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A Week’s Worth Of Healthy Lunches Made Easy

pic(NAPSI)—Weekday lunches can pose a real challenge for those trying to eat healthy—especially if you have a health condition like type 2 diabetes. When you’re hungry and in a hurry, the easiest and most tempting options are often high-calorie items from a restaurant or café. With a little planning, you can easily prepare a week’s worth of healthy, tasty meals to go.

Nutritionist and cookbook author Robyn Webb offers simple tips to help busy people-especially those with type 2 diabetes-plan ahead for a week of healthy midday meals.

“A healthy, balanced lunch is a must, whether you’re trying to eat better for overall good health or because of a condition like diabetes,” says Webb. “When you’re a mom on the go or work in an office full-time, busy schedules leave little time for planning. This causes many of us to grab whatever may be around, such as foods that are high in fat and sugar, which can have a negative impact on blood sugar levels.”

With limited time and endless demands, Webb has several healthy, diabetes-friendly lunchtime tips and recipes to make sure you’re fueled with less effort and great taste.

Planned-Overs: Plan ahead and prepare enough of tonight’s dinner to parlay into tomorrow’s lunch.

• Grill or broil extra boneless, skinless chicken breasts and slice into strips. Arrange over one slice of whole grain bread and drizzle low-fat Italian dressing (pack in separate container). Add sliced tomato and peppers and eat as an open-faced sandwich.

• Broil an extra piece of fish and save some cooked whole wheat pasta. Flake the fish and mix together with mandarin oranges or pineapple, packed in their own juice. Add chopped scallions and serve over cold pasta.

Staples Pantry: Stock up on pantry and freezer staple items such as canned beans (no salt added), instant brown rice, whole grain tortillas, foil-packed tuna or salmon and bags of frozen veggies (no added sauce). Having these items readily available will make lunch preparation quick and easy.

• Drain and rinse any type of beans and mash into a coarse consistency with a small amount of olive oil, dried oregano and ground cumin. Add to a container and pack a whole wheat tortilla. Before serving, heat the tortilla in the microwave. Add the bean mixture and ½ cup greens from the salad bar (or bring greens in a zippered bag). Roll or fold over.

• Mix foil-packed tuna or salmon with plain nonfat yogurt (you can do this at time of serving by packing yogurt separately; it will keep cold in an insulated bag). Add diced celery (pick up from salad bar or bring) and dried basil. Stuff into a small whole wheat pita bread at time of serving. Add an apple for dessert.

Having a proper midday meal provides the energy needed to tackle important challenges and keep you sharp and focused throughout the day. If you’re living with type 2 diabetes, a healthy midday meal can also help keep your weight on track and help you maintain lower blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.

Beyond planning healthy lunches, there are other steps you can take each week if you’re living with type 2 diabetes. For some, this includes taking a once-weekly medication. BYDUREON™ (exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension) was recently approved by the FDA as the first once-weekly type 2 diabetes treatment, and it works with your body to help control your blood sugar to help your best efforts pay off.

For more information about type 2 diabetes, tips for eating healthy and other small changes you can make to improve your health, please visit

Important Safety Information for BYDUREON™ (exenatide extended-release for injectable suspension)

BYDUREON is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and should be used along with diet and exercise. BYDUREON is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes.

BYDUREON is a long-acting form of the medication in BYETTA® (exenatide) injection so both drugs should not be used together. BYDUREON is not insulin and should not be taken instead of insulin. BYDUREON is not for people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis. BYDUREON is not recommended for use in children. It is not known if BYDUREON is safe and effective in people with a history of pancreatitis or severe kidney problems.

In animal studies, BYDUREON caused rats to develop tumors of the thyroid gland. Some tumors were cancers. It is not known if BYDUREON causes thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) in people. BYDUREON should not be used if there is a personal or family history of MTC or Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2.

Based on postmarketing data, exenatide has been associated with acute pancreatitis, including fatal and non-fatal hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis. Patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of pancreatitis after initiation of BYDUREON.

The risk of getting low blood sugar is higher if BYDUREON is taken with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea. The dose of sulfonylurea may need to be lowered while BYDUREON is used. BYDUREON should not be used in people who have or had severe kidney problems and may cause or worsen problems with kidney funtion, including kidney failure. Patients should talk with their healthcare provider if they have severe problems with their stomach, such as delayed emptying of the stomach (gastroparesis) or problems with digesting food. Antibodies may develop with use of BYDUREON, which may lead to worsening or failure to achieve adequate glycemic control. Severe allergic reactions can happen with BYDUREON. There have been no clinical studies establishing conclusive evidence of macrovascular risk reduction with BYDUREON or any other antidiabetic drug.

