Plant-Based Twists to Classic Summer Dishes

(NewsUSA) – With people more focused on wellness and nutrition these days, interest in a plant-based diet is hotter than ever. One easy way to get in on the trend: Pair summer produce with simple ingredients like pecans for a dish the whole family will enjoy.Pecans are a versatile ingredient and are naturally sweet with a rich and crunchy texture. As each one-ounce serving of the nuts offers three grams of fiber and protein, essential vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy benefits, pecans also happen to be one of the tastiest ways to elevate the nutrition of any recipe.In fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts – including pecans – as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. A one-ounce serving of pecans has 18g unsaturated fat and only 2g saturated fat.Add a sweet and nutritious crunch to this Mediterranean Pecan Pasta Salad, or swap meat for Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with a nutty and nutritious pecan pesto.Discover more delicious recipes at AmericanPecan.com

Hands-Only CPR Can Save Someone You Love

(NewsUSA) – Each year, June 1-7 is designated as CPR and AED Awareness Week. This year, the significance is especially striking. As most Americans continue to spend more of their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds of cardiac arrests in a home setting are likely to increase, according to the American Heart Association.Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, with about 70 percent happening in homes. Fortunately, Hands-Only CPR can be performed by family or household members. Even in the time of COVID-19, household members may be the lowest-risk providers of CPR at home because they have likely already been exposed, if in fact the cardiac-arrest victim has COVID-19."Rather than waiting for first responders to arrive, performing immediate CPR in the case of cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s odds of survival," says Comilla Sasson, M.D. and Vice President of Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the American Heart Association. "If you are willing and able to do CPR, you should do CPR, even during this pandemic."Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps and anyone can learn it from a 90-second video available at heart.org/handsonlycpr.Step 1: If a teen or adult in your home suddenly collapses, call 911 immediately.Step 2: Place one hand on top of the other as shown in the video and push hard and fast on the victim’s chest.

Next COVID-19 Challenge: Reduce Employer Rx Costs, Enhance Patient Access

(NewsUSA) – In the coming weeks and months, America will begin attempting to re-start the economy and hopefully take steps toward a semblance of a new normal. However, even as this process gets underway, our economy has been shaken to its core with ramifications that will reverberate for some time to come. In this new reality, America’s employers and healthplan sponsors will face daunting challenges as a result of COVID-19’s impact.That’s what makes the mission of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) all that much more important. PBMs are hired by employers and health plans to reduce costs and enhance access to prescription drugs, while helping to keep a lid on health-care premiums. Accomplishing these goals and continuing to find ways to help patients obtain their medications, while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, are essential.The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting millions of people. It is also having a substantial impact on the global economy that has caused an explosion of unemployed Americans, many of whom rely on employer-sponsored health-care coverage. The safety-net programs, such as Medicaid and the Exchanges, will be more important than ever in providing needed coverage options for patients.As an example of PBMs’ response to the growing number of uninsured as a result of COVID-19, there is a new program that will cap costs for a 30-day supply of generic medications at $25 and at $75 for more than 40 brand-name drugs for the rest of the year for medications, including insulin, contraceptives and products for heart disease and migraines.Insurance plan sponsors – employers, self-insured plans, and others – for decades have relied on PBMs to manage prescription drug costs in a way that provides affordable access for the patient populations that they represent. PBMs have delivered on that need by achieving an overall low-cost trend by encouraging competition among drug manufacturers and drugstores.In fact, recent research shows that PBMs will provide savings of more than $512 billion over the next decade for employer- and union-sponsored health plans and their workers and dependents. For 2020, it is estimated that an average per-person PBM savings on prescription drugs is $962.Now, and in the future, reducing prescription drug costs will affect the overall economy and have implications beyond health care. Every dollar spent on health benefits is a dollar employers can’t spend to create new jobs, increase wages, or invest in innovation.PBMs continue to implement patient-friendly tools in pharmacy benefits that lower prescription drug costs and improve quality, including negotiating discounts with drugstores to reduce copays and other out-of-pockets costs, negotiating price concessions from drug manufacturers, and promoting more affordable brand and generic drugs.Drug manufacturers should be lauded for undertaking an unprecedented effort to find vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. But those treatments, once approved, must be made widely available and affordable for everyone, and just as importantly, medications for chronic illnesses must remain accessible for patients. PBMs’ proven track record keeping drug costs in check and providing patients access to treatments will be crucially important to achieving that objective.As the economy re-emerges from this difficult time, Winston Churchill’s words are apt: "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."During this uncertain time and beyond, patients and plan sponsors can count on PBMs to use their expertise and their negotiating power to provide affordable access to prescription drugs.

