Food For Children – Chance For Rosi Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:46:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Food For Children – Chance For Rosi 32 32 Mom is slammed for putting so much ‘junk food’ in her kids’ lunch boxes Thu, 04 Aug 2022 01:46:07 +0000

An Australian mum has sparked a debate with a photo of her children‘s lunchboxes filled with crisps, chocolate and custard.

The woman, who shared images of the daily treats on Facebook on August 1, prepared a number of healthy storage containers containing snow peas, fruit and trail mix, combined with some processed snacks.

“This week, try snow peas and Cheds. Riley loved helping me make the homemade mix of yogurt-covered raisins, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, mini MnMs and banana chips,” a- she declared.

“Riley asked for mini ham and cheese croissants and Blair asked for a Nutella triangle sandwich, as always. Shaun and Connor both have mini versions of it.

The woman, who shared images of the daily treats on Facebook on August 1, prepared a number of healthy storage containers containing snow peas, fruit and trail mix, combined with some processed snacks.

While many parents praised his efforts to put together a balanced lunch box, others didn’t appreciate the amount of “plastic” it contained.

“It’s a lot of food and bric-a-brac,” wrote one woman.

‘Gosh, we’re a plastic world hey. I remember in elementary school the kids had to take all the packaging home so I guess that’s still in place,” another said.

A third added: ‘We’ve never had all the packaged food let alone chocolate. Savory is the best with good fruits and vegetables”.

The mum replied: ‘Guys, if you don’t like it, scroll down, it’s not difficult. I don’t need to explain myself or my family to anyone here, I’m doing what’s best for us and that’s all I care about.”

Sydney dietitian Susie Burrell says there are lots of foods you should include in your kids’ lunch, but she finds it easier to follow a quick and easy four-step formula.

“With my twins back at school, I thought a little lunchbox inspiration might be helpful for parents,” Susie posted on instagram.

A dietitian has revealed exactly what to pack in your child's lunchbox to keep them full and well-nourished throughout the school day (the ideal school lunch pictured)

A dietitian has revealed exactly what to pack in your child’s lunchbox to keep them full and well-nourished throughout the school day (the ideal school lunch pictured)

Susie Burrell (pictured), from Sydney, said there are many foods you should include in your children's midday meal, but she finds it easier to follow a quick four-step formula

Susie Burrell (pictured), from Sydney, said there are many foods you should include in your children’s midday meal, but she finds it easier to follow a quick four-step formula

What is Susie’s four-step formula?

1. Sandwich, wrap or salad with some form of protein.

2. Cut fruits and vegetables.

3. High-protein snack like yogurt or cheese.

4. Something fun or “delicious” like homemade protein balls, crisps or healthy cookies.

Susie’s formula means you should always make sure you have a protein sandwich, wrap, or salad in their box, along with fruits and veggies, a high-protein snack, and a “fun yummy item.”

For a high-protein snack, Susie favors yogurt or cheese, while her favorite “something yummy” foods are healthy chocolate digestives, protein balls, chocolate rice cakes and healthy crisps.

This week, Susie is giving her twins two wraps with chicken, cucumber and hummus as the main meal.

The twins will then enjoy yogurt, cherry tomatoes, cut cucumber, satsuma and half a banana for their healthy snacks.

Their “treat” consists of homemade protein balls and healthy potato chips.

To vary the main meal, Susie said she would also make sandwiches with ham and avocado on some days.

On others, she’ll make shredded chicken with avocado and tomatoes or a bowl of homemade oats overnight.

The most important thing with this item of the box is that it contains protein to keep kids full longer.

The most important thing with your children's meals and snacks is that they contain plenty of protein (lunch box pictured) because that's what will keep your children full longer.

The most important thing with your children’s meals and snacks is that they contain plenty of protein (lunch box pictured) because that’s what will keep your children full longer.

According to the dietitian, the biggest mistake parents make with their children’s lunch boxes is overloading them with too many carbohydrates.

Although Susie admits that carbohydrates such as bread, rice, cereals, pasta, fruit, jams and honey are vital for brain function – and especially for active children – she also said that often these carbs are processed, and therefore not as good for their overall health.

“A quick scan of a typical lunch box will usually reveal some type of sandwich or wrap, a fruit or two, sometimes a vegetable, and several packaged snacks,” she previously said. Essential children.

“While on the surface this lunchbox mix would tick the box for carb-rich foods, processed carbs completely dominate the mix at the expense of protein-rich foods and healthy fats.”

Susie explained that the problem with processed carbohydrates is that they are digested very quickly, which can increase children’s hunger later on and cause them to overeat when they return from school.

If they eat too many carbohydrates and don’t get enough physical activity, children can also gain weight.

According to the dietician, the main mistake parents make with their children's lunch boxes is overloading them with too many carbohydrates;  you should avoid this (ideal lunch box pictured)

According to the dietician, the main mistake parents make with their children’s lunch boxes is overloading them with too many carbohydrates; you should avoid this (ideal lunch box pictured)

Susie recommends that you limit carb-based snacks and make sure to include plenty of cut-up fruits and vegetables instead.

