MARCH 3, 2011

Packed lunches can provide lesson in nutrition

HOUSTON – Allowing children to pack their own lunch provides a great opportunity to teach children about healthy balanced meals, said Teresia O'Connor, assistant professor of pediatrics – nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine.

Younger children and parents should pack lunches together, and as the child gets older, he or she can take on more of the responsibility.

O’Connor says a healthy packed lunch should include a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables. Veggies can include carrot sticks, celery or some other cut up vegetable as well as sliced tomato or lettuce on a sandwich. Sandwiches can be made on whole wheat bread to get the whole grains recommended on, a resource of the USDA. Low-fat or skim milk or water makes a great drink option.

Fruit is a good way to satisfy a sweet tooth, but a healthy lunch can still include occasional cookies or other sweets, O’Connor said.

“Sweet snacks have a place in a balanced healthy diet but the key is moderation,” O’Connor said. “If the child gets a sweet at lunch, give them different choices for their after school snack or after dinner. Think about what the child ate throughout the whole day.”

MARCH 2, 2011

2nd Annual Cave Creek Trail Run April 23

Cave Creek Trail RunCAVE CREEK – The Town of Cave Creek, in partnership with Desert Foothills Land Trust and Maricopa County Parks, is engaging in a monumental effort to preserve 4, 000 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert lands surrounding Cave Creek. This trail run is not only a fundraising event; it is also an event to raise awareness of our beautiful desert. All of the proceeds will go towards the purchase of this open space land.

The route will take you through some of the most pristine Sonoran Desert found in Arizona. The primitive trails will take you through sandy washes, up over hills and down the other side, over loose rock and stiff ones too. There is going to be one egg hidden on each route. Whoever brings it back to the finish line will receive a special prize. The scenery is so beautiful you’ll almost for get your working hard. You will be in the middle of a tremendous amount of flora and fauna; a perfect setting for a trail run, and a perfect place to save from future development.

To sign up for the race or to volunteer visit Questions? Please contact Korina at or 415-606-1946.

FEBRUARY 23, 2011

Arizona Walk to Silence Tinnitus

american tinnitus association logoWhat: The first-ever AZ Walk to Silence Tinnitus.

When: Saturday March 5, 2011; 10KRun and 5K Walk begins at 7 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. respectively.

Where: Market Street at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz. Southeast corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Pima Road in Scottsdale. From Loop 101, take the Pima/Princess exit north to Thompson Peak Parkway.

Why: Tinnitus, commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” affects 50 million Americans and of those, up to 16 million seek medical attention for this sometimes chronic condition. Additionally, tinnitus has been the No. 1 service-connected disability for returning personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan for the past three years. This walk will raise funds for the American Tinnitus Association’s research grant program and help contribute to the eventual cure of this debilitating condition.


Details: Call the American Tinnitus Association and Arizona Tinnitus Fundraising Committee respectively at Jennifer Born, ATA director of Public Affairs at or 800-634-8978 x215 or Melanie West at or 480-596-0924.

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA), headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the nation’s foremost organization committed to curing tinnitus. For 40 years, ATA has helped tinnitus patients understand and manage the “ringing in their ears.” ATA exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research. Founded in 1971, ATA has contributed millions of dollars to medical research projects focused on curing tinnitus. The association also provides information on tinnitus to the public and advocates for effective public policies that support its mission of curing tinnitus.