Wednesday, April 13, 2011

4/14 Fit Pregnancy, YMCA Healthy Kids Day, Top Chef Richard Blais, Duane Martin, Rabbi Irwin Kula

What's Cookin' Today Hour ONE:

Peg Moline, Editor-in-Chief of Fit Pregnancy Shares Their 2011 Buyer’s Guide And Essentials Every Mom Should Have!

It's the most amazing time of a woman's life: the months leading up to the day she becomes a mom. But it's also, without a doubt, the most overwhelming. Millions of baby products and must-haves for moms hit the market every year so how do you know what you really truly need and what’s just hype?

Every mom wants the best for their child and for themselves but there aren’t enough hours in the day to review all the products out there so Fit Pregnancy Magazine has done all the work for you with their 2011 Buyer’s Guide. Peg Moline editor-in-chief, Fit Pregnancy will give you the inside scoop on new mom essentials, from the best stretch mark creams to car seats, baby gadgets, diapers, toys and more.

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Dr. Matt Longjohn Tells Us About YMCA's Healthy Kids Day!

According to a new survey commissioned by the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA,) 74 percent of children ages five to 10 do not get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Instead, nearly 50 percent of children are watching at least two hours of television a day more than five days a week and spending an hour in front of the computer at least three days a week.

As many parents struggle to find the time and resources to incorporate physical activity and healthy habits into their kids’ daily routine, how can they be sure their children are getting enough?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day™ – a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families across the country. As a leading nonprofit for healthy living, the Y created Healthy Kids Day to celebrate and promote good health for kids, encourage active play and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity.

This year, nearly 1,600 Ys will celebrate Healthy Kids Day with events across the country. In this radio interview, Dr. Matt Longjohn will discuss the issue of childhood obesity and inactivity in today’s children , and what can be done to help them get the amount of exercise required to live healthy lives. He’ll be joined by Lynne Vaughan who will explain what YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is all about. She’ll stress that by making time for active play every day, families can work together, have fun and achieve greater health and well-being for their spirits, minds and bodies.

Top Chef Winner Richard Blais Gives Us Techniques to be All Star Chefs in Our Own Kitchens!

He may be known for his avant-garde culinary techniques on TV, but now Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais is bringing his passion for flavor and innovation to your kitchen to help take weeknight dinners from traditional to inspirational.

Join Blais LIVE from the first-ever Pork® Inspiration Café in New York City. Not only will he share his approachable think-tank of menu ideas, but he’ll demonstrate how pork, whether it’s at a family gathering or a neighborhood barbecue, finds its place in almost any menu, time of day, cuisine and lifestyle.

What's Cookin' Today Hour TWO:

Duane Martin Tells Us About His New Role in NBC's "The Paul Reiser Show!"

Duane Martin stars in Paul Reiser’s new NBC comedy “The Paul Reiser Show” as Fernando, Paul’s charismatic friend who is a successful entrepreneur and restaurateur.

New York native Martin has had a successful career as an actor, writer and producer in Hollywood. He wrote, produced and starred in “The Seat Filler” with Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child and “Ride or Die” opposite Vivica A. Fox. “The Seat Filler” was chosen to close the eighth annual Urbanworld Film Festival in August 2004. He also starred opposite LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union in “Deliver Us From Eva” for USA Films/Focus Films.
Martin’s upcoming producing credits include the comedy “Mother’s Day” with Will Smith’s company, Overbrook Entertainment, and the golf comedy “Inglewoods,” in which he will star opposite Jamie Foxx. Martin’s other film credits include “The Groomsmen,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Scream 2,” “Down Periscope,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Woo,” “The Faculty” and “Above the Rim.”

For four seasons, Martin starred on the hit comedy series “All of Us” as Robert James. The show, which was produced by and loosely based on the lives of Martin’s longtime friends, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, received rave reviews for its innovative and comical look at the ever-typical version of today’s modern family. He was nominated for the 38th NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series” in recognition of his work on the series.

Martin’s other television credits include guest star appearances in “Rita Rocks,” “Abby,” “Yes Dear,” “One On One,” “Girlfriends,” “Between Brothers,” “Living Single” and “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” He produced and starred in the acclaimed series “Getting Personal” and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his role in the telefilm “Different Worlds: An Interracial Love Story.” Martin also starred opposite Patti LaBelle in “Out All Night” and hosted 20 episodes of NBC’s late night talk show “Later.”

Martin lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Tisha Campbell-Martin who also guest stars on “The Paul Reiser Show,” and their two sons.

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With Passover Coming Up, Rabbi Irwin Kula Gives Us the Skinny on Passover Food!

Of all the Jewish holidays, Passover is the one most commonly observed, even by otherwise non-observant Jews. According to the1990 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS), more than 80% of Jews have attended a Passover seder.

Passover begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavu'ot and Sukkot). Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel, but little attention is paid to this aspect of the holiday. The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery. This story is told in Exodus, Ch. 1-15. Many of the Pesach observances are instituted in Chs. 12-15.

Rabbi Kula tells us about:

--The ritual foods, i.e., matzah, bitter herbs, parsley, the shank bone, and roasted egg--what they mean and why you are obliged to eat them.

--The importance of home recipes, those handed down through the generations – i.e., matzah ball soup, and brisket. --Why is food so important; how our values and memories and love come with food.

Rabbi Irwin Kula was listed in Newsweek for four years as one of America’s top ten rabbis, and author of the award winning book Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, looks at the holiday and the dance between insecurity and romance in creating a soul mate. Kula’s appeared regularly on NBC’s Today Show, was a repeat guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and co-hosted the weekly radio show, Hirschfield and Kula.

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