Susie recommends that you limit carb-based snacks and make sure to include plenty of cut-up fruits and vegetables instead.

The dietitian added that the solution to the lunch box problem is simple: include a lot more protein in their midday meal and encourage them to take a food break early in the school day to manage their appetite.

For the morning break, Susie recommends a snack high in veggies and protein to keep hunger locked in until lunch and later in the day – something like baby cucumbers, tomatoes, chopped carrots and hummus.

She also said you should only send one piece of fruit with them per day and limit carb snacks.

“Make sure your child’s playtime includes a protein-rich food. Good choices include children’s yogurts that have no added sugar, cheese and crackers, roasted beans or chickpeas, a boiled egg, a mini wrap with a little ham or chicken or cheese or a homemade protein ball (minus the nuts),’ Susie said.

A reasonable serving of protein for a child is between five and 10 grams per serving.

Concern Worldwide steps up drought response in the Horn of Africa as conditions deteriorate – Ethiopia Tue, 02 Aug 2022 01:04:16 +0000

Concern Worldwide is stepping up its response to provide increased support to millions of people in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya) who are facing severe famine following the worst drought in 40 years.

Additional funding has enabled the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, to accelerate its response by providing emergency food baskets, cash transfers, water and sanitation, as conditions in the region continue to deteriorate.

Since April, Concern has scaled up operations to reach 2.5 million people in the Horn of Africa, as well as Sudan and South Sudan, with a range of assistance including support for over 100,000 children through nutritional interventions.

“I was here in Kenya in 2011 – during this drought at least 260,000 people died in the Horn of Africa – and what I see now is much worse,” said Concern’s regional director for the Horn. from Africa, Amina Abdulla. “We are dealing with double the number of cases we had at the time and the number continues to increase day by day with thousands of people leaving their homes in search of food, water and care. health.”

7.7 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia and 800,000 people are displaced due to drought. For the first time since 2017, there are areas where 213,000 people face near-famine conditions. Children are dying in malnutrition centers and the number of people attending Concern clinics is increasing week by week.

Currently, half of all children (about 3.6 million) in Somalia are malnourished. The price of fuel, water and food continues to rise, leading to food insecurity, reduced purchasing power and fewer meals, all of which contribute to acute malnutrition.

In some areas, the price of the most basic food basket has soared by more than 160%. While food inflation over the past year globally has increased by an average of 9%, in Somalia the figure is 15%.

In Ethiopia, 7.2 million people need food aid and more than half of them also need access to drinking water. Nearly 2.1 million head of cattle have died, while at least 22 million head of cattle are at risk and are very weak and emaciated with little or no milk production, the main source of nutrition for children.

In pastoral areas of Kenya, more than 90% of open water sources have dried up and those that remain are expected to last only one to two months. Already 1.5 million head of cattle have died.

Malnutrition is increasing at an alarming rate in Kenya, with nearly one million children under five in need of urgent treatment. Of these, 229,000 are children suffering from severe acute malnutrition who face an immediate threat to their lives without immediate assistance.

“If we don’t step up our efforts to prevent the situation from deteriorating further, we risk losing many more children. The 300,000 children in the region who are currently at risk of dying from malnutrition must not become a statistic,” Ms. Abdulla warned.

“We need resources to meet the needs of affected communities. We thank our international partners who stepped up and provided resources for the response, but the response still remains vastly underfunded and additional support is needed.

Normally, dependence on imported cereals, mainly from Ukraine and Russia, increases in the region in the second half of the year during the lean season preceding the harvest. Given the lack of rain, the dependency is even greater this year, but rising prices and lack of availability will see many people unable to afford or have access to cereals.

This situation will be further exacerbated if the dire forecasts of missed rains during the October-December season come true, leading to a truly unprecedented situation, unseen in recent history.

“Right now, due to limited resources, we need to prioritize people facing emergency and catastrophic levels of hunger. By doing so, we risk people facing less severe but still severe levels of hunger being neglected and falling into near-starvation conditions,” Ms. Abdulla said. “To avoid this, we need more funding to enable humanitarian organizations to respond to everyone in need.”


Media Contact: Candance Patel-Taylor, VP of Communications at or 212-557-8000.

I’m a mum of eight struggling to feed my children after my benefits were ‘cut’ – it’s so unfair Sun, 31 Jul 2022 09:50:57 +0000

A MUM-OF-EIGHT has told how she struggled to feed her children after her benefits were ‘cut’.

Pam Booth, 51, receives £274 a month in Universal Credit while studying to become a teaching assistant for children with special needs.


