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2nd annual "Noah's Bowl for 18" fundraiser

The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society

The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research

Hi Everyone,
 
Many of you know that our 1st annual "Noah's Bowl for 18" was a huge success, thanks to all of you who bought tickets along with your family and friends and donated prizes for our raffle and silent auction.
 
We are having our 2nd Annual Noah's Bowl for 18 on Sunday February 22, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm at BURLINGTON BOWL on Harvester in Burlington, between Walkers and Guleph Line. We hope it is as successful as last year.
 
Many of you donated prizes and/or collected donations for the Silent Auction and Raffle last year. We appreciate any donations this year. We have attached a copy of the letter we use when asking for donations just in case you are interested in donating something or plan to ask a company to donate to the Silent Action or Raffle this year. We welcome anything, every little bit helps. Last year most people walked away with something from our Silent Action, Raffle and 50/50 draw. If we are fortunate enough to get as many items as we received last year, that would be so wonderful. We found most people were very generous when we approached them and asked for a donation.
 
We are just in the process of getting the tickets made up. The price will be the same as last year, $20 a ticket. This will include 2 hours of bowling, shoes, a slice of pizza, a drink, a $6.00 future voucher from Burlington Bowl and a chance to win some Raffle prizes.
 
Please spread the word to your family and friends and let me know how many tickets you need. Our goal is to sell 300 tickets. There are enough lanes for 288 bowlers, 6 to a lane so we hope we can fill all of the lanes and have the whole Bowling Alley just for this special event.
 
We hope you can all make this great event.

Download Silent Auction Letter >>
 

Sincerely,
Natalie, Jeff, Nathan and Noah Banton

 

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Fast Foods: A Hazard to Our Health?

One day of eating a fat-laden breakfast sandwich can adversely affect your arteries, according to two recent Canadian studies, one conducted by researchers at the Montreal Heart Institute’s Epic Centre and another by researchers at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. Findings from both studies were presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in October 2012.

In the first study, led by Dr. Anil Nigam, Director of Research at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (ÉPIC) and associate professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine, the team studied 28 non-smoking men who ate two very different meals. The men ate a Mediterranean-type meal first and then a junk food-type meal one week later. Prior to the study, researchers conducted a test to assess the endothelial function (inner lining of the blood vessels) of each participant. (Endothelial dysfunction has been shown to be of significance in predicting stroke and heart attacks due to the inability of the arteries to dilate fully.)They conducted a follow up test after each meal to determine how the food affected heart health.

Dr. Nigam and his team found that after eating the junk food meal, the arteries of the study participants dilated 24% less than they did when in the fasting state. In contrast, they found that the arteries dilated normally and maintained good blood flow after the Mediterranean-type meal.

"These results will positively alter how we eat on a daily basis. Poor endothelial function is one of the most significant precursors of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries). It is now something to think about at every meal," Dr. Nigam said.

In the second study, researchers at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta assessed the acute effects of just one high-fat meal on microvascular function (an indicator of overall vascular health) with a group of healthy, non-smoking university students after they ate a fast-food breakfast sandwich – processed cheese and meat on a bun.
The students were studied twice, once on a day they had no breakfast and once when they consumed two breakfast sandwiches, fuelled with 900 calories and 50 g of fat. Just two hours after eating the sandwiches, researchers found that their arteries ability to increase blood flow under stress had decreased by 15-20 percent. According to Dr. Todd Anderson, director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, head of cardiac sciences at the University of Calgary and a Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher, if the arteries decreased capacity to increase blood flow under stress becomes a chronic condition, there is an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

In another study, conducted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and published by the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, researchers examined the eating habits of residents in Singapore and found evidence that a diet heavy in fast food increases the risk of coronary heart disease and developing Type 2 diabetes. The study, conducted over 16 years, examined the eating habits of Singapore residents who had experienced a sudden transition from traditional, healthier foods to a more Western-style diet of fast foods.

“We wanted to examine the association of Western-style fast food with cardio-metabolic risk in a Chinese population in Southeast Asia that has become a hotbed for diabetes and heart disease,” said the study’s lead researcher, University of Minnesota post-doctoral researcher Andrew Odegaard, Ph.D., M.P.H. “What we found was a dramatic public health impact by fast food, a product that is primarily Western import into a completely new market.”

