Wednesday, August 24, 2016

8/24 LARRY LIPSON, AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT, LIFE HACKS FROM TECH EXPERT KATIE LINENDOLL

LARRY LIPSON – AFFORDABLE WINE REPORT 
For fifty years Larry Lipson was the food critic for the Los Angeles Daily News and now reports from Florida weekly with his thoughts and favorite picks for Food & Wine.  His lovely Wife Lillian is also on hand at the Lipson Institute for advanced wine studies.


LIFE HACKS FROM TECH EXPERT KATIE LINENDOLL – SIMPLE HACKS YOU CAN DO TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR FINANCES

FIND OUT HOW CONSUMERS CAN BANK MORE WAYS WITH NEW DIGITAL TOOLS & SMART LIFE HACKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

A Life Hack is one of those chic new millennial sayings that have become ingrained in our language.  It means “a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way,” which makes perfect sense in a world where technology is allowing us to accomplish more in our lives.

Tech expert Katie Linendoll shares some financial life hacks that will help us make the most the out of our money in the short-term and beyond. Katie has teamed up with Capital One to show how consumers can bank more ways using the latest digital tools and innovations and easily save time and money through simple life hacks so they have more freedom to do what matters most to them. Did you know that tap water can save you $345 or more a year?  Or that you can get real-time access and interact with your financial information – even pay home and auto loans – completely hands-free using nothing but your voice through Amazon Alexa-enabled devices? Katie can give your audience the tools they need to save money in unexpected ways while sharing the latest technology innovations that can take their finances to the next level.

Linendoll is best known as a regular contributor on the TODAY Show, but she also has made numerous appearances for CNN, ESPN and CBS.  Katie won an Emmy while working for ESPN Sports Center, and was nominate for another Emmy as the co-host of A&E’s We Mean Business.  She also hosted a pop gaming show for Spke TV and regular writes tech articles for media like Shape Magazine, Oprah.com and E!  She recently launched one of the top tech podcasts, Kate Show where every week she shares first looks in technology and science and interview the most notable minds in the industry.

WWW.CAPITALONE.COM 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

8/23 JOT CONDIE, THE CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, WESTERN FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY EXPO, BELAL EL-BANNA, THE REAL CO, “MY CUP COUNTS”

JOT CONDIE - PRESIDENT OF THE CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION - WESTERN FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY EXPO IN LA (AUGUST 28 - 30, 2016)

BIOGRAPHY
Jot Condie joined the California Restaurant Association (CRA) in May of 1999. He was promoted to the position of president + chief executive officer on May 17, 2004. Prior to this post, Jot was the CRA's vice president of government affairs and public policy, serving as the restaurant industry's chief lobbyist in California. Condie was instrumental in the expansion of CRA's Government Affairs staff. He also oversaw the association's Political Action Committee (PAC) and the Issues Political Action Committee (IPAC), both of which have been recognized as being amongst the top tier small business PACs in California.

Prior to joining the CRA, Jot was the legislative director for the California Manufacturer's Association, where he lobbied on behalf of California's Fortune 500 companies. He also served as the chief lobbyist for the Southern California Air Quality Alliance, a consortium of aerospace, manufacturing and high-tech companies with an interest in air quality regulation issues. Before joining the Manufacturer's Association, Jot worked in the State Capitol as staff director for Assistant Assembly Republican Leader Jan Goldsmith, directing a staff of policy consultants and legislative aides. He also served as the legislative director and political advisor to Assemblywoman Carol Bentley, the minority whip.

Jot is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Political Science.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION (CRA) 
WE ARE CRA. WE KNOW RESTAURANTS.

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) has a proven record of protecting industry interests. We strive to improve the business environment for restaurants, advocating on a slate of national, state and local issues. We are committed to keeping California restaurateurs informed about the latest rules and regulations affecting their businesses.

California is home to more than 90,000 eating and drinking places that employ 1.6 million workers, making restaurants an indisputable driving force in the state’s economy. Protecting this workforce and minimizing the impact of government legislation on the industry is our core responsibility.