Pam Booth (right, with her daughter Beth) told how she struggled to feed her childrenCredit: MEN Media
The mum relies on her local food bank in Leeds for support


The mum relies on her local food bank in Leeds for supportCredit: MEN Media

Of that, £270 is spent renting her flat in Leeds, West Yorkshire, leaving next to nothing for food – forcing the mum to rely on food banks for help.

Pam says being a student means she receives less Universal Credit than if she were simply unemployed.

She has friends who receive over £300 in benefits without working.

Lack of funds prevents her from feeding her four youngest children, aged 13, 15, 17 and 21. The four eldest – aged 21, 23, 27 and 29 – live elsewhere.

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Pam also has to support her pet Chihuahua and her daughter’s Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The mum said: “I’m a student and I get money for being a student.

“Without coming [to the food bank] I couldn’t eat.

“I have to pay rent of £270 a month and the rest of my bills and all that.

“It was fine [challenging] because when you get bills, you’re like, ‘how are you going to pay for this?'”

Pam says the Universal Credit system needs to change.

She added: “When you’re a student you get money deducted [from Universal Credit] to be a student.

“They make you lose your money. And it’s like ‘Wait a minute! They should give us more money because we let it go and we go out and do something!’

“Why can’t we give more money to students? Get them out, get them to do more.”

Pam says there are a lot of people who visit the food bank who are “really struggling”.

The Teaching Assistant student is currently undergoing training at the Bishop Young Church of England Academy.

Teaching children is close to her heart, as she has two children with special needs.

One of her daughters has cerebral palsy and another has Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects many parts of the body.

Pam said her current situation is “worth fighting for to improve the lives of other children” when she is fully qualified.

But if you start studying, it will likely affect your application for Universal Credit, even if you don’t take out a student loan or grant.

If you decide to study part-time and take out a student loan, you will be eligible to claim Universal Credit as long as you can still meet the work-related requirements of your Universal Credit.

This means that you must continue to look for a job during your studies.

It may be possible to reduce your work-related commitments if your course can be seen as preparing you for your job.

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Earlier, The Sun revealed five big changes in August you need to know about – including Universal Credit Direct Payments.

And Universal Credit claimants and those on state pensions are no longer getting their money sent to postcard accounts in a huge change.

Children strongly linked to pets during COVID felt more anxiety Fri, 29 Jul 2022 01:09:00 +0000

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused immense disruption to the lives of millions of people around the world. Businesses and schools were closed, travel routes blocked, lockdowns imposed and social distancing was enforced. Many companies also transitioned their employees to remote work as childcare simultaneously became unavailable.

Amid these changes, families have struggled to adapt, as they have been forced to develop new routines to support their activities, while ensuring they remain emotionally, mentally and physically healthy. In a recent PLOS A A journal study conducted in Australia, parents’ and children’s attachment to pets appears to be a barometer of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study: Mental health of parents and children during COVID-19 in Australia: the role of attachment to pets. Image Credit: Ground Image/


Young people are more likely to experience isolation, whether physical or emotional, as well as to feel bored, lonely, anxious and depressed. For many people, pets seem to offer an alternative and easier way to feel loved and have a sense of belonging than human relationships.

Companion cats and dogs have become extremely popular over the past century, especially in the West. However, these animals need food, shelter, exercise, medical attention, and training, which can be demanding and expensive. Their deaths also cause great distress to many owners.

Pets can improve the mental and physical health of their owners, as well as their level of physical activity. Such benefits can ease parents’ concerns about their child’s mood, behavior and learning ability.

For children, owning a pet is associated with better emotional control, higher self-esteem, and a sense of having a friend who doesn’t judge or condemn them, but is always willing to show some kindness. love. This is especially helpful for those who already suffer from mental insecurities or have a history of trauma, as well as single children, as pets can prevent social and emotional problems.

However, the evidence for these benefits of pet ownership is conflicting. Owners who are very attached to their pets show more signs of mental distress and, when their pets are older, show lower levels of mental health. The same goes for those in risky jobs.

More pets have been adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic than ever before. Australia, for example, has the highest number of pet owners in the world relative to its population. With two out of three households owning a pet, more than five million dogs and about four million cats are domesticated in this country.

Australian parents showed a decline in their well-being with the onset of the pandemic, especially if they already faced poor mental health, were financially stressed, were from a lower social class or suffered from adverse effects related to the work due to the pandemic.

About the study

The present study deals with the effect of attachment to pets on an individual’s sense of mental well-being. In a relationship, attachment refers to the “deep and lasting emotional connections in which each seeks closeness and feels more secure when the attachment figure is present.”

Evidence from the United States indicates that attachment to pets protects owners against psychological symptoms in people with moderate or high distress, but not severe distress. Conversely, greater attachment to pets has been linked to greater mental distress in the UK.

In the current study, researchers sought to understand how attachment to pets helps families cope psychologically during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a time of great and widespread uncertainty. The data was acquired through the Parents, Pets & Pandemic Survey, which was administered between July and October 2020 and corresponded to the second wave of the pandemic on the continent.

