Family Safety: Sexual Predators, Date Rape, Workplace Security

My guest is an expert in self-defense and teaching personal safety to adults and children. James Lilley currently holds the rank of 8th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate, and was the first American promoted to the rank of Black Belt by Sensei Takeshi Miyagi. Certified defensive tactics and physical education instructor through the Maryland Police Training and Corrections Commission. Have established and taught defensive tactics programs for various police agencies, including the Howard County, Maryland Police Department, Maryland Police Corps, Howard County General Hospital Security Officers, and other Maryland agencies. Published programs through the International Association of Chief’s of Police on Fitness and Handgun Retention. 2008 Author of the Year * Novel, The Eyes of the Hunter, adopted as required reading by Johns Hopkins University in the Master of Science Degree in Intelligence Analysis Program.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Color of Comics, Kids Comic Con Founder, Alex Simmons

Kid’s Comic Con website

Over the past 20 years Alex Simmons has written (and in some cases also created) a number of juvenile mysteries under a variety of pseudonyms for many well-known publishers. He has also penned two educational documentaries and several stage plays. One of his plays, Sherlock Holmes & the Hands of Othello, received critical praise and was published in Black Thunder: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Drama, published by Signet/Mentor Books. Simmons has written three movie novelizations for Disney and three biographies for Steck-Vaughn, including one on Denzel Washington. As a voiceover talent, Simmons can be heard on a wide range of projects from O’Henry Bars, to podcasting financial information for DeLoitte and Touche. Simmons has traveled the country as a guest speaker and teaching artist. He has developed and conducted creative writing workshops (prose, comics, journalism, and playwriting), as well as consulted on a number of creative arts programs and curricula for children. Currently, Simmons is the founder of the annual Kids Comic Con, founder and curator of the Color of Comics Exhibition, and serving on the board of the New York State Alliance for Arts and Education. He is affiliated with the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art, and is also a member of the New York Writer’s Workshop.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Eat, Learn, Live – Safe Food Environments for Children with Allergies


Image via Wikipedia

Kathleen Silverman
Founder of ELL Foundation
(Eat, Learn, Live)

joins me to discuss education and pending legislation regarding establishing safe food environments for children at home, school, daycare, camp, etc.

ELL supports the rights of every child to eat safe foods, to learn in safe environments and to live safer with food allergies and anaphylaxis!

ELL Founder, Kathleen Silverman joins me on the The Recipe Box Show to discuss their exciting inititatives working with the FDA, establishing a network of certified consultants and registered dieticians across the nation. ELL disseminates mislabeling information to assist consumers in making safer purchase decisions when dealing with food allergies and other special dietary restrictions.

The Protect Allergic Children (PAC) Program of training services for food allergy safety to registered dieticians, schools, caregivers, daycare centers, camps, parents, etc. Kathleen is also the author of Party at the Safe House which includes allergy-free recipes and menus for themed events and parties.

Eating Soulfully & Healthfully with Diabetes, Constance Riggs-Brown, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN

Constance Riggs-Brown is the National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and is frequently interviewed by ESSENCE Magazine for health-related stories. She designed the personalized weight-loss meal plans for the health and fitness makeover participants in the ESSENCE Total Makeover Book, published January 2001. She was also the nutrition expert for Lighten Up: The HealthQuest 30-day Weight-Loss Program, published October 2001. Constance is a nationally recognized nutritionist, registered dietitian, and certified diabetes educator. She is principal of CBR Nutrition Enterprises, located in Massapequa, New York. Her book, Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes includes Exchange List and Carbohydrate Counts for Traditional Foods from the American South and Caribbean.


Eat My City! Culinary Destination: Washington, DC

Nikki McGowan, Instructor/Owner, Culinary Kids Cooking School, LLC


Nikki holds a degree in psychology with a concentration in child development from Towson University. She has gained her culinary experience working in numerous restaurants in and around Baltimore including Clyde’s Restaurant Group and Iron Bridge Wine Company. When not teaching, she co-hosts “Child Life TV Cooking Show” at John’s Hopkins Children’s Center.

About Culinary Kids Cooking School:

Culinary Kids Cooking School, LLC is a mobile cooking program that teaches children ages 5-16 the art of cooking. We use a hands-on approach that incorporates science, math, nutrition, and kitchen safety into the preparation of fun and delicious culinary specialties. Our goal is to teach through doing.

Nikki shared tips to help keep kids engaged while cooking together:

Include cookbooks with vivid colorful pictures.
Discuss the geography and language of the different cultures of the cuisine you are preparing.
Make sure there are activities that each child can participate and contribute.

Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Disease – Part One

Alzheimer’s Disease

Unbelievably, one out of ten people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, in a recent statistic polls, almost 19 million Americans suffer one way or the other from this dreaded progressive disease. Below are some information that you will find useful about the disease.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative problem characterized by memory loss as well as loss in thinking skills. It is actually part of a constellation of memory and brain problems called dementia. It can lead to behavioral changes, loss of language skills, disorientation, confusion and increasing dependency. Most experts believe that Alzheimer’s is caused by a problem in the genetic make-up and is often associated with old age.

What are the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

What is however difficult with this problem is the fact that the onset of the disease will often manifest in symptoms often associated with forgetfulness when getting old. What separates this problem though is the fact that people with Alzheimer’s will eventually even forget normal routines and simple tasks. For instance, patients with Alzheimer’s can forget how to hold a spoon and fork while others will forget how to brush their teeth and take a bath. Believe it or not, some medical experts even say that some even forget how to breathe, something which comes quite naturally with a person.

One problem though with this is the fact that one can actually have no way of knowing whether it is ordinary forgetfulness or Alzheimer’s when it is just in the initial stages. It can start with ordinary forgetting of names and faces until it progresses to something major that can render the person totally incapacitated.

Who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease?

Although there are cases of Alzheimer’s that affected people in their 30s, most patients are over the age of 65 and a vast majority is over the age of 85. In addition to old age, experts believe that a family history of the same problem or of dementia may predispose someone to the disease. This is because experts pinpoint a defect in the genetic make up of the person who has Alzheimer’s disease.

People who are not much into mental pursuits or work that do not much involve mental strains will also most likely develop the disease compared to people who often stretch their mental muscles. In fact, one of the way to prevent the onset of dementia is to exercise the brain all the time especially during old age.

Even when one is already retired from work, old people should not forget to still use their minds by engaging in mental pursuits such as reading, answering crossword puzzles and even playing board games.

How do you diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease?

As mentioned earlier, it is extremely difficult for a person to differentiate an ordinary case of forgetfulness and dementia at the beginning of the progression. Some of the symptoms of the disease such as slow mental processing and forgetfulness may be attributed to other problems such as thyroid gland problems, reactions to medications that are being taken, and even just a normal aging process.

Dr. Joseph West, Dean of FIU, School of Hospitality & Tourism (Miami, FL & Beijing, China)

Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the highest rated hospitality and tourism programs in the United States. Each year, over 1400 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous locations, impressive faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career advantages in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries.North Miami, Florida The School is located on 200 tropical acres in a resort-like setting at the scenic Biscayne Bay Campus at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 151 Street, in North Miami, Florida.

Tianjin, China

As a result of the School’s strong international reputation for excellence, the government of the People’s Republic of China selected Florida International University from a group of elite hospitality schools in the U.S. and Europe as its partner in establishing a hospitality and tourism management campus in Tianjin, the third largest city in China which serves as the seaport for the capital, Beijing.