We are CRA. We’re constantly working to improve the restaurant industry, provide better support for your business and cultivate the next generation of foodservice leaders, ensuring the future growth of our vital industry.

THE 2016 WESTERN FOODSERVICE & HOSPITALITY EXPO SHOW DATES ANNOUNCED 
The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo is a premier 3-day event encompassing everything restaurant and foodservice professionals need to master the emerging trends, up their profits, energize their business and engage their customers in unique and memorable ways. Join 8,000+ peers, and have access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, the best in business education and 500 of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community -- all under one roof.
2016 Dates: Sunday, August 28, 2016 - Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Location: The Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Event includes:

  • Exhibit floor featuring over 500 leading companies.
  • Educational Sessions in the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum giving attendees a chance to increase their knowledge on the latest technology and trends.
  • Special Feature Areas on the show floor include the Food Trends Experience, International Pavilion, Culinary Demonstration Pavilion, Beer, Wine and Spirits Pavilion, and much more. 

The Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo gathers thousands of restaurant and foodservice professionals to gain experience and knowledge on how to become more informed, more educated, more competitive, and more profitable in the industry. The tradeshow and conference started in 1936. The 2016 event will take place August 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN YOUR ATTENDEE REGISTRATION?
Full access each show day to the Exhibit Hall with 650+ leading industry suppliers—including 150+ that are completely new to the show.
Open access to the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum (with Exhibits plus Pass Registration).
Exciting Special Events, including:
The Food Trends Experience
The APPstore - NEW!
Beer, Wine & Spirits Pavilion -- NEW!
NEW International Showcase featuring the Sabor Latino Pavilion  and Japan Pavilion
Healthy Choice Options Pavilion
Culinary Clash: Battle Los Angeles
Culinary Demonstration Theater
Torch Award Presentation
New Product Showcase
and more!

WWW.WESTERNFOODEXPO.COM
WWW.CALREST.ORG


BELAL EL-BANNA - CEO, THE REAL CO - THE REAL CO PARTNERS FOR A BETTER WORLD WITH NON PROFIT “MY CUP COUNTS”

THE REAL CO PARTNERS FOR A BETTER WORLD WITH NON PROFIT “MY CUP COUNTS”

SPECIAL NEEDS ADULT WORKERS BENEFIT FROM NEW PARTNERSHIP

The Real Co™, with a vision to provide high quality, certified, sustainable food to the masses at affordable prices, has penetrated some of the top retailers in the US market, including Whole Foods, Shoprite, Amazon and H-E-B. This is the first 100% single-origin manufacturer and purveyor of the finest staple foods in the world. The Real Co is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with “My Cup Counts®”, a division of My Day Counts®, a 501(c)(3)nonprofit  since 1951, located in Anaheim, California.  Specializing in custom food packaging, My Cup Counts/My Day Counts provides jobs & services to over 750 plus adults with disabilities with a staff of over 150 people. The Real Co products are packaged at “My Cup Counts”, which is not just a manufacturing facility, but instead, a revolutionary 60,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility customized for adults with Special Needs that provides at least minimum wage employment for all their employees.  The Real Co’s culture is strongly focused on providing employment, support and training for people with special needs.

The product line packaged at “My Cup Counts” comes straight from farms in Costa Rica, Pakistan and the Himalayan Mountain Range.  The products packaged are 100% Single Origin and include a unique Organic Raw Cane Sugar, White Basmati Rice and Himalayan Pink Rock Salt.  The Real Co aim to have all products packed at this facility to carry the My Cup Counts® logo and identify the person that carried out the packing. The Real Co products are all organically grown, Non–GMO Project Verified, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Kosher Certified.

“We at The Real Co are extremely excited to have found such an excellent partner for our packaging needs,” said Belal Elbanna, CEO of The Real Co. “Our partnership with “My Cup Counts®” brings an important new dimension to our mission, empowering disabled people in America who face steep challenges and extreme inequality in the American job market.”