The survey was conducted online by families who had at least one child with them and at least one dog or cat. Most of the participants were non-indigenous Australians, mostly from Victoria, with almost 80% of respondents being women. A third of the children in these families were only children.

The majority of study participants lived in better residential areas within a metropolis, mostly in two-parent families. About 25% of study participants had adopted a new pet during the pandemic for a variety of reasons, including the health and well-being of the children or parents, at the request of the children, or for the children to learn about themselves. empower. Few of those families had a history of COVID-19, with most having been tested at some point.

Study results

Parents who were attached to their pets said the same for their children. This was not associated with the parents’ psychological distress and instead showed a strong correlation with their emotional closeness to the animal. Parental attachment to pets was not related to mental health.

Parents who described themselves as emotionally close to their pets were more likely to be more worried about the pandemic, as well as to suffer from poorer mental health and greater distress. Children who were attached to their pets were also more likely to be anxious.

In families harder hit by COVID-19, parents worried more about it and also suffered from greater psychological stress. However, this was not reflected in the children’s anxiety. The most worried parents also report more psychological distress and are more attached to their pet.


The slight increase in parental concern about COVID-19 may be due to individual families experiencing different situations and perceiving risks differently. The associations observed in the present study suggest a direct effect of the pandemic on mental health, as well as an indirect effect via parental attachment to the animal.

Children may be more likely to be anxious if their parents are anxious, indicating both natural and nurturing-induced associations. Notably, the more anxious children also showed greater attachment to the animal.

Likewise, parents with greater emotional closeness to the animal appeared to be more distressed by the pandemic. The inconsistent lack of association between parental attachment to pets and distress could be due to poor framing of the survey questions.

It is possible that anxious parents and children sought solace from their pets, or those who grew more attached to pets became more anxious. In fact, these two factors can work in combination.

That is, in the absence of many customary social support systems and the inability to access these systems, family tensions likely increased, especially since the children studied and the parents worked in the same environment. , contrary to before. When added to pre-existing mental or physical constraints, the difficulty is heightened and may be associated with strong attachments to pets.

The ability to bond with pets can mean great empathy, which could contribute to greater distress. Certain personality types or distinct coping strategies may also result in the use of pets for physical or emotional safety.

The current study may have appealed to pet owners with stronger bonds to their pets, as around 10% of respondents had to be excluded because they had no children but self-identified. like the parents of their pets. Another limitation was the inclusion of only one child and the most recent pet, which meant that relationships between parents, children, and pets were ignored, along with the likely stronger relationship with older pets at home.

The results of the study may indicate the role of a very strong bond with pets as a red flag, thus suggesting either emotional vulnerability or the lack of human social support. Further research may support the use of companion animals to provide comfort and avoid psychological health issues in crisis and high-stress situations.

There should also be more emphasis on the lack of support systems by ensuring the availability and accessibility of other ways to connect with other human companions.

Journal reference:

  • Bennetts, SK, Crawford, SB, Howell, TJ, et al. (2022). Mental health of parents and children during COVID-19 in Australia: the role of attachment to pets. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0271687.
]]> WFP Chad country brief, May 2022 – Chad Wed, 27 Jul 2022 09:33:59 +0000


In numbers

767 tonnes of food aid distributed

$1,074,297 in cash transfers made

Net financing requirements of USD 151 million over six months (June to November 2022)

329,565 people assisted In May 2022

Operational updates

• In early June, the government issued an emergency declaration, calling on national actors and international partners to provide support. This decree comes in light of the current serious situation of food and nutrition insecurity, which will see 2.1 million people food insecure and 1.3 million children suffering from acute malnutrition.

• In support of the government’s National Response Plan to respond to the crisis, WFP will support 1.06 million people – 50% of the severely food insecure – during the lean season. Food assistance will be provided for four months to the most vulnerable households in the nine provinces with the worst levels of food insecurity (Phase 3 and above according to the Harmonized Framework of March 2022), namely Barh el Gazel, Batha, Kanem, Lac , Ouaddai, Salamat, Wadi Fira, Hadjer Lamis and Guera. WFP will also provide malnutrition prevention for 132,630 children aged 6 to 23 months and pregnant and breastfeeding women.

• The government, the Resident Coordinator and some representatives of the Humanitarian Country Team of Chad carried out a joint international advocacy and resource mobilization visit from 30 May to 4 June in Brussels, Berlin and Geneva. The purpose of the visit was to increase visibility of the humanitarian situation in Chad and to draw donors’ attention to the impact of underfunding on vulnerable communities.

• The blanket supplementary feeding program was launched in all Cameroonian refugee camps and sites in N’Djamena, to prevent malnutrition among children aged 6 to 23 months and among pregnant and lactating women. This program targets 2,617 children aged 6 to 23 Income level: lower months and 1,745 pregnant and lactating women.

