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Girlfriends Give Back ... To Homeless Children

September 1, 2013

Park Road Hoops (Photo by: Skyler Badenoch) Park Road Hoops

Girlfriends Give Back, an event organized and founded by WUSA-9's popular anchor, Lesli Foster, supports small charities that make huge contributions in the community. This year, Girlfriends Give Back is supporting The Homeless Children's Playtime Project. It provides children without homes to call their own, the basic right every child should have: the ability to just play and just BE. But, The Homeless Children's Playtime Project is much more than just a play space. HCPP provides weekly programs for children, offers a chance for them to learn through art, imaginative play and provides parent support, clothing, food drives, and field trips. It even advocates for affordable housing and safe shelters for all families.

Reading Corner (Photo by: Danielle Rothman) Reading Corner

"I am so personally moved by their mission," said Lesli Foster.

This Girlfriends Give Back Event is about harnessing the power of small donations - to make an impact. It started with an idea. What if you could take what you spend on lunch for a day, a week or a month - and give it to a small charity. What if you had a reason to "opt in" to giving as opposed to "opting out." By attending or supporting this event with a donation - it costs only $25, you can be certain that by "opting in" all the proceeds will benefit HCPP. Plus, you'll have a great girls night out - complete with light hors de oeuvres, cupcakes, Girlfriendtini's, free parking, and bunch of fun surprises! 

"I hope you'll take a peek at the invitation below," said Lesli. "And, if you find this speaks to the hearts of other girlfriends, please feel free to pass it on! I'm so grateful for your time, consideration and support."

NEIMAN MARCUS MAZZA GALLERIE, 
LESLI FOSTER AND MAUREEN BRYANT
INVITE YOU TO A FUN AND FABULOUS EVENING 
JOIN US FOR A NIGHT OF MANICURES AND MINI MAKEOVERS FEATURING THE TRENDIEST NEW COLORS
FOR A FRESH FALL FACE
ENJOY SIPS, BITES, AND BEATS

5300 WISCONSIN AVE, NW
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
6PM TO 8PM

COSMETICS, LEVEL ONE
100% OF PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT
 THE HOMELESS CHILDREN’S PLAYTIME PROJECT
TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET AND RESERVE YOUR SPACE:

http://girlfriendsgiveback2013.eventbrite.com/


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10 Simple, Sumptuous, Seasonal Summer Recipes from the Four Seasons Spa

August 21, 2013

These are Katherine Tallmadge's wonderful summer recipes (from the book: Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipe: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!), which Katherine is providing to Georgetown Dish readers, some of which, we can proudly say, were prepared by The Four Season's talented chef, Douglas Anderson.

Summer is a season filled with beauty! Beautiful, sunny weather, beautiful afternoons spent with family and friends, and, of course, beautiful fresh produce straight from the garden. Summer is bursting with an abundance of delicious ingredients like juicy peaches, sweet melons, cool cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes. Take advantage of summer's bounty with these quick and easy recipes... These recipes - and so many more - are found in my new Diet Simple companion cookbook, Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!  Several of my recipes have been uniquely and beautifully prepared and served by the Four Seasons Hotel Executive Chef Douglas Anderson when I give my nutrition presentations to Four Seasons' Spa members. Here are a few of my favorites for Georgetown Dish readers...

Melon Chunks with Crumbled Feta and Fresh Mint (in photo above)
Fresh Summer Salsa with Watermelon
Silvestro's "Italian" Gazpacho
Kjerstin's Chicken Salad with Sweet Melon/Grapes, Peaches, and Toasted Walnuts
Salad of Fingerling Potatoes, Green and Yellow Beans with a Lemony-Garlic-Herb Dressing
Tabouleh with Chick Peas, Seasonal Vegetables and a Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette
Zucchini Ribbons with Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette
Fresh Kale and Summer Peach Salad with Toasted Almonds and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Summer Peach Crisp with Nuts, Dried Fruit and Ginger
Dark Chocolate-Dipped Seasonal Fruit and Fruit Popsicle

These recipes - free of charge - from Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes ...

Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season! (Photo by: Viggy Parr) Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!


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Eight Steps To Determine: Are You Dangerously Overweight?

August 13, 2013

My clients regularly ask me: Could the height/weight charts in doctors’ offices be correct?
Really?
My answer: That depends…

 Don’t use height/weight charts alone to determine your ideal body weight. Researchers designed the latest body mass index (BMI) charts for use in combination with additional personal information. A group of scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) who specialize in how weight affects health crafted the guidelines after reviewing hundreds of studies conducted over the past several decades — only then did the experts make their recommendations to health professionals.

The guidelines help physicians, and registered dietitians like me, evaluate and make recommendations for clients. But you can also use the BMI charts, along with your doctor’s advice, to help you decide what your appropriate weight should be.

8 Steps

1.     Determine your Body Mass Index (BMI), or the relationship between weight and height that researchers have associated with body fat and health risk.  BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by height in meters squared (kg/m2). But there is a BMI chart (link is below) so you don’t have to make the calculation yourself!

2.     If you are categorized as “overweight,” it is ideal for you to lose weight. That said, weight loss treatment is particularly important – and recommended – when you have two or more health risk factors, such as smoking, inactivity (I would define “inactivity” as under 10,000 pedometer steps daily - averaged over a week), or any of the following: High blood pressure, low HDL (good) cholesterol, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, high triglycerides (blood fat), impaired fasting glucose, a family history of premature heart disease, or a high waist circumference – measured at the belly button – of greater than 35″ for women or 40″ for men. The presence of abdominal fat is correlated with disease risk. We used to think body fat was inert, but it isn’t, it’s toxic! Fat tissue produces hormones and pro-inflammatory chemicals, which regulate metabolism, the immune system, inflammation, the progression of artery hardening, and the development of cancers, so that when you have less body fat, you get many biological benefits.

3.     If you are categorized as “obese,” weight loss treatment is recommended,

4.     Your initial weight loss goal should be to reduce body weight by about 10% from your starting weight. This should take about six months, depending on how much you have to lose. You can lose one-half to three pounds per week safely (assuming your calorie intake is appropriate, the more cardiovascular exercise you do, the faster you can lose),

5.     If more weight loss is needed, another attempt at weight reduction can be made,

6.     After the desired weight loss is achieved, a weight maintenance program consisting of dietary therapy, physical activity, and behavior therapy should be continued indefinitely,

7.     You will need to follow lifestyle therapy for at least six months,according to the NIH guidelines, before your doctor prescribes drug therapy or surgery.  Though the safety of drug therapy has not been established and 50% of surgery patients re-gain the weight,

8.     For the very obese, with a BMI over 40, or a BMI over 35 with significant adverse health conditions, obesity surgery may be an appropriate option.

NOTE: Highly muscular people, usually professional athletes or body builders, may register as “overweight,” but that may be because of high muscle mass, instead of fat. More muscle is not generally thought of as unhealthy, so if you’re categorized as “overweight” because you have more muscle, weight loss would not be recommended in these cases.

The BMI Height/Weight Chart...


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