The results found that people who consume fast food even once a week increased their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 20 per cent in comparison to people who avoid fast food. For people eating fast food two – three times a week, the risk increases by 50 per cent. And eating fast food two more times a week also increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 20 per cent.

“What’s interesting about the results is that study participants who reported eating fast food most frequently were younger, better educated, smoked less and were more likely to be physically active,” said Odegaard. “This profile is normally associated with lower cardio-metabolic risk.”

If a fat-laden fast food meal can affect a group of healthy students with no risk factors in such a short time, then perhaps we should give more thought to making healthier food choices every day. The key is to cut out processed foods from our diet and eat better quality, real foods. A balanced, healthy diet will consist of protein, carbohydrates and fat, with emphasis on having good quality foods. In addition to reducing the risk of disease, the benefits of choosing healthier foods will multiply – leading to weight loss, increased energy levels and improved overall appearance and well-being. Remember, we have control over whatever is put in our mouth.


Get healthy eating tips in the February 14th blog: Skip Fast Foods to Supersize your Health.

 

Information for this article was researched from the following websites:


UdeM Nouvelles (Tuesday, October 30th 2012) New Study Reveals that Every Single Junk Food Meal Damages Your Arteries Retrieved from: http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news/20121030-new-study-reveals-that-every-single-junk-food-meal-damages-your-arteries.html.
University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine (November 1, 2012) Breakfast Sandwiches Bad for Heart Health Retrieved from:  http://www.medicine.ucalgary.ca/heart-health-breakfast-sandwich

University of Minnesota Health Sciences (July 2, 2012) Fast Food Intake Increases Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease in Singapore Retrieved from: http://www.health.umn.edu/media/releases/fast-food-in-singapore/

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Skip the Fast Food to Supersize Your Health

In our busy lives, rushing from home to work and then to evening activities, the temptation of picking up fast food on the way is hard to resist. Even without the slick marketing campaigns luring us to the window, we’re an easy catch. It’s quick. It’s simple. And if we’re honest, we sometimes crave the rich juicy burgers, salty fries and sweet carbonated drinks. While most of us know fast food doesn’t rank high on nutritional value, recent studies have found that a fast food diet can actually increase our risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.    

So how do we change our eating habits to create a healthier lifestyle?


The most obvious solution would be to eliminate our visits to the fast-food restaurants and preparing healthier meals at home. But for families on the roller coaster ride of commuting to work and then shuttling between children’s activities at the end of the day, this may be easier said than done. Compared to the convenience of meals on the go, cooking healthier meals at home within tight time constraints may seem like a challenge at first.


As the parent of three young adult children – two boys 23 and 20 years old and an 18 year-old daughter – our family meal choices weren’t always healthy when our children were growing up. While we did try for family meals at home whenever possible, there were many times when my husband and I were leading the parade of mini-vans picking up dinner at  a window on our way from work to the hockey arena, baseball field or dance studio. Even in the thick of it, we realized it wasn’t a healthy lifestyle and the costs were probably adding up to more than it would cost to prepare food at home. We knew we had to change our mindset and our eating habits.


 For our family, the transition from thinking of meals as a time consuming necessity to planning healthy, family meals has been an ongoing evolution. The first change we made was to consciously eliminate fast food as much as possible. And whenever we chose a quick meal, we would opt for less greasy fare. Then gradually we tried to eliminate processed foods at home, choosing instead to make things like chicken breasts or salmon rather than store bought frozen fare. But the most drastic change began after our middle son completed chemotherapy and radiation treatment to fight stage 4b Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Not surprisingly, Cameron led the charge.


At first the ‘healthy eating’ was primarily Cameron’s thing. In addition to his personal incentive as a cancer survivor, he also played competitive baseball. As he increased the intensity of his physical training, the connection between nutrition and performance became very clear. Gradually, as Cameron became more knowledgeable about foods and I continued with the shopping, the family started to convert to healthier choices. Common sense choices, like eliminating the fast snacks like chips and sweets. Eating more fruits and vegetables. Replacing carbonated drinks with water. And drinking lots of it throughout the day. Starting the day off with a healthy breakfast – with protein, not sugary cereals. Now our older son, Matthew, has also completely transformed his eating habits as well as made a dramatic lifestyle change in an effort to fulfill personal life goals and live a healthier life.


