BUILDING A TRAUMA-INFORMED COMMUNITY

Exposure to violence and trauma can have lifelong affects on children’s health and wellness and their academic accomplishments. Sharyl Kato, founder and director of the Rainbow Project, describes how she is seeing multiple layers of trauma expand to new arenas such as school shootings or the fear of them, affecting schools, families and communities. 

Creating a safe, healthy and nurturing world for children and families and building life-sustaining skills is the mission of the Rainbow Project. But it takes a village. Community education, support and supportive policies are essential to healing and hope for children and families who have experienced trauma.

DISCOVERING THE KEY TO WORLD FOOD PRESERVATION

One way to have enough food to meet the needs of the world is to grow more. Another is to preserve more of the food we grow. Until Philip Nelson, PhD, food scientist and professor emeritus at Purdue University stepped forward, food preservation was a challenge.

With a family background in tomato farming and canning in Indiana, Phil Nelson saw tomatoes spoil on the ground before they could be processed. He chose to do something about it in the academic arena.

As a student then food scientist at Purdue, he and his team developed a system of bulk sterile processing that reduces losses of quick-to-spoil fruits and vegetables. Because of his work and persistence, millions of people around the world have access to fresh, nutritious food.

For this revolutionary innovation, Dr. Nelson received the agricultural industry’s 2007 World Food Prize, comparable to the Nobel Prize. Hear his story on this program.

PLANNING AHEAD FOR CARE YOU MAY NEED

When additional care is needed for you or a loved one, what do you need to know to make the right decisions? How do you know when it is time to bring in professional in-home care? How do you know when in-home care is not enough? What levels of assisted care are available, and how should you evaluate them?

There is no one-size fits all answer to any of these questions.

On this program, Wendy Sulzer, director of home care, and Lori Tebrinke, director of nursing at BrightStar Care and Senior Living, break down the growing number of options for care available today and give guidelines on how to make the appropriate choices. Determining and managing levels of care takes time and knowledge. The key is to be proactive, so that when the need arises, you are prepared and informed.

TAKING CHARGE OF AN OUT-OF-CONTROL LIFE

Are you feeling tired, sluggish, like your life is controlling you, and that dealing with the day-to-day is overwhelming? If fears, doubts and disappointments are plaguing your life, and you want to find a way out of the negativity that encircles you, then this program is for you. 

Nancy Depcik, professional speaker, coach, and inspiration for others through her company, Unshakable Success, will get specific as she describes techniques to manage stress, look at challenges differently and transform problems into opportunities. With the right tools, Nancy says, you can learn to increase your self-confidence and discover an inner strength which can lead to greater success in business, relationships and life.

SWEETS FOR THE HEART! BAKING WITH VEGETABLES

Sweets for the heart take center stage as we approach Valentine’s Day. Here’s an idea for how to appeal to the heart and promote heart health at the same time: bake with vegetables! 

“Eat your vegetables,” takes on a whole new flavor if you follow the recipes contained in Le Cordon Bleu pastry chef Rose Deneen’s cookbook, Baking with Vegetables. Of course, she includes some of our favorites like carrot cake. But have you ever indulged in parsnip spice cake, caramelized cauliflower chocolate brownies, rutabaga bread pudding, or beet ealnut ginger hread? Probably not, as these are recipes uniquely created by Rose Deneen and featured in her cookbook.

On this program, Rose Deneen shares some of her 50 recipes and describes how, through trial and error, she meticulously mixed together just the right combination of vegetables and other ingredients to introduce new and delicious ways to incorporate more vegetables into our daily diet. She also shares baking tips, her preferred ingredients, and favorite baking tools that make the baking process so much easier and the results a gourmet delight.

More information is available at bakingwithvegetables.com.

Happy Valentine’s, Everyone!