Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated primarily in the United States. It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza SeguĂ­n. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Chicano activists raised awareness of the holiday in the 1960s, in part because they identified with the victory of indigenous Mexicans over European invaders during the Battle of Puebla. Today, revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
Twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. The fight for a clean environment continues in a climate of increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more manifest every day. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and help write many more victories and successes into our history. Discover energy you didn't even know you had. Feel it rumble through the grassroots under your feet and the technology at your fingertips. Channel it into building a clean, healthy, diverse world for generations to come.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

White Chocolate Puppy Chow with Cadbury Eggs

  • 8 cups rice or corn Chex cereal.
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup butter (feel free to substitute with margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag of milk chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • In a glass microwavable bowl, combine the white chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter.
  • Stir to combine, and melt on high in the microwave for one minute.
  • After one minute, stir the mixture, and microwave for 30 more seconds (or until mixture is smooth). T
  • ake out of the microwave and stir in the vanilla.
  • Place the Chex mix in a large heat resistant bowl & pour the hot mixture over top. Stir until evenly coated.
  • Once covered, pour the mix into a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag or a large brown paper sack.
  • Add the powdered sugar & shake until coated.
  • Meanwhile, place the Cadbury Mini Eggs into a 1-gallon resealable bag. Crush with heavy object (rolling pin), until broken. Do not crush to crumbs. Mix the small chunks of Cadbury eggs into the puppy chow mixture.
  • Store in airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Boston Red Sox Opening Day Celebration

The UMass Dartmouth community will hold a celebration for Opening Day for the Boston Red Sox. Our UMD community will come together in the Campus Center on April 3, 2014 from 4-8 pm. There will even be a an appearance from Wally the Green Monster. There will be free food and novelties, along with a raffle for a pair of game tickets to a Boston Red Sox game. Leading up to this celebration, UMDoneyearstrong bracelets will be sold for $2 in the campus center. All proceeds will be donated to the OneFund.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Month as a campaign of nutrition education to remind consumers of how important a lifestyle can be. “National Nutrition Month” has a theme of “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” during this March of 2014. Consumer research has proven that taste is the cause of consumers choosing food. Taste outdoes nutrition typically followed by emotional and health factors. As a result, the idea behind this years’ National Nutrition Month is combining good taste with good nutrition. The campaign focuses on making healthy eating habits while maintaining or developing an active lifestyle.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

MARDI GRAS started thousands of years ago as a celebration of spring and fertility. Eventually it became a introduction to Lent after religious leaders molded the celebration into their faith. For Christians, Mardi Gras marks the day before Ash Wednesday, leading into 40 days of penance until Easter. Mardi Gras resembles the final day of indulging and feasting before fasting, prayer, and reflection. In French, Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” which is another name we use for this day of overindulgence. For some this means spoiling themselves with fatty, rich foods and well as alcohol one last time before Lent. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. At the same time it is important to learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. CVD is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. It is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. CVD costs the United States over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

Take it one step at a time:

  • ·         Work with your health care team
  • ·         Monitor your blood pressure
  • ·         Get your cholesterol checked
  • ·         Eat a healthy diet
  • ·         Maintain a healthy weight
  • ·         Exercise regularly
  • ·         Don't smoke
  • ·         Limit alcohol use
  • ·         If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or another condition manage by taking your medicine and understanding the risks and instructions