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Bel Marra Health Reports on a New Study Highlighting the Importance of Fruit Consumption in Children

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Long Beach, CA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 06, 2013 — Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study claiming that by making fruit more convenient and accessible to children, they will be more likely to consume the fruit and improve their health.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (, research has shown time and time again that if something is easy to handle and easy to eat then people will consume it. A recent study has shown that the same seems to apply to fruit consumption. Cornell Universitys Food and Brand Lab conducted an experiment in school cafeterias with a simple fruit slicer. What they found was that students embraced the use of slicers. In fact, sales of fruit in the cafeterias increased by 61 per cent. Students indicated that they ordinarily avoided fruit because it got stuck in their braces after biting into it. Many girls worried that they looked unattractive chomping down on a big piece of fruit, while many students felt that big pieces of fruit were inconvenient.

Since the study only involved eight elementary schools, the researchers decided to test six middle schools. Apple slicers were placed in three of the schools, while the other three schools acted as controls. At the end of the experiment, the researchers found that fruit sales in the schools that had slicers increased by 71 percent over the control schools.

As Bel Marra Health reports, over the last 10 years research efforts have led to a number of different initiatives in the United States to get kids eating healthier and consuming more fruits and vegetables. In 2002, the United States Department of Agriculture launched a program to get kids in the poorest area of the nation to eat more fruits. Today, they report that both fruit and vegetable consumption has increased by a third of a cup per child amongst those participating in the program. Just this year, the USDA announced Smart Snacks in School; a proposed new standard to make sure that kids from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are fed healthy, accessible food.

As for how much fruit children should eat, experts at Bel Marra Health say that toddlers require about one cup of fruit each day; older children need about one-and-a-half cups; adolescents and teenagers should get two cups per day. Teenagers that are athletic and active can benefit from a higher fruit intake. Ultimately, in order to increase fruit consumption, they have to be fun and accessible. Cutting up an apple into a childs lunch or leaving fresh cut vegetables on the counter for when they get home is an excellent strategy. If children see enticing food thats ready to grab and eat, theyre far more likely to take a bite.

(SOURCE: Wansink, B., Just, D.R., Hanks, A.S. & Smith, L.E. Pre-Sliced Fruit in School Cafeterias: Childrens Selection and Intake. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2013.)

Bel Marra Health is the maker of LipoLose, a high-quality nutritional supplement that contains glucomannan, a natural soluble fiber from the Konjac root. It safely expands in the stomach, acting as a dietary fiber which creates a feeling of satiety to suppress appetite and enable successful weight loss. All ingredients are backed with scientific evidence. Every product is tested for safety, quality, and purity at every stage of the manufacturing process. Furthermore, Bel Marra Health products are produced only in Health Canada approved facilities, going the extra mile to ensure that our health-conscious customers are getting top quality products. For more information on Bel Marra Health visit or call 1-866-531-0466.

United Friends Of The Children Partners With Los Angeles Chefs And California Vineyards To Benefit Local Foster Youth At The Fourth Annual Cultivate La Food & Wine Event On Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 17, 2012

United Friends of the Children has partnered with Los Angeles most celebrated restaurants and chefs to present the 4th Annual Cultivate L.A. on October 13, 2012 at a historic private Bel Air estate. Guests will savor the food from over 40 restaurants of local chefs like Suzanne Goin of Tavern, AOC and Lucques, Susan Feniger of Street and Border Grill, Jeffrey Cerciello of Farmshop, Joachim Splichal of Patina, Brendan Collins of Waterloo & City, and David Lentz of Hungry Cat.

They will be joined by other celebrated LA restaurants, local breweries, artisanal food producers and esteemed California vintners including Moraga Vineyards, Margerum, Cent ‘Anni, ZD Wines, Frank Family Vineyards Silver Oak, ZD Wines and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, and one of the worlds most precious single malt whiskeys, The Macallan. Treats from the Best Desserts in L.A. table will feature Sprinkles, Magnolia, Duff’s Cakemix, Buttercake Bakery and Vanilla Bake Shop. VIP ticket purchasers will enjoy a reception including a private art tour of the estate and a special champagne and Petrossian caviar tasting.

Proceeds from the event support United Friends of the Children; UFCs mission is to expand opportunities for LAs foster youth help them find jobs, rent their own apartment, attend and graduate from college, and to have meaningful relationships with others. adds Polly Williams, President of UFC. Foster youth need the chance to build a strong sense of self that makes a successful adulthood possible.