The effect of COVID-19 variants on childhood vaccines Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:03:06 +0000

William J. Muller, MD, PhD: It’s worth talking about variants, because that’s kind of the discussion at the FDA review board meeting [Food and Drug Administration]. It has 2 components. First, do we expect this to be a 3-dose vaccine for everyone in the future? I think the clearance will be for a 2-dose vaccine from Moderna and 3 doses from Pfizer. But everyone is waiting for a possible third dose of Moderna. They intentionally use the term third dose ’cause we throw around the term booster doses if there is no need for a third dose. Do you have any thoughts on this, and do you think we need to make this better understood by parents and the public?

Paul A Offit, MD: This is a 3 dose vaccine. Moderna will launch a 2-dose vaccine for children under 5 years old. It will probably be available as early as next week, and today is June 16. By June 20 or 21, it could be available for children under 5 years old. It was launched as a 2-dose vaccine, but the point that several committee members have made over the past 2 days is not to think of it as a 2-dose vaccine. 2 doses with the third dose as a booster. It would have to be a 3-dose primary vaccine if we are to get the kind of protection we need against these subvariants. In other words, the primary series is 3 doses, and increase is the wrong word. Because the way the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] defines this is that you are fully immunized with 2 doses, but up to date with a third dose. It’s wrong. This is a 3-dose primary vaccination for your children. Pfizer’s vaccine for children under 5 is currently a 3-dose vaccine, but I know Moderna is doing studies with 3 doses, and they should have those studies available, they say, by July. So I think we will have this third dose very soon, which would be given months after the second dose.

William J. Muller, MD, PhD: The next question that many people have is whether the third doses that may be given in the coming months would be specifically for the variants. Moderna had data last week in adults that suggests, at least in antibody studies, that the neutralizing ability of people who received a variant vaccine was better than if they had received an additional dose of the vaccine based on the original strain of the virus.

Paul A Offit, MD: This is an important point. On June 28, the Vaccine Advisory Committee will meet to discuss this question: Should you administer a very specific vaccine in the fall? The so-called bivalent vaccine, where one of the mRNA components is against the ancestral strain, and the other is for Omicron. There’s plenty of evidence why that wouldn’t be a value. I know that’s a contrary view, but here’s what I would say. The good news about the ancestral vaccine is that a third dose clearly increases your antibodies against the Omicron subvariant, as Pfizer showed in data presented yesterday for the child under 5. With 2 doses, they had no neutralizing antibodies against Omicron. With this third dose, they did, and that’s the good news of this ancestral vaccine. If you give 2 doses of the ancestral vaccine and a third dose with the ancestral versus 2 doses of the ancestral vaccine and a third dose with the Omicron vaccine, is it better to have Omicron as a third dose in an HIV-positive person? Because a large percentage of this country is HIV positive. So if you only look at people who are HIV-negative, you’re talking about a very small percentage of people in this country who have already been naturally infected, immune, or both. You’re probably talking about at least 80% to 90% for people who are already HIV positive. And when you look at that data in the person who is HIV-positive, there’s not much difference. Also, in non-human primate studies, when they give 3 doses of the ancestral vaccine or 2 doses of the ancestral vaccine and then the Omicron booster… there is no difference. Unless there is data to the contrary to this data, I don’t see the point of making the vaccine specific to Omicron. I may be in the minority here. But if we want to follow the science, we have to make it clear that the science proves it.

William J. Muller, MD, PhD: I don’t disagree with you. I was going in this direction because one of the questions a lot of providers are going to get from parents who are about to start vaccinating their children is, “Do I have to wait until the fall and get the first set of a variant vaccine? “And from what you’re saying and from what I understand from the data, it makes more sense to get vaccinated sooner than to wait for a specific vaccine, because your protection is likely to be similar, at least against severe disease, which is the goal whether or not you get antibody levels that are significantly higher in neutralizing capacity. And an in vitro study doesn’t necessarily tell you if you’re protected against the disease, and the 2 are correlated to some extent. But if I have 5 times the level I need for disease protection versus twice the level I need for disease protection, maybe it doesn’t matter. I want to get twice the level sooner.

Paul A. Offit, MD: That’s absolutely correct. If you look at people with HIV who get the Omicron booster or the ancestral strain booster, the Omicron is about 1.7 times higher, which, while statistically significant, is unlikely to be clinically significant and will be without no doubt short-lived. It is probably not associated with an increase in memory B or T cells. If this is the best data to show, it is difficult to adopt a more expensive strategy.

William J. Muller, MD, PhD: I think this is an important point for the providers listening to us to understand.

Transcript edited for clarity

Miracles for Kids brings seriously ill children and families to Newport Pier for a day of surfing Sat, 23 Jul 2022 23:30:27 +0000

Deborah Lewis called Friday morning a miracle.

Trading tears for a smile, Lewis watched his eldest – Annabelle, 8 – splash in the waves at Newport Beach and, at one point, rode them. Friday’s shore adventure was one of the few outings the Lewis family has been able to do in the past three years, she said.

