Stars Support 21Day Vegan Kickstart

first_imgPCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) has just won $25,000 thanks to actress Marilu Henner and all of PCRM’s supporters who voted for her Live with Kelly! Grilling with the Stars recipe. She beat out eight other celebrities competing with their favorite recipes to win $25,000 for their favorite charity.Marilu is a coach for PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and longtime PCRM supporter.September is full of back-to-school excitement and change, so it’s a perfect time to learn how to start a healthy new approach to diet and fitness. That’s why doctors and dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are teaming up with actresses Marilu Henner, Alicia Silverstone, NBA champ John Salley, and one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite chefs to lead the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.The online program — going live Sept. 3 at www.21DayKickstart.org — will provide all the knowledge and support adults and teenagers need to maintain a healthy weight, increase energy, and feel great by following a nutritious plant-based diet. There is no cost to join.“A growing number of high school and college students are embracing vegan and vegetarian diets,” says PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “Our 21-Day Kickstart program offers expert guidance and a supportive step-by-step program that can help anyone start a nutritious, well-planned plant-based diet. It’s a fun, easy way to stay trim and healthy.”Kickstarters will receive daily e-mails with recipes and cooking tips, as well as a 21-day meal plan, an interactive vegan restaurant guide, and a free iPhone application. They’ll also get complete access to online videos, forums, and discussion boards featuring registered dietitians and physicians, such as PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and John McDougall, M.D.Celebrity diet counselors, including best-selling authors Kathy Freston and Rory Freedman, actress Maggie Q, vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn, and ultramarathon champ Scott Jurek will offer advice on food choices and grocery shopping, as well as personal stories about the challenges and benefits of new eating habits.Adopting a vegan diet is surprisingly easy, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Study participants lost weight, lowered their blood sugar, and reduced their need for medications used to treat diabetes and other health conditions. Other studies have found that vegan diets provide easy weight maintenance, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.And if you want to know Marilu’s recipe, here it is:Marilu Henner’s Healthy/Easy Grilled Mushroom and Heirloom Tomato Summer DishYield: 4-6 servingsINGREDIENTS:large container of organic mesclun greens 
3 organic heirloom tomatoes, (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
2 cups organic green grapes
6 cloves garlic (unpeeled)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided, plus 1/3 cup olive oil)
kosher salt
pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
6 large portobello mushrooms
nondairy mozzarella-flavored cheese
grill basketDIRECTIONS:Preheat the grill to medium-high.Marinate the grapes in olive oil, salt, and pepper.In a small bowl, toss the garlic cloves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and salt. Wrap the garlic cloves in tinfoil and place on the grill. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes.In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic with the 1/3 cup olive oil and mustard. Cut tomatoes in thick slices and set aside.In a medium bowl, toss the mushrooms in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt. Place them, cap side down, on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.Turn on the other side and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Re-season them lightly with salt and slice diagonally 1/2-inch pieces.Take mushrooms off, and put grapes in a grill basket and grill until the skins begin to blacken in spots, about 3 minutes.Remove the garlic from the grill. Squeeze the garlic pulp out from their skins and whisk it vigorously into the dressing.Arrange greens in center of plate, then alternate sliced mushrooms and sliced tomatoes on top and garnish with grapes and top with the dressing and a sprinkle of nondairy mozzarella-flavored cheese. Serve immediately.last_img read more

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Finance dept to hold meet of Financial Advisors

first_imgKolkata: The state Finance department is set to hold a high level meeting of Financial Advisors of all the state government departments on May 29. There will be a review meeting on issues like “budget matters, including adjustment of advance drawal on old head of account”.It may be mentioned that deputy financial advisors have also been directed to attend the meeting, along with the financial advisors. The first quarterly review meeting of the financial advisors will be held in the state secretariat, in which senior officials of the state Finance department will be present and role of financial advisors for successful compliance of e-tender or e-auction provisions will be discussed. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAt the same time, matters related to surrendering of unutilised funds will also come up in the meeting. The matters related to the Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS), along with issues related to the entry of sanctioned strength of staff in Human Resource Management System (HRMS) module will also be discussed. The state government had decided to nominate financial advisors as representatives of the Finance department in the board of directors of state PSUs, statutory corporations and state aided universities to ensure proper utilisation of fund allotted for different projects. The step was taken in June 2016 to ensure proper and timely utilisation of funds that the state government allots to carry out different development works. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMany other issues related to the activities of the Finance department and steps that need to be taken for better implementation of the projects going on in the state will be discussed as well.It may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had directed concerned officials of all the departments to be ready with all necessary tasks, so that work can be started without any delay after the Panchayat polls. So now, all the departments have initiated their work in full swing to ensure timely completion of the projects.last_img read more

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Wedding group promotion new with ACV

first_img Thursday, February 1, 2018 Wedding group promotion new with ACV Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Destination Weddings, Promotions Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — Destination wedding clients who book their wedding groups with Air Canada Vacations by March 4, 2018 will receive a $500 credit for room or flight upgrades, valid for Mexico, Caribbean, Europe, cruise and North America packages for departures April 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2019.Group booking perks include free flights and stays, block seat selection on flights, Group Price Drop, Group Price Match, no deposit for 90 days, dedicated group coordinators, and access to the Maple Leaf lounge, as well as Business Class or Premium Rouge upgrades.ACV also offers additional perks to newlyweds such as a complimentary site inspection, free seat selection, two free upgrades, access to the Maple Leaf lounge and private transfers.The new group offer includes a $300 air credit for bachelor or bachelorette getaways (minimum 8 passengers) booked by March 4, 2018. This offer applies to Mexico, the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, London and Paris.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaUsing ACV’s online group booking tool, all files can be booked directly in the system and travel agents can earn extra commission while providing their clients with free seat selection.ACV says it can also provide Air Canada Jetz quotes to groups seeking an extra special, high-end experience.With the ACV&ME loyalty program, travel agents who book hotels, cruises and groups will receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3-6 nights; 600 points per stateroom for Air & Cruise packages; and 300 points per passenger for Groups.last_img read more

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