The most common side effects with BYDUREON include nausea, diarrhea, headache, vomiting, constipation, itching at injection site, a small bump (nodule) at the injection site, and indigestion. Nausea most commonly happens when first starting BYDUREON, but may become less over time.

These are not all the side effects from use of BYDUREON. A healthcare provider should be consulted about any side effect that is bothersome or does not go away.

For additional important safety information about BYDUREON, please see the full Prescribing Information [] and Medication Guide [].


The BYDUREON mark and design mark are trademarks of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

BYETTA is a registered trademark of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Make the First Five Years Count: What Parents Should Know

pic(NAPSI)—The first five years of life are the years of learning that shape kids’ futures. Yet every year, more than 1 million children with unidentified delays and disabilities enter school with learning and health issues that put them far behind their peers.

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, one in five households with children has a child with a special health care need and could benefit from screening and services, yet less than 20 percent of children under the age of 5 receive a developmental screening.

While every child develops at his or her own pace, there are some milestones parents should be aware of. Easter Seals, through the generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, offers parents free access to an online screening tool to help parents monitor their child’s developmental milestones. Widely used with parents by health care providers, preschool programs and early childhood professionals, Brookes Publishing’s Ages & Stages Questionnaires® can now be easily completed by parents at

Here are a few of the milestones included in the screening tool:

Birth to 1 year

• At 2 months, does your baby smile when you talk to her? Does your baby roll from his back to his tummy at 8 months?

• When holding a small toy in each hand, does your baby clap the toys together (like ‘Pat-a-cake’) at 12 months?

1 to 2 years

• At 14 months, does your baby take several steps without tripping or falling?

• Does your child help turn the pages of a book at 16 months?

• When you ask your child to point to her nose, eyes, hair, feet, ears and so forth, does she correctly point to at least seven body parts?

2 to 3 years

• Does your child run fairly well, stopping herself without bumping into things or falling? Does your child put on a coat, jacket or shirt by himself?

• When drawing, does your child hold a pencil, crayon or pen between her fingers and thumb like an adult does?

3 to 4 years

• Can your child cut paper with child-safe scissors? If you place five objects in front of your child, can he count them by saying, “one, two, three, four, five,” in order?

4 to 5 years

• Does your child use four- and five-word sentences?

• Does your child usually take turns and share with other children?

If something doesn’t feel quite right, share your concerns with your health care provider. Early identification and treatment are keys to a bright future for your child.

These questions are just some of the helpful items in the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (© 2009 Brookes Publishing Co., used with permission).

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Making Play A Priority In The Face Of Childhood Obesity


(NAPSI)--For generations, children have enjoyed gliding through the air on swings and going down slides at their neighborhood playground. Long before the terms “BMI” and “trans fat” were part of everyday speech, kids would run out to the backyard or a local park to meet up with friends for an afternoon of fun.

For today’s young children, play isn’t all just fun and games; it is a fundamental need. Studies indicate that a lack of physical fitness is one of the biggest threats the nation is currently facing. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity rates in America have tripled over the past three decades. Nearly one in every three children in the nation is overweight or obese. This fact leads to a startling reality: For the first time in U.S. history, children will not live as long as their parents.

Playing outdoors with other children has been shown to benefit every aspect of a child’s wellness and development, not just weight control. Playground equipment that encourages climbing, sliding and running help to build a child’s gross motor and socialization skills, as well as agility, dexterity, body strength and self-confidence. In his 2008 book entitled “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Harvard Medical School clinical associate professor of psychiatry Dr. John J. Ratey cited numerous findings from neuroscientific, biomedical and educational research to show how physical activity improves learning. One case study referenced in the book is a program in Naperville, Illinois that resulted in the school district’s eighth graders scoring in the top 10 percent among 38 countries on standardized math and science tests thanks to physical activity being integrated into the school day.

Despite these documented benefits of exercise, according to a recent report by the CDC, just one in five families has a park or playground within a half-mile of their home. It is vital that local communities—from lawmakers and leadership, to new parents and PTA members—unite to create and protect outdoor play spaces for children.

Today’s very real budget constraints shouldn’t stand in the way of bringing outdoor play to children in every community. When considering a new playground, it is important not to sacrifice safety for affordability. For those looking for reasonably priced, commercial-grade playgrounds, there are new options available. Where to start?