Shortages in Meat Inspire More To Try Plant-Based Protein

By Dan Curtin, President 
Greenleaf Foods(NewsUSA) – In periods of change, we often find comfort in simple pleasures. A great burger is one of them.Yet, some of those simple pleasures have been compromised by the dramatic changes caused by COVID-19, including the disruption of the animal meat industry. Meat plants are closing, causing meat to be harder to find and its prices to rise. Some grocers are limiting the amount of meat shoppers can buy to curb pantry loading.I know these issues will be resolved as the pandemic subsides. The animal meat industry will recover, and supply chains will be restored. But right now, you may be asking: What do I do without meat?Now is the time to try plant-based protein. Made from simple ingredients you know, Lightlife plant-based meat is as nutritious as it is delicious. And you can find the products in your grocer’s meat case.To be clear, I’m not against the animal meat industry. I believe we’re all trying to solve the same complex challenge: how to feed Americans during this pandemic. But I do believe no diet should be entirely dependent on animal meat. That’s why Lightlife is committed to delivering plant-based protein throughout the country to ensure as many people as possible have access to the food they need.At Lightlife, we’re not asking you to give up animal meat. If you want to eat meat, eat meat. But we believe you should also eat plants: whole plants and plant-based protein. That’s why we strive to bring more high-protein options to your table. Fortunately, the trend toward eating more plant-based protein began well before COVID-19, driven by a desire for more balance and variety in our diets, as evidenced by the fact that 44 percent of Americans now describe themselves as flexitarian.In fact, Lightlife sales were up significantly in the first quarter of 2020. And longer term, the plant-based meat category is expected to grow exponentially, with the Good Food Institute predicting a threefold increase in the number of American households regularly purchasing plant-based protein1.The reality is it takes a little more work these days to make a good burger, even the ones we make with simple ingredients. I want you to know that we’re committed to your dinner table. And your lunch table. And if you want a burger for breakfast, your breakfast table, too.I am so proud of our production teams working around the clock to ensure our products are available at your local grocer. To ensure their health and safety, we have taken additional steps including social distancing wherever possible, daily temperature checks and health screenings, face coverings, increased sanitation efforts, and staggered breaks and start times to reduce the potential for congestion. This is in addition to the sanitation procedures our team is already accustomed to, and the variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we routinely wear.This is all part of our dedication to getting high-quality, plant-based protein to your tables. Because whether your burger is made from ground beef or plant-based ingredients, a good burger is something we can all agree on. And I believe that together, we will celebrate that simple pleasure once again. 1 The Food Industry Association and IRI. (2020) Understanding the plant-based food consumer.

Meat Shortages Mean It’s Time to Try Plant-Based Protein

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – During times of change, many of us find comfort in simple pleasures. Like a great burger.
Yet, some of those simple pleasures have been compromised by the dramatic changes caused by COVID-19, including the disruption of the animal meat industry. Meat plants are closing, causing meat to be harder to find and its prices to rise. Some grocers are limiting the amount of meat shoppers can buy to curb pantry loading.
I know these issues will be resolved as the pandemic subsides. The animal meat industry will recover, and supply chains will be restored. But right now, you may be asking: What do I do without meat?
Now is the time to try plant-based protein. Made from simple ingredients you know, Lightlife
plant-based meat is as nutritious as it is delicious. And you can find the products in your grocer’s meat case.
To be clear, I’m not against the animal meat industry. I believe we’re all trying to solve the same complex challenge: how to feed Americans during this pandemic. But I do believe no diet should be entirely dependent on animal meat. That’s why Lightlife is committed to delivering plant-based protein throughout the country to ensure as many people as possible have access to the food they need.
At Lightlife, we’re not asking you to give up animal meat. If you want to eat meat, eat meat. But we believe you should also eat plants: whole plants and plant-based protein. That’s why we strive to bring more high-protein options to your table. Fortunately, the trend toward eating more plant-based protein began well before COVID-19, driven by a desire for more balance and variety in our diets, as evidenced by the fact that 44 percent?of Americans now describe themselves as flexitarian.
In fact, Lightlife sales were up significantly in the first quarter of 2020. And longer term, the plant-based meat category is expected to grow exponentially, with the Good Food Institute predicting a threefold increase in the number of American households regularly purchasing plant-based protein1.
The reality is it takes a little more work these days to make a good burger, even the ones we make with simple ingredients. I want you to know that we’re committed to your dinner table. And your lunch table. And if you want a burger for breakfast, your breakfast table, too.
I am so proud of our production teams working around the clock to ensure our products are available at your local grocer. To ensure their health and safety, we have taken additional steps including social distancing wherever possible, daily temperature checks and health screenings, face coverings, increased sanitation efforts, and staggered breaks and start times to reduce the potential for congestion. This is in addition to the sanitation procedures our team is already accustomed to, and the variety of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we routinely wear.
This is all part of our dedication to getting high-quality, plant-based protein to your tables. Because whether your burger is made from ground beef or plant-based ingredients, a good burger is something we can all agree on. And I believe that together, we will celebrate that simple pleasure once again.