With this new arrangement The Real Co has found a winning partner in their mission of manufacturing products in an ethically advanced and environmentally sustainable way. The first U.S. company to pioneer 100% Single Origin foods, The Real Co is now adding one stop to the proud single origin journey of all of its products by partnering with “My Cup Counts”.   The Real Co is proud to partner with numerous food sources, which include farms all around the world as well as mines in the Himalayan Mountains, that ship directly from farm, to “My Cup Counts”, to supermarket shelves.  Each time a consumer purchases a Real Co product, they do this with full knowledge, assurance and traceability that they are directly supporting people with special needs in the U.S., farmers across the world and the global environment; that are good for the consumer, good for the farmer and good for earth.

“The Real Co and “My Cup Counts” make a perfect partnership because we both have a deep institutional connection to this kind of work,” said Pat Rolfes, Director of My Cup Counts. “Our companies are absolutely committed to an idea that all people deserve the chance to lead a healthy and productive life no matter what their circumstances might be.  Our missions align perfectly as The Real Co and “My Cup  Counts” are both deeply  committed to people, sustainability and making the world a better place for all people. ”

ABOUT THE REAL CO
The Real Co’s vision is to provide high quality, certified, sustainably grown food at affordable   prices to the masses. The Real co has developed an exciting and transparent new food category and method of sourcing products globally and delivering it at a local level.  The Real Co enters partnerships with farmers and growers around the world that don't have an established route to distribute their products and creates a way to share their commodity with the world. The company brings full transparency and sustainability to the U.S. food industry. The Real Co products are carefully inspected and sourced by company representatives, and go straight from farm to shelf, eliminating the need for any middlemen.  This unique 100% Single Origin method allows everyone in the world to enjoy what is usually impossible to experience: unique, tasty, freshly farmed/mined products at affordable prices.www.thereal.co The Real Co offers transparency to the consumer, and is developing the first Certification of 100% Single Origin Foods in the U.S.  The Real Co pays fair wages and reinvests in both the land and the community that grows their products. The Real Co is available nationwide in numerous stores in most states including; Whole Foods, Shoprite, H-E-B, Natural Grocers Vitamin Cottage, Mrs Greens, Kings and Balducci.  You can also find it online at www.vitacost.com   For more information and for a full list, state by state, please visit www.thereal.co .

ABOUT MY CUP COUNTS
My Cup Counts® is a manufacturer and co-packer of high quality products. We provide exceptional and unique value to our customers through: Sourcing, Customization, Packaging, Distribution and our Social Responsibility Awareness Mark. We are also proud to provide training and jobs to people with special needs. My Cup Counts® is a division of My Day Counts®. We provide jobs & services to over 750 adults with disabilities with a staff of over 150 people, in our 60,000 square foot facility. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established 1951. www.mycupcounts.org 

THE REAL CO INC FOODS INCLUDE:

  • The Real Co Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, hand-mined at the Himalayan Mountains. This salt is 100% raw; 100% Single Origin; non-GMO; has 84 active minerals in every grain; is unrefined and hand washed in Himalayan mountain water.  The salt is available in a 20-ounce tub container and a 20-ounce shaker.
  • The Real Co Organic Raw Cane Sugar, directly from Assukar Farms, Tayutic Valley in Costa Rica, is unprocessed, unrefined, unbleached and naturally brown unlike most brown sugars on the market. It’s 100% natural and organic; 100% Single Origin; raw and alive with natural vitamins and minerals; instantly dissolves in hot or cold liquids and is non-GMO. The sugar is available in 2 sizes: 8-ounces and 16-ounces. 
  • The Real Co White Basmati Rice, directly from Gujrat, Punjab, from Farid Co-op Farm, is packed in bags that come from a single crop and single harvest as well as being aged for at least 8 months, thus ensuring each grain cooks to the same softness, with an exhilarating aromatic aroma when served.  Its 100% natural and 100% Single Origin; low-GI and pre biotic; non-GMO and is gluten free. The rice is available in 2 sizes: 16-ounce and 32-ounces.        