• Find an experienced playground manufacturer or consultant who can help guide the project and navigate any budget constraints

• Consider total costs to operate the equipment. For example, will the anticipated maintenance costs place burdens on the operation that could be avoided?

• Look to product lines that can accommodate multiple ages and abilities

• Consider products that are not only fun but also encourage kids to exert energy and increase physical activity

One option for getting children outdoors and active is the affordably priced PlaySimple® playgrounds by Playworld Systems®, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of playground and fitness equipment for over 40 years. PlaySimple commercial playgrounds are designed to get children exercising through the power of play, while engaging with one another.

Parents and community leaders can help today’s children lead healthier lives by making play more available in public spaces. Visit

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Shriners Hospitals For Children Encourages Families To “Be Burn Aware”


(NAPSI)—Homes are the sites of thousands of burn injuries to children every year, including scalds and fire-related injuries. Many of these incidents could have been easily prevented by following and implementing some basic safety tips.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is addressing this issue by focusing its annual yearlong burn awareness campaign on teaching children to “Be Burn Aware,” especially at home.

“At Shriners Hospitals for Children, preventing burn injuries and providing burn awareness education is an ongoing, yearlong effort,” said Peter Armstrong, M.D., chief medical officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our campaign, ‘Be Burn Aware,’ focuses on teaching children ways to avoid burn injuries at home.”

The campaign introduces two new child—friendly characters—Boots and Brewster-a caped, cuddly bear and a googly-eyed teapot. The engaging duo is featured in activity books designed for children ages 3 to 12, and also a poster. In the materials, the pair leads children through the various rooms of a house, pointing out dangers and how to easily correct or avoid them.

The new materials are available at no charge in both English and Spanish at

Tips to Keep Children Safe

• Use electrical outlet covers.

• Have an escape plan, including two exits from each room, in place. Practice using the plan. Have a designated meeting place at a safe distance from the home.

• Install an appropriate number of smoke detectors—one near each bedroom, one at the top of each stairway and one near the planned escape route.

• Teach your children that matches are not toys.

• Store all flammable liquids, chemicals and cleaners out of reach of children or lock the cabinet.

• Replace damaged electrical cords.

• Do not leave lighted candles unattended.

• Always supervise children in the bath.

• The water in a child’s bath should not exceed 104° F. Set your water heater no higher than 120° F.

• Keep all hot items and anything electrical out of reach of children and away from edges of tables and counters.

• Keep pot handles turned inward; use oven mitts or pot holders. Keep clothing from coming into contact with flames or heating elements.

• Follow instructions and cautions for heating items in a microwave oven.

• Do not handle hot items while holding young children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children. Four of the hospitals are focused specifically on pediatric burn care. Anyone concerned with keeping children safe can visit for important burn prevention tips and information on how to order the free materials, in English or Spanish.

For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children’s pediatric specialty care, visit Shriners Hospitals for Children depends on donations to fund research and other programs. To learn how you can help, visit


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Wash Your Grocery Totes To Minimize Health Risks


(NAPSI)—Nearly everyone has a reusable grocery tote, but only 15 percent of Americans regularly clean their eco-friendly bags—and that could create a breeding zone for harmful bacteria.

According to the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods, it’s a smart idea to clean totes on a regular basis.

“Using unwashed grocery totes can cause cross-contamination when juices from raw meats or germs from unclean objects come in contact with cooked or ready-to-eat foods like breads or produce,” says registered dietitian and Academy spokesperson Ruth Frechman.

“Food poisoning affects 48 million Americans a year, but it can be prevented with practical steps, such as cleaning grocery totes and separating raw meats from ready-to-eat foods when shopping, cooking, serving and storing foods,” she added.

Frechman says to make sure all bacteria are eliminated by frequently washing your grocery tote, either in the washing machine or by hand with hot, soapy water; cleaning all areas where you place your totes, such as the kitchen counter; storing totes in a clean, dry location; and avoiding leaving totes in the trunk of a vehicle.

“In the store, wrap meat, poultry and fish in plastic bags before placing in the tote and use two different totes for raw meats and ready-to-eat foods,” says Frechman.

She also stresses it is a smart idea to use two cutting boards at home: one strictly to cut raw meat, poultry and seafood; the other for ready-to-eat foods, like breads and vegetables.

“Keep cutting boards separate, and wash them thoroughly in hot, soapy water after each use or place in the dishwasher,” she says. “Discard any old cutting boards that have cracks, crevices and excessive knife scars.”

