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EarthTalk®: Environmental Implications of Food Waste

Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent—some 25.9 million tons—of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption. A 2004 University of Arizona study pegs the figure at closer to 50 percent, finding that Americans squander some $43 billion annually on wasted food. Lead researcher Timothy Jones reported that on average, U.S. households waste 14 percent of their food purchases. He estimates that a family of four tosses out $590 per year in meat, fruits, vegetables and grain products alone.

Signs Your Teen Might Be in Trouble

Teenagers can behave in strange ways that often mystify adults. For some parents their teen's moods or actions keep them up at night.

Nanny Connection: Child Safety

We all have a personal space (“bubble”) around us. This bubble helps keep us safe. It lets us decide how close someone can get to us, and they, how close we can get to them. We change the size of our bubble depending on how we feel (happy, sad, mad, scared, etc.) and our relationships with other people. Our bubble is usually smaller with people we know and trust, like our family and friends, and larger with people we don’t know, like strangers. Our bubble usually changes from large to small as we get to know someone (a new friend, classmates, teacher, doctor, counselor, case worker, etc.).

Chicken and Brown Rice Sloppy Joes

Calories: 350; Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams; Carbohydrates: 49 grams; Fiber: 5 grams; Protein: 19 grams

Valentine's Day Romance (even if you have kids)

Most couples will tell you that having children is a blessing. Children expand the family and open up the household to joy and laughter. Children do require a lot of time and attention, though, which can sometimes get in the way of quiet time and intimacy for a couple.

Valentine Update: Everyone's Wild About the Boyfriend

Well, here it is February, the month of Valentines, and time for the annual report on my daughters’ love-lives.

Tackling Transitions

<address><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;">by Shirley Kawa-Jump and Dr. David Johnson, DNS, RN</span></span></address><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: small;">As the wife of a career Navy man, Jen Galvin of Mountain View, CA, is an old hand at transitions. The Galvins and their three children move every three years or so. She says maintaining communication with the children has helped ease the change from one city to the next. “I talked to them honestly about moving and what good things would happen because of the move,” Galvin says. The recent CA move brought the children closer to their grandparents—a bonus. “We talked about the fact that our family will always stay together and we move together because of Daddy’s job.”</span>

Letting Go

‘Letting go’ is a powerful concept, but can sometimes be mistaken for acceptance, weakness, or a loss of control.  Everyone has baggage – even children.  It’s impossible to travel through the phases of life without developing some kind of emotional and/or physical hang-up.  However, it’s how you tend to live your life on a daily basis that will dictate the role the baggage plays, and ultimately the level of happiness attained.

Nanny Connection: Making it Through the Holidays

<strong>The Holidays are coming, and I have little time, energy, or money.  My kids want too much ‘stuff’, and this year everyone is sick. How can I make this an enjoyable season for my family?</strong>

Kids and Caffeine

Should children consume caffeine?  Do you know what products contain caffeine?  How much, if any, is an acceptable amount of caffeine for children to ingest?  Do you know the answers?