WWW.THEREAL.CO

Monday, August 22, 2016

8/22 CHUCK DAVISON, VISIT SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, CHEF BRUCE KALMAN, UNION IN PASADENA, LA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

CHUCK DAVISON – CEO, VISIT SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – AUGUST IS FAMILY TRAVEL MONTH IN SLO! TAKE A LAST FAMILY TRIP TO SLO THIS SUMMER

San Luis Obispo County is your destination for Pure Play in California. Whether you choose our region to play on the beach, play in the vineyards, play culturally, or play in our communities we invite you to channel your inner sense of adventure in San Luis Obispo County. There are hundreds of activities and things to do to lure you off Highway 101 through our discovery routes and onto Highway 1 for breath taking views and adventure.

Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California’s Central Coast our region captures 315 days of sunshine a year. Our inland communities experience the greatest temperature swings between daytime highs and nighttime lows providing sunny, warm days year around. The unique microclimates make the area diverse, yet the perfect growing conditions for world-class wine grapes, olives, strawberries and a variety of produce growing throughout the region. A wide array of farm stands, farmer’s markets and you pick farms are another opportunity to play connecting you to the region’s agricultural roots.

AUGUST IS FAMILY TRAVEL MONTH IN SLO COUNTY!
San Luis Obispo County offers fun for the whole family. Throughout the month we'll be highlighting family activities, tips and areas of interest for families traveling to SLO County before school starts. We'll be giving away a family getaway to SLO County on our social media channels as well as a few smaller pop-up giveaways including passes to the Paso Robles Children's Museum.

FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN...AND UNDER THE STARS
The summer isn't over yet. Take the whole family on a road trip to San Luis Obispo County, where family-friendly activities abound.

  • Go hiking or biking! Explore one of the many great hiking trails throughout San Luis Obispo County, and ride your bikes on the Bob Jones Trail. If you're in Pismo Beach or Morro Bay, rent a surrey and explore the downtown in style.
  • Let their imagination run wild! - At the Exploration Station in Grover Beach, families can enjoy revolving science exhibits and interactive displays designed to spark the imagination and creativity of the youth in our community.
  • Catch a flick under the stars! - Take your lawn chairs and blankets and head over to Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo or the Sunken Gardens in Atascadero for a free screening of a box office classic Saturday nights in August!

DEALS OF THE MONTH
Bring the family to the Paso Robles Inn and take advantage of their Ultimate Kids Vacation Package. Enjoy their casual family-friendly atmosphere and a fun-filled day at the Paso Robles Children's Museum. Receive a dining credit to the Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse, and a coupon to Powell's Sweet Shoppe!

Enjoy 10% off select FARMstead ED classes & workshops this summer. Also make sure to check out the rest of their "Celebrate Summer" discounts!

For the 21 and older: Enjoy a 5 hour tour departing around 10:45am from all local hotels with Breakaway Tours & Event Planning's SLO Locals Sunday Special Wine Tour. Visit 4 unique wineries and enjoy an Artisan picnic lunch.

WWW.VISITSANLUISOBISPOCOUNTY.COM


CHEF BRUCE  KALMAN - EXECUTIVE CHEF AND CO-OWNER OF UNION IN PASADENA – TALKS ABOUT HIS APPEARANCES AT THE UPCOMING LA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Bruce Kalman is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Union in Pasadena, California, which has risen to local and national acclaim since opening in March 2014. A well-seasoned chef known for his commitment to serving soulful, handcrafted cuisine, at Union, Kalman fuses his love of Italian cooking with his passion for seasonal California ingredients.

The New Jersey native worked in celebrated restaurants Okno, Green Dolphin Street and Coco Pazzo in Chicago, before he migrated west to man the stoves at Il Piatto in Santa Fe and Chelsea’s Kitchen in Phoenix. Bruce moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to open the Misfit in Santa Monica, and continued to make a name for himself at The Churchill in West Hollywood. In 2013, Kalman launched his passion project, Bruce’s Prime Pickle Company, a speciality pickle company that uses the best local and sustainable ingredients that California has to offer. Throughout the years, Kalman's culinary chops  have garnered him a James Beard nomination for Rising Star Chef, a championship title from the Food Network’s Chopped, as well as a win on Esquire Network’s Knife Fight.