Within the past year, our daughter, Katy, discovered that her ongoing digestive problems are related to gluten-intolerance. So we have added another component to our meal-time planning. While not everyone has eliminated gluten from our diets, we have tried to steer clear of it because it’s easier to make one meal for the whole family rather separate meals. Cutting gluten out of our diet has also made us more aware of its health benefits, such as improved digestion, increased absorption of nutrients and reduced inflammation. Once we adjusted to eliminating common wheat choices – like breads and pastas – from our meal plan, we realized that the healthier food choices became habit.


Choosing healthier fare has definitely been a work in progress. In looking back, I realize that the changes we have made over time have been less about convenience and more about overcoming our mindset. Give up chips and a can of pop for an apple and a glass or water, and maybe a handful of almonds? At first it sounds inconceivable, especially for North Americans. But we have slowly changed our mindset and our habits. While I would love to say we have totally eliminated the junk. It does sneak in from time to time. But it’s no longer the norm.


Today, some mornings are a little crazy in our kitchen with two or three chefs flying around cooking eggs and steel cut oats. And then there’s the counter laden with vegetables, cooked chicken and containers as people are preparing the rest of meals throughout the day. There are days when I have an irrepressible urge to stand in the middle of the chaos and scream (I’ve actually had to clear the kitchen to avoid such a meltdown a few mornings). But then I count our blessings as a family in good health, and I know in my heart that we’re on the right path.  

Quick Tips to Supersize Your Health:

  • Non-breakfast foods are a better way to start the day off, as they raise your blood sugar levels more gradually.
  • Homemade oatmeal is a delicious, nutritious way to start the day. Steel cut are best, but rolled oats work well. To save time, start the oatmeal as you’re preparing for the morning. Add fresh berries, bananas, walnuts or almonds and even a bit of honey.
  • Buy pre-washed salad greens for lunches and dinners. To save time, pre-cut carrots, peppers, cucumber and anything else you might like to add.
  • Make up your own salad dressing of olive oil and vinegar in advance.
  • Make sure your family is getting enough protein (red meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, cheese, yogurt and beans. It should be a part of every meal, especially breakfast.
  • Use your leftovers. Instead of buying luncheon meats, make enough dinner to use your leftovers for lunch the next day. (Be sure you use the leftovers right away. Or better yet, label containers so you don’t run the risk of food going bad.)
  • On the weekend, try to cook extra and then divide the extra servings for meals during the week
  • Make smoothies. Use frozen fruits, Greek or plain yogurt, avocado, spinach, and a bit of honey to create a healthy, tasty treat. (Do not overdo it with the fruits, they are full of sugar as well, but a cup won’t hurt.)
  • Fresh fruits should be the first choice, but if more convenient, buy bags of frozen fruits.
  • The crock pot is great for tasty nutritious meals or soups. Throw everything into the pot in the morning before work and come home to a meal ready to eat right away. The internet is a great resource for healthy recipe ideas.
  • Replace white rice with brown rice.
  • Try replacing wraps or pitas with a leaf of iceberg lettuce. Fill them up with any leftovers chicken or turkey, then add your vegetables and lettuce.
  • Sweet potatoes are the healthier carb choice, as they have a low glycemic index (does not spike blood sugar levels).
  • While Olive Oil is good for salad dressings and non-heated foods, the nutrition value declines and it even becomes unhealthy when heated over a certain temperature. Grape seed oil is a better cooking option because it is healthy and able to handle higher temperatures.
  • Unsalted almonds are a great snack food between meals.
  • Reclaim family meals. Instead of eating your take-out dinner in the family room in front of the TV, ask the family to help prepare a favourite meal and sit down together.
  • Plan in advance and shop for healthier foods.
  • To coax children into eating more vegetables, puree the veggies into soups.
  • Most important of all, keep an open mind. Overcome the doubts of others and your own mind. The ability to change is a quality in all of us!


If you have found this blog useful, and would like to learn more about nutrition, feel free to contact Cameron Mattice and schedule a nutrition consultation. Initial consults are free of charge.

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