Saturday, April 22, 2017


Today, was the day to make merry, it is April 15 and we are about to meet the young boys and girls and their families who were invited to our event for the day.  CHOOSE TO  CARE (CTC) and NUTRITIONISTS & FRIENDS IN ACTION (NAFIA) members came out to lend a helping hand.  Despite a free day from work, they were there in full force all revved up and ready to go.

Of course this event included the health benefits of nutrition and physical activities.  We borrowed from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the theme "Put Your Best Fork Forward"  One of the team members shared the greatness of whole grains, naming bulgur, quinoa, millet, rice, etc. Some one else led the group through songs and shouted the actions we should take, such as touching our head and moving down to our toes, moving left and right, stomping our feet and sliding.  We tried to keep up with the orders but it was a feat and peals of laughter and excitement rang through the crowd.

After the workout we were hungry and watched as another member demonstrated the preparation of the Fiesta Rice Salad we were waiting to devour. The menu featured this refreshing salad, packed with a variety of ingredients that you can swap out for the ones you prefer(see recipe).  Some of the kids moved closer to watch the "chef" tossed and mixed.  It was such a good sign to see the attentive youth, a nod to our healthier lifestyle movement, we hope will take root in our community.  We know this can be achieved and we are depending on the children to actively participate.  Another of our team member "the commentator" guided us through the preparation steps of this delicious dish and we shared the recipe so that the families can make it at home.

This event gave us our first "intern" who was inspired to approach us to be of assistance.  We are delighted and will surely contact her for our next event in August 2017.  The children left with a brand new pair of shoes, fulfilling CTC's mission which is to provide a brand new pair of shoes for the youth in need.  We continue to hope that exposing the families to these hands-on activities will result in positive outcomes.  We are proud to provide these few hours of cheers and fun for a good cause.

"The passion to serve
runs through your soul.
You cannot escape, even
if you wanted to.  It has landed
on your body, for the world to see."


                                                 FIESTA RICE SALAD

Makes 4 Servings
This cool and refreshing salad is a great way to use leftover rice and turn it into dinner on a hot summer night.

1 cup brown rice (cooked)
1 carrot (shredded)
1 cup broccoli (finely chopped)
1 small red onion (chopped)
1 cup tomato (chopped)
1 bell pepper (green, red, yellow)
1 can kidney beans (15oz, drained, rinsed)
2 tbs. cilantro (or other fresh herbs, finely chopped)
2 tbs. red wine vinegar(white or cider)
1 tbs. vegetable oil
Salt & pepper (to taste)


  1. Wash & chop vegetables & mix with cooked rice.
  2. In a small bowl, add vinegar, oil, dill, salt & pepper(or use your favorite dressing.)
  3. Pour over rice mixture
  4. Add beans and toss well. Serve and enjoy.


Saturday, April 15, 2017


                                                        Her body is erect
                                                        Straight as an arrow
                                                        With her head held high
                                                        She moves with caution
                                                       Aware of the proverbial knife in her back
                                                       She has no fear
                                                       As she waits for the one
                                                       Who will bury it deep.

                                                      Hateful Dora has a plan
                                                      I know I can, I know I can
                                                      Let's begin a blame game
                                                      And scandalize her name
                                                      At things like this I am a pro
                                                      I will let everyone know she is a foe
                                                     Already I can feel the delightful glow
                                                     Wow this is hot
                                                     Come on, let's thicken this plot

                                                    Join me, let's show her a thing or two
                                                   Working together is not hard to do
                                                    Let's pull her down
                                                    And make her frown
                                                    In her pitiful self, she will drown
                                                    And at last, they will hand us the crown.

                                                    The plan they thought was tightly woven
                                                    Fell apart as was proven
                                                   And the one they wished to conquer
                                                   Held her head to the sky
                                                  And only asked why?
                                                  Victorious for the moment
                                                  But cautious she remained
                                                  I will never let you break me
                                                  she whispered.

Peace & Love