Since its opening, Union has been coined one of Zagat’s Hottest New Restaurants, one of Time Out Los Angeles’  top openings of 2014, and, most recently, Los Angeles Magazine's #2 best new restaurant pick for 2014, an accolade that was mirrored with Union's appearance on Bravo's "Best New Restaurant" in March 2015.

APPEARANCES AT LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE 2016  

MODERN DINER DINNER |  8/26/16, 6:30p - 9:30p
DOWNTOWN: Dining Room - Nickel Diner
Price: $175.00
Chefs rarely eat ‘fancy foods’ plated with tweezers, foam and shmears when they have the rare opportunity to eat out. What they generally seek out is comforting, satisfying and hearty fare similar to what you’d find at an old school diner...but better. The chefs creating the menu for this fun updated throw-back dinner are all buddies who wanted to share their passion for the classics. And where better to serve this dinner than the Nickel Diner in DTLA?  Come hungry…the menu is amazing! Featuring Chefs Bruce Kalman, Nick Shipp, Monica May and Duff Goldman.

LEXUS GRAND TASTING | 8/27/16, 12:00p - 3:00p
SANTA MONICA: Barker Hangar
Price: $125.00   VIP: $175.00 VIP Access - Gets you 30 minutes early access
The Lexus Grand Tasting at Los Angeles Food & Wine is the most spectacular opportunity to enjoy over 200 wines from some of the world's most prestigious wineries. 25 Celebrity Chefs will showcase their culinary skills and provide delicious and decadent tasting samples of their cuisine. During this remarkable strolling event you will have access to book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend's biggest chef celebrities.  Don't miss this great opportunity to experience food and wine at its best.

WWW.LAFW.COM
BRUCEKALMAN.COM

Friday, August 19, 2016

8/19 LIFESTYLE ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINARYMOMMY.COM’S DANIELLE SMITH, AUTHOR CAROLINE WRIGHT, CAKE MAGIC MIX & MATCH YOUR WAY TO 100 AMAZING COMBINATIONS, STEVE EVANS

LIFESTYLE ENTREPRENEUR EXTRAORDINARYMOMMY.COM’S DANIELLE SMITH OFFERS TIPS TO GET BACK IN FULL SWING

Every Tool for Success in School 
ExtraordinaryMommy.com’s Danielle Smith Offers Tips to get back in full swing
As students head back into the classroom, it’s time to start getting the family into the fall frame of mind. From lunch boxes to school supplies – and all things in between, there is a lot to prepare for in the month to come.

Founder of Extraordinarymommy.com, Danielle smith will review the latest and greatest supplies and most coveted trends.
Snack Attack – Danielle will show viewers simple and healthy snack options (for inside the lunch box or for when hunger strikes after school)
Healthy Hygiene – Danielle will talk healthy tips to start the day  
So Many Supplies – Danielle will discuss how to navigate the giant school supply lists; and how to keep things as simple as possible for students

Danielle Smith is a former award-winning television news anchor and reporter turned lifestyle entrepreneur, digital correspondent, host, spokesperson, media trainer, and public speaker. She is the founder of parenting and lifestyle website, ExtraordinaryMommy.com, the author of Mom, Incorporated: A Guide to Business + Baby and most recently Social Media Engagement for Dummies. She has emceed events that included guest appearances by the First Lady, Michelle Obama and Martha Stewart. Additionally, she has worked as a Red Carpet correspondent at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii and 2010 Winter Olympic Games on behalf of P&G and has championed the fight against Child Hunger, working directly with the Con Agra Foods Foundation. She is a Social Good Ambassador for Johnson and & Johnson and is thrilled to have recently begun teaching classes as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. As a result of her work, Smith has been featured nationally on the Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and in USA Today, Forbes, and Publisher's Weekly,

ExtraordinaryMommy.com


AUTHOR CAROLINE WRIGHT - CAKE MAGIC MIX & MATCH YOUR WAY TO 100 AMAZING COMBINATIONS

CAKE MAGIC
MIX & MATCH YOUR WAY TO 100 AMAZING COMBINATIONS

Want to have your cake and eat it, too? Then you'll want to pick up the new book CAKE MAGIC and talk to author CAROLINE WRIGHT on AUGUST 19! When Caroline premiered the book on QVC, it sold 6,000 copies in 8 minutes and host David Venerable praised her for writing a cake book that is so inventive, so easy, and written by someone who understands the needs of home bakers. The cakes in this book are as simple as cakes get. The CAKE MAGIC! method makes baking a great cake possible for anyone!

