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Study: National calorie menu labeling law will add years of healthy living, save billions – Tufts Now

BOSTON (June 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m. EDT)The national law requiring chain restaurants to include calorie labels on menus is estimated to prevent tens of thousands of new heart disease and type 2 diabetes casesand save thousands of livesin just five years, according to a new study estimating the laws impact.

The model also estimated that the law would produce $10-14 billion in healthcare cost savings and another $3-5 billion in societal cost savings, such as from prevented lost productivity, over a lifetime.

The study simulates what would happen if one million hypothetical Americans, aged 35-80, cut their calorie intake moderately while dining out, after making healthier choices based on the labels. The research, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, was led by researchers at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The analysis estimated that beginning in 2018, when the law was implemented, until 2023, healthier consumer menu choices would:

When calculated over a lifetime, the analysis estimated better consumer menu choices would:

Prior to COVID-19, Americans were relying on restaurants for one in five calories, on average. Most likely, we will come to rely on them again. Our study shows that menu calorie labeling may prevent meaningful disease and save billions of dollars in healthcare costs, said Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School. Mozaffarian is co-first author of the study along with Junxiu Liu, a postdoctoral scholar at the Friedman School.

The simulation estimated, based on prior interventional studies of food labeling, that menu calorie labeling would lead consumers toward lower calorie choices, resulting in a modest 7 percent fewer calories eaten at any average restaurant meal. The researchers conservatively assumed that half of these saved calories from each restaurant meal would be offset by additional calories unconsciously consumed by the consumer elsewhere, for example, at home.

We also found that menu calorie labeling could help reduce health disparities, with larger benefits among Hispanics and Blacks, those with lower income or education, and people with obesity, said Renata Micha, co-last author and associate research professor at the Friedman School.

In addition to consumer responses, the research team estimated the potential health and economic impacts if restaurants respond to the calorie labeling law by reformulating some of their items to reduce calorie contents. They found that the laws health benefits could be twice as large, compared to health effects from changes in consumer choices alone. To estimate the potential effects of restaurant reformulations, the team projected that at the end of five years, there would be an average 5 percent calorie reduction in restaurant meals. Once again, the researchers conservatively assumed that half of the saved calories from reformulated restaurant meals would be offset by additional calories consumed elsewhere.

Our estimates were cautious, based on the idea that both consumers and restaurants would cut calories only modestly. Part of the attraction of eating out is pleasure, and our model assumes people will still treat themselves, but the experience can be healthier overall if both diners and the restaurant industry make changes, said co-last author Thomas Gaziano, of the Harvard Chan School and Brigham and Womens Hospital, who designed the simulation model used in the study.

The federal law and resulting FDA regulation requires restaurants that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations to post calorie information for menu items. The FDA has given covered restaurants temporary flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis, due to the pandemics impact on the restaurant industry.

Current flexibility is appropriate when so many Americans are unemployed, and schools are closed. But improving the healthfulness of our food system is crucial, given the pandemics disproportionate impact on people with diet-related conditions like diabetes and obesity, and further links to health disparities, Mozaffarian said.

We need to change our food system through equitable, efficient and sustained food and nutrition policies. Food labeling is an effective tool to support informed consumer choice and stimulate industry reformulation, Micha said.

Methodology

The researchers used the Harvard CVD-PREDICT, a validated microsimulation model, and a simulated nationally representative sample of adults from four cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES 2009-2016). Calorie intake was derived using up to two 24-hour recalls per person, with calorie intake from restaurants estimated by the reported source of food. Each simulated person was followed for 28 years on average, until death or age 100, whichever came first.

The authors caution that modeling results do not provide proof of the menu calorie labeling laws health and cost impacts. In addition, the study was conducted before the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and does not include the impact of the pandemic on consumer habits and the restaurant industry.

Authors and Funding

This study is a part of the Food Policy Review and Intervention Cost-Effectiveness (Food-PRICE) research initiative, a National Institutes of Health-funded collaboration led by researchers at the Friedman School working to identify cost-effective nutrition strategies to improve diets and population health in the United States.

