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NOBEL Women Conference in Biloxi, MS


I love being next to water particularly the beaches.  Being in Altanta and land lock, you do not have any opportunity to get to a beach unless you drive 6+ hours to the Gerogia Shores, Florida or the Gulf Coast.  Since it is summertime, I was hoping for a opportunity to go anywhere that is near water.  Such an opportunity  did happened when I had a chance to speak at the NOBEL Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage.


The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative/Women (NOBEL/Women) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization primarily composed of current and former black women legislators as well as many appointed officials. Originally established in 1985 as a national organization to increase and promote the presence of black women in government, NOBEL/Women in recent years has expanded its vision to serve as a global voice to address a myriad of issues affecting the lives of all women. – NOBEL – www.Nobel-Women.org

These public official women are on the move and fighting for a incredible cause.  At this year’s conference theme was NOBEL Women on the M. O. V. E. meaning Motivating, Organizing, Vocalizing, Empowering the Next Generation of Black Women Leaders.  I was so honored to be invited to speak at this conference breakfast to some of the most powerful and influential women.  My speech was on Malnutrition (see it below) and my wonderful sponsor for this speech was Abbott Nutrition.

Below is a link to my NOBEL speech:  www.livinghealthy1.org/Speaker/Media

Also, click here to view the Press Release for HEPSA Living Healthy – Denine Rogers RDN – Speaker at NOBEL Conference.

It was great see the passion from theses ladies when it comes to resolving the important issues that are happening in the African American community particularly with women.  The issues that impact the women and communities of color that NOBEL is focused on are:

  • Economic Equity
  • Health
  • Telecommunications
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Women & Leadership

I also had a chance to see the rest of the conference and I was very impressed by the speakers and the topics that were discussed.


The Gulf Coast is still try to recuperate from all of the Hurricanes that has past over including Katrina.   Please do remember to pray for our fellow brothers and sisters in the gulf coast who are still trying to re-build their new lives  since Hurricane Katrina!  Coming down to the Gulf Coast for a vacation or business will definitely help!



Biloxi ,MS Visitors Center

Biloxi ,MS Visitors Center

Kids Eat Right Month – Eat Right


Portrait of a young couple and a child with their arms outstretched

When it comes to eating right, parents have a hard job in convincing their children that this is the right thing to do.  Kids base food on tasting good and do not want to think that the food they choose is not good for them.  What can a parent do about this ?


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We have all heard about this but getting a child or teen to eat breakfast can be a big challenge.

Encourage eating breakfast daily at home or school and make it easy. Grab-and-go meals like a waffle with peanut butter, a boiled egg and fruit or homemade oatmeal bars make eating breakfast a breeze.  Warm up with a hearty bowl of oatmeal on a cool morning or hydrate with sweet chunks of fresh fruit and yogurt when it’s warm outside. With so many options on the table, you’re sure to find something that works — peanut butter on whole grain toast, fruit, eggs, yogurt or last night’s leftovers.  Create a breakfast with staying power using protein and carbohydrate combos like fruit and yogurt, whole-grain cereal with milk.

Though it may take time, helping your child and/or teen eat a nutritious breakfast today will build healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.

Boy Lunch Line

I want a cookie not a fruit for snack!  Have you heard this statement before from your child?  I think we all have.  Getting your child to eat healthy whole foods as snacks instead of the sweets may cause a tug of war with your child.  Here are some tips you can use with your child:

Offer nutrient-dense foods  for snacks that are otherwise lacking in the diet and will improve your child’s nutrient intake.  Make sure that the snack containing protein and fiber, so that the snacks are filling, sustaining and add to the quality of the diet. Offer meals and snacks at predictable times and let the family know when the kitchen is closed at other times.  This will prevent grazing with food.

Try some of these combinations as snacks.

  • Nuts, dried fruit, whole-grain pretzels and low-sugar dry cereal
  • Reduced-fat cheese and pear slices
  • Reduced sodium deli-sliced turkey breast wrapped around apple slices
  • Low-fat yogurt, fruit and nuts
  • Nuts and raisins
  • Celery sticks filled with almond butter and sprinkled with dried cranberries and chopped pistachios
  • Baked tortilla chips dipped in salsa
  • Whole-wheat tortilla with reduced-sodium turkey breast and reduced-fat cheese heated in the microwave

Start getting your child to become a smart snacker!  Get your child and teen to start eating right and live healthy!  For more information, check out the Kids Eat Right website:  www.eatright.org\kids . Next week is to start getting your child to become active with moving!!



Breakfast Time!

Businesswoman Ready for Work with Husband In Kitchen.

Are you continuing to skip breakfast?  Feel that you do not have enough time?  You probably already know that breakfast is the most important meal but once you see the benefits of having breakfast you will start eating one everyday .  This month is celebrating the All American Breakfast and what healthy fast options you can make for your breakfast meal.  Beginning your day without breakfast is like starting your car without gas.  People who eat breakfast everyday have a better overall nutrient intake and lower intakes of fat.  Eating breakfast will help you avoid overindulging later in the day.  If you have diabetes, think about this:  A healthy breakfast can help stabilize your blood glucose and keep it stable during the time between breakfast and a snack or lunch.  Eating breakfast is a strategy common to successful weight loss maintainers.

