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    Jul23

    Sun Smart!?

    Posted in Health by Lucy

    Young woman with sunburned shoulder at the beach

    How sun smart are you this summer? Or, better said—how sunscreen smart are you?

    I’m doing a pretty good job with sunscreen use this year. I also floss my teeth every day!! And, just ask my family—I’m quite the enforcer with them as well!

    I live in a beach town on the east coast, and I love spending time outdoors and at the beach. When I was growing up, I practically lived at the pool during the summer and sported a sunburn on a regular basis. It’s hard to imagine now, but back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s no one was thinking about SPF, sun damage, and definitely not skin cancer. Read more »

    Jul10

    NFCA Research—Opt In!

    Posted in Health by Lucy

    Female researcher fixing a spangle on a microscope.

    Lucy’s is a proud supporter of many health organizations, including the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). NFCA’s important work helps increase diagnosis of gluten-related disorders and improve the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet. NFCA also plays a significant role in advancing research, which is what I’m writing about today.

    NFCA is affiliated with leading researchers internationally, and supports collaboration and partnership among scientists and institutions to optimize research potential. NFCA provides high quality information about innovative research that is occurring on everything from better understanding the development of celiac disease to advancing therapies for those who suffer from symptoms despite following a gluten-free diet. Recent studies show that unintentional gluten exposure is increasingly common and, as a result, many people with celiac disease have persistent intestinal damage. For additional information about this issue, check out these links here and here. Read more »

    Jul03

    Independence Day!

    Posted in Life by Lucy

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    Check out these facts about our famous July 4th celebration of freedom, liberty, and independence.

    Did you know?…

    • The Fourth of July honors the “birthday” (July 4, 1776) of the U.S., which is turning 238 years old.

    • The Declaration of Independence was created and adopted because the 13 colonies objected to being taxed by the British government, and they felt they had no vote in the decisions that affected them. Once approved by the Continental Congress, the Declaration put the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a nation. The whole endeavor was considered high risk and unlikely to succeed. Read more »

    Jun26

    Safe?

    Posted in Health by Lucy

    young woman driving on highway while reading / writing text on smart phone.

    June is National Safety Month, and this year the focus is on:

    Slips, trips, and falls

    • Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the U.S., accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually (NSC Injury Facts 2011).

    • Adults 55 and older are more prone to becoming victims of falls, and the resulting injuries can diminish the ability to lead active, independent lives. The number of fall deaths among those 65 and older is four times the number of fall deaths among all other age groups. Read more »

    Jun18

    School Resources!

    Posted in Tips by Lucy

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    Lucy’s recently added a School Resources page to our website. It provides links to “best practice” food allergy information and programs for parents, teachers, school nurses, and principals.

    Whether you are a parent of a child managing food allergies at school or you are part of a school staff, the links on this page provide the latest resources, guidelines, and suggestions. Our School Resources page includes information about food allergy awareness, emergency preparations, and action plans. We want to connect you with the best experts! These are the resources I use personally and when working with my local food allergy support group. Read more »

    Jun17

    Fever!

    Posted in Sports by Lucy

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    Have you caught it? My family has!

    One of the most extensively viewed and followed sporting events in the world, the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Brazil on June 12. This is the 20th World Cup soccer (and, as we know, also called football) tournament, and it seems to be one of the most exciting in its history! The games have been hugely unpredictable so far—particularly USA’s surprise 2-1 win yesterday against Ghana, a team that has knocked the U.S. out of the World Cup twice.

    The World Cup is much bigger than a sport, it’s an international experience—a global stage for countries around the world to represent themselves. The World Cup connects our countries and makes us really look at one another. The national teams of 32 countries, which have been placed in eight groups (A through H), are participating this year. USA is in Group G, along with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. (Note: USA’s next game is this Sunday at 6pm against Portugal. Don’t miss it!) Read more »

    Jun13

    Don’t Forget Dad!

    Posted in Life by Lucy

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    We went all out celebrating Mother’s Day. Now, let’s rally for the guys this Father’s Day! Celebrate all of the great men in your life—Stepfathers, Fathers-in-law, Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers, Uncles, friends, etc. In some families dear old Dad and other special men get sidelined into the background, so it’s important to show them that they haven’t been forgotten. Of note, my Father and my Husband have always been Kings of the day, every day!

    Did you know that the idea of Father’s Day might have been inspired by a memorial service that was held in 1907 for a large group of men, many of them Fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia? The origin of Father’s Day is also attributed to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. As a way of honoring her Father, a widowed Civil War veteran named William Smart, Sonora encouraged local churches, shopkeepers, and government officials to support her suggestion of establishing the equivalent of Mother’s Day for Fathers. Because her Father was born in June, she focused on that month for honoring Fathers, and due to her efforts Father’s Day was first celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Read more »

    Jun09

    New Cookie Flavors!

    Posted in Products by Lucy

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    Guess what? We’ve added two new cookie flavors—Berry Best and Lemon Goodness. These fresh new treats will be available at Whole Foods Market starting this month, just in time to satisfy the warm weather taste buds of cookie lovers nationwide.

    Reminiscent of popular summertime flavors, Berry Best brings out the delightful taste of raspberries in a crunchy cookie and Lemon Goodness is a deep, rich-tasting, old-fashioned cookie with a zesty citrus tang. Yum! Try them with a glass of iced tea. Eat them at the park, the beach, or at home—perhaps on your porch! We’ve really tried to capture some of the best parts of summer with these new flavors. Read more »

    Jun06

    I Scream!

    Posted in Food by Lucy

    Homemade Dark Chocolate Ice Cream in a Bowl

    I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream—especially on a warm day! In honor of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day tomorrow, let’s explore the sweet world of ice cream, the tasty frozen treat that so many people know and love.

    First, have you ever thought about all of the different kinds of ice cream? Hard, soft, light, no sugar added. Some made with cow’s milk, others with soy, rice, or coconut milk. Also, gluten free, organic, Italian-style gelato, and French. So many varieties! No matter what kind of diet you follow, there are certainly many options to choose from.

    Next, what about all of the flavors? There are literally thousands. Pretty much, you say a flavor—no matter how weird—and it exists! Interested in trying Salmon or pizza-flavored ice cream? Corn on the cob or asparagus? In my opinion there’s just something so special about the classic standbys like vanilla (my favorite!) and chocolate. And I’m not alone in thinking this. While chocolate falls slightly behind vanilla in sales in the U.S., these are the most popular flavors. In fact, like chocolate ice cream, vanilla has its own special day—National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is on July 23. I plan to celebrate again on that day! Read more »

    Jun05

    Cookie Economics!

    Posted in Work by Lucy

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    Just the other day we hosted about 40 second graders for a field trip to learn “Cookie Economics.” A busload of cookie enthusiasts at Lucy’s!

    We talked about supply, demand, scarcity, and surplus. Also about resources—human, natural, and capital. It takes all these to make cookies!

    The children planned how many cookies to bake, package, and ship to fill a specific sales order. These were a very motivated group of mathematicians and business people, who were inspired by the sights and smells of the bakery—and later sampling Lucy’s Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Thin cookies.

    Click Cookie Economics to view our PowerPoint presentation, which each student worked through during the tour. A few days before, the teachers reviewed this document and our website with the children. Needless to say, the students came well prepared with all kinds of questions for our staff! Read more »

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