“I was fostered by my grandparents, Syb & Harry, at the age of 11 when my parents divorced, so I thoroughly appreciate the importance of the work UFC does. Without my grandparents I would never have gained the strength to achieve any of my goals. Cultivate LA is so very close to my heart and I will always support it 110%. said Brendan Collins, Executive Chef and Proprietor at Waterloo & City.

Susan Feniger of Street and the Border Grill restaurants will be signing copies of her new just released cookbook, Susan Fenigers STREET FOOD. Diane Worthington, author and expert on California and contemporary American cuisine, will also be on-hand with her latest cookbook. Christine Moore of Little Flower Cafe, will be signing her book Little Flower: Recipes from the Cafe and sharing some surprise treats. Alie & Georgia, hosts of the Cooking Channel’s Classy Ladies will join us to mix up some cocktails and a little fun!

Admission to the event starts at $ 175, with ticket packages starting at $ 500 including raffle tickets for a chance to win an all inclusive family vacation to the exclusive year-round resort, Martis Camp in North Lake Tahoe. Cultivate LA features an exclusively large format wine auction offering rare and collectible bottles, as well as special wine trips to Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles.

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation serves as the Presenting Platinum Sponsor for this years event with their generous donation to support United Friends of the Childrens housing and education programs. Wells Fargo Foundation is this years Gold Sponsor. They are joined by David and Marianna Fisher, Wendy and Barry Meyer, Carol and Frank Biondi, HH and Gertrude Klein, Mattel Foundation, The Stolaroff Foundation and many others in sponsoring the event.

The location of the event is provided upon RSVP, general admission begins at 6:30pm. For more information about tickets to the Cultivate LA event and United Friends of the Children or to purchase tickets visit or call 213-580-1850.


United Friends of the Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through our programs, advocacy efforts, and direct involvement with youth, UFC seeks to be a catalyst for change.


Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation was formed by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. to support charitable organizations with the goal of providing opportunities for all individuals to lead productive and meaningful lives. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. is a leading alternative investment management firm with over 25 years of successful experience investing in cash flow producing investments in the energy, growth capital, real estate and credit sectors. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Houston, New York, Chicago, and Denver, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. has over $ 16 billion in assets under management. Visit for more information.



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Inmate Dads Celebrate Summer At A Barbeque With Their Children

Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

On Saturday 30 fathers and 88 children spent the afternoon eating hamburgers, hot dogs and watermelon, playing games and just hanging out together at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Ten volunteers and ten staff members helped put the event on for the families.

The barbeque, which started in 2008, is funded by the Family First club at the prison. Family First is a group of dads who have completed the Parenting Inside Out program offered at the prison, and who are committed to maintaining relationships with their children during their incarceration. Family First holds fund raisers within the prison to pay for special events for dads and kids throughout the year. Family First offers families six special events a year, but the barbeque is by far everyones favorite activity, giving families an opportunity to spend an extended period of time together in a picnic setting.

The father-child events first began as an extension of the Parenting Inside Out (PIO) fathers support group in the prison. PIO is an evidence based parenting skills program developed in Oregon. It was created for incarcerated parents through a six-year collaboration of the Oregon Department of Corrections, scientists from the Oregon Social Learning Center, policy makers, practitioners and instructional designers. It is based on Parenting Management Training, a program with more than forty years of research proving its effectiveness with high risk families. In a five year randomized controlled study, PIO demonstrated a positive impact on reducing rearrest rates, criminal behavior and substance use and on improving family visitation, parent-child relationships, parent-caregiver relationships and parenting skills.

The Oregon Department of Corrections has long been a leader in recognizing the importance of children and families in helping inmates successfully transition back to the community. The Oregon Accountability Model, which guides reentry planning from the first day of an inmates incarceration, includes Children and Families as one of the core elements. It is a key part of a successful strategy; Oregon has the lowest recidivism rate of the states studied by the Pew Center on the States. In its report, State of Recidivism: the Revolving Door of Americas Prisons, published in 2011, the Center reported that Oregons recidivism rate at 22.8% is almost half the national average of 43.3%. One of the reasons the Center cited for Oregons success is its use of evidence based programs.

Some of the dads are incarcerated for a relatively short time and will return home, while others will do all their parenting from prison. The Family First group is led by inmate dad Ron Glick, who has been parenting from prison for more than eight years. He maintains weekly phone contact with both his children and family members bring them for frequent visits. Parenting Inside Out gave him the tools to communicate with his children through letters, phone calls and visits. The bond incarcerated parents develop with their children is key to helping their children overcome the loneliness of separation.

If Saturdays event was any indication, building and maintaining family relationships is good for both inmates and their children. Spirits were high as families engaged in sack races, badminton and football tossing. There were pi

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