From Burnt Out to Behind the Burner

(NewsUSA) – Many Americans in unrewarding careers are choosing to enter new fields as unemployment rates continue to soar. Forced from longtime positions in some of the nation’s largest industries, men and women alike are making the jump into the world of professional cooking as they trade pinstripes for chef whites."Our culinary arts and pastry career programs have been attracting students of all ages and professional backgrounds," said Rick Smilow, president of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. "We have everyone from former Wall Street bankers to marketing managers to talented kids out of high school or college, all of whom are looking to switch careers in the rocky economy."But a diploma from a leading culinary school doesn’t only lend itself to a position as a chef. More and more culinary school graduates are using their degrees to enter the fields of hospitality, food media and personal start-ups from coast to coast. Professionally trained chefs can go on to command kitchens or boardrooms, which allows them to dip into an industry driven by their passion rather than economic gains."Our students go on to work in some of the top restaurants in the country," Smilow said. "But they aren’t all working directly as chefs; a lot of them get involved in fields like research and development at major food brands, work in food media or are entrepreneurs building food businesses."The rise of culinary school enrollments may signal an oncoming tidal wave of career-changers, as economic woes leave many with a desire to start new in an industry once only considered a dream job. So while the economy may be down, attitudes will be up as more and more Americans find happiness in the world of food.For more information, visit

Healthier Meals on the Way to Schools

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For the first time in U.S. history, kids may face a shorter lifespan than their parents. The cause? Obesity.

American children are suffering from the obesity epidemic that has plagued the nation for the past decade. Today, nearly 20 percent of 6-11 year-olds and over 18 percent of 12-17 year-olds are obese, and over 1/3 of both age groups are overweight. Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A reliance on fast food, poor nutrition education, excessive caloric intake and lack of physical activity have been blamed for the ill health of the nation’s youth.

First Lady Michelle Obama has made childhood obesity a central cause in her husband’s administration. She has initiated the “Let’s Move” campaign to solve the epidemic of dangerously heavy children within a generation. The goal is to give parents support, provide healthier meals in schools, encourage and enable kids to become physically active and to provide healthy, affordable food to all parts of the country. “We want our kids to face a different and more optimistic future in terms of their lifespan,” says the First Lady.

A cornerstone of the Let’s Move campaign is the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge Program, designed to create healthy and active kids. The program calls for higher school food quality, participation in meal programs, physical activity and nutrition education. Food service workers in more than 75 percent of schools have pledged to work with school authorities to improve the nutrition in meals. Teachers, principals and school administrators have sworn support for the new measures. Major school food suppliers have agreed to decrease the sugar, fat and salt in school meals, and increase the use of whole grains and produce.

School suppliers of higher-quality food at an affordable price are welcoming the trend toward feeding nutritious wholesome meals to the nation’s youth. Food safety leader iPura, producer of organically cleaned seafood, provides schools with a safe, clean source that includes guarantees of good farming and manufacturing practices from Source-to-Kitchen. iPura offers schools the benefits of food safety, sustainability and the health attributes of seafood backed by a strong guarantee of quality, contributing to the efforts of school meal authorities to improve the health of students nationwide.

Ending childhood obesity will require that parents, schools and food companies join forces and maintain focus for years to come. The lifespan of our children depends on it.

The American Revolution, Who cares?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When you say the Pledge of Allegiance, do you know what values you’re swearing to uphold?

Most Americans would say that they know their nation’s history. In fact, according to the first national survey of adult knowledge of the American Revolution, 89 percent of Americans said that they could pass a basic test on their nation’s founding. But only 17 percent of those same adults actually managed to do so.

The American Revolution secured our nation’s independence and established its enduring form of representative government. Many of the everyday freedoms that most Americans exercise without a second thought — including the freedom to practice the religion of their choice, or not to worship at all — were established by the American Revolution.

Only in understanding the liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights will Americans know how to preserve them. As Dr. Bruce Cole, president and CEO of The American Revolution Center, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, says, “Knowledge of the ideas on which our constitutional system is built is essential to maintain the relevance and vibrancy of our government that is of the people, by the people and for the people.”

Everyday Americans do not disagree — 90 percent think that U.S. citizens should know the history and principles of the American Revolution, even if they vastly overestimate their own knowledge.

To help future generations remember America’s legacy, The American Revolution Center plans to construct The Museum of the American Revolution in historic Philadelphia, just steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. It will be the first national museum to tell the entire story of the American Revolution.

“Through The Museum of the American Revolution, we hope to engage rising generations in the ongoing story that is America’s democracy,” says Dr. Cole.

Think that you could have passed the quiz? Maybe some of the survey’s findings will surprise you:

* More than 50 percent of Americans wrongly attributed the quote, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” to George Washington, Thomas Paine, or President Barack Obama, when it is in fact a quote from Karl Marx, author of “The Communist Manifesto.”

* Sixty percent of Americans can correctly identify the number of children in reality-TV show couple Jon and Kate Gosselin’s household (eight), but more than one-third do not know the century in which the American Revolution took place (the 18th).

* Nearly 50 percent of Americans believe the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation or War of 1812 occurred before the American Revolution.

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