There is a cake soulmate out there for every person and every moment, if you just know where to look. Take chocolate. A purist savors its pristine richness, yet for others chocolate is best enjoyed married with fresh mint, bourbon, caramel, coconut, chiles, or perhaps just a hint of salt. If cake is a canvas to paint our flavor fantasies upon, then a cookbook that treats its endless variations and delightful possibilities with the proper reverence is long overdue.

Ingeniously applying a Choose Your Own Adventure–style methodology to the art of baking mouthwatering cakes for every taste, CAKE MAGIC! Mix & Match Your Way To 100 Amazing Combinations is an utterly new, highly-visual kind of cookbook that showcases beautiful color photos of every cake in the book to choose from in the front, followed by core recipes in the back.

And, to ensure that everyone really is able to have their cake and eat it, too, Wright includes gluten-free and vegan variations for nearly every cake, syrup, and frosting in the book. She also shares indispensible tips on adapting the method to all pan shapes, measuring ingredients, making substitutions, troubleshooting wonky cakes, freezing baked cakes, and extremely simple frosting and decorating techniques.

Armed with a plethora of delicious flavor adventures to choose from and easy-to-follow instructions for how to get there, the cake’s destination is up to you. CAKE MAGIC! just offers 100 great reasons to make the trip.

Introducing an innovative and remarkably easy new way to make 100 delectable, flavorful cakes, author CAROLINE WRIGHT shares a simple five-ingredient homemade dry mix that forms the foundation for every cake in the book. From there, it’s just a matter of mixing and matching a batter, a flavoring syrup (the professional baker’s secret weapon that imbues the cake with additional flavor and moisture), a frosting, and the occasional topping. By following Wright’s mix-and-match method, it’s possible to introduce nearly endless changes on the same basic cake batter just by switching up the flavoring syrups and frostings.

CAROLINEWRIGHTFOOD.COM



STEVE EVANS – THE MOVIE GUY

GREAT MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND AND BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS AND HOPES. FIND OUT WHAT MOVIES ARE WORTH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. GET SET FOR THE WEEKEND.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

8/18 MARIANNE GRAVELY, USDA FOOD SAFETY, THE ‘ADVENTURE GIRL’ STEFANIE MICHAELS, END OF SUMMER AND FALL TRAVEL TIPS, DR. SUMITRA MURALIDHAR, MILLION VETERAN PROGRAM (MVP)

MARIANNE GRAVELY - USDA FOOD SAFETY EXPERT SHARES FACTS, MYTHS & TIPS TO SAFELY PACK YOUR CHILD'S LUNCH

Back to School Food Safety: What You Don't Know About Packed Lunches

Back to school means it's back to packing lunches and after school snacks for students, scouts, athletes, dancers and all the children who carry lunch or snacks to and from home. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service wants to help parents keep their families safe by debunking food myths and sharing simple tips on how to assemble a food safe lunch, being careful to protect those lunches from the bacteria that cause food poisoning. Since children are among the most vulnerable to food poisoning and may not have proper storage while at school, it makes sense to take extra precautions when preparing the lunch and snacks they take with them.

Food poisoning is not simply an upset stomach; it is a serious public health threat in America. In fact, the CDC estimates that about 1 in 6 Americans (about 48 million people) could suffer from foodborne illness this year. The result is approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and an estimated 3,000 deaths. Within just two hours at room temperature, the microorganisms that are growing on food can multiply to dangerous levels, which can cause foodborne illness. With most students unable to properly refrigerate or store their lunches, it's important to practice safe packing tips and educate your children on safe eating.

