Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Go Fund Me - Help Build a Home for People with Special Physical Needs wanting to be Independent


Jake is my son. He was born 29 years ago. By the time he was 6 months we learned he had Cerebral Palsy. The doctor didn't give us much hope, but that night Jake looked up at me and smiled. Like most special need parents we were looking for a miracle.  As Jake grew older we learned he was a quadriplegic, but blessed with the ability to talk. All his other needs required assistance. But I promised Jake and myself we would stay together and make it. 

Before Jake was born, I completed my Doctorate Degree and worked as a College Program Director. I raised grant monies for Meals on Wheels for the elderly, disabled, and people with AIDs.

I wanted to be a great mother, but I needed to support Jake's medical needs. (Jakes' father left when he was 4 years old). I found work I could do mostly at home. For over 40 years as a single mother, I worked a full-time job and 4 part-time jobs. I paid my taxes, Medicare, and Jake's medical bills for 29 years plus.

As the years passed, I worried what would become of Jake. There was no family left and he did not want to go to a group home.

I turned our home into a Boarding House hoping to create a home for other people with special needs.

There was no money to make repairs and upgrades to the home. The medical bills came first. If I don't make the upgrades, we will be forced to move out.

I don't have much money to hire an aide,  So I had to give up my work and became Jake's caregiver. I'm in my 60's and I am trying to do my best, but it is becoming more difficult.




Please help us. We want to stay together and I would like to leave the house to Jake and other people needing assistance - giving people a sense of Independence and self-esteem would mean the world to me. 
https://www.gofundme.com/maintain-a-wheelchair-home 




Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

with warmest regard,
Sandy and Jake 

Our Hanukkah Celebration
Music, Symbolic Foods and Art

Our Favorite Hanukkah Songs




The Hanukkah Plate.

The food art is made to look like a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top used to play games during Hanukkah. The letter  ג (gimel) when facing up means the player gets everything in the pot.

The ג is made with strawberry jam and the driedel is made from traditional foods, such as Latkes, Sufganiyah, Jam, Sour Cream, Applesauce and Gelt (chocolate coins).

Telly from Sesame Street shows 
us how to play the Dreidel Game.

Traditional Hanukkah foods are fried and/or contain dairy, in particular cheese. Oil played a significant role in the Hanukkah story as a small jug of oil miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. Dairy symbolizes the victory of Judith, a young widow who over took the enemy camp by feeding the general with salty cheese that required lots of wine to quench his thirst.

The “Latkes” (potato pancakes) or “Sufganiyah” (fried doughnut filled with jelly or custard and topped with powdered sugar) are traditional foods seen at Hanukkah. Latkes remind us of the food hurriedly prepared for the soldiers as they went into battle. Latkes are usually served with sour cream and applesauce on the side.

In 17 century Europe it became customary for parents to give small sums of money to their children to donate to their teachers. The students learned how to give charity in light of commemorating the events of Hanukkah. In the 20th century, an American confectionary manufacturer came up with the idea of making Hanukkah “Gelt” from chocolate. They made the first chocolate wrapped coins specifically for Hanukkah. The Hanukkah gelt symbolizes the tradition of giving charity to commemorate the Miracle of Light. 







December 12, Gingerbread House Day
with a Healthier Look


Jake and I made this gingerbread house with peanut butter, raspberries, blueberries,
dried apricots and yogurt covered raisins. It's alright to snack on the decorations.

Jake and I also made a Hanukkah Gingerbread House.






The Gingerbread House is decorated with Fresh and Dried Fruits, Nuts, Vegetables, Peanut Butter and Low Fat Cottage Cheese. Peanut Butter will take the place of the icing traditionally used. The cottage cheese and cauliflower will be the snow and a wonderful dip when you are ready to serve.

Before you get started, remember to wash your hands. Also, we need to wash the fresh fruits and vegetables.
When making the gingerbread house, leave any perishable items in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them; that includes the cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Have fun and be creative.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, UNICEF is Founded
Providing Children Worldwide with
Food, Clothing and Health Care


UNICEF  was created on December 11, 1946 by the United Nations to provide children with food, clothing and health care. UNICEF believes nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programs and National Committees.