Additional authors are Yujin Lee and Parke E. Wilde, of the Friedman School; Stephen Sy, of Brigham and Womens Hospital; and Shafika Abrahams-Gessel of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

This work was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Healths National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (R01HL130735) and a post-doctoral fellowship award to Junxiu Liu from the American Heart Association. Please see the study for conflicts of interest.

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Liu, J., Mozaffarian, D., Sy S., Lee, Y., Wilde, P.E., Abrahams-Gessel, S., Gaziano, T. & Micha, R. (2020). Health and Economic Impacts of the National Menu Calorie Labeling Law in the United States. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.119.006313

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About the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only independent school of nutrition in the United States. The schools five divisions which focus on questions relating to nutrition and chronic diseases, molecular nutrition, agriculture and sustainability, food security, humanitarian assistance, public health nutrition, and food policy and economics are renowned for the application of scientific research to national and international policy.

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Healthy Living: How The Arc Eastern Connecticut is coping with COVID-19 – Norwich Bulletin

How much ziti can 89 people eat? Two Wednesdays ago, Mike Buscetto of Philomenas Restaurant in Waterford provided vats of it, along with meat balls and salad to The Arc Eastern Connecticuts 22 residential homes at greatly reduced prices. Buscetto also donated 22 dozen eggs.

You know whats nice? says Betty-Jo Davis, The Arc ECTs deputy operations officer for residential services, were supporting local businesses, and theyre supporting us.

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As The Arc enters its eighth week of physical distancing, the agency is aware that the Eastern side of the state anticipates peak infection rates to hit mid-June. Consequently, The Arcs close-knit teams have pivoted behaviorally and professionally.

Messages of encouragement are sent weekly to all employees from the chief executives. Department leaders reach out to their teams daily. Two podcasts on the status of the agency have been accessed by more than 11,000 listeners combined.

Residential team members undergo wellness checks for temperature and general health outside group home doors. Agency nurses are available in shifts to answer home leaders questions about residents health, and also team members questions regarding whether they can or should report to work. Our team has been extremely conscientious about self-reporting when not feeling well and working with the nurses to determine whether they should come in, says Laurie Herring Thomen, The Arcs Chief Operations and Quality Officer.

As group homes shelter in place, other services have moved online with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their and families receiving daily classes, chats and check-ins via phone, iPod and other video communication. Group homes celebrate birthdays via Facetime and drive-by van parades. Musician Janine LaMendola plays guitar and teaches people sign from group home yards so everyone in the house can sing and sign along.

The blessing, Davis says, is people are walking more and everybody, with tech, is learning more. It has allowed all of us to stand still and appreciate one another. It illustrates beautifully how interdependent we are on one another.

Note: The community is invited to enjoy The Arc ECTs virtual adventures page featuring tours of the National Parks, museums, classes and more at TheArcECT.org. Just click on Activities4You.

Kathleen Stauffer is chief executive officer of The Arc Eastern Connecticut. For information on The Arc, go to http://www.TheArcECT.org. For more articles by this author visit http://www.kathleenstauffer.com

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HEALTHY LIVING Ahoy! Summer fun boating on the water – Port Arthur News – The Port Arthur News

Its summertime! Lots of folks are heading to the lakes, rivers, and the beach for fun on the water.

Boating is a great way to have fun and spend time with your children or grandchildren. Its important to establish some boating safety rules and procedures that will help reduce the chance of trouble or injury during your excursion.

Also, if youngsters are joining you, there are a few features to consider for your boat:

Also, the U.S. Coast Guard warns about a condition called boaters fatigue, which means that the wind, noise, heat, and vibration of the boat all combine to wear you down when youre on the water.

Finally, stay aware anytime you are even near the water, especially with children. Its amazing how fast a child can get away from you and get themselves into a dangerous situation. When preparing this column, I was told of a family that lost their child due to it falling between the dock and the boat and getting caught under the boat. Dont let a fun outing turn into a tragedy. Be prepared, stay vigilant, but by all means, enjoy yourself, your family, and your boat.