To help parents and kids prepare for the back-to-school season, the Food Safe Families campaign offers helpful tips for making school lunches that highlight the four key safe food handling behaviors:Clean. Separate. Cook. Chill.


THE ‘ADVENTURE GIRL’ STEFANIE MICHAELS SHARES TIMELY TIPS & SUGGESTIONS FOR END OF SUMMER AND FALL TRAVEL

Stefanie Shares her ’60 MORE DAYS OF SUMMER’ Deals for Great Adventures for Labor Day & Beyond!

Kids are returning to school and the summer heat will soon be over. For some, that’s a relief…but for Adventure Girl Stefanie Michaels it’s a reminder that it’s time to travel.   On August 18th, the travel expert with more than 1 million Twitter followers is available to share her latest steals and deals for fall travel. Known as the go-to-girl for “living life’s adventures,” Stefanie has carved a unique niche in the world of sharing tips with national publications such as People magazine, Access Hollywood, and the New York Times.

Just in time for Labor Day Weekend and the start of the fall travel season, this amazing expert will explain why fall is the best time of the year to travel. She will also share some great last-minute deals for a family or adults-only fun vacation. Stefanie will have some super suggestions for what to do in Myrtle Beach, her go-to vacation destination for fall!

THE ADVENTURE GIRL SHARES HER TRAVEL CHECKLIST: 
FALL IS FOR FOODIES: Where to find a memorable restaurant experience
ENTERTAINMENT EXTRAS: Travel destinations that include star-studded fun
THE REAL DEAL: The best travel steals and deals are available in fall
OUTDOOR FUN: Why enjoying water sports, zip lines, fishing and nature is better in fall



DR. SUMITRA MURALIDHAR - MILLION VETERAN PROGRAM (MVP) SIGNS UP 500K VETERANS TO STUDY HOW GENES AFFECT HEALTH  

MVP Aims To Be One of the Largest Databases of its Kind in the World

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reached the halfway mark in collecting DNA samples and health data from 1 million Veterans in the Million Veteran Program (MVP). MVP was launched in 2011 and is now the largest database in the U.S. of health and genomic information. It links genetic, clinical, lifestyle, and military-exposure information to help researchers learn about the role of genes in health and disease. A cornerstone of VA’s efforts to improve Veterans’ health, MVP has also become part of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which aims to improve health care for all Americans by individualizing treatment. The program also has historical data on various health conditions that are common in Veterans. For example, some 62 percent of MVP enrollees report a current or past diagnosis of high blood pressure, and about a third report tinnitus. Also, nearly a third—32 percent—report a history or current diagnosis of cancer. For that reason, MVP is expected to play a key role in the National Cancer Moonshot initiative, announced by President Obama earlier this year.

Research findings based on MVP may lead to new ways of preventing and treating illnesses in Veterans. Such findings may help answer questions like "Why does a treatment work well for some Veterans but not for others?"; "Why are some Veterans at a greater risk for developing an illness?" and "How can we prevent certain illnesses in the first place?" With the expected enrollment of one million Veterans over the next four years, MVP aims to be one of the largest databases of its kind in the world.

Dr. Sumitra (Suma) Muralidhar, Program Director of the Million Veteran Program from the VA is available for you and your listeners on Thursday, August 18, to discuss MVP and how genes affect health.

ABOUT DR. SUMITRA (SUMA) MURALIDHAR:
Dr. Muralidhar has worked at the VHA Office of Research and Development (ORD) for over sixteen years in various scientific program management roles, including VA’s Genomic Medicine Program.  For the past ten years, she has played a leading role in the development and implementation of the Million Veteran Program, to establish one of the world’s largest databases to study the interplay between genes, lifestyle, military exposure and health. She serves as the Designated Federal Officer for VA’s Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee, A FACA panel of national experts advising the VA Secretary on genomic medicine/precision medicine. Currently, she serves as the Program Director for the Million Veteran Program and ORD’s liaison to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for the Precision Medicine Initiative. In 2005-2006, Dr. Muralidhar served as Health and Science Advisor to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.  Prior to joining the VA, she was an Associate Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University.

WWW.RESEARCH.VA.GOV/MVP