December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

When it comes to toys and gifts, the excitement and desire to get your children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget about safety factors associated with them. Before you make these purchases, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys. Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.

The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three. Call Prevent Blindness America at (800)331-2020 or visit:www.preventblindness.org/children/safetoys.html

 
Commerce Department Data Shows Minority Entrepreneurship is Growing

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released the final results of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Survey of Business Owners (SBO), which found that business ownership in our nation is mirroring our increasingly diverse population. Minority-owned firms in the U.S. rose from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8.0 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012.

While the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 2.2 million, the number of non-minority-owned businesses declined by 1.1 million, from 20.1 million in 2007 to 18.9 million in 2012. From 2007 to 2012, the percentage of minority-owned firms increased from 22 percent to 29 percent of the total number of U.S. firms. Hispanic-owned firms increased by 46.3 percent from 2.4 million to 3.3 million. To access the detailed SBO data, visit: www.census.gov/econ/sbo/getdata.html
 
Latinos and Cholesterol

More than a third of American adults are eligible to take cholesterol-lowering medications under the current guidelines or were already taking them - but nearly half of them are not, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers published in the current issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Blacks and Mexican Americans are less likely than whites to be taking cholesterol-lowering medications.

32.9 percent of women eligible for or already on medication, 58.6 percent were taking medications. 24.2 percent of Mexican-Americans eligible for or already on medication, 47.1 percent were taking medications. Getting 65 percent of Americans to manage their high levels of LDL cholesterol by 2017 is one of the major targets of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. To learn more, visit: www.cdc.gov
 
LITERARY CORNER:
The Gods of Tango: A Novel
By Carolina De Robertis

From the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Invisible Mountain and Perla—a lush, lyrical, deeply moving story of a young woman whose passion for the early sounds of tango becomes a force of profound and unexpected change. Carolina De Robertis was raised in England, Switzerland, and California by Uruguayan parents.

She is the author of two previous novels,Perla and The Invisible Mountain (a Best Book of 2009 according to theSan Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Booklist), the recipient of Italy's Rhegium Julii Prize, and a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has spent the past year living in Uruguay, but her permanent home is in Oakland, CA. To learn more visit: www.carolinaderobertis.com/books/the-gods-of-tango
   
FOOD CORNER

Chili Stuffed Peppers
Reicpe by Chef Ingrid Hoffmann
Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10min.
Cooking Time:  50 min.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs. oil
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (4.6-ounce) package Cocina by Ingrid Hoffmann Pisado Chili
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 cup Manchego cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 large bell peppers, seeded and cut lengthwise in half
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
    Optional – top with shredded cheese and sour cream

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. To make filling, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in Pisado Chili Seasoning Blend. Add tomatoes and water; bring to boil. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice and cheese.

3. Fill each bell pepper half with one-fourth of chili mixture. Spoon sauce on bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place stuffed peppers on top of sauce. Cover with foil and bake until the filling is hot and peppers are tender, about 25 minutes.

Discover more flavorful recipes at www.ingridhoffmann.com

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February 18-21 Chicago, IL
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February 24-25 Washington D.C.
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March 8 Washington D.C.
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