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20Oct/14
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Wellventions

I had the privilege of speaking with Jill Stolt who is the President of Wellventions. She initially contacted me about doing hair for a commercial/photoshoot that she was doing with Future Pointe Dance Team. I was unable to attend, but sent in two of my stylists from my salon, Touch of Class Phase III Salon located at 442 North Street in Rochester, NY. Wendy and Monet did very well, and staff were pleased. I have appended some information about Wellventions program and what happened behind the scenes, as well as an upcoming show.

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Wellventions Youth Celebrate Healthy Eating & A Healthy Economy At

Join Us to Support Innovation in Healthy Food & Entrepreneurial Training

 

“If you are looking for a healthy alternative to the massive intake of candy for Halloween, urban teens are hosting WellVentions’ first fundraising event focused on healthy eating – complete with food costumes, food & beverage sampling, innovative installations, live performances, and amazing prizes for all ages. These local teens are celebrating their entrepreneurial success under a Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation grant as they launch their new healthy specialty food brands and share what they learned about healthy eating. They have invited some of our region’s finest local chefs to create inspiring recipes using the ingredients from their products. Featured at Edible Expo are samplings of those recipes, “edutainment” media, and a nutrition themed art exhibit. A recipe book will be published.

Edible Expo is a fun event for adults and youth of all ages and is open to the public. A $10 donation in advance or $15 at the door, supports programming, and the event is free to children under 10. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com. Your contribution supports entrepreneurial training and youth development for local teens who deserve access to a better future. Edible Expo will be held from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on October 26, 2014 in the Artisan Direct Art Space located at 565 Blossom Road, Rochester N.Y. 14610. Park free across Blossom Road in the “Red and Yellow Elephants” lot.

 

Highlights of the event include:

    • Official Introduction of Youth Driven Specialty Foods developed by the teen entrepreneurs – SauceAtude & Gawalli Pasta.
    • Local Chef Sample New Recipes using ingredients from the teen’s specialty foods.
    • Recipe Book containing these recipes that the teens can pair for sale with their products.
    • The First Nutrition Themed Young People’s Art Exhibit where youth ages 7-18 are invited to draw stories about nutrition topics to enter.   The winning images will be printed in the recipe book with the top winner on exhibit at a national art show. Magic Dragon children’s magazine will publish selected pieces from the show in a coming issue. For more information, please visit the Edible Expo website at www.WellVentions.org.
    • A Live Performance That Promotes Healthy Eating by contrasting the energy from fresh food vs. junk food, starring urban teens and FuturPointe Dance.
    • A Kids Café & Juice Bar offering innovative smoothies and healthy drink recipes that contain local fruits and spice blends, with drink names created by the youth.
    • Food Costumes by Each 1 Stitch 1 Fabric & Design Studio and Feltro Fashion.
    • Debut of youth driven media that will help the teens sell their specialty food products. This includes: a public service announcement celebrating fresh foods, the SauceAtude group’s entrepreneurial training video, the Gawalli Pasta group’s promotional video, and “My Entrepreneurial Journey” video with adventures from all 4 groups.
  • Students from Clara Barton School 2 are growing fresh produce for the event on their Mobile Edible Wall Unit, under the Green Living Technologies vertical farm program. 
  • Stilt Walking Tomato Plant James Ryan – from The Anything Project – hosts the Tomato Sauce Production Theater where kids can experience the imaginary world of sauce production.
  • The Friends of the Rochester Public Market will showcase volume 2 of their cookbook to share the recipes, the stories, and the love of our Market!

 

 

“We are proud of the progress our teen entrepreneurs have made in two years” says Jill Stolt, President of WellVentions. Our teams have branded innovative specialty food products that can compete effectively with national brands. By promoting their products through health related “edutainment”, the teens have become strong advocates for healthy eating with other young people in the Rochester community.”

 

The youth service organizations participating are: 1) Community Place of Greater Rochester – who is out now selling their “SauceAtude” product – a salsa/sauce “With An Attitude”, and 2) Youth For Change (The Divas & The GoodFellas) – who are producing a whole grain, “One-Pot” spiced pasta product with cartoon characters that appeal to their younger peers.