Summer is here, have a great time with family and friends. Stay safe and stay healthy, my friends.

Jody Holton writes about health in The Port Arthur News. She can be reached at jholton3@gt.rr.com.

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Somerset County Business Partnership to Host Health-Related Webinars at June 18th’s BizFest – TAPinto.net

BRIDGEWATER, NJ Recently, the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) announced that the 2020 BizFest, for Somerset County small businesses and residents will be held virtually onThursday, June 18, 2020 from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M as the SCBPs first major virtual event in its history.

To continue the tradition of Somerset County's largest business trade show and networkingevent, the Virtual BizFest will offer a full day of networking, educational, and webinar-based events, including these very special health-related webinars, all open and free of charge to the community. These webinars include:

8:00 A.M to 8:30 A.M.- Tips to Make You Smile While Working Remotely

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Join Delta Dental and Uncle Larry for a fun and engaging session on best practices working from home and hosting Zoom meetings; importance of being positive and smiling; and how this is connected to ones oral and overall health.

10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Senior Living Options in a Post COVID-19 World

Health Village Retirement Community representative Melissa Nichols, will discuss the different senior living options that exist and the benefits and disadvantages of each in a post-COVID-19 world.

12:30 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. NJ Life Sciences and the Fight Against COVID-19

Learn about New Jerseys life science companies efforts in the fight against COVID-19, including the development of new medicines and vaccines and donations of medicines and supplies to help patients and first responders.

3:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Atlantic Health Local Updates and Direct-to Employer-Services

Atlantic Health System delivers a 2-part presentation that includes updates on new services now readily available in your community and the latest developments in direct-to-employer health services. This includes: Now in your backyard updates on the latest Atlantic Health System services in your area and the new joint venture with Hunterdon Healthcare

Employer Solutions for Today and Tomorrow ever wonder what the future of direct-to-employer health services looks like? We provide insight into the changing landscape of solutions for all sized employers.

Related:COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

5:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. Partner with Profile by Sanford

Profile by Sanfordis the nutrition, activity, and lifestyle health coaching program created by doctors and researchers from Sanford Health. The program is designed to take the guesswork out of healthy living by offering a turnkey wellness solution for employees.

Attendance is free for these events with registration required atwww.scbp.org/bizfest/.

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Garlic, Tomatoes And Other Healthy Foods Youve Been Eating Wrong All This Time – Medical Daily

Living a healthy lifestyle is very important especially now that the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Eating the right kinds of food could help in preventing sickness and lowering the possibility of getting infected with COVID-19.

A healthy diet is one that is balanced and promotes the consumption of vegetables and fruits. However, food preparation is just as important as the meals we eat because how we handle our ingredients can greatly affect the nutritional value of our food.

According to the Atlas of Science, how we prepare or cook our meals is crucial in ensuring the nutrition of the food we eat. Certain fruits and chemicals must be handled the right way for their beneficial components could be lost when they are cooked or prepared the wrong way.

Pinkvilla has recently listed some of the healthy fruits and vegetables that are most often handled and eaten the wrong way by many people. Surprisingly, they are very common in most households.

The first one is garlic. This vegetable contains an important enzyme called allicin. People usually prepare garlic by chopping them and tossing them into the pan right away. However, allicins strength only increases when it is exposed to air. Hence, it is best to leave the garlic to rest for about 10 minutes after chopping it.

Tomatoes are also eaten the wrong way by many people since they are usually consumed raw. However, experts said that tomatoes should be cooked to enjoy the benefits of its lycopene content. The nutrition of this fruit/vegetable increases when it is heated.

Broccoli should never be fried or boiled, according to experts. They should be consumed raw or steamed. Broccoli is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and anti-cancer compounds that can be lost when the vegetable is fried or boiled.