History of UNICEF
Sir Roger Moore narrates a brief history of UNICEF, telling the story of a small UN agency founded to bring relief to the children in countries torn apart by WWII to the global force for health, education, and child protection it is today.

 


UNICEF Facts

Poverty contributes to malnutrition, which in turn is a contributing factor in over half of the under-five deaths in developing countries. Some 300 million children go to bed hungry every day. Of these only eight per cent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 per cent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency. (State of the World’s Children, UNICEF, 2005)

In all developing regions, children in rural areas and children from poor households are more likely to be underweight due to lack of nutrition. (Progress for Children, UNICEF, 2010)

884 million people lack access to improved drinking water sources, and 84 per cent of them live in rural areas. (Progress for Children, UNICEF, 2010)



In wake of the floods, malnutrition threatens
thousands of children in Pakistan


Shop the UNICEF store and help children in need.
Every UNICEF card and gift you buy supports the efforts
to save children’s lives around the world.

UNICEF: "Let's Heal the World"
Young people from different nationalities across the globe
are sending a message of peace and hope through music, 
as part of a UNICEF partnership with Limkokwing University 
of Creative Technology to help create a world fit for children. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10, Human Rights Day
Providing Nourishment is a Human Right


Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

"Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world" -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.


Imagine - Human Rights

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. 


(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.



  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gingerbread Decorating Day - Healthy Gingerbread House Ideas

#GingerbreadDecoratingDay - Healthy Gingerbread House Ideas  http://bit.ly/2B53Fr2




Gingerbread House Ingredients


Hanukkah Gingerbread House

Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, National Brownie Day
Comparing the Brands

The chocolate brownie is either fudge or cake like, depending on their density. They may include nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate chips, fruits or other ingredients.
Comparing the Brands

Recipe Resources










Thursday, December 7, 2017

December 7, National Cotton Candy Day - The Secrets of Sugar

Cotton candy (also known as candy floss) is a form of spun sugar. A typical serving on a stick is approximately 1 ounce/30 grams. Cotton candy contains sugar and often food coloring. This type of food is known as a concentrated sweet or empty calories. One serving is equivalent to about 13 sugar cubes.



Nutrition Information

An educated consumer has the ability to make wise food choices.

The Secrets of Sugar - CBC News




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December 6, National Gazpacho Day
Gazpacho with Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Recipe: Gazpacho with Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad

Serves 8

Ingredients 
2-1/2 cups peeled and diced (1/4 inch) hothouse cucumber 
2-1/2 cups diced red and green bell pepper 
2-1/2 cups diced ripe tomato 
1/2 cup diced red and white onion 
2 cups tomato juice, low sodium 
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar 
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 
1 dash Tabasco sauce
Garnish
4 Tbsp Feta Cheese
1/2 cup Tabouli Salad

 
Directions 
1. Place all of the vegetables in a large bowl. Add the tomato juice, vinegar, oil, and Tabasco. Toss.
2. Transfer half of the mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse on and off until coarsely puree. 
3. Return puree mixture to the bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 to 6 hours before serving.
4. Combine Feta cheese and Tabouli Salad.
5. Top Gazpacho with 1-1/2 Tablespoon of Feta Cheese and Tabouli Salad



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

International Volunteer Day
Volunteer to Fight Hunger



The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day (IVD) for Economic and Social Development on December 5th. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. 


This international observance day celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer-involving organizations to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

Together with other organizations such as UN Volunteers, we are orchestrating a round of #GlobalApplause to recognize all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make.

Vision: A global movement of volunteers working for a just world.
Mission: Forum is a global network of organizations involved in international volunteering. Forum promotes the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices.

Charter
The Forum Charter outlines the principles, values and ethical behavior underpinning international volunteering for development.  All members joining the network agree to, and sign, the Forum Charter. By so-doing, members affirm their commitment to a set of principles, values and ethical behavior underpinning international volunteering cooperation

The Forum Charter recognizes that:

International volunteering is a uniquely innovative and effective avenue for the creation of constructive relationships between nations, communities, individuals and across cultures.
International volunteering, when based on respectful, open human to human relationships and mutual exchange (the sharing of oneself, reciprocal learning, and exchange of skills, ideas and the ability to be humble) can be a catalyst for practical achievement in tackling shared development challenges. Thus, contributing in practical ways to the creation of a fairer, more caring and socially just world.