Annabelle, who has acute lymphoid leukaemia, was one of many children in the water as part of the miracles for children annual surf and paddle camps.

At least a dozen families and about 40 kids hit the sands near Newport Pier for the third and final in this year’s series hosted by the Irvine nonprofit. Two other such events also took place in Newport earlier this month.

Miracles for Kids co-founder and CEO Autumn Strier said the one-day event was completely free for all of its attendees — gear, food, gas, even instructors, who came. from Waves of Impact and Boardriders.

Kids could learn to surf or try stand-up paddle boarding or, if they prefer, stay ashore and help build sand castles or create arts and crafts.

The idea behind the event, she said, had a lot to do with the population the organization serves.

Felisa Maldonado greets family members led by Miracles for Kids volunteer Joelle Dueck, left.

(Kevin Chang / personal photographer)

Strier said all participating families on Friday were referred to Miracles for Kids by local Southern California children‘s hospitals. Some came by shuttle from the association’s Miracle Manor in Orange, which offers subsidized housing for families with children facing a critical or chronic condition. Others drove themselves.

“[We serve] low-income families with seriously ill children who, due to their limited resources, have very little opportunity to get out of the hospital, get out of their homes and spend a day in the sun and at the beach, which we we all know living in Southern California is expensive,” Strier said.

“It was one of the very first things we thought of. How could we make it something special for our families who need a mental wellness day?” Strier says. “A day away of their daily reality with a sick child.”

The Lewis family traveled to Newport Beach from Rosamond, an unincorporated community in Kern County.

Lewis said her family was referred to Miracles for Kids by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where Annabelle had been receiving treatment for a few months. Lewis said Friday was the family’s second time at camp, although they themselves have only been connected to the organization for less than a year.

“The first time we came…was our first family outing,” Lewis said, adding that the first time was earlier this month on another of the summer camp dates. “We can’t just go out. His immune system is weak. We don’t really have money to go out and if we travel she might get sick. We could get sick, spread it and it was a blessing to be able to get out and enjoy Mother Nature, enjoy the beach, which is what we did every summer [before Annabelle’s diagnosis].”

Francisco Paxtor, 10, listens to Ajai Datta with Boardriders giving surf tips.

Francisco Paxtor, 10, listens to Ajai Datta with Boardriders giving surf tips.

(Kevin Chang / personal photographer)

Parent Maria Godoy said the surf and paddleboarding event was an opportunity for her son, Julio, to be just a teenager.

Godoy said the family has been with the organization since at least 2013. Julio was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease in which the body stops producing enough blood cells. She said Julio needed a bone marrow transplant, but finding a potential partner just wasn’t possible at the time.

She said she felt her world was ending.

“Miracles for Kids, that’s what they call it: a miracle. Without them… they helped us with our rent; they helped us with the payment of our car; return gas. So we didn’t have to focus on revenue,” Godoy said. “We focused on our son and tried to fight for what he was going through.”

She said her daughter ended up being a perfect match and had a bone marrow transplant done in 2018 but the cells didn’t take. Julio continues to receive infusions every three weeks.

“He’s not cleared yet, but it means a lot to him to come here and be normal for a day. He doesn’t have to worry about medication. He doesn’t have to worry about the fact that “The sun is beating me too much; I can’t stay outside. He’s 16 now. He doesn’t have to worry,” Godoy said. “He can just worry about today being a normal teenager.”

Francisco Paxtor, 10, third from right, smiles for a photo.

Francisco Paxtor, 10, third from right, smiles for a photo with members of his family at the 11th Annual Miracles for Kids Surf and Paddle Summer Camp in Newport Beach.

(Kevin Chang / personal photographer)

Ryan Abraham knows this feeling better than anyone.

Miracles for Kids took care of him and his family when he was 4 years old and was diagnosed with life-threatening hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, his white blood cells attacking other blood cells. Abraham, now 18, is in remission.

The event was not happening when he was helped by the organization in 2008. His family did not benefit from Miracles for Kids for a very long time, having had to move to Ohio to complete his treatment, but Abraham n have not forgotten the help he gave them.

“I started volunteering here to give back because I feel like I owe everyone one,” said Abraham, who now lives in Irvine. “The world gave me a miracle. I feel like I should give everyone else a miracle too.

“[Some of these kids] have never been able to relax in their entire lives. All they felt was stress and not knowing what’s next. They can finally do things that we take for granted every day,” Abraham said. “So I think it’s very special and I love the fact that I’m giving them the chance to do it.”

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Why You Should Stay at an Adults Only Hotel Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:32:06 +0000


On my 40th birthday, I sipped an alcoholic concoction from a pineapple and declared Jenga victory over my husband, Steve, before jumping into the pool and commandeering a raft shaped like a diamond ring.