Digital Strategies Help Small Businesses Compete

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Now more than ever, building relationships is important to small businesses so they can compete in the global marketplace.
The Smart Money Network is a community of digital marketing experts whose mission is to support entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses, especially in the new and increasingly online economy.
Having a partner to navigate the field of digital marketing can help small businesses get the edge they need. The Smart Money Network collaborates with small business clients and coaches them on how to engage a target audience with the right message at the right time, using a combination of digital tools and the power of persuasion.

Lorena Bobbitt Shares Her Story in Lifetime Original Movie

(NewsUSA) – Although it happened nearly 30 years ago, the story of Lorena Bobbitt and the domestic violence she endured still resonates today in the #MeToo era. Lifetime kicks off Memorial Day with the Ripped from the Headlines feature premiere of "I Was Lorena Bobbitt" on Monday, May 25, at 8pm ET/PT.Lorena Bobbitt (now Lorena Gallo) serves as one of the executive producers on the film, as well as its narrator.The story follows her journey from a young and innocent immigrant bride to a victim of domestic violence. In 1993, after years of abuse at the hands of her husband, John Bobbitt, Lorena fought back, cutting off her husband’s penis with a knife and becoming an unlikely international media sensation. The film follows her evolution into a strong and thoughtful woman who has devoted her life to advocating for abused women."There are many reasons why I feel it’s important to share my story now," Ms. Gallo says in an interview."Lifetime gave me a platform and truly listened to my message about domestic violence, and I was actively involved in telling my story. I believe with the #MeToo movement and increased awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault that my message would be heard."The process of making the movie was very emotional, Ms. Gallo says."With me being so young and an immigrant, new to the United States and to endure the type of abuse that I went through, along with the court case and the media frenzy that followed, it is a reminder of what I had to go through to help to become the person that I am today. The work that I do with the Lorena Gallo Foundation and other organizations is based upon my own experiences," she explains."I Was Lorena Bobbitt" stars Dani Montalvo ("Dispatches from Elsewhere") and Luke Humphrey ("Tiny Pretty Things") as Lorena and John. Ms. Gallo spent time discussing her past with Ms. Montalvo to help her prepare for the role. "We learned a lot from one another and I’m grateful for our time together," Ms. Gallo says.The take-home message from the movie, according to Ms. Gallo, is "that domestic violence is real and doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anyone and there are definitely signs showing that someone is abused and it should be taken seriously and not overlooked."Ms. Gallo’s advice to others who are dealing with abuse: "Never give up hope and be resilient."She emphasizes, "You are not alone and there are options and resources. Do not keep it to yourself. Contact family and friends and understand the resources available to you now, such as shelters, domestic violence hotlines and social service organizations. First responders and doctors are better trained to understand and deal with domestic violence-related problems." She adds, "Do not deal with the situation with the false hope that it will get better. Silence is not an option!"Domestic and sexual violence is on the rise with many stuck at home with their abusers because of Covid/stay-at-home orders, so this movie is more timely than ever to help women with resources. During the film, Lifetime will run a public service announcement for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence featuring the actors and Lorena Bobbitt, as part of Lifetime’s public affairs campaign, Stop Violence Against Women.Visit mylifetime.com for more information about upcoming programs.Follow on social @LifetimeTV and using #IwasLorenaBobbitt.

6 Tips on How to Stay Active at Home

(NewsUSA) – In the past few weeks, it has become clear that social distancing and quarantining are the new normal. This is an overwhelming time as we attempt to adjust our mindsets and schedules – between working from home, watching after the kids, keeping up with the news, and maintaining sanity, it can be a challenge to prioritize your physical and mental health. Here are some tips on how to stay active in these strange and unprecedented times. Make a planIt’s always easier to commit to a healthy habit if you make it part of your routine. At the beginning of each week, take a look at your schedule and find those windows where you could realistically squeeze in a workout. Set a reminder on your phone or even add the workout to your calendar to keep yourself accountable. Try a meal delivery serviceIt may be difficult to cook healthy meals every day, especially if you can’t get what you need from the grocery store. Having healthy food delivered safely to your door can alleviate the stress and hassle of cooking, plus having healthy options in the house will keep you from overeating and reaching for junk food. South Beach Diet, for example, offers fully nutritionally balanced, prepared meals and snacks that make it easy to keep your diet on track. Take breaks from workIt can be tempting to sit around all day while you’re working from home, but don’t let yourself stay sedentary for too long. Get away from your workspace and move around every hour or so to get your blood flowing. This will help you to stay sharp and healthy during social isolation. If you’re taking a phone call, stand up and allow yourself to pace around. Try to get up every hour and take a few steps around the house, stretch, or even do a few jumping jacks. Stream, stream, streamAs gyms and workout studios are necessarily closed for the moment, many fitness brands and instructors are using Instagram live to hold virtual classes. If you have a favorite local studio or a favorite instructor, check out their website or social media to see if they are hosting any online classes. Many fitness brands are also offering extended free trials to access their libraries of workout videos. Go for a walk or runOf course, we are all limiting our trips outside to the grocery store, gas station, or anywhere else we might come in close contact with others. But if you are able to safely run or walk while keeping distance from your neighbors, those are great options for staying active, clearing your mind, and getting some fresh air."It’s so important to find those moments of joy outdoors while we’re all social distancing," says Jessie James Decker, mother of three and South Beach Diet brand ambassador. "Whatever that means for you – whether it’s a stroll around the neighborhood with the kids or a long run to clear your head – you’ll feel so much better if you make the time for it." Keep your mind activeJust as our bodies need physical activity to stay healthy, our minds need stimulation (beyond reality TV binge sessions) to stay sharp as well. Group activities such as board games or puzzles are a great option for keeping your mind sharp while clocking some quality time with your family or roommates.For more tips on how to stay healthy and active while social distancing, check out https://palm.southbeachdiet.com.