The opportunity to engage in international volunteering and cooperative work is a privilege. The openness and hospitality of host communities should always be acknowledged and valued as it is a core foundation for such exchange to occur.

Volunteer to Fight Against Hunger



AARP and AARP Foundation: These organizations work with state and community partners and volunteers to help older adults enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commission research on the causes and consequences of senior hunger, and award grants to help develop or expand sustainable solutions for older-adult anti-hunger programs. Volunteer Opportunities: Community outreach, nutrition education, community events.

Feeding America serves 37 million people, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million seniors, through local agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs. Feeding America food banks provide nutrition education programs. In addition, the organization’s network operates programs that promote self-sufficiency, educates the public about the problem of hunger and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Volunteer Opportunities: Food rescue, driving, loading, repacking, community outreach, food banks.

Meals On Wheels. Representing community-based senior nutrition programs across the country, the Meals On Wheels Association of America serves approximately 1 million meals a day to the nation’s seniors through two methods of food distribution: direct delivery to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities, and congregate meals served in group settings such as a community center or long-term care facility. Volunteer Opportunities: Meal preparation, packaging or delivery, clerical support, special events.

No Kid Hungry. Families at risk of hunger need access to food and the skills to make healthy meals with their resources, nutrition education is a key part of the No Kid Hungry campaign. Through its Cooking Matters program, nutrition educators and chefs equip low-income families with skills to stretch their food budgets, shop smarter, make healthier food choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Volunteer Opportunities: Community event planning, nutrition education, fundraising, advocacy.


UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Nutrition is a key component to its work, whether through an emergency feeding program during a disaster or famine or an established community clinic offering nutrition education and support to young mothers. UNICEF is the world’s largest supplier of ready-to-use therapeutic food for malnourished children and helped increase the world’s supply of therapeutic food by more than 9,000 percent between 2008 and 2012. Volunteer Opportunities:
Fundraising, advocacy, education.


The World Food Programme serves the world’s least food secure in regions where hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Last year, the organization distributed 3.5 million metric tons of food to 97 million people in 80 countries. The World Food Programme works to prevent hunger through helping communities build assets, educate its people and develop stronger and more dynamic infrastructures - from establishing environmental sustainability and connecting farmers with markets to supporting breastfeeding initiatives and introducing school meal programs. The World Food Programme is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Volunteer Opportunities: Fundraising, advocacy, education

Resources.
2. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volunteer Opportunities  




National Handwashing Awareness Month Resources




Will Sawyer, MD is a Family Physician and the creator of the Henry the Hand Foundation and Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher.

Goal: To improve health by making us more aware of the role our hands play in the spread of disease.


Mission: To propagate Henry the Hand's 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world!
1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth!




Henry the Hand Champion
Handwasher School Visit


Dr. Will has created a wonderful website for children and educators. The site contains posters, coloring books, school programs, tips on Food Safety and a lot more. Visit Henry the Handwashing Champion.

Why Handwashing with Soap?

Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal and acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries every year. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and difficult to promote.

Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into a habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter. A vast change in handwashing behavior is critical to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths among children under the age of five by two-thirds by 2015.

Global Handwashing Day focuses on children because they suffer the most from diarrheal and respiratory diseases and deaths, but research shows that children can also be powerful agents for changing behaviors like handwashing with soap in their communities.


When should you wash your hands?
·         Before, during, and after preparing food
·         Before eating food
·         Before and after caring for someone who is sick
·         Before and after treating a cut or wound
·         After using the toilet
·         After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
·         After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
·         After touching an animal or animal waste
·         After touching garbage


It's In Your Hands




Resources and References
1. CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
3. Partnership for Food Safety Education, Fight BAC!
4. The Scrub Club. A fun, interactive and educational Web site that teaches children the proper way to wash their hands. The site contains interactive games, educational music, downloadable activities for kids, educational materials for teachers and program information for parents.
5. Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) program is a joint initiative of the CDC and American Cleaning Institute. This program seeks to improve hand hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of infectious disease and reduce related absenteeism. This grassroots, education-based effort can help improve health by making hand cleaning an integral part of the school day. Without proper hand cleaning, a single infection can quickly spread among students, teachers, family and friends.