Finally, theres kiwi. Many people like to peel the skin off the fruit before eating it. However, the skin of kiwi actually contains high concentrations of vitamin E, folate and other nutrients. Consuming the skin and the fruit as a whole is recommended.

Garlic on display during the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) London Harvest Festival Show at RHS Lindley Halls on October 6, 2015 in London, England. Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

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Mental Health: Depression Can Negatively Affect Your Body In These Possible Ways – NDTV Doctor

Mental health: Depression can affect your overall health in various ways. This mental health issue can worsen the symptoms of several health issues and also increase the risk of certain diseases. Here's the effect of depression on your health in different ways.

Depression is a serious mental health condition that needs medical attention

Depression is a mental health condition that can affect your body and overall health in various ways. It is a persistent feeling of sadness and lack of interest. Depression can make you feel worse at times. Many are not aware of the different adverse effects of depression on the body. Not just your mental health, depression can affect your physical health too in various ways. This mental health issue can worsen the symptoms of several health issues and also increase the risk of certain diseases. Here you will understand how depression is harmful to your overall and just your mental health.

The effect of depression is different on every person. Some might experience increased hunger while others may notice reduced hunger. Weight gain and weight loss are two possible consequences of depression.

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Research published in 2010 suggests that depression is linked with inflammation and change in immunity. Some may also experience unexplained pain and aches.

Also read:Know What To Eat And Avoid To Fight Inflammation Effectively

Depression affects the factors which can lead to heart disease risks like poor lifestyle and diet. Someone with depression is more likely to follow an unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

Also read:Breakfast Options You Must Try For A Healthy Heart

Stress, depression and low mood can worsen the symptoms of chronic health conditions. You must talk to your doctor and explain the symptoms you are experiencing.

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People with depression also report digestive issues like diarrhea, nausea, constipation and vomiting. These can happen sure to change in daily schedule and eating habits due to depression.

Depression is a serious mental health condition that requires timely treatment. You must seek medical health before it starts affecting your life.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

DoctorNDTV is the one stop site for all your health needs providing the most credible health information, health news and tips with expert advice on healthy living, diet plans, informative videos etc. You can get the most relevant and accurate info you need about health problems like diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, weight loss and many other lifestyle diseases. We have a panel of over 350 experts who help us develop content by giving their valuable inputs and bringing to us the latest in the world of healthcare.

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Spar Scotland supports Healthy Living Week – Talking Retail

Healthy Living Week, which takes place on 8-15 June, will see promotions and activities taking place to encourage everyone to get involved.

All Spar Scotland stores will feature promotions on healthy products, including the fab four produce lines, which will see green and red apples, oranges and pears be available in twin packs for only 89p.

The group has produced recipe cards with healthy recipes from Parentclub Scotland which will be on display in-store and on Facebook. Spar Scotland will also be running a fruit faces competition on Facebook where people are encouraged to design a funny face using fruits and vegetables with the winner taking away a PS4 as the top prize.

Colin McLean, chief executive of Spar Scotland, said: As a long term partner, we are very excited to support the SGF Healthy Living Programme by hosting a new activity every day of the campaign either on our social sites or in our Spar stores. As we move carefully out of lockdown, it is really important to eat healthy food, exercise and stay active.

McLean added: We have created healthy recipes by working with Parentclub Scotland. We have also filmed some of our store staff showing examples of easy exercise routines that everyone can follow. In addition, we have great promotions on a range of healthy products which we know our customers will enjoy.

The Healthy Living Week activity will be supported with marketing collateral in Spar stores and via Spar Radio.

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Why a wellness routine is your top priority amid protests and the pandemic and how to start – CNN

It's all the more reason to make sure we're taking the best care of ourselves to fortify against the disease. But while living a healthy life may be a desired goal, how to achieve it is another story.

Even if you're someone whose healthful habits were perfected to a tee during pre-pandemic times, you may find yourself struggling to engage in even the most basic self-care in these increasingly unpredictable days.

That's where a wellness routine can come in handy.