The milestone anniversary of the start of 2021 was held at Maui’s Hotel, Hawaii’s only adults-only property until a few years ago. Among other things, that meant an absence of poolside meltdowns, temper tantrums, and concerned parents. Steve and I had experienced a version of this carefree, carefree resort at properties with adult-only pools, but the magic of those lazy afternoons was shattered by dinnertime, when exuberant children and their over-tired-caring parents reminded us of the hotel’s family atmosphere.

Wailea Hotel founder Jonathan McManus said the impetus for opening the property 10 years ago was a desire to reach a few important luxury markets that were being left behind: “One being adults who love their children, but not other people’s children, and the LGBTQ+ market, which generally seeks smaller, intimate hotels,” he wrote in an email.

Joshua Bush, CEO of Avenue Two Tourist attractions, sees interest in adult-only properties increasing as people delay marriage and children or choose another path. “People are putting more emphasis on self-care and finding time to unwind after a few stressful years,” Bush said, noting that these types of properties typically offer upscale experiences, which means a higher price tag. and “are aimed at an audience with more disposable income. (Although of course there are plenty of super-luxury, family-friendly properties around the world.)

As a childless couple by choice, Steve and I enjoy smaller, intimate hotels with stellar food and drink programs, and we don’t mind paying for quality. Adult-centric activities, such as cocktail-making lessons or in-room couples massages (amenities often found at adult-only properties), are appealing.

Phil Dengler and Robin England, a New Jersey couple in their thirties (no kids yet, but maybe one day, Dengler said) stumbled across their first adults-only hotel. It was a game-changer, according to Dengler, an entrepreneur whose latest digital venture, the Vacationer, is a travel resource. Dengler described Lindholm Estate, a 17-room bed-and-breakfast in St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as one of the “quietest, most peaceful hotels I’ve stayed in.” While on St. Thomas, Dengler and England’s alarm clock was a crying baby who stayed in the bedroom next to theirs. “I love children, but [a] period, I just want to sleep,” Dengler said.

Atlanta lawyer Lizz Patrick, an adult-only regular Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, often travels alone and finds it easy to befriend other like-minded travelers when there are no children. “I love children. They are wonderful human beings, and they are wonderful to be around. But there is a certain element when parents take their children on holiday – they are obviously focused on their children and their children are having fun and being safe,” said Patrick, 58.

When the children are away, so are the distractions that accompany them and the inevitable “family groups”. When all the guests are adults, it can “open up the possibility of making other connections and meeting people,” she said. Many of his return visits to Triple Creek Ranch have been mini-reunions, where Patrick reconnected with other horse lovers.

The chance to meet people on vacation is easier at adults-only properties, agrees Christa Adymy, who makes it a point to seek out kid-free resorts.

A breakup about nine years ago led Adymy, then 31, to travel alone to Club Med in the Turks and Caicos Islands. “I wanted to find a place where I could meet people and have fun,” she said. Adymy is still friends with some of the people she met on that trip and has since stayed at adult-only properties in Bali, Jamaica and Aruba. The impact of not having children around, the lack of a family atmosphere, allows adults to be more relaxed, looser and even a bit childish, Adymy said.

Although Steve and I didn’t plan on keeping in touch with the people we met at the Wailea Hotel, we certainly found it easier to strike up conversations and engage with couples focused on their own good times. , not on the needs of their children. or nap times – and I also detected a more whimsical attitude, perhaps harder to achieve in the midst of family obligations.

For many parents, an adults-only vacation means multiple dates in a row and a chance to reconnect and recharge, which Juliet Izon, a lifestyle writer who lives in New York with her husband and 6-year-old daughter years, said is important. It’s a chance to “bond with your partner and do the little things you really miss in your pre-childhood life. So sleep in and eat a really late night dinner and drink and don’t worry. not to have a hangover, to take care of your children the next morning.

Izon noted that dining options at adult-only resorts, such as Magee Farm in Wyoming, where she and her husband stayed in 2019, “can sometimes be more exciting because they really only cater to adults.”

Patrick also appreciates the cuisine typical of the restaurants in the adults-only hotels she visits, where “the food is a step up. The dining experience is a step up.

The Alila Napa Valley, an adults-only hotel in a “primarily adults-only destination,” as General Manager Ty Accornero puts it, is heavily invested in the property’s culinary chops — evidenced by the restaurant’s enlistment at the Acacia House hotel by chef Chris Cosentino (a “Top Chef Masters Winner”). “The property was conceived as an intimate retreat (from the architecture and design to the spa and the incredible on-site dining),” Accornero wrote in a E-mail.

The “very private, luxurious and romantic escape” that Wailea Hotel founder McManus said guests love is similarly happening at hotels across the country, such as the Wauwinet in Nantucket, Mass., and the Hilton Head Health in South Carolina. In December, the Four Seasons brand opens its first adults-only luxury tented resort in the Americas.

