Reflection for the Week Ahead: “Search for Common Ground”

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Good Sunday Everyone!


President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.
President Obama meets with Pope Francis 
The Vatican, Rome, Italy, Thursday, March 27, 2014
 
 
The president & pontiff are considered kindred spirits on issues of economic inequality.
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“No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground”.

~ Madeleine Albright


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MIX IT UP with HAILE! – 12-year old chef whips up Healthy, Delicious Dish with Al Roker to enjoy this weekend

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Haile Thomas (Tucson, AZ)
Let’s Move! Champion

Haile Thomas is a 12 year-old Youth Advisory Board member with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  She is Co-Founder/Director of the HAPPY Organization, an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of youth through education, outreach, and advocacy about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Haile hosts an annual H.E.A.L. (healthy eating, active lifestyle) Festival on Global Youth Service Day in Tucson. She created the Healthy Girl Adventures Club to inspire girls to embrace healthy habits, and produces online cooking videos aimed at encouraging kids to get cooking. Haile is also the Youth Spokesperson and Jr. Chef Consultant for Hyatt Hotels.
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Haile Thomas & Al Roker
Haile and Al, whip up one of Haile’s signature healthy and delicious recipes with the Incan super grain Quinoa.   (see video directly below)
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Haile was the Arizona winner oft the 2012 Kids’ State State Dinner with an all vegetable version. (see downloadable 2012 cookbook for recipe  below in NCM Blog)    
Confident Chef at age 12
Quoted from Why Not Girl!:  “Here’s another example of how girls at any age can be a Why Not Girl!  I found this interview by the local ABC station in Rochester, NY of an 11-year-old chef who is trying to combat childhood obesity with her online and television cooking show called Kids Can Cook.”  Haile Thomas is from Tucson, Arizona and she whipping up recipes that she hopes will get other kids interested in eating a wide variety of healthy foods”.   (see video interview directly below)

Michelle Obama Encourages Home Cooked Meals

Michelle Obama is encouraging everyone to gather around the dinner table for a home cooked meal at least two times a week.  The first lady wants to focus on getting families to cook more of their meals at home because it is healthier as well as cheaper than eating at a restaurant or purchasing take-out food.

Mrs. Obama emphasized not only the health benefits of cooking at home, but the cost effectiveness of buying food at the grocery store and preparing them at home. Most people are likely to use less sodium and fat and in return are more likely to consume less cholesterol and calories.

Cooking a healthy meal can take as little as 30 minutes to prepare. Picking something out at a fast food restaurant, paying for it and driving home could take just as long. It is also a good way to teach children the basics in cooking and spend time as a family.

Haile Thomas
Chef Haile Thomas, 12 and her sister Nia, 6 conduct  healthy cooking demonstrations   
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Kids Can Cook Channel
There are 30+ videos on this channel which include Haile’s philosophy and goals as well as cooking demonstrations.  You can tell that some of the video are when she was probably only about 9-years old.  Check out the Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Jamaica Curry video.
Haile is following her Bliss!    Kids Can Cook Channel – 30+ videos

Please Note Recipe entry deadline is April 5th  for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner. (see NCM Blog posts below)

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Haile Thomas, 12-years old is a chef and founder of several organizations

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Haile Thomas Joins First Lady at the 2013 State of the Union Address

Posted by Emily Gibson on February 14, 2013

At just 12 years old, Haile Thomas has made a big difference. A youth leader working hard to inspire kids to eat healthy, Haile joined First Lady Michelle Obama, along with a handful of other guests, for the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening.  

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative has inspired people across the country to live healthy, active lives. Haile has inspired us by her phenomenal leadership and service to her community in helping others to make healthy choices. A sixth-grader in Tucson, Haile learned to cook from her mother, who encouraged Haile at 5 years old to help out in the kitchen making family meals. Haile has loved cooking since then, but when she found out that her dad had diabetes her hobby for cooking became a passion for healthy eating, too. She’s started a variety of projects — from a kids cooking show to a service-learning program — to inspire others to cook healthy meals that taste delicious.

