers for each one.
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