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Inspire Montebello! Inspire, Montebello!

December 15, 2014

Almost three years ago I joined forces with Katie Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig to make the movie Fed Up. We wanted to uncover why Americans are so sick – and why we are getting sicker. We wanted to understand why this generation of children may be first to live lives shorter than their parents. When we began working on the film, I thought I knew a lot about food. I thought I made healthy choices for my family and myself. I didn’t think there was much that could surprise me. I was wrong. I didn’t know that Americans are gulping down 152 pounds of sugar apiece each year and that this overconsumption is leading to a personal and public health crisis. ...        
Laurie David, in an e-mail from the Environmental Working Group, August 21, 2014 

Looking for a new year's resolution?


At our library. 
Monday, December 22, 4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Santa's Workshop: Children's Open House. Create holiday cards and check out books to celebrate the season. // Dec. 29 at 2 p.m., chair aerobics. // Dec. 30 at 2 p.m., bingo. Programs are free and all are welcome to attend. For more information, 323.722.6551.

“Establishment of a 20th Century Montebello History Collection to Capture Even more of Montebello's Memories” // “Toy Drive and Holiday Lunch with Police Chief McClure” // “'Wiseguys' Celebrate 25 Years” // “City Celebrates First Annual Mariachi 5K Run/Walk and Salsa Fest” // From Spotlight on Montebello, December, 2014.


A preferred holiday present for the children?
  “Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids to Build Simple Apps”,  

A “must read” article by a minister about the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri.
  “Taking On Ferguson”,  

Top 10 Inspiring TED Talks for 2014  

Should we in Montebello take note?
  “Community Solar Gardens Sprouting in Minnesota”,  

Opportunities for Montebelloans?
  “Milken Conference: Technology Innovations Poised to Change Education”,,0,3238904.story  

Could Montebello champion this in Los Angeles County?
  “Local Energy Rules Episode 20 – The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing”, 

Enjoyable reading about writing better.  

A Better Battery 

Bedfellows in Green: Big Business and the Environment 

Super High-Tech Cars Take Off in World Solar Challenge 

Falling Solar Energy Costs Are Poised to Reshape the World's Economy  

Speaking of maximizing scarce space!  "
Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot", 

Tesla's 100 Superchargers Have Charged 14 Million Miles, Enough to Circle the Earth 573 Times!  

How Thoroughbreds Convert Air into Blazing Speed  


California Battles Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic in 70 Years  

Stay Safe This Shopping Season with These Security Tips  

... A study of foam from 20 old and new crib mattresses by the University of Texas at Austin found that they released up to 30 different types of volatile organic compounds, some of which are linked to respiratory irritation and allergic reactions. ... 
      From an e-mail from the Environmental Working Group, April 22, 2014.

Safer Flea Control for Your Pets  

Can you believe this? 
“Is Your Nightlight Making You Fat and Unhealthy?”  Electric lighting is both a blessing and a curse. It allows us to be more productive after sunset. But it also has a darker side. Exposure to light at night may have a role to play in the health concerns you’re battling at this very moment—not to mention make you more likely to develop other diseases in the future. ...  

... At the very least, you should be getting around 25 grams of fiber in your diet each day. This is best obtained through whole grains (bran cereals are excellent fiber sources), berries, nuts, legumes, fruits with the skin and pulp, raw vegetables, et cetera. Avoid fried and processed foods, in favor of whole foods, lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein. As important as diet is to controlling metabolic syndrome and reducing your risk for disease in the future, high-intensity exercise seems to specifically target that most-damaging visceral fat, according to researchers. ...  

Beezin': The New Way to Enhance Your High  

Researchers, however, have recently discovered that the amount of visceral fat is probably the best indicator of your risk for diabetes and heart disease. The relationship makes sense when you consider that the veins of the internal organs drain into the liver and visceral fat is the only type that shares this circulation. The liver connection is what makes excess visceral fat so dangerous because it can contribute to non-alcohol fatty liver disease (NAFLD). ...  

Woman Dies in Head-On Crash Moments after Facebook Post While Driving  

Niacinamide's Therapeutic Effect on Three Common Health Problems  

About Inspire! and “My Montebello”

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