Here below are some healthier options for your breakfast meals:

  1. High fiber breakfast cereals with low fat milk
  2. Low fat yogurt with fruit and possibly low fat granola or wheat germ
  3. Healthy Breakfast shake with fruits or vegetables or both
  4. Whole-grain bagel with low fat cream cheese
  5. Half of a grapefruit
  6. Egg beaters with veggies
  7. Top a toaster waffle with low-fat yogurt and peach slices.
  8. Stuff a whole-wheat pita with a sliced, hard-cooked egg and low-fat shredded cheese.
  9. Spread a flour tortilla with peanut butter. Add a whole banana and roll it up.
  10. Add lean low sodium ham or lean turkey  and low-fat Swiss cheese to a toasted whole-grain English muffin.
  11. Make instant oatmeal with low-fat milk instead of water. Toss in raisins or dried cranberries and chopped walnuts
  12. Leftover veggie pizza

So plan for tomorrow to eat a healthy delicious breakfast and you will thank me later for this!

Community Service Day

It is so important to get involved with your community so when my job decided to ask their employees to participate in Community Service Day I decided to jump at the opportunity to do this.  I was able to conduct a nutrition educational program for the parents at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home.

Carrie Steele Pitts Home is Atlanta, Georgia historic home for children in need. For over a century, they have provided a nurturing environment for abused, abandoned and neglected children who are unable to stay with their parents. This place is a safe haven for children where they provide 24- hour supervision caring staff members that supports and loves for up to 100 children in need.

The Carrie Steele-Pitts Home provides a Life Learning Center which is a multipurpose facility where the children participate in academic enrichment, athletic activities and spiritual growth.  How did this enriching organization come about?  Here is a historical quote from the Carrie Steele – Pitts Home:

Carrie Steele – Pitts Home was founded by Mrs. Carrie Steele, who was working as a maid at the Union Railroad Station in downtown Atlanta when she discovered that abandoned babied and children were being left at the station. She began to care for these children, placing them in an empty boxcar during the day and taking them home with her at night. In 1888, Mrs. Steele chartered the organization, eventually selling her home and generating additional funds from the community to build the first facility called the “Carrie Steele Orphan Home.”  In our organization’s long history, only four individuals have held the position of Executive Director. Soon after Mrs. Steele’s death in 1908, Mrs. Clara Maxwell Pitts became director and she served in this role for over 40 years. During this time, the Home became a United Way agency, moved to a larger facility on Roy Street in southwest Atlanta, and changed our name to the Carrie Steele – Pitts Home to honor Mrs. Pitts’ contributions to the Home.  In 1950, Mrs. Pitts’ daughter, Mrs. Mae Maxwell Yates took over the directorship, and she was responsible for moving CSPH to our current location at 667 Fairburn Road. Just before her retirement, Mrs. Pitts hired Ollivette Allison, a former CSPH resident, to serve as the Home’s first social worker and later the Director of Case Worker Services. Since 1976, Ms. Allison has been the Executive Director, providing inspired leadership with a strong commitment to new generations of children in the Atlanta community. The incredible continuity of leadership has allowed us to stay true to the mission and ideals of our founder.

I was truly honored to spend a day volunteering with this prestigious organization.  I was able to, along with my co-workers, teach the parents in the nearby neighborhood on healthy eating for breakfast.  What we found when teach the parents and some of the staff at Carrie Steele- Pitts Home (CSPH) was that CSPH do provide healthy nutritious breakfast meals for the children and the community.  An interesting thing that we found out from the parents that skipping breakfast was very common.  There were a lot of excuses that were stated by the parents such as not enough time, it takes too long to make etc.   We were able to address these issues and gave solutions on how to prepare a healthy breakfast every morning.

Every day should be a Community Service Day where everyone should make a tremendous effort in helping their community and themselves.

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For further information on how you can help the children of the Carrie Steele – Pitts Home, please contact:

Dr. Evelyn Lavizzo, Executive Director

or   Denise Kimbro, Office Manager

667 Fairburn Rd., N.W.

Atlanta, Georgia 30331

Phone#:   404-691-5187

Website:  http://www.csph.org/index.htm

Happy Healthy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season!  I know that everyone has been eating alot of food and allowing themselves to eat big portions.  If your New Year resolutions consist of losing weight like mine here are some tips that would help you to achieve this.

  1. Lose weight with water. Drinking 1 cup of h20 before each meal can fill you up and which will cause you not to eat as much.  Try to drink 8 cups of h20 per day.  Drinking water can flush out the toxins and prevent fluid retention.
  2. Have soup for your meals. Try to eat a bowl of soup at least once a day.  This soup will have to be a nutritious homemade and low in salt.  Avoid eating canned soups which are loaded with salt and chemicals.
  3. Early eating can keep weight off. Eat your breakfast early in the day and at the same time every day.  This will let you lose weight and have more energy.  Eat your last meal of the day before 7:00pm.
  4. Eat small frequent meals. Have six little meals every day eating schedule.  Eat your meals steadily through the day which will keep you from becoming hungry and prevent from overeating at your next meal.  Try low-fat trail mix from raw almonds, apples and raw carrots.  Have these healthy snacks available at all times to avoid the tempting lure of high-calorie snacks.
  5. Adopt a healthy balanced approach to your diet. Your diet should consist of a balance of organic meats of fish and chicken, complex high carbohydrates, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits and non-starchy vegetables.  Use brown rice, bulgur, millet or buckwheat instead of white rice.  Eat greener, dark leafy veggies such as kale, spinach, asparagus and broccoli.  Eliminate candy, sugar, soda and all simple sugars from your diet.  Avoid fatty, processed or fried foods and use low fat products such as skim milk.  A balanced healthy diet can assist you in losing weight.
  6. Walk off the weight. Inactivity is the No. 1 cause of weight gain therefore physical activity is the key to speeding up your metabolism and burning excess calories.  Use your legs by walking often and as long as you can.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator.  During your lunch break at work take a walk around your building.  Try taking a walk 30 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes in the early evening.

I know that this information can shed some pounds and add on the years to your life.  I know you have some healthy weight loss tips for 2010.  Please respond to this blog and let me know what healthy weight loss tips that you will use for this year.