This past summer, Haile was one of 54 kid-chefs to attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House, where she had the opportunity to meet both the First Lady and the President. Mrs. Obama applauded Haile and her peer chefs for their leadership to inspire healthy eating.With recipes such as her Quinoa, Black Bean, and Corn Salad, Haile has found ways to make healthy eating tasty. She has found that eating well and staying active is an essential part of leading a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Haile Thomas_award winner Kids State Dinner

Haile’s Tips for Healthy Eating:

  • Get in the kitchen and get cooking!
  • Make food that is “delicious and nutritious.”
  • Voice your opinion; it matters!
  • Think outside of the box.
  • You’ll never know what you’re missing if you don’t try it!

These simple tips for healthy living have inspired children and adults of all ages to follow Haile’s lead. Like the First Lady, Haile believes that empowering kids with the knowledge they need to grow into healthy adults, is essential for the future of our country. Reaching out to and encouraging her peers has been the highlight of Haile’s work. She hopes that other kids will also choose to reach out to their peers and spread the word about healthy eating.

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In August 2012, Haile Thomas joined First Lady Michelle Obama as Arizona’s winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for the Kids’ State Dinner. Haile was chosen to join the Youth Advisory Board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She has spoken at TedxKids and the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, among other major major events, and was chosen to serve on Chop Chop’s Kids Advisory Board after being honored as a Chop Chop Summer 2012 Healthy Hero.

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Please Note Recipe entry deadline is April 5th for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner.  
Haile’s award winning 2013 recipe is located in the downloadable PDF Kids’ State Dinner cookbook. (see NCM Blog posts below)
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“Our Kids’ ‘State Dinner’ is one of my favorite events of the year and the kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity”.  
~ First Lady Michelle Obama
The First Lady and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas introduces Mrs. Obama.
First Lady Michelle Obama & Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas, last year’s recipe winner from Arizona, introduces Mrs. Obama during the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House, July 9, 2013.
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Kids’ State Dinner cookbooks 2012 & 2013 (downloadable PDF)

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Please find two (2) downloadable (PDF) Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbooks that were produced based on each state’s junior chefs including U.S. territories as winning junior chefs and recipes.  Over 1,300 recipes were submitted each year and judged by chefs at the White House..
There are a total  of 108 recipes (54 for 2013) with names like:  “Picky Eater Pita Pizza Pockets, Bring It on Brussels Sprouts Wrap! and Zucchini Pancakes & Passion Fruit Banana Smoothie”..
There are 54 winners for 2012; with recipe names like: “Fish Fueled Pepper Rocket with Kale Chips andQuinoa, Heavenly Lunch Wrap and Kickin Chicken Salad”..
Please Note:  Recipe entry deadline is April 5th for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner.  (see NCM Blog posts below)
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Devanshi Udeshi, right, with her mother 
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Devanshi, age 12 winner from Texas submitted “Slam Dunk Veggie Burger”.   The recipe located in the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook directly below..
“When I went grocery shopping with my mom, I came across quinoa in the grains 
aisle, so we decided to try it,” says Devanshi“I guess it tastes really good, so my mom and I created a burger recipe, which includes quinoa, a good source of protein”. 
“My healthy and delicious recipe can be served with a side dish of Super Scrumptious Strawberry Salad,” which has spinach, strawberries, and red onion”.
 
2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook
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2012 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook
Please Note:  Recipe entry deadline is April 5th for the 2014 Kids’ State Dinner.
(see NCM Blog posts below)
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Calling all young chefs! ….to the White House (April 5th deadline)

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Junior chef with his proud mother make an appearance at the White House – PHOTO

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Samuel Wohabe, 9, and his mother, Sheila Tendy,  arrive at the White House for the dinner.
A proud mother with her junior chef is announced as they enter the White House or theKids “State Dinner” last year.
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Calling all young chefs! ….to the White House (April 5th deadline)

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Happy Monday!

If you have children or grandchildren ages 8-12 the Let’s Move Recipe Challenge may be of interest to them especially if they like to cook.
The winner will be invited for the third annual  Kids “State Dinner” (lunch) hosted at the White House.
Follow the links, below for more information.  The deadline for recipe submissions is  April 5, 2014.
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PLEASE NOTE:  You can still click on the links even if they appear to be cut off.
The White House Saturday, March 22, 2014
Calling all young chefs!

First Lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture to host the third-annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest.

