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Nurture Assists Low Income Families with $1000 Grant from Consumer Wellness Center

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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(NaturalNews) Nurture, a non-profit organization based in the Chicago area, has been selected as one of this year's Consumer Wellness Center (CWC) Nutritional Grant Program recipients. Operated entirely by volunteers, Nurture provides cooking classes and nutrition education for low-income families, teaching them the essentials of incorporating whole foods into their diets. The organization's goal is to supply the tools and resources necessary for poorer families to prepare simple, nutritious meals that fit within their tight budgets.

Kathryn Guylay, Executive Director of Nurture, oversees the roughly 70 volunteers that administer the organization's various programs. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is currently pursuing a certification in Nutritional counseling through the Trinity School of Natural Health. Among Nurture's board members are a holistic health educator, a certified personal trainer, a Registered Dietician, a PhD of nutrition and Registered Nurse, and many other intelligent individuals privy to health and nutrition.

Guylay and her team intend to use the grant award to launch a new program at their Highland Park, IL facility that will provide 40 expectant mothers with Nurture's life-changing curriculum. Nurture's curriculum has been tailored specifically for each individual age group and is now available in Spanish. This new program is called "Desde El Principio" and means "from the beginning" and will utilize the Spanish materials for the low-income, pregnant Hispanic women.

Each woman will receive a free rice cooker and will be taught how to cook nutritious meals with them, using four primary whole foods: whole grains, split peas, lentils, and fruits and vegetables. The program will be provided free of charge to the women, all of whom qualify for government assistance through food pantries and school lunch programs. The award money from the Consumer Wellness Center (www.ConsumerWellness.org) will be used entirely to purchase the rice cookers and the food needed for each cooking class.

"This is the kind of program that we are thrilled to support," said CWC Executive Director Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, also the editor of NaturalNews.com. "It is extremely rewarding to see these funds put to a positive use like this, empowering women with both the knowledge and the tools they need to pursue healthy living," Adams said.

Life skills development and nutritional knowledge

Nurture's mission statement incorporates philanthropic giving with various forms of nutritional education and training, as well as life skills development. Depending on individual needs, volunteers will teach concepts like basic cooking and kitchen skills, how to shop effectively and efficiently, and how to incorporate healthy physical activity into a busy and constrained lifestyle.

Nurture has already witnessed incredible success with many of the other programs it has conducted, including one at its Evanston, IL facility in which teen mothers were taught how to prepare nutritious homemade meals for themselves and their babies. As a result, women who completed the program were able to successfully incorporate the techniques they learned into their daily lives and benefit from them with better health. Many of the women also began to exercise more because of the increased energy they received from their improved diets.

Nurture's focus on teaching families about the benefits of protein-rich lentils and beans has also been highly successful, causing many who had never eaten them previously to begin integrating them into their regular diets following the program. Prior programs have resulted in participants eating these nutritious and affordable forms of protein up to five times a week after completing the program. Most participants also generally ate far more fruits and vegetables than they did prior to the program.

Healthy living is also very affordable

The beauty of Nurture's recipes is that they can all be prepared for roughly $1.50 per serving or less. Because they are simple, inexpensive, and nutritious, the recipes and the programs behind them have been extremely effective at actually changing behavior, which is the goal of any education program.

We at the CWC are honored to be able to support Nurture and its important new endeavor. By teaching people from various ethnicities and groups about proper nutrition and providing them with the foundational skills and tools to incorporate it into their daily lives, Nurture is helping to establish a sustainable framework of good health among the low-income population. We also commend them for creating programs that virtually all participants have indicated were fun, informative, and led to improved health and a better lifestyle.

We look forward to the photo updates that Nurture's Historian will be providing, documenting the progress of the program. We hope that our readers will enjoy this information as well as feel inspired to support this or other programs within their own communities.

If you would like to find out more about Nurture and its nutritional programs, please visit www.nurtureyourfamily.org.

Once again, we would like to congratulate Nurture for winning one of this year's awards!

For more information about the Consumer Wellness Center: www.ConsumerWellness.org

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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.

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