 

 

About WellVentions:

WellVentions is a not-for-profit, social enterprise organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial training, product innovation, and wellness education. The organization supports the creation of innovative products, promotions, and edutainment that helps build community wealth, jobs, and inspiration for a healthy, youthful community.  WellVentions is in the second year of a Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation Grant under Foodlink as Fiduciary. To learn more visit www.WellVentions.org or call us at 585-461-0633. “

 

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Youth play vegetable instruments for their public service announcement.  These instruments are replicas of actual instruments they crafted from real food and recorded as their music for the commercial.

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Behind the scenes of commercial shoot and props.

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I’m sending this to ask if you would join us in supporting local teens who deserve access to a better future!
 
Help us celebrate healthy eating & a healthy economy
at Edible Expo on Sunday, October 26, 2014.  
Hope to see you there !
Jill  

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Tickets available at
For more information check us out online at

Jill L. Stolt
President
WellVentions, Inc.
31 Edmonds Street
Rochester, NY 14607
 
Office: 585-461-0633
Cell:  585-455-5494
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www.shanellmonique.com/Editor Enticing Resultz Magazine
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22Sep/14
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Et Tu Parasite?

Picture this:

There’s a knock on your front door one late flu season consumed night.  You ask, “Who is it,” but get no response. The knocking continues getting louder with each pound more aggressive than the one before it, until suddenly the door flies open and a slew of parasites swarmed the house. You begin coughing and your nose begins to run. Damn…they’ve got you.

While this visualization is many things, let us pull out the truths in the statement about Parasites. A parasite is an organism that benefits at the expense of another.  (For the purpose of this article humans will be the other organism that the parasite is benefiting from.)  While reading this article I implore you to begin to open your mind to understanding that there are good parasites and bad parasites around us and living within us looking to harm and to help us.  I say this not to instill fear but instead bring an awareness to a topic that is often times not discussed outside the realm of healthcare professionals.

There are 3 types of parasites: protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites.

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Protozoa are one-celled organisms that can live freely or be parasitic in nature with the ability to multiply in humans.  Protozoa are typically transmitted from fecal-to-oral including but not limited to oral sex, food, and contaminated water.  Analigus (rimming) and putting fingers or hands in your mouth after they have had contact with the anus are high risk behaviors that attributes to Intestinal Parasites.

Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites are:

Diarrhea

Gas or bloating

Nausea or vomiting

Stomach pain or tenderness

Fatigue or weakness

Weight loss

Passing a worm in your stool

Oral-anal and oral-genital sexual practices predispose Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) to infection with many enteric pathogens, including parasitic protozoans and helminths.  With this information in mind, it is critical that we all -no matter your sexual preference- use dental dams or latex gloves during contact with the anus; to clean the anus before engaging in rimming; to clean or use condoms on shared sex toys; and to use condoms or dental dams during oral sex in effort to protect ourselves.)

Helminths are large, multicellular organism that can generally be seen by the naked eye and are classified into three groups: Flatworms (i.e. Tapeworms), Thorny-headed worms (found in your gastrointestinal tract), and Roundworms (also found in your gastrointestinal tract and blood tissue).  Ectoparasites are organisms that attach and burrow under the skin often times laying eggs leaving mosquito-like marks indicative of their current presence or past inhabitants (i.e. lice, mites, scabies).  Historically, Malaria is one of the leading parasitic killers. Taking the lives of approximately 660,000 people each year -most deaths occurring in children of sub-Saharan Africa.

Similar to that of sexually transmitted infections, a person who is infected with a parasite can be “Asymptomatic”. If a person is asymptomatic he/she does not show symptoms of infection or of being ill.  For those that have symptoms of infection they can range from ones similar to that of a common cold -coughing, sneezing, lite diarrhea- to chronic pain.  For the more severe cases treatment includes medications (including antipsychotic drugs); all the while not knowing that the cause of the prolonged illness is related to a parasitic infection.  If you believe you are infected with a parasite contact your doctor immediately.  To provide a diagnosis & potential treatment your doctor will run lab tests on a stool sample.

Outside of the American adapted culture of popping a pill, there have been studies and experiments resulting in natural and herbal methods of prevention and treatment of parasites. *Before beginning a natural or herbal regimen to get rid of parasites, speak with your doctor or physician first to be sure there will be no potential health risk* Your greatest defense system against parasites is first and always your immune system.  If your immune system is already in a compromised state due to pre-existing conditions (including but not limited to Cancer, HIV/AIDS, or other illnesses) when a parasite enters into your body it immediately goes in search of the perfect nesting ground to reproduce.

