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" Celebrity Chef Aliya LeeKong Takes Over the Culinary Program at RealEats"

Delivering Locally-Sourced, Healthy, Delicious, Low-Calorie, Chef-Prepared Meals that are Ready to Eat in about 6-minutes.
Geneva, NY, January 08, 2019 RealEats solves the dinner dilemma by making eating healthy and delicious, fresh food every day, easy. RealEats is the first meal delivery service to offer fully-cooked, never frozen, chef-developed dishes from locally-sourced ingredients. New Head of Culinary Celebrity Chef Aliya LeeKong has created a menu of calorie-controlled, Superfood-packed dishes that are vacuum-packed and ready-to-eat after just six minutes in a pot of boiling water.
#1 Birth Defects Virus, CMV, Often Found in Daycare Centers; Child Care Providers and Moms with Toddlers in Group Care Should Learn CMV Prevention Says Lisa Saunders 
In the U.S., 4,000 babies are born disabled by congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) annually. Pregnant moms of toddlers in daycare and child care providers/teachers are at increased risk for contracting CMV. Lisa Saunders, a licensed in-home child care provider, when pregnant, was not told of her occupational risk for CMV until after her daughter Elizabeth was born with a severely damaged brain. Women can learn CMV prevention tips at: 
Mystic, CT, January 1, 2019  "There is an 'inconvenient truth' about cytomegalovirus (CMV), the leading viral cause of birth defects, because it is often found in child care settings," says Lisa Saunders, leader of the Child Care Providers Education Committee, National CMV Foundation.
“Almost all the babies that I see who have congenital CMV, there is an older toddler at home who is in daycare. That is a very common presentation: the mom gets her primary infection through her older child who is in daycare and that is when it goes to the baby,” said Dr. Jason Brophy, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, in the Ottawa Citizen (Payne, 2018).
Toddlers can spread CMV to each other, their child care providers and families. "Up to 70% of children ages 1 to 3 years in group care settings excrete the virus... with regard to child-to-staff transmission, studies have shown increased rates of infection with CMV in caregivers/teachers ranging from 8% to 20%,” (Caring for Our Children, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), et al, revised 2017).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “About one out of every 200 babies is born with congenital CMV infection... about one in five babies with congenital CMV infection will be sick from the virus or have long-term health problems... a pregnant woman can pass CMV to her unborn baby.” Every year, congenital CMV (cCMV) causes disability in an estimated 4,000 babies in the U.S. (4 million annual births/200 born with cCMV/5 sick or long-term health problems = 4,000 disabled by cCMV).
According to the New York Times, OB/GYNs are discouraged from discussing CMV prevention with their patients ("CMV Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed," Saint Louis, 2016).
Prevention tips from the CDC: “The saliva and urine of children with CMV have high amounts of the virus. You can avoid getting a child’s saliva in your mouth by, for example, not sharing food, utensils or cups with a child. Also, you should wash your hands after changing diapers. These cannot eliminate your risk of getting CMV, but may lessen the chances of getting it,” ("Congenital CMV Facts for Pregnant Women and Parents" flyer at:
Lisa Saunders, a former in-home licensed child care provider, was trained in CPR, etc., but not educated about her occupational risk for CMV until after her daughter Elizabeth was born severally disabled by congenital CMV in 1989. At the time of Elizabeth's birth, Saunders was operating a daycare center for toddlers, volunteering in her church nursery on Sunday, and was the mother of a toddler - all things that put her pregnancy at risk for CMV. Elizabeth had an abnormally small, damaged brain (microcephaly), was profoundly mentally and visually impaired, and had cerebral palsy. After Elizabeth's birth, Saunders was given information stating that people who care for or work closely with young children may be at greater risk of CMV infection. "This information came too late for me to take steps to better protect my pregnancy," said Saunders. Elizabeth died at 16 during a seizure in 2006. Although Saunders wrote a book about Elizabeth’s life, "Anything But a Dog: the perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV" (Unlimited Publishing, 2008) and other CMV prevention articles and books, CMV prevention tips remain rarely discussed.
Surveys show that most women have never heard of CMV (Doutre et al, 2016) - including child care providers (Thackeray and Magnusson, 2016).
According to Caring for Our Children (AAP, et al.): "Female employees of childbearing age should be referred to their primary health care provider or to the health department authority for counseling about their risk of CMV infection. This counseling may include testing for serum antibodies to CMV to determine the employee’s immunity against CMV infection…it is also important for the child care center director to inform infant caregivers/teachers of the increased risk of exposure to CMV during pregnancy," (see:
Examples of CMV Protocols in Other Countries:
In Queensland, Australia, suggested control measures include: "relocating workers who are pregnant, or who expect to become pregnant, to care for children aged over two to reduce contact with urine and saliva," (Queensland Government).
Depression2Extinction Announces Founder’s Ultra 50 Expedition to Kick Off Mental Health Awareness Month - May 2019
Austin, TX, January 05, 2019 Depression2Extinction, a non-profit on a mission to eliminate the stigma of depression and anxiety disorders through movement, mindfulness, & human connection, announced today Founder, Jeff Jackson’s Ultra 50 Expedition. The Expedition includes running an Ultra Marathon of 50K or longer, in all 50 U.S. States, in 50 consecutive days. A feat that has yet to be accomplished.

Jeff Jackson (aka Coach JJ) began Depression2Extinction (d2e) because of his own personal need to get out of the darkness. At 47 years old, JJ had started and sold many successful businesses, but his personal life wasn’t always as successful. He was on his third marriage, overweight, and battling an addiction to alcohol and prescription medications. Ultimately hitting rock bottom, and ending up with loaded gun in his hand; it was at this point that he knew he needed radical change to leave this darkness.

