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D.A.R.E. to make healthy choices

15 Mar

Earlier, I posted asking people to vote for my proposal to curb childhood obesity on Slate.  Unfortunately, I had to post quickly, and didn’t get a chance to fully explain it.  Slate’s Time to Trim Hive is “a project to crowdsource solutions to childhood obesity.”  They asked for readers to submit proposals and for others to vote on them.

Here’s my proposal:

We have D.A.R.E. to teach kids to say no to drugs. In D.A.R.E. we teach them what drugs really do to their bodies and how to make responsible decisions. We need a similar program about food, exercise, and physiology. Kids need to learn that sugar and caffeine can be dangerous and addicting. Let’s teach them about blood sugar levels and how foods interact. They need to learn about the impact that different types of foods have on their bodies and how what they eat can affect how they feel. Let’s teach them to make reasonable, moderate choices. And, like D.A.R.E., let’s do it in a positive way. Some bodies are just built heavier than others. Some kids won’t be skinny, no matter what they do. And that’s okay. This class can’t be another time (joining gym, health, and sports) where fat kids are made to feel stigmatized. We need to include information on metabolism and how everyone’s body is different. How it’s about health, not weight. So, let’s sit down with Michael Pollan and Michelle Obama and other leaders interested in the subject and develop a curriculum. Let’s find some sponsors to help us roll it out across the county across all levels of our schools. (Bill Gates, I’m looking at you.) Let’s start it early and make it fun and interesting. Like D.A.R.E., we’ll reach kids on their levels, introducing some concepts in elementary school and building on their knowledge as they grow older. Let’s have kids running home to share the information with their parents. As the program expands, we can add parental education components and engage local communities in the discussion. (Oh, and we’ll also give out awesome T-shirts.)

Click here to vote for my submission.  Remember you can vote using your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, or Yahoo information.  Also, it looks like I only need about 30 more votes to move into the finals.  So, please, Share on Facebook with your friends.

Vote for my cupcake in the Jelly Belly contest

6 Mar

Jelly Belly is sponsoring a cupcake decorating contest (basically you need to decorate a cupcake using Jelly Belly jelly beans and submit a picture and instructions on how to recreate it to their contest website).

I submitted a picture of the cupcakes that I made for a baby shower for a coworker a few years ago.  (The kid is almost two now.  But Jelly Belly doesn’t need to know that, now do they?)

So, visit the website to see all the cupcakes and vote for mine.  (Click on the number of stars that you want to give it.  I would highly suggest rating it a five!)

… and now I’ve finally written a post that includes something about baking.  I’d already had books and blog, so now I’ve got all three covered.

ETA: From my site stats, I see that a few people every day are getting to this page by searching for “baby shower pacifier cupcakes”.  If you’re one of them, I’m assuming that you’re here looking for instructions on how to make them, and not to read about my entry in a (now closed) contest.  They’re actually super easy.  Each pacifier is made of two orange mint Lifesavers and a small orange jelly bean (think Jelly Belly size) “glued” together with very thing buttercream frosting.  (You want the frosting to harden all the way, so don’t use too much butter.  The higher the fat content, the longer it takes to dry out.  Alternately, you could use royal icing, but if you’re going to be making buttercream to frost the cupcakes anyway, it’s not really worth it to make another kind.)  Don’t use too much frosting to attach the pieces or they will look messy.  That’s it, pretty simple!  If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll reply.  Thanks!

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