Monday, December 4, 2017

December 4, National Cookie Day
Healthy Cookie Recipes and Tips

The Holiday reminds me of the wonderful aroma of fresh baked cookies. As I got older, I would think more about the calories and fat.

Try some of these healthy homemade cookies from 
EatingWell, Healthy Cookie Recipes and Tips. (You still need to watch how many cookies you eat.)


Resource.
EatingWell,Healthy Cookie Recipes and Tips
My Favorites:
  Meringues at 8 Calories per cookie

  Cranberry-Honey Spice Pinwheel Cookies at 54 Calories per cookie
  Chewy Chocolate Cookies at 68 Calories per cookie

For young and older - here is Cookie Monster, sharing how he feels about cookies. 

Sesame Street: 
Cookie Monster Sings C is for Cookie


Other Food Events this Week:
12/1 to 12/7. Cookie Cutter Week
12/1 to 12/8.  Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week




Sunday, December 3, 2017

December 3, International Day of
Persons with Disabilities







The International Day for Persons with Disabilities 



From United Nations Enable
"Persons with disabilities make up an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population. Almost one-fifth of the estimated global total of persons living with disabilities, or between 110-190 million, encounter significant difficulties. Furthermore, a quarter of the global population is directly affected by disability, as caregivers or family members. 




U N I T E D   N A T I O N S

2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
 “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”
Background Note

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. This theme focuses on the enabling conditions for the transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 development agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The centrality of resilience to sustainable development cuts across all the SDGs.  The 2030 Agenda, pledging to “leave no one behind”, is premised on the resilience of those in vulnerable situations and the reduction of their exposure and vulnerability to economic, social and environmental shocks as well as disasters. It also urges all Member States to strengthen the resilience of society, including infrastructure, cities and human settlement, and climate-related hazards and natural disasters responses.  The transformation towards sustainable and resilient society provides an opportunity for persons with disabilities to address their challenges through collective efforts with other stakeholders to design, develop and implement affordable and innovative solutions.

In the era of digitalization, technology provides a means to such innovative solutions. It is an essential component to realizing the SDGs for persons with disabilities and their full and effective participation in development. Too often, adaptation and dissemination of technological innovations are too expensive or exclusive, widening the gap between those who can afford them and who cannot. Thus, affordable technologies and equal access to them, including information and communication technologies (ICTs), must be prioritized for persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In particular, access to and affordability of technologies is crucial for the inclusion and the leadership of persons with disabilities to contribute to the transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society, including in urban development, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action.

Throughout the recent years, the international community has witnessed the progress made in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities. Efforts to mainstream disability have successfully made it a cross-cutting issue in major global development agendas, including the 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action which seeks to transform our world and to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner. The New Urban Agenda directly relates to SDG 11 “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and is also interlinked with other SDGs addressing equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential, and transforming the society into a just, equitable, socially inclusive and resilient one in which the needs of the persons with disabilities are met. Meanwhile, the Sendai Framework recognizes persons with disabilities not only as beneficiaries but also as agents of change for building sustainable and resilient societies for all in the context of disaster risk reduction.

With the adaptation and dissemination of affordable and innovative technologies for persons with disabilities, as well as full and effective participation of persons with disabilities, inclusive and accessible urbanization and development for all can fast-track the transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society.

Key Questions
1.     What are the most challenging issues in the process of the transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all? And how can we address them? (e.g. political will, technical support, full and effective participation of persons with disabilities. etc.)
2.     What are the actions and measures that the governments, civil society, and other stakeholders have been or will be engaged to ensure that all stages of development are inclusive of and accessible for persons with disabilities?
3.     What efforts can be made to improve the implementation of disability-inclusive development, especially in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other global development agendas?

Assistive technology to facilitate
independent eating and drinking
The first video describes feeding challenges encountered by persons with disabilities and the advances in assistive technology. It’s not an endorsement of the Mealtime Partner Dining System, but the video shows good examples of challenging eating/feeding situations. 

Quadriplegic Eating Utensils



Resource.





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