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Consumer Wellness Center Awards Nutrition Grant to Aid Economically Disadvantaged Teenage Mothers

Thursday, January 29, 2009
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: nutrition, health news, Natural News

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(NaturalNews) The Consumer Wellness Center, led by Executive Director Mike Adams (editor of NaturalNews), has announced its fourth 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.

Our 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 that can be positively impacted, the detail of the grant proposal 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.

Parenting and Pregnant Teen Program in California

Our fourth Consumer Wellness Center Nutritional grant of $1000 has been awarded to Claire Martin, English and Parenting teacher, at McAlister High School for Pregnant and Parenting Teens, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Reseda, California.

The Consumer Wellness Center grant will enable Claire Martin to create an educational program that will focus on teaching pregnant teenage mothers how to make healthy food and nutritional choices. This education will serve to better the health of both mother and child; specifically, it will aim to decrease the severe rise of obesity and diabetes seen at McAlister in the last eighteen years.

The grant reward will provide nutrition education both in and out of the classroom. First, teen mothers will attend classes on healthy cooking and food preparation. Then, each student will receive to take home a children's whole foods cookbook that will teach both mom and child how to prepare fresh and nutritious meals daily.

Using the children's cookbook, Claire Martin intends to promote an early introduction in to both good nutritional practices and parent/child reading experiences. Nutritional eating affords health, and early reading with a child develops a foundation for educational success. The time spent reading the cookbook with their children, making the recipes and discussing healthy food choices will help create that important bond between parent and child, which will promote holistic health body, mind and heart.

Claire has committed to report back to the Consumer Wellness Center with photographs of her mothers and babies and with testimonies regarding the impact of whole food education. She has also promised letters from the students about their various class presentations.

Background on Claire Martin and McAlister High for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Because of the overabundance of FDA-approved toxic-laden foods that stock the convenience stores where these financially disadvantaged girls typically grocery shop, Claire's students generally have poor diets consisting mostly of excess amounts of salt, fat and sugar. They become entrapped within a downward spiral. The mothers begin their pregnancies overweight and pre-diabetic. Most continue to gain more weight than necessary throughout their pregnancy, and many develop gestational diabetes posing serious danger to both themselves and their children. These poor food choices then continue as they are passed on in the daily lives of their children.

Every school year, Claire Martin and the Pregnant Teen Parenting Program shepherds more than one hundred disadvantaged young mothers and their babies through pregnancy, birth and young parenthood. This Parenting Program has been active and successful since the 1960s, and Claire has been at the helm since the early 1990s. Claire continually provides choices, opportunities, and hope. Now with the nutritional education provided by the grant reward, Claire's teens and their infants will have a chance at an even brighter future one of increased health and literacy.

Congratulations to Claire Martin of McAlister High School for Pregnant and Parenting Teens for earning our fourth $1,000 nutrition grant from the Consumer Wellness Center.

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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 ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American 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.

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