According to an article, Natural Remedies for Intestinal Parasites: 8 ways to Get Rid of Parasites Naturally, everyday foods and additives may be included in a natural treatment plan to rid your body of parasitic infections.  A few remedies mentioned were Garlic, Pumpkin seeds, and maintaining a healthy Diet. Garlic has been found to have activity against Ascaris (Roundworm), Giardia lamblia, Trypanosoma, Plasmodium, and Leishmania.  Traditionally, Pumpkin seeds (Curcubita pepo) have been used as a remedy for tapeworms and roundworms.  The doctor’s favorite, maintaining a healthy Diet, has many benefits to your health in regards to the treatment and prevention of parasitic infections.  Did you know that adding pineapples to your diet may aid getting rid of parasites such as tapeworms?  Or that a healthy intake of carrots and sweet potatoes is a natural way of increasing Vitamin A in your system, increasing resistance to penetration by larvae?  Well if you did, I didn’t.  May I inquire as to why you are holding back the good stuff.  After reading through this article it brought me to a place of reflection.  I remember when my hair artist, who will remain nameless (Shanell Monique, who in addition to wearing many entrepreneurial hats is a Nurse of 14 years), would yell at me about not eating more vegetables.  I do apologize.  *Chuckles*  I now know better & will do better.

As stated previously there are good parasites and bad parasites around us and living within us looking to harm us and to help us.  Leeches for example, while not the most attractive creatures, do serve their purpose in this thing called the circle of life.  In the medical field, modern day leeches live and grow in science laboratories.  Their purpose is to eat unwanted blood, numb pain or reduce swelling and keep blood flowing in wounded limbs.  This keeps the limbs alive and allows doctors to fix or reattach them.  Like leeches the parasite, Maggot, has become quite the namesake in modern medicine. Maggots are used to clean up wounds that are infected or that are not healing well.  Maggots only eat dead skin and tissue so they get rid of the diseased part, leaving the healthy part behind.  Although I can not stand the sight of these slimy individuals both can save my life any day.  After all my thigh has never done anything wrong to me and my foot keeps me balanced.  Chomp on little guys.

In conclusion let’s hear it for the little guys who could quite naturally save your life one day.  You’ve been presented with the material and now what will you do with it?  I, for one will now begin to take better care of my health.  I would rather not have to be in the middle of church and because of an unknown parasite have to make a mad dash to the restroom before I become known as the modern day Picasso or Devinci, if you catch my drift.  “Ain’t I a stinker?” to quote Bugs Bunny.

*Disclaimer*

I am a blogger and only give my opinions on the facts.

Christiawn

Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

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15Sep/14
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10 Healthy Meal Tips To live By

1.Eat more fruit and vegetables that have high water content such as tomatoes, watermelons, kiwi and grapes. These foods contain about 90 to 95% water, so you can eat a lot of these and they will fill you up without adding on the pounds.

2. Increase your fiber intake as much as you can. You can get more fiber from eating more fruits and veggies or try adding a sprinkling of oat bran to your cereal in the morning.

3. Fill up on vegetables. Try different ones that you haven’t had for a while to avoid getting bored.

4.Be careful of the calories you add to your food such as garnishes and condiments. These are usually high in fat so try to avoid them wherever possible.

5.Try to set a meal pattern to help you to control what you eat and when you eat it. It is also better to have 5 small meals a day rather than just one or two huge meals. Having a small snack in the morning and afternoon stops you getting over hungry and then wolfing down an extra large portion at dinner time.

6.If you do snack between meals, make sure they are healthy and not junk food like crisps. Try fruit and nuts for energy.

7.Raw vegetables also make great snacks. Sliced carrots, peppers and mushrooms are great because they satisfy hunger and they are packed with nutrients.

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9.Cut out the fried food and switch to baked. Fried foods are immersed in fat and oil which gets absorbed into the food itself and is retained even after it has been drained.

10.Don’t skip meals. You should have, at the very least, three meals a day, but preferably five small meals. This will keep you from getting hungry during the day and overeating out of starvation.