Cross-contamination also happens in your refrigerator when you place raw meats on the top shelf and juices drip onto produce, says Frechman. “An easy solution is placing raw meats, poultry and seafood on the bottom shelf and keeping washed produce in clean storage containers instead of original packaging.”

Visit for additional safety tips on how to avoid cross-contamination and food poisoning, and contact a registered dietitian for more help by visiting

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A Support System For Staying Healthy

pic(NAPSI)—Breaking bad eating habits may be easier than you think.

Here are a few tips to help you achieve and maintain a healthier weight from Dr. Ro (Rovenia Brock, Ph.D.), best-selling author of “Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets to Livin’ Healthy.”

1. Write down your goals and make sure they are measurable and realistic.

2. Take advantage of programs that help you attain your goals and provide a support system of people who are also trying to stay healthy. Many of the nation’s nonprofits have programs that can help keep your goals on track by offering tips and support groups.

Linking yourself to a program, support group or other resource can help keep you on track because it keeps you motivated when times get tough. For example, the Walmart Foundation recently announced $9.5 million in grants to organizations with a mission of providing nutrition education classes across the country, and it offers online tools and tips that anyone can access.

The foundation’s grant to nonprofits will provide classes focused on learning to cook and shop for healthier foods on a budget and provide live cooking demonstrations in communities nationwide.

3. Read labels. Walmart is developing a simple front-of-package seal to help consumers instantly identify truly healthy food options.

4. Do all things in moderation. Start small and be consistent. If you’re working out and eating reasonably on a daily basis to maintain a healthy weight, there’s nothing that says you cannot have a cookie every once in a while. Stick to portion sizes and have fun. Its real life!

In January 2011, Walmart, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, announced an initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. This effort includes a commitment to increase funding for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food choices.

According to Dr. Ro, “Nutrition education plays a vital role in helping families break bad health habits′ from eating comfort foods to resisting exercise. As we tackle the issue of obesity in this country, every family must take a step back and look at what it’s putting on the table for its children. Eating better today can help reduce the likelihood that your child will suffer from chronic health problems later in life.”

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Soothing Your Skin


(NAPSI)—For an herb that’s so pretty and so deliciously aromatic, lavender has some surprisingly practical uses.

According to folk wisdom, the flowering herb can repel insects, improve circulation and help induce relaxation and restful sleep.

While the herb is a popular aromatherapy aide for dealing with insomnia or stress, it is also used to help promote healthy, beautiful skin. The herb’s antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties are used to soothe acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin inflammations.

Because it’s a logical addition to skin care products, Canus Goat’s Milk Skin Care recently created a new line of lavender products that include a soap bar, lotion and body wash.

As with all Canus products, the new line is made with all-natural fresh goat’s milk, is gluten and phosphate free and has never been tested on animals.

Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, fresh goat’s milk is uniquely hydrating and gentle on the skin.

About Canus

Working with goats, the company’s mission is to create a healthier, softer, more natural world. For more information, go to


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Helping Cancer Survivors Navigate Life After Treatment

pic(NAPSI)—Here’s some news that may brighten your day. Currently, there are 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S.

However, as more people win the battle against cancer, many of these survivors have questions about what comes next.

“Survivors are people living with, through and beyond cancer,” said Michael Link, M.D., president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). “The period following treatment can be full of uncertainties. It is one of the most complex aspects of the cancer experience because it is different for every person.”

Accurate, easy-to-understand information can help survivors make smart choices.

ASCO offers a new booklet based on patient information found on its website, Cancer.Net ( The booklet helps patients understand what to expect as cancer treatment is completed; explains common challenges faced by survivors; and offers suggestions for next steps following treatment on such things as nutrition, physical activity, quitting smoking and stress reduction. It also includes a list of questions to ask your health care providers, focusing on your long- term health.

Following active treatment, many patients find it helpful to create a survivorship care plan, in which to store information about their cancer, treatment and fol- low-up care. Keeping track of your medical history is useful to future doctors who will provide care.

“One of the best ways to ensure that survivors have a smooth transition into their new normal lives is to implement a survivorship care plan. Survivorship care plan documents, available free from ASCO, are helpful to ensure that doctors, nurses, social workers and other health professionals are aligned in their goals following active cancer treatment,” said Dr. Link.

Survivors may also want to learn more about:

• The definitions of medical terms used after cancer treatment is completed;

• The more than 40 common side effects of cancer and its treatment;

• Setting realistic goals when making lifestyle changes, such as better nutrition or more physical activity;

• Different ways to mark mile- stones in your cancer treatment plan and survivorship.

For more information about cancer and for a copy of the booklet, visit ASCO’s website at

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