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Consumer Wellness Center Awards $1,000 Nutrition Grant to California Elementary School

Monday, February 16, 2009
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: nutrition, elementary schools, health news

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(NaturalNews) The Consumer Wellness Center, led by Executive Director Mike Adams (editor of NaturalNews.com), has announced its sixth grant in its Nutrition Grant Program. The Consumer Wellness Center (CWC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting nutrition education. The Executive Director position is a non-paid position.

The CWC Nutrition Grant Program awards $1,000 grants to individuals or institutions dedicated to the promotion and sharing of nutritional knowledge among children, expectant mothers and other important groups.

The grants are awarded based on the number of people positively impacted and the enthusiasm and commitment of the teacher or administrator using the funds. Each award recipient is asked to report the results of the grant program to the CWC. Our intention is then to post these nutrition "success stories" on NaturalNews.com so that the most effective strategies of nutrition education can be shared with the world.

Pomelo Drive Elementary School in California

Our sixth Consumer Wellness Center Nutritional grant of $1000 has been awarded to
Assistant Principal Michael Ursprung at Pomelo Drive Elementary School, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in West Hills, California.

The Consumer Wellness Center grant will enable Michael Ursprung to furnish his students with a year worth of supplies for nutrition study in the Pomelo Drive School Garden: organic soil amendments, seeds, seedlings, organic fertilizers, garden tools, handouts and journals. Most of these materials will be purchased from local school suppliers, hardware stores and nurseries.

This effort will connect and benefit the community. During multiple harvests, Pomelo Drive Elementary plans to donate eighty pounds of organic peas and ten pounds of organic carrots per week to local community food bank, West Valley Food Pantry in Woodland Hills, California. To facilitate this goal, parents of the children and local high school seniors will voluntarily join to help provide for the hungry.

Assistant Principal Ursprung has committed to reporting back to the Consumer Wellness Center. Throughout the school year, Pomelo Drive Elementary will monthly send photographs and updates of their program's progress.

"I am absolutely thrilled to see this elementary school teaching schoolchildren about gardening and nutrition," said CWC executive director Mike Adams. "These are sustainable living skills that will serve these children well throughout their entire lives. Principal Ursprung is to be commended for the time and effort he has invested in receiving this grant and putting it to a positive use."

Background on Pomelo Drive Elementary School

Pomelo Drive Elementary School teaches 350 children from kindergarten through the third grade. With a holistic approach to education the school incorporates a 3,000 square foot organic vegetable garden into its curriculum. While the children learn about nutrition and the importance of fresh produce, the garden provides the opportunity to apply this knowledge and to learn gardening practices. Students enrich soil, plant seeds and seedlings, nurture plants and harvest vegetables. A song about the six edible parts of a plant begins each day in the garden. Students are encouraged to try new vegetables, and even the kindergarteners know roots and stems provide nourishment.

At Pomelo Drive Elementary School, nutritious plants are not just lesson topics; they are real life experiences – instilling health and wellbeing for a lifetime. According to Assistant Principal Michael Ursprung, "Our school is committed to increasing our students' nutritional knowledge by using every tool available."

Congratulations to Assistant Principal Michael Ursprung of the Pomelo Drive Elementary School for earning the sixth $1,000 nutrition grant from the Consumer Wellness Center.

Winners of the five previous nutrition grants can be viewed at www.ConsumerWellness.org

Sponsors of the CWC include Boku Superfood (www.BokuSuperfood.com), Ed Group's Global Healing Center (www.GHChealth.com) and many others.

Donations are needed to continue funding the CWC's nutrition grant programs. If you or your organization would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the CWC, you may do so at this page: http://www.consumerwellness.org/Sponsorship....

Thank you for your continued financial support. With your help, we are pioneering new models for nutrition education and lifelong wellness.
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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose descendents include Africans and American Indians. He self-identifies as being of American Indian heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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