I'm not talking about a spa escape every so often or even regular massages or chef-prepared meals (though all of that may sound really nice). I'm talking about creating your own personalized routine that will benefit you physically and emotionally, one that simply requires a regular commitment to yourself.

"In the beginning, we thought this was going to be a little break; a couple of short weeks, and then we'd resume life as we knew it. Now we know that probably is not going to be the case. We don't know how long this will last, but we can find ways to stay steady and structured on the inside amidst the chaos outside."

And while social obligations, travel and other commitments typically make it challenging to start new habits, being stuck at home without these distractions provides an opportune time to start creating a wellness routine that is accessible, doesn't require a lot of money and is something that you can count on during this uncertain time and in the future, too.

How to create a wellness routine

Health experts say it's important to create a manageable routine that you can stick with as part of a lifestyle not something overly ambitious that you can't sustain. One way to do that is to start small and build upon it, as you feel comfortable.

Here are some tips to get started in creating your personal wellness routine.

Set regular times for sleeping, eating and exercise

Aiming for seven to nine hours of sleep is key, as it helps to "reduce the stress hormone cortisol and your adrenal load," Cardwell said.

Getting adequate sleep also bodes well for engaging in other healthful behaviors by going to bed at a reasonable hour, you'll be less likely to engage in nighttime eating or mindless eating in front of the TV, and you're more likely to wake up early and start exercise, Cardwell explained.

For eating: Setting regular meal times, and taking a break to eat your food mindfully is key, Cardwell advised, but when you actually eat is up to you. "Some do well on three meals per day with an afternoon snack; others prefer three smaller meals and three snacks."

Regardless of the pattern you choose, aim to eat at least every four hours, which prevents blood sugar from crashing and can lead to overeating. For example, if you're eating three meals and one afternoon snack, you might choose to eat breakfast at 8 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m., a snack at 4 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Taking a few deep breaths, enjoying the wonderful smells of the food you are about to eat and chewing food really well can all help make mealtime a healthful ritual, Foroutan explained.

For fitness: Pick a time that you're most likely to stick with. That might mean taking a morning walk before your day gets started, or scheduling your favorite fitness class on your calendar so you won't forget.

"I shut my day down with a run or yoga at around 5:30 p.m. That's my last thing for the day. The more you can make it a routine, the less you have to think about it," Scheinman said.

Plan for food, fitness and sleep

Planning what you will eat and how you will exercise means that you are more likely going to do what you intend to do, which will ultimately help you achieve your health goals. For example, planning meals in advance means you'll be less likely to reach for quick sugary snacks when you run out of energy. It also helps to limit shopping trips.

"Not only does planning your meals ahead of time help cut down on the number of times you're going to the grocery store, but it can also help reduce food waste and ensure you have meals that were intentionally picked to fit your nutritional goals," said Denver-based registered dietitian nutritionist Kelli McGrane.

Choose protein-rich breakfasts like egg whites, cottage cheese or smoked salmon on a bagel; Greek yogurt, smoothies with low-fat milk, high fiber cereals with milk or peanut butter on whole wheat toast.

Scheinman recommended preparing breakfast foods ahead of time, like making overnight oats with milk. "It makes the breakfast routine less daunting."

For lunch and dinner, Cardwell encouraged a fist-size portion of protein, such as fish, chicken or beans; a fistful of carbohydrates like whole wheat pasta or brown rice; and a half plate of veggies. This will help meet your micronutrient needs, as well as fiber. Use fats sparingly, as a condiment, to make your food taste better, but limit fried foods and saturated fat, Cardwell advised.

For snacks, choose protein and carb combos, like cheese with crackers, sliced fruit with peanut butter, nuts and seeds with dried fruit or Greek yogurt. Pairing protein with carbs "helps keep your blood sugar level stable, and helps you stay fuller longer," Cardwell said.

Scheinman recommended using the weekends for batch cooking, like making chili or soups, which you can freeze to enjoy later in the week. Washing and chopping veggies and fruit during the weekend can also save you time during the week.

