Joel Westheimer is currently University Research Chair in Democracy and Education and full professor at the University of Ottawa. He is also the education columnist for CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning show. Having received his B.S.E. from Princeton University, Dr. Westheimer began his career as a middle school teacher in the New York City public schools before obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Terry is about eating clean and living well. She believes in nourishing yourself with nutrient-rich foods in a rainbow of colors and a full spectrum of tastes. Terry is about taking time to shop for, prepare, share and enjoy your meals and mealtime. She is about eating foods from living plants, not processing plants. She is about listening to your body and serving your unique being. She is about being empowered with knowledge. And most importantly, Terry is about making healthy choices that nourish our bodies, our families, our communities and our environment. One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well.
Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian, is a vegan chef, radio host and television personality, award-winning jazz singer and actor, sustainable lifestyle blogger, and cookbook author. She is the proud creator of “Jazzy Vegetarian" and author of "Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine That's Easy and Delicious."
Ms. Theodore is creator and host of the fabulous new "Jazzy Vegetarian" television cooking show on national public television and she is host of the weekly "Jazzy Vegetarian Radio" show on Blogtalkradio. Laura began eating “green” over 25 years ago when vegetarian recipes were hard to find, so she began creating her own. Her philosophy is to bring us delicious and healthy eating with a touch of her vibrant personality on the side. Laura began her personal journey into the world of vegetarian cooking when she started working with Marcy Baskin, author of “Hingham Grain and Spice Cookbook.” In New York, Laura counseled with nutritionist and life extension specialist, Oz Garcia. She became intrigued with developing accessible recipes based on a diet that included more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and non-animal proteins.
Ms. Theodore has made guest appearances on ABC, NBC, CBS, USA, Public Television, and America’s Talking Network. She has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, People, JazzTimes, Variety, Dallas Morning News, and Time Magazine, among others. As a jazz singer and songwriter, she has recorded six solo CDs, including her award winning disc, “Tonight's the Night.” She has toured throughout the country, performing at numerous major events, such as Night of 100 Stars, Fire & Ice Ball, and The American Film Awards.
Christina Scaringe is General Counsel for Animal Defenders International, an
organization founded in 1990 by Jan Creamer (ADI President) and Tim Phillips (ADI
Vice President). ADI is a non-profit organization with offices in London, Los Angeles,
and Bogota that campaigns worldwide against animal abuse; its mission is to
conserve and protect animals and their environment. ADI employs comprehensive
methods, including undercover investigation, scientific and economic research and
publication, and education and advice to the public and governmental entities, to
draft and secure progressive animal protection legislation. ADI also performs rescue
operations to aid in the enforcement of new legislation.
"On April 25th, there will be a bar crawl in Downtown Youngstown to support the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley. All proceeds will be returned back into the Youngstown Community. There will be many bars involved and each will have signature blue drinks to purchase, in which part of the proceeds will be returned to the Autism Society. Registration will begin at O'Donold's Downtown at 1:00pm. The event will be from 1:30pm-5:30pm. The registration fee will be $20 and will include a t-shirt. When you register, you will also receive a FREE BEER! Shirts are first come, first serve. Unfortunately there might not be enough shirts for everyone so arrive as soon as you can! Contact Julia Colecchi with any questions at 330-620-2011"
"Acting for Autism2 – A Community Theatre Showcase Saturday, April 25, 2015 $30 pp 6 PM Doors Open 7 PM Performance Fairview Arts and Outreach Center 4220 Youngstown Poland Road, Youngstown, OH 44514 Proceeds to benefit the programs of the Autism Society of Ohio, Mahoning Valley.
For the second year running the Mahoning Valley theatre community is coming together to present some of NE Ohio’s most talented singers, actors and dancers from the region’s more than 16 stages coming together to support families living with an autism diagnosis.
The concept of Acting for Autism is simple, but unique. Each of the participating theatres and organizations will present a piece that represents their style of theater. Songs, dances, soliloquies, and humorous skits from past shows and upcoming seasons are planned. There even will be participation by a group of young actors and singers with ASD. That’s an incredible amount of talent in one place! It will all be leading up to an all-star group finale made up of the more than 100 participating performers!
All of this will be enhanced with a complimentary wine & beer, an hors d’oeuvre reception, a dessert showcase as well as an elegant silent and basket auction at what is expected to be a sold-out show."
