Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
Before your child takes a dip in a backyard or public pool, take precautions to prevent drownings or any water injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has relaunched the second year of their “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives” campaign, a national safety education effort that helps kids stay safe in swimming pools and spas.
According to CPSC.gov, drownings are the highest reasons for child deaths between ages 1-4, and more incidents related to drownings and near-drownings have been increasing through the years. In the first five months of 2011, the media has already reported 55 drownings and 63 near-drowning incidents.
The CPSC also advises that parents always be alert and practice water safety skills, that kids wear bright-colored clothes, and that appropriate equipment be used for pools and spas (e.g. sensors, floaters, and drain covers). Parents can also get the latest information about recalled pool and spa drain covers through the Toy and Product Recall Finder on our site.
Visit PoolSafely.gov to read pool and spa safety tips, share stories, and get other water safety resources.
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Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
When the weather turns warm, certain seasonal foods pop into our minds for picnic lunch ideas or evening cookout dishes. Chicken salad and pasta salad are classic hit recipes with most families, and can be quick, delicious entrées to whip up. But sometimes, particularly on those scorching hot days, these mayo-based salads can seem too heavy and saturated with calories.
Here are two new ways to enjoy the summer dishes, but with a lighter and healthier approach. By mixing in hummus instead of mayo for homemade chicken and pasta salads, you can cut a few calories and tantalize your taste buds with new flavors. Give them a try, and let us know what you think!
Hummus Chicken Salad
1 Cup Grilled Chicken Breast, Cubed
1 Tablespoon Finely Diced Scallions
2 Tablespoons Diced Celery
2 Tablespoons Diced Red Pepper
1 Tablespoon Water
½ Cup Sabra Hummus
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Yields 2 servings.
Directions: Combine all ingredients and stir well. Serve in a bowl of radicchio as a salad, on a sandwich, wrap, or as an appetizer with veggies, chips or pita.
Basil Pesto Hummus Pasta Salad
1 lb. Fusilli pasta (cooked according to package instructions)
1 cup pitted kalamata olives, rough chopped
1 cup fennel (2 small bulbs), finely chopped
1/3 cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and chopped
1 (10 ounce) container of Sabra Basil Pesto Hummus
¾ cup Roasted Red Pepper (1 whole pre-roasted red pepper)
½ cup Chives, minced
1 cup pasta cooking water, reserved
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Fennel fronds for garnish
Serves 4-6 as a main course
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1-cup pasta cooking water.
2. Prepare all of the vegetables. In a big bowl, toss the vegetables with the Basil Pesto Hummus. Add pasta, and pasta water and stir to combine. Sprinkle with black pepper.
3. Serve at room temperature, drizzle each portion with a little splash of olive oil and sprinkle fennel fronds overtop.
Please note: If this is made a day ahead and refrigerated, add water before serving to achieve a creamier consistency. Also, wait until just before serving to add the olive oil and fennel frond garnish.
Recipes by Colombe Jacobsen
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Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
With summer vacation just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking up fun activities to fend off the inevitable “I’m bored” whining. Enter Kids Bowl Free, a bowling program in which hundred of alleys across the US (and Canada) allow children to play two games a day—gratis—all summer long. Better still, the program is already up and running for the season in some locations. To register for a pass and find a participating bowling center near you (as well as get program dates, times, and age requirements, which vary by location), visit kidsbowlfree.com.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Although I am grateful that spring is finally here—my 6-year-old daughter, Jane, was still wearing her winter jacket until just a few days ago—I must admit that I am not enthused about the beginning of hard-core sunscreen season. I have very fair skin, skin cancer runs in my family, I’ve had suspicious moles removed by my dermatologist, and I have been writing articles about the importance of sun safety for many years. The young father of one of Jane’s friends died of melanoma. But when she got dressed in shorts and a tank top for school yesterday, I heaved a big sigh as I pulled out the bottle of SPF 50. She’s right: It is greasy. At least she doesn’t complain about using a sunscreen stick on her face. We live in an apartment, and I don’t like to use spray sunscreen inside. I know that my family and I are going to be using this stuff for the rest of our lives (when they invent a sunscreen pill, I’m taking it!). I’ve had my favorite brands over the years, but I want to know yours! I’ll be very appreciative if you’ll all tell me which one you and your kids like best. Thanks.
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