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Samose Mays, B.S. M.S.
Athletic Director
South Bryan County Recreation
(912) 237-9529
www.sbcrec.org

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11Aug/14
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3 Life Changing Drinks

Beauty isn’t always about the ways to apply a new makeup technique, sometimes it’s about treatment. Taking care of the body, hair , and skin is vital to everyone’s beauty. There are three drinks that many people may not be aware of that helps to yield  more radiant skin.

Green Tea, Coffee, and Red wine, these three drinks are life altering. All three are simple liquids that will help improve ones skin. And having or maintaining  healthy skin is beneficial to both male and females. There nothing like smooth healthy skin to improve ones confidence. Sometimes it’s nice for girls to just wash her face and go without feeling the urge or the need to brush on  a little makeup just to face the world. And guys, well, not too many men are keen on wearing makeup; so it’s probably a given that the more natural ways to go about achieving healthier skin the better.

Green tea although used for dietary purposes also helps to absorb and defend the skin from UV rays from the sun. Green tea abundance of antioxidants also helps keep skin’s elasticity which helps to keep ones skin younger and glowing.

Coffee, on the other hand is a popular drink all on its own, offering the good ol’ kick from caffeine to jumpstart countless peoples’ mornings. But what some may not realize is coffee also (in regards to the dangers from sun damage) helps to relieve the possibilities of nonmelanoma skin cancers. So, if one wasn’t a coffee drinker before perhaps picking up the habit now wouldn’t be such a hardship.

Lastly, Red Wine useful in more ways than one. The number one plus of drinking red wine (other than it complimenting red meat), is that it’s an added benefit to protect against the risks of artery damage and heart disease. Within the human body everyones concern has to be their heart. Anything that will tip against the scales to fight heart defects is a welcomed advantage. Of course when done in moderation a small glass a day for women and two for men.

There you have it, alter your life in a good way by fitting in the time to drink green tea, coffee, and red wine.

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/red-wine/art-20048281

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information_drinks_to_help_protect_your_skin?

 

Samantha Pope

Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

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NeNe’s Famous Lasagna

 

Ingredients:
2lbs of Ground turkey
1lb  of Italian sausage
1 box of lasagna pasta
1 15oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1 16 oz container of Cottage Cheese (small curd)
4 cups of shredded cheese (Mozzarella and Cheddar)
16oz of shredded Parmesan cheese (Romano or Asiago can be added or substituted)
2 26oz cans of your preferred spaghetti sauce
Garlic seasoning
-Boil the lasagna pasta in a large pot, stirring frequently so that the pasta does not stick.
-Brown the ground turkey and ground Italian sausage in a large pan (season to taste). After meat is thoroughly cooked, add spaghetti sauce and let simmer so the flavors can blend.
-Cook pasta until al dente (cooked but still firm) and place in cool water until ready to use. It is important not to tear the pasta.
-Mix the cottage cheese and ricotta cheese together in a bowl and add garlic seasoning to taste.
-Place a few spoonfuls of meat and sauce mixture into the bottom of a large casserole dish, preferably, an aluminum pan.
-Spread the meat sauce around the bottom of the pan. This will ensure that the pasta does not stick to the pan once the lasagna is baked.
-Place one layer of pasta in the pan. Generally 3 strips of pasta can fit onto a layer. Be sure to overlap the edges of each trip of pasta so the ingredients do not run.
-Next, spread an even layer of meat sauce onto the first layer of pasta.
-Sprinkle a light layer of mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan on top of the layer of meat sauce.
-Place another layer of pasta on top of the cheese and spread a layer of the cottage and ricotta cheese mixture onto the pasta, followed by another thin layer of shredded cheeses.
-Add another layer of pasta, onto which you will add more meat sauce and cheese.
-Repeat the layering steps until the pan is full or you run out of ingredients.
-When you finish the last layer, sprinkle a large amount of all three cheeses onto the top of the lasagna.
-Bake the lasagna on 375° F until the center is hot and cheese is melted on top.
-You can also freeze this lasagna and bake at a later date. Place parchment paper directly onto the lasagna and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Wrap the entire pan with Saran Wrap and place in the freezer until ready to bake. (You can thaw it before baking or just place in the oven and bake on low until completely warmed throughout.)

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