Kids ages 8-12, with the help of their parents, can take part in the challenge by sending in original lunch recipes that are healthy, affordable, and tasty!

Participating young chefs can use USDA’s MyPlate as a resource to make sure that their recipes meet healthy standards. Each lunch recipe should represent all of the food groups, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up about half of the plate or recipe.

The creators of the best recipes will be invited to D.C. this summer, where they will have the opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner,” hosted by Mrs. Obama at the White House, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served.

Just last week, the First Lady announced that cooking will be a new focus for Let’s Move!, so start honing those skills and enter the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The deadline to submit recipes is April 5 — only two weeks away — so if you’re looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, get cooking!

Learn more about the challenge here, or visit recipechallenge.epicurious.com.

The First Lady and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas introduces Mrs. Obama.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious Editor Tanya Steel listen as 12-year-old Haile Thomas, last year’s recipe winner from Arizona, introduces Mrs. Obama during the Kids’ State Dinner in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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President Obama awards Medal of Honor — the military’s highest decoration for bravery — to 24 veterans across three wars who were originally overlooked due to their race

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Good Sunday Everyone:

President Obama awards 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. These veterans are receiving the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

All 24 of the recipients were ethnic or minority African-American, Hispanic and Jewish United States.soldiers, a factor that sadly contributed to the delay in their being honored. 
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‘Today we have the chance to set the record straight,’ President Obama said. Of the 24 recipients, only three are alive. (pictured in the photo directly below)
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10 Years of Research
The daunting project to correct this gross injustice took 10 years of research.  All 24 citations were read in the 1 hour & 17 minute video ceremony.  While this makes for a long ceremony you will not regret viewing the entire video below which will leave you inspired.

Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela,  Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia  honored by President Barack Obama_March 18, 2014
“I never really did worry about decorations,” Melvin Morris said. 
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But, “I fell to my knees when I received a surprise call from President Obama with news that I was to be honored”.
These photos released by the U.S. Army show, from left, Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela and Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris. Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014, to 24 Army veterans, including Erevia, Rodela and Morris, who are still alive and fought in the Vietnam War, following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice. Of the 24, eight fought in the Vietnam War, nine in the Korean War and seven in World War II. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia, Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela &
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during their military service in Vietnam
21 Veterans honored posthumously at today’s ceremony:
Family members of the 21 other recipients accepted the awards posthumously on their behalf.  Standing beside the president, many were overcome with emotion, tears streaming down their faces as their loved ones were recognized.
  • World War II veterans
    • Private Pedro Cano
    • Private Joe Gandara
    • Private First Class Salvador J. Lara
    • Sergeant William F. Leonard
    • Staff Sergeant Manuel V. Mendoza
    • Sergeant Alfred B. Nietzel
    • First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab
  • Korean War veterans
    • Corporal Joe R. Baldonado
    • Corporal Victor H. Espinoza
    • Sergeant Eduardo C. Gomez
    • Private First Class Leonard M. Kravitz
    • Master Sergeant Juan E. Negron
    • Master Sergeant Mike C. Pena
    • Private Demensio Rivera
    • Private Miguel A. Vera
    • Sergeant Jack Weinstein
  • Vietnam War veterans
    • Sergeant Candelario Garcia
    • Specialist Four Leonard L. Alvarado
    • Staff Sergeant Felix M. Conde-Falcon
    • Specialist Four Ardie R. Copas
    • Specialist Four Jesus S. Duran
Mitchel Libman has lobbied for worthy veterans to recieve the Medal of Honor.   Libman is a Korean war veteran himself.  Here he holds a photo of Leonard Kravitz, one of the nominees that he has rallied for.
Mitchel Libman has lobbied for worthy veterans to receive the
Medal of Honor. Mr. Libman is a Korean war veteran himself. He holds a photo Leonard Kravitz, one of the nominees that he has rallied for.
A government review concluded that Kravitz's uncle, Sgt. Alfred Nietzel of Queens and other soldiers were denied a Medal of Honor years ago because of bias.
Lenny Kravitz, musician attended 
the ceremony to honor his uncle 
Pvt. 1st Class Leonard M. Kravitz
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Laurie Wenger, Lenny Kravitz’s half-sister joined President Obama on stage to accept the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Leonard M. Kravitz on behalf of their uncle. 
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