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Summer Time Shouldn’t be Hungry Time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda D. Browne   
Monday, 15 April 2013 15:09

Help Feed Hungry Kids through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program 

By Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

In the midst of winter/spring, it can be easy to forget those long, hot days of June, July, and August.  Even so, now is the time to start applying and planning to feed hungry children when the school year ends.

More than 21 million children in the country receive free and reduced price meals during the school year, but when summer rolls around, only about 1 in 10 of those kids (3 million) get free meals through federal summer feeding programs.  Clearly, there is a gap that needs filling.

Enter USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.  Kids are at higher risk of going hungry during the summer months, and we are working to fill that void.  USDA alone, however, cannot accomplish the important work of feeding our low-income kids.  You and your organizations have an important role to play. 

Faith-based, community and private non-profit organizations are pivotal in the lives of needy children.  And schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, and camps are all eligible and encouraged to serve summer meals in neighborhoods with a high percentage of low-income families.  These locations, by their very nature, offer safe and familiar environments and are places children gather when school is out.

But feeding hungry young people requires commitment.  Sponsors must provide a capable staff, managerial skills and food service capabilities.   Sponsors may provide their own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.

If you don’t want to be a sponsor but still want to be involved, your organization can be a summer feeding site. There are sponsors in your area who can work with you to feed the children in your community.  And don’t forget to register your summer feeding sites for the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.

The most successful summer programs offer activities for kids. Children are much more likely to come out for a meal when there is an activity to keep them there. It can include anything from sports, tutoring and arts and crafts, to other creative activities with community partners. Developing partnerships with other community organizations is often the key to being able to offer great activities.

To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program or to participate in one of USDA’s free webinar sessions on opportunities to provide summer meals, please visit  These helpful webinars will highlight the program, offer an understanding of how SFSP works, detail sponsor and site roles and responsibilities, and provide outreach tips and other resources to get started.

Together we can continue to tackle childhood hunger and ensure kids receive the nutritious meals they need in summer, and throughout the year.  We look forward to working with you to meet that goal.

"BioShaping" - A new way to lose weight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Stewart   
Monday, 15 April 2013 07:46

Weight loss Workshop - Monday, April 15th 6:00 pm

Having trouble with your weight loss goals? Have you tried every diet, just to fall short again? Come to our weight loss workshop and learn why your past attempts were not successful, and receive the necessary information you deserve to reach your goals.

R.S.V.P to Shelly at 563-650-4169 or call our office at 309-764-4753. Hurry as seats fill-up quickly.  BioShaping of the Quad Cities, 4300 12th Ave. Moline, IL 61265.


Sunshine Act website up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 15 April 2013 07:40
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the comment below about today’s launch of the official website for the National Physician Payment Transparency Program.

Grassley comment:

“The posting of pharmaceutical company payments is still a year away, but getting this public website up and running is a good sign that sunshine in this area can be achieved with online postings.  The goal is to help inform consumers and patients in all medical fields about financial relationships between drug makers and doctors, with uniform disclosure.  The public deserves a much better picture of the drug industry’s financial presence in medicine than it has today.”

Background information:

The National Physician Payment Transparency Program was created by legislation Grassley co-authored with former Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.  It became law in 2010.

The legislative reform was based upon Grassley’s investigative and oversight work that exposed a number of questionable financial relationships between pharmaceutical companies and leading medical research doctors.  Examples include:

  • At Stanford University, the chairman of psychiatry received a federal grant to study a drug, while partially owning as much as $6 million in stock in a company that was seeking federal approval of that drug.  After exposure, the federal government removed the individual from the grant.
  • At Emory University, the chairman of psychiatry failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from a pharmaceutical company while researching that same company’s drugs with a federal grant from the National Institutes of Health.  He earned $2.8 million in drug industry fees from 2000 to 2007 and had at one point consulted for 21 drug and device companies simultaneously.  The professor resigned his chairmanship after this became public information.
  • At Harvard University, three professors failed to report almost a million dollars each in outside income while heading up several National Institutes of Health grants.  In response to Grassley oversight, Harvard revised its conflict of interest policies and conducted an internal investigation.

Since enactment the Grassley-Kohl Physician Payments Sunshine Act, Grassley has worked to ensure implementation of the law by the Department of Health and Human Services, after delays and missed deadlines at the health-care agency and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Here is a link to the new website:

Simon to proclaim Sarcoidosis Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:49

CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Simon will declare April as Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in Illinois during a visit to the Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research (STAR) Center on Thursday. Simon will be joined by Mayor Richard M. Daley and Rhonda R. McCullough, widow of Bernie Mac and President and CEO of the Bernie Mac Foundation.

“The work of the Bernie Mac STAR Center helps promote research and awareness of Sarcoidosis as we focus efforts to decrease health disparities in the city and throughout the state,” Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said. “I’m pleased to promote the organization’s work by declaring April ‘Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.’”

Simon serves as the honorary chairperson of the Bernie Mac Foundation and first visited the Bernie Mac STAR Center in December. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for research and increasing awareness of Sarcoidosis, a disease where inflamed cells form on various organs, most frequently the skin or lungs. Mac died in 2008 from complications of Sarcoidosis.

DATE: Thursday, April 11

TIME: 10:30 a.m.

PLACE: Bernie Mac STAR Outpatient Care Center – Suite 3C, 1801 W. Taylor St., Chicago


Integrative Health Group now open in Bettendorf PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cherie Henningsen   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:11

Integrative Health Group in Bettendorf will be having a Grand Opening in May.  Services include Integrative Life and Business Coaching, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Reiki, Ear Candling, Kinesiology, Hypnotherapy, vision boards, and more.

Our Grand Opening is going to be Thursday May 16th from 5-8pm.  We will have wine, cheese, other appetizers, and even prize(s). We are going to offer--bring a friend(s) you can have your name put in drawing more than once for the main prize which will include some integrative health modalities we offer!

We are located on 2884 AAA Court in Bettendorf.  The phone number is 563-332-7043.  Please call for an appointment or for more information.

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