Appointed Naviva, the resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, is meeting traveler expectations, said John O’Sullivan, regional vice president and general manager, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. He cited research that found “a demand from people – some of whom have children, by the way – who want to have a level of escape and a level of self-discovery that just doesn’t include children” .

Lastoe is a Brooklyn-based writer. His website is Find her on Twitter: @stacespeaks.

Prospective travelers should consider local and national public health guidelines regarding the pandemic before planning any travel. Information on travel health advice can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDCs travel health advice webpage.

]]> US$15 million to alleviate food insecurity in crisis-stricken Central African Republic – Central African Republic Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:06:11 +0000


Bangui, July 19, 2022 – The Central African Republic now has one of the highest proportions of critically food insecure people in the world, along with Yemen, South Sudan and Afghanistan. 2.2 million people in the country do not have enough to eat, which represents 36% of the population. Much of this population lives in conflict-affected areas, where insecurity and displacement have reduced the land available for cultivation and hampered access to markets and fields. The impact of the war in Ukraine is further aggravating the situation, with staple food prices expected to rise by up to 70% by August.

It is in this context that the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Martin Griffiths, has allocated $15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Rapid Response Window for emergency measures. vital against food insecurity in the country. CERF funds will help actors scale up overall emergency assistance for 200,000 people in 10 sub-prefectures where food insecurity is most severe. A multi-sectoral approach combining food assistance, nutrition, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and protection will maximize the impact of food security interventions and reduce the use by populations of negative coping mechanisms associated with food scarcity in a context of extreme food scarcity. deprivation.

“The allowance is much needed relief for thousands of people who struggle to eat one meal a day,” said Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic, Ms Denise Brown. “Our priority is to save lives. This emergency response will help people feed themselves, resume farming, if possible, and treat malnutrition. It will also ensure that people have access to health care and clean water, two essential conditions for adequate food intake,” she added.

Six UN organizations will expand food distributions and cash transfers and improve livelihoods through the distribution of agricultural tools and seeds. In addition to these interventions, nutritional support will be intensified to treat and prevent child malnutrition and provide families with severely malnourished children with access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices essential to survival.

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Most children are sick during an outbreak of Salmonella eggs in China Sun, 17 Jul 2022 10:18:38 +0000

A Salmonella outbreak that has primarily sickened children in China was caused by contaminated kitchen mayonnaise used in egg sandwiches, a study has found.

In September 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Shenzhen and Dongguan were notified of a large cluster of suspected gastroenteritis mainly involving children who visited hospitals in the two cities.

A total of 254 cases have been reported in Shenzhen and Dongguan, Guangdong province, the study published in the journal found. Frontiers in microbiology.

Demographic data and exposure questionnaires were obtained for 121 patients. The age range of those ill was 2 to 61 with most young children but a few teaching staff and a few family members of staff consuming leftovers taken home.

Most people had fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. A person with severe diarrhea, vomiting and fever was admitted to the intensive care unit, but no one died. The distribution of cases over three days suggests a point outbreak with a single incubation period.

Children in half-day courses were picked up at noon and did not receive lunch or snacks in the afternoon. The researchers said that snack in the nursery canteen on September 20 may have led to the outbreak.

Epidemiological evidence indicated that all the patients had consumed egg sandwiches served as snacks for children and staff at a nursery in Dongguan, located near Shenzhen.

Interviews revealed that mayonnaise containing raw eggs was spread directly on bread, made into sandwiches and served without heating.

Test results and traceability
During the investigation period, the nursery was suspended; pending a review of food preparation procedures in the canteen.

Salmonella Enteritidis has been isolated from case-patients, food handlers, kitchen utensils, and sandwiches with kitchen-made mayonnaise.

Of 113 samples, 66 were positive for Salmonella Enteritidis, mostly from patients but also from food samples, food handlers and the mayonnaise mixing bowl.

The researchers said the outbreak highlights the importance of basic kitchen hygiene and the food safety challenges posed by using raw egg ingredients, especially in a nursery.

“This can be achieved by strengthening food safety training and supervision for food service providers and/or caterers in nurseries, such as the use of pasteurized egg products or avoiding recipes using raw eggs, which must be fully cooked. Hygiene measures included washing hands and using gloves before handling food, while raw and cooked foods are processed and stored separately to avoid cross-contamination.

A traceback investigation confirmed that the eggs used for the production of mayonnaise during the outbreak were purchased from the market in Dalingshan, Dongguan and sourced from an egg distributor in Anshan, Liaoning province, from a farm of Hebei chickens.

Due to a lack of cooperation from the egg producer, distributors and wholesalers, the team was unable to obtain samples or isolates and therefore could not establish a pathway for final transmission in the supply chain.

The scientists said the lack of data sharing and communication channels is a common problem with foodborne investigations and surveillance in China.

They added that the overall results highlight the benefits of supplementing traditional epidemiological investigations with whole genome sequencing analysis to present definitive genomic evidence linking suspected food sources to infections.

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