For fitness: Pick a fitness activity that inspires you and is doable. There are a lot of fitness apps offering free trials and online Zoom fitness classes, so you can use this time as an opportunity to try something new. Cardwell recommended aiming for at least 30 minutes per day, if possible.

For at-home fitness essentials, Browning recommended getting a set of yellow, green and red resistance bands, which can be used for back, bicep, triceps, shoulders and leg work. She also recommended looped bands to go around the calves or thighs, which strengthen the glutes and can help prevent knee and back injuries.

If you want to weight train but don't have equipment, anything that will give you muscle tension will be beneficial, such as jugs of water, books or even your children. "I use my kids I'll do planks and have them sit on me ... or I'll do leg presses while letting them do airplane," Cardwell said.

"Dancing with your kids or partner, yard work, house projects, sex and cleaning are all trackable activities. Doing these activities with intention and extra vigor all count towards a healthy lifestyle," said Cardwell, who is also a contributing dietitian for Lose It!

For sleep: Engage in a bedtime routine where you can quiet down and prepare for sleep. "Turn off electronics, including the TV, iPad, and cell phones an hour before bedtime," Scheinman advised. This helps to reduce exposure to blue light, which "the brain perceives as daylight, so your brain is not quite getting the signal that it's nighttime and melatonin is not produced."

Unplugging also prevents you from checking one more email or scrolling through social media while in bed, which can be stimulating and interfere with sleep, Scheinman explained.

Other tips for a successful wellness routine: a morning ritual and self-care

Most experts recommended engaging in a morning ritual that brings you pleasure. "Starting your day with the same routine each morning can bring steadiness and calm to the rest of the day. You are starting from a more grounded and positive place, versus waking up; grabbing the phone and checking the news and getting stressed out," Foroutan said.

"The morning is a nice time to start integrating things you didn't have time for previously like taking the dog for a longer walk in the morning, making a nice cup of coffee you can sit and enjoy or engaging in a meditation practice," Scheinman added.

"It sets the day off with a healthy intention, with a sense of comfort. ... I know this is what I do," Scheinman said.

Foroutan enjoys waking up and writing down three things she is grateful for. "Starting the day with a thought about gratitude can be really centering. Writing it down does something extra it solidifies the thought and intention. Not every day is good but there's something good in every day. Even if it's one small thing that gives you a sense of gratitude that's really grounding and it can help shift your perspective."

Stretching your body after you wake up or doing a sun salutation can help to get your blood flowing and your body moving in the morning.

It's also important to prioritize self-care. "Make stress relievers like enjoyable activities a non-negotiable right now," Cardwell said. That may include knitting, taking an extra-long shower or bath, reading, taking a tea break, enjoying a glass of wine or calling family members. Even better, schedule these stress relievers into your day just like mealtimes and other obligations.

"We're taking stock of what's important ... and [our] health is important. Doing these things now can help you deal with the stress of right now," Cardwell said.

It can also keep you healthy and feeling good well into the future, too. That's a gift from quarantine life if there ever is one.

Lisa Drayer is a nutritionist, an author and a CNN health and nutrition contributor.

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Council offers virtual introduction to Girl Scouts – Florida Weekly

By Staff | on June 11, 2020

Southwest FloridaGirl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is offering a free Summer Spectacular series of weekly introductory troop meetings for girls and their families.

The new four-week series features unique hands-on activities for girls in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5, which explore the many program options available in Girl Scouting. Activities vary by grade levels, and are centered around STEM, the environment, healthy living, the arts, good citizenship and more.

Participants will learn what it means to be a Girl Scout, how families can get involved, and what makes Girl Scouts one of the best leadership development experience for girls.

The series will run June 16-July 9, and registrants may choose between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. sessions. Each meeting will last under an hour with time for questions and answers about membership, volunteering and participation options. Parents may also register for one a virtual Open House to be held June 11 to receive more in-depth information about the program, including options for older girls and adult volunteer opportunities.

Program scholarships are available based on financial need. To register for the free series or learn more about Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, visit http://www.gsgcf.org.

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