World Day for Laboratory Animals: ADI calls for end to cruel monkey trade 15,000 sign petition to stop Florida monkey farm April 23, 2015, HENDRY COUNTY, FL – With World Day for Laboratory Animals approaching on Friday, April 24, Animal Defenders International (ADI) has renewed its call to phase out monkey imports and experiments and to scrap plans for a new monkey breeding facility in Florida. 15,000 people have signed ADI’s petition opposing the proposed farm. Last year, ADI revealed highly controversial plans to “establish the first Mauritius breeding colony in the U.S.” to supply monkeys for experiments. Prelabs, operating under the name Primera, could import thousands of non-native macaque monkeys to LaBelle, Florida from Mauritius, an island situated off the coast of East Africa. Primera’s trading partner, Biodia snatches monkeys from the wild. Terrified individuals are manhandled by workers, who swing them by their tails, pin their arms behind their backs and subject them to painful procedures. ADI released shocking undercover footage from inside this Mauritian monkey breeding facility, revealing brutality and suffering intrinsic to the primate trade:https://youtu.be/2E5l8L0ndDU Similar scenes were exposed by ADI at a ‘distribution-hub’ in Spain supplying US laboratories, run by another international monkey dealer operating out of Mauritius. Haunting footage shows animals incarcerated alone inside tiny, barren cages before enduring the long journey to US laboratories: https://youtu.be/woegHTrd25c Florida hosts several companies breeding monkeys for laboratories whose practices are coming under increasing scrutiny. The ‘oldest and largest’ breeding facility in the area, Primate Products,is currently under investigation by Hendry County after local media reported ongoing experiments there and a whistleblower reported the facility was cutting open pregnant monkeys and selling their dead fetuses and milk. Since that revelation, a second monkey breeder is now being investigated after USDA reports indicated that tests were being conducted at the Mannheimer Foundation facility in Homestead. Another supplier is looking to set up shop in the sunshine state. Infamous monkey breeder Mazor Farm has finished construction of a facility in Florida after Israeli legislation forced the company to shut down its operation, following years of public concern. The company planned to ship thousands of animals in from Israel but shelved the idea when philanthropist Ady Gil stepped in to rescue 1,300 monkeys. Florida’s monkey breeding facilities raise numerous serious economic, environmental, agricultural, animal welfare, and public health issues which remain unanswered. There is growing opposition among local citizens and local Senators have expressed strong concern.Shockingly, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has stated that it does not review the potential impact of the introduction of thousands of non-native exotics on the state's indigenous plants, animals, and waters, even though two non-native species of monkeys are already at large, underscoring the failures of containment. Monkeys from breeding facilities are sold to laboratories where they may be force-fed chemicals, have electrodes implanted into their brains, or injected with potentially poisonous substances. These intelligent, social animals cry out as they are strapped into the restraint chairs used to immobilize them for cruel experiments; some suffer rectal prolapse as a result of the stress. ADI investigations have revealed monkeys suffering blocked lungs, trembling, collapsing and bleeding before being killed. Terrified monkeys awaiting experiments sometimes mutilate themselves – ADI documented how one male chewed his finger to the bone. Repetitive abnormal behaviors associated with psychological damage and fights are common; monkeys under attack in cages have nowhere to escape. Most monkeys are killed at the end of the experiments. Others are forced to endure years of deprivation in barren cages. US laboratories experiment on over 70,000 monkeys each year. Nearly 20,000 are imported into the US by international monkey traders. The latest figures show nearly 3,000 are imported from Mauritius, with 10-20% coming from Primera’s trading partner Biodia. The monkeys face a grueling, lonely, and terrifying 9,000+ mile journey to the US. International regulatory bodies, scientists, and governments around the world are moving away from primate experiments toward advanced non-animal alternatives. The European Union has already ended the use of apes and wild-caught monkeys in experiments, restricted tests on other monkeys and has committed to phase out the trade in monkeys born to wild-caught parents. ADI President Jan Creamer said, “As a progressive global power, the US should be leading the way in phasing out primate tests. It is absurd in this modern age to take these intelligent, sensitive individuals from the wild and breed them for cruel and outdated experiments. Please join ADI on World Day for Laboratory Animals in calling for an end to the brutal monkey trade in Florida and across the US.” A minute’s silence will be observed at midday on World Day for Laboratory Animals, 24 April, to commemorate the suffering of animals in laboratories. Join ADI’s campaign tostop the monkey business: www.ad-international.org/usa
National Soyfoods Month 2015 Highlights Easy Ways to Make Simple Swaps with Soy
April is National Soyfoods Month and we want to help you inspire people to enjoy all of the benefits of eating more nutritionally packed, plant-powered protein. As consumer demand for protein increases, soy protein is a great choice to highlight.
This year’s Simple Swaps with Soy, or #soyswaps, messaging shows how — from breakfast to dinner, beverages to desserts — soyfoods can capture the cook’s imagination. With a flavor that blends well in many dishes, soyfoods easily swap for other items in consumers’ favorite recipes or help them create entirely new recipes that will appeal to every taste bud in the family.
We offer many free resources for retailers, dietitians, fitness trainers, press and more to make it simple to highlight soyfoods in your outreach efforts. Please visit soyfoodsmonth.org to access these and many other materials:
Latest Soy Formula Research Continues to Show Healthy Development for Kids
When mothers are unable to breastfeed their children, they must decide what formula to choose. To help answer mom’s questions about the risks and benefits of various formulas, several studies have taken an objective assessment.
Dr. Badger and the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center have designed a long-term nutrition research study to better understand how early feeding effects the growth, development and future health of children. In the Beginnings study, researchers follow infants who are fed breast milk, dairy formula or soy formula, from 2 months of age until their 6th birthday. This landmark study began in 2003 and is the largest of its kind ever conducted. It has just released the latest results on the development of the nervous system that helps control infants’ heart rate.
Results to date on these children found growth and development patterns of soy-formula-fed infants tracked closely with those of breast-fed infants. When soy formula did not track breast feeding, soy-formula-fed infants closely tracked patterns of milk-formula-fed infants. Using special equipment to measure size of reproductive organs, this study did not find any estrogenic effects in the soy-formula-fed infants during the first four months of life when development of reproductive organs is rapid. In fact, what it did find was evidence that ovarian development in girls may be faster in milk-formula-fed infants.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also recognizes iodine-fortified soy-based infant formula as a safe and effective alternative for infants allergic to cow’s milk to provide appropriate nutrition for normal growth and development. Parents and their pediatricians need to examine the infant’s current condition in making formula decisions.
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