Running was the first step in healing for JJ. He ran his first 5k in the summer of 2017 and attempted his first 100 miler in the beginning of 2018, taking on one of the toughest Ultra Marathons in the world, The HURT 100. Coach JJ ended up finishing 67 miles after surviving a fake Ballistic Missile Threat, torn meniscus, and over 27 hours of continuous running. That DNF (Did Not Finish) set JJ into a deep depression where he did not train for several months.

Starting on May 1, 2019, Mental Health Awareness Month, JJ and the d2e team are setting off to complete The Ultra 50 Expedition in order to bring greater awareness to the stigma behind depression and anxiety. This expedition is an opportunity to bring awareness to this stigma and share with students, teachers, and parents the simple, yet profound tools to help better understand their emotions. With d2e’s primary tool, The Check-in Process, thousands of people across the country have received support and connection. The Ultra 50 Expedition will help bring our community together in order to build more leaders of change.

“Five years ago I was depressed, suffering from severe panic attacks, significantly overweight, smoking two packs of cigarettes (or more) per day, and hiding (both literally and figuratively) in a bottle of whiskey and Vicodin most nights,” commented Coach JJ. “I made some significant changes, focusing on my physical and mental health and ultimately turned to running and then developed the Check-in Process. Mid 2018 we were trying to think of an awareness campaign to help so many others struggling with depression and anxiety and it hit me, ‘I’ll run 50 Ultra Marathons, in all 50 States, in 50 consecutive’s never been done’.”

The Ultra 50 Expedition is a sponsored event where Coach JJ will run 50K or longer in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. As an average, everyday athlete this will be an enormous undertaking. To learn more, inquire about sponsorship opportunities, and find other ways to support this mission and expedition, go to or visit our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

About Depression2Extinction:
Depression2Extinction is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a commitment to eliminate the stigma of depression and anxiety disorders. We’re are proactively in providing students, teachers, & parents with the tools necessary to better understand their emotions and more easily connect with themselves and others. We believe that through movement, mindfulness, & human connection the world can combat the core issues around depression and anxiety, offering more tools for a positive approach to mental health. Join the larger mission and help eliminate the stigma of depression and anxiety disorders. For more information, or to book your “People on Purpose: A Lesson in Compassionate Leadership” school or community training, please visit Also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Global News Aruba Contributor


by Jenny Angel

The immune system is known as the body defense mechanism.  It performs an outstanding job 

by fighting against disease-causing microorganisms. However, there are some of the times that 

the immune system failed in carrying out its defense functions. During this time, disease-causing organism penetrates without hindrance and results in sickness in susceptible individuals. The good news is that there are so many things that can be done to get involved in this process and strengthen your immune system. The main aim of this articles centers on what you can do to keep your immune system strong.

1. Sleep well at night and put stress under control. When you are deprived of sleep and there is too much stress, this result in an increase in the level of the hormone cortisol, and when it is left uncontrolled, it can thwart the functioning of the immune system.

2. Do not smoke tobacco. Smoking of tobacco weakens the immune defenses and increases the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in all individuals and middle ear infections in children.

3. Reduce your alcohol consumption. Too much of alcohol damages the immune system and increases the rate at which affected individual becomes susceptible to lung infections.

4. Eat lots of vegetables. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds that will give your body the nutrients your immune system needs are needed to boost the function of the immune system. According to a study carried out on adults, it was revealed that increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables improves antibody response to Pneumovax vaccine, which guides against Streptococcus pneumonia.

5. Put probiotics into consideration. A lot of findings have revealed that supplements reduce the frequency of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. It has also been shown that fermented dairy products reduce respiratory infections in adults and children.

6. Exercise

A lot of people engage in physical exercise for the purpose of getting in shape, but contrary to this, exercise also performs some other important roles such as increasing the function of the immune system, improves the quality of sleep and strengthens our body. In the event that there is no medical problem that prevents you from exercise, find time for a workout, even if it's a long walk!

7. Make use of garlic.

Garlic is a plant which is popular for its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and immunological effects. Garlic stimulates the production of white blood cells and increases the rate at which the antibody is produced. The ability of garlic to boost the immune system rest on the presence of sulfur; garlic also functions as an antioxidant which helps to limit the accumulation of free radicals in the bloodstream.

8. Mushroom: Mushrooms contains a high amount of antioxidants and it also contains lots of selenium. Mushrooms are also known for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-tumor effects. There are many types of mushrooms but the white mushrooms have a stimulating effect on the immune system more than others such as oysters and shiitake. According to a recent study, it has been shown that a concentrated extract of shiitake enhances the immune function in women with breast cancer.

9. Make use of immune-supportive herbs. In the event that you have intermittent infections, consider taking plants that support the immune system, such as eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticocus), Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Astragalus (A. membranaceus).

10. Make Echinacea Tincture. It's a good thing to have when respiratory viruses overwhelm your defenses.

Consuming the types of foods and lifestyle changes stated in this article can strengthen the immune systems and enable them to better fight against infections. It is important to understand the fact that the immune system is complex. As mentioned above a healthy balanced diet is just one way to boost immune health.

It is also important to keep in mind other life-related factors that can affect the health of the immune system, such as physical activity, and not smoking.

Make sure you get in touch with your doctor on the off chance that you have persistent colds or some other illnesses and when you are also worried about your immune system.

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Jenny Angel Staff News Reporter

Norberto Tjon Ajong Editor in Chief