National Chili Day…Mmmm!

National Chili Day

Today is the ‘official’ day of CHILI!  Is there anything better than a spicy bowl of beans, cheese, and beef paired with an icy cold glass of milk?  I sure can’t think of anything.   Some may disagree, but you can’t deny that calcium plays a large role in chili.

Chili is a wonderful soup that has as many recipes as creators and as many ingredients as regions. However, I have never tasted a chili that I don’t love!  The hotter the better, the thicker the more inviting, and the more ingredients the greater the excitement!  Beans are a rich source of protein without a lot of calories.  Peppers, onions, and tomatoes are a great way to get your vegetables all disguised in a rich broth or gravy and spices.

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DASHing to Lower Hypertension

Examples of DASH Diet foods.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) affects 1 in 4 adults in the United States. Another 25% of adults have blood pressure readings considered to be on the high end of normal.

Your blood pressure is the force exerted on your artery walls by the blood flowing through your body. A blood pressure reading provides two measures, systolic pressure and diastolic pressure, which are expressed as millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), or how high the pressure of blood would raise a column of mercury. Systolic pressure is measured as the heart pumps. Diastolic pressure is measured between beats, as blood flows back into the heart.

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Secrets of a Great Glass of Milk – Cold, Clean, Pure

Steam it for a latte, mix it into pancake batter, but mostly, keep it cold. Milk should have a warm berth only a few times in its life — in the cow’s udder, during pasteurization, in the process of becoming cheese or yogurt, and when it is an ingredient. Otherwise, milk stays chilled in its seamless flow from dairy cow to your refrigerator, untouched by human hands.

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Don’t Doubt Dairy!

Lindsey Vonn, US Alpine skier, uses dairy to recover

Lindsey Vonn, the darling of U.S. Alpine downhill skiing and gold medal favorite, has been trying to recover from a deep shin bruise that might prevent her from skiing in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
She has reportedly tried just about everything to heal the shin that she injured during pre-Olympics training in Austria. She’s done the conventional (stretching), and the more advanced (laser therapy). She even tried a home remedy as she wrapped her leg in Austrian topfen curd cheese – a product similar to cream cheese that’s mainly used for eating but reported to also bring down swelling.

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National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

National Cardiac Rehab Week

We are constantly reminded of the importance of getting enough exercise and eating right to prevent a whole laundry list of potential health problems, including heart disease.  We often think to ourselves, “I will eat healthy someday” or “I will exercise someday.”  Someday should start today.   If not, we may be faced with trying to heal ourselves after a heart attack or some other health issue.

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DMS Takes Advantage of Fuel Up To Play 60!

Mark Anderson, principal of Decatur Middle School in Indianapolis shares his school’s success with the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative. Ultimately, Mark encourages everyone to get involved with the Diary Council in the Fuel up and Play 60 program.

Decatur Middle School in Indianapolis has fully embraced the Fuel Up To Play 60 initiative.  It has allowed collaboration between administration, food services, students, and the physical education and health teachers.  The Colts Fitness Camp provided students with the opportunity to make a difference in their lives, while the taste testing event allowed them to take a leadership role in impacting healthy food choices for the entire school.

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Fuel Up to Play 60

National Dairy Council and National Football League Program

Aims to Reach More Than 90,000 Schools by 2011

Fuel Up to Play 60 is joining the First Lady’s call to improve the health of our next generation. An in-school nutrition and fitness program launched in partnership by National Dairy Council and National Football League, Fuel Up to Play 60 shares the ambitious and attainable goals outlined in the First Lady’s childhood obesity platform. The program recognizes that many of today’s youth are overweight yet undernourished and encourages the availability and consumption of nutrient-rich foods – particularly low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – along with 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Fuel Up to Play 60 is funded with an initial private sector financial commitment of $250 million over five years by America’s Dairy Farmers. Already impacting more than 59,000 schools nationwide, the program will further its progress by announcing the following commitment to the next generation:

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