History Channel Unlocks the Greatness of Ulysses S. Grant

(NewsUSA) – Ulysses S. Grant may be one of the most complex and underappreciated generals and presidents in United States history, but he gets his due at last in a six-hour miniseries, "Grant," that premieres on HISTORY over Memorial Day weekend.The three-part series is executive produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ron Chernow, author of the 2017 biography, "Grant," along with Appian Way’s Jennifer Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio, and produced by RadicalMedia in association with global content leader Lionsgate. The first episode airs on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, and continues over the next two nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT."Ulysses S. Grant is one of our most brilliant, yet misunderstood presidents and HISTORY is committed to telling the compelling stories, like his, of those who have shaped our great nation," says Eli Lehrer, executive vice president and general manager for HISTORY."This is an important part of American history that deserves to be told and we look forward to delivering our latest premium core history documentary series to our audience," he adds.Today, Grant is unfamiliar and misunderstood by many people, despite his worldwide fame at the time of his death in 1885. The three-night miniseries event combines dramatic scenes, expert commentary, and archival images to reveal Grant’s true legacy, which involves a rise from humble beginnings through the highest ranks of the military, and finally to the presidency.While serving as president from 1869-1877, he held the United States together during the challenges of reconstruction after the devastation of the Civil War.Many people may be unaware that Grant’s initiatives while in office include protecting the right to vote for the four-million formerly enslaved people freed at the end of the war despite violence and widespread resistance.In addition, "Grant" features on-camera interviews with "Grant" biographer Ron Chernow, as well as David Petraeus, retired United States Army General and former Central Intelligence Agency director; Ta-Nehisi Coates, acclaimed writer and journalist, and Elizabeth Samet, professor of English at West Point.Visit history.com for more information about the series and other premium, fact-based storytelling and entertainment.Also, follow @history on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

How to Boost Your Business in A Digital Environment

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Now more than ever, businesses need to explore how to best serve their customers in the digital marketplace. That means finding ways to stay relevant and keep their audiences engaged. A professional development webinar series from the National Kitchen & Bath Association shows businesses how to develop and maintain a strong online presence.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade group for the kitchen and bath industry.
The series opens with Jim Nowakowski, a marketing and marketing communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience, notably in the manufacturing and publishing industries. Mr. Nowakowski brings his considerable expertise in communications and business-to-business advertising purchasing patterns to the webinars. The series kicked off on January 10 with “Staying in Front of Your Customers in a Digital Environment.”
Positive feedback from attendees emphasized Mr. Nowakowski’s enthusiasm and business acumen, with comments about his material and delivery such as, “his examples were detailed and easy to understand, with stories that made a point,” and “he was the best presenter I have seen in a while, very engaging and entertaining.”
“It’s always an honor to present my business topics to designers, showroom consultants, architects and manufacturers,” Nowakowski said after the presentation.
“When I received the feedback, I was thrilled that the audience walked away with knowledge they can use,” he adds.
The webinar focuses on providing the audience with information on digital disruption in the marketplace and what strategic tools can keep a business relevant and valuable in servicing customers.
For example, participants learn how value comes from differentiation, and the importance of what makes a business unique.
“What do you do that your competitor doesn’t do? What does your competitor do that you don’t?” Mr. Nowakowski asks.
Mr. Nowakowski also emphasizes how business basics never change, even in the age of disruption, and reviews tactics on how to stay in front of customers in a digital environment that includes using advertising, phone surveys, and quality service.
The full presentation of Staying in Front of Your Customers in Digital Environment is available http://intrln.com/front.
Visit www.interlinegroup.com for more information and additional webinars offered.