Sam’s Club to Host Free Health Screenings

To promote early detection and an overall healthy lifestyle that can help prevent the onset of diabetes, Sam’s Club Pharmacy will host free health screenings Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans, and an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes, the potentially reversible condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but are not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

The free screenings are administered by licensed technicians from Carmen Ingle & Associates and are available to the public at the 571 Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. The diabetes awareness screening event features tests valued at up to$200, while supplies last, including:

  • A1c blood test –used by people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to measure average blood sugar levels and confirm treatment plans are working
  • Glucose screening – Glucose tests indicate how much sugar is in blood, allowing for knowledgeable management of diet and exercise schedules
  • Blood pressure
  • BMI (body mass index)
  • Vision

Health screening participants in select cities can also pick up a postcard from the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program to evaluate their risk for pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to help people adopt healthy eating and exercise habits, and has served approximately 12,000 people nationwide.

“Understanding symptoms that lead to diabetes can help Americans establish a plan to live a healthier lifestyle,” said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president, Sam’s Club Health and Wellness. “We are glad to collaborate with YMCA of the USA to expand awareness for diabetes prevention and provide a free, important service to more than 620 US communities.”

YMCA of the USA announced that it is receiving a $1.25 million grant from the Sam’s Club Giving Program that will expand healthy living opportunities in under-served communities through the YMCA of the USA. Specifically, the grant is helping the YMCA to expand its Healthier Communities Initiatives to address health disparities among minority individuals and families and the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Through the Initiative, the YMCA will also link healthcare providers, clinical settings and community-based organizations to predominantly African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino communities to help guide individuals and families to appropriate programs.

Whirlpool Brand Launches Industry’s First Induction Double Oven Freestanding Range

Whether it’s preparing more back-to-school lunches for kids or entertaining a full dining room for upcoming holidays, kitchens need to be as efficient as possible to help moderate life’s chaotic moments. Whirlpool brand, the No. 1 appliance brand in the United States, consistently delivers products focused on making life easier at home. The Whirlpool® Induction double oven freestanding range is the industry’s first— leading the way in cooking consistency and control with efficient cooking technology and easy cleaning.

With a variety of special features tailored for frenzied lives, the Whirlpool Induction double oven freestanding range delivers the power and convenience to tackle everyday tasks. According to a recent study conducted by Whirlpool Corporation, over 90 percent of households cook at least once a day, with the average home cooking 2.5 times a day. With all of this activity in the kitchen, families need the help of appliances that streamline the process for speedy and delicious results. The Whirlpool Induction double oven freestanding range is designed to meet consumer needs by offering the brand’s premier cooking technology in one appliance.

“Providing consumers with products that help ease life’s daily tasks at home is our primary goal. Whether you’re cooking dinner on a typical Monday night or hosting a lavish soiree for in-laws, the Whirlpool induction double oven freestanding range takes the stress out of the kitchen,” said Andrea Smith, product brand manager of Whirlpool brand cooking and kitchen suites. “By offering advanced cooking technology, and an efficient cleaning process, being the ultimate hostess is not an impossible feat.”

This has Whirlpool’s largest capacity—6.7 cu. ft.—double oven electric freestanding range. The 2.5 cubic- foot upper oven and 4.2 cubic-foot lower oven have room to bake and roast holiday dishes, so there’s always enough room to handle even the largest of meals. The 11-inch induction boost element defies the idea that “a watched pot never boils” by boiling up to 25 cups of water in 50 percent less time.

Special features include AccuHeat™ induction technology, which transfers energy directly into magnetic cookware, so you get powerful cooking without feeling heat from the cooktop. For tastier roasts and baked bread, TimeSavor™ convection cooking distributes hot air more efficiently to seal in flavors and juices. Now, consumers can take home a range that senses and adapts to their every need to deliver the fast and delicious results they want.

The Whirlpool® double oven electric range with induction cooktop (Model WGI925C0BS) is available now at retailers nationwide in stainless steel with a MSRP of $2,249.

KitchenAid Introduces Dishwasher With Industry’s Lowest Water Usage

The latest dishwasher from KitchenAid combines the best cleaning and drying performance ever offered by KitchenAid with the industry’s lowest water usage, as published on EnergyStar.gov. Featuring an innovative washing method called the AquaSense™ Recycling System, the brand’s newest dishwasher uses water from the last rinse cycle to pre-rinse the next cycle before using fresh water to complete the cleaning process.

“If you have great water efficiency but need to rewash because you’re not getting the desired results, that efficiency is quickly diminished,” notes Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “Our engineers have come up with a way to deliver on both fronts by designing a dishwasher that not only uses 33 percent less water than previous models but also delivers our best performance ever.”

One of the brand’s quietest models as well, it features a filter based wash system with Whisper Quiet® 41 dBA sound insulation for the stainless steel tub. A Heat Dry option activates a dedicated heating element offering the option of having dishes completely dry at the end of a cycle.

A range of wash cycles include a ProWash™ cycle that takes the guesswork out of choosing the right cycle by automatically adjusting water and energy use based on details such as load size and soil amounts. When quicker results are needed a One-Hour wash cycle cleans and dries dishes faster while a Heavy Duty cycle can be selected for hard to clean items like pots, pans or casserole dishes. A ProScrub® option eliminates the need to soak or pre-scrub items with baked on food by using 40 powerful spray jets to concentrate cleaning power.  Additional cycle options include a Normal Wash for regular loads, a Light China cycle for loads that don’t require heavy duty cleaning and a Rinse Only cycle.

Additional premium features found on the new model include well-spaced tines that enable greater space between dishes so wash and rinse water can clean more efficiently. To make room for larger pots, pans and dishes, fold-down tines adjust for easier accommodation. An adjustable upper rack accommodates tall plates on the lower rack when necessary. A generous silverware basket avoids crowding while cup and stemware holders provide added convenience in the upper rack. For easy-gliding operation, SatinGlide® Max Rack Glides use 52 ball bearings on each rail.

Available in stainless steel, the exterior features a front display that shows the cycle stage and progression when the dishwasher is running. An “add a dish” indicator signals when a dish may be added and still come out clean.  Scheduled to be available in October, the suggested retail price on the new KitchenAid® dishwasher is $1,699.

Fun Facts About Tailgating

According to the 24th annual Weber GrillWatch™ Survey*, the top three must-have items among grill owners for a proper tailgating party are a grill (82 percent), food (80 percent) and a cooler (80 percent). Chairs (76 percent) and alcoholic beverages (66 percent) round out the top five. Just half of grill owners (50 percent) consider tickets to the game a must-have item.

The grill of choice among tailgaters is a portable model (65 percent) versus 29 percent who opt to bring full-size models to their tailgate parties.

Overall, grilling away from home has increased in popularity over the past two years, with tailgate parties ranking as the fourth most popular location to grill away from home (22 percent).  Camping is ranked as the top spot (44 percent), followed by the park (37 percent) and the beach (23 percent).

Nearly one-half (48 percent) of grill owners report they place their grill on the ground when tailgating or grilling away from home in general; approximately one-third (32 percent) of those surveyed bring a table to use as a grill stand, and 17 percent use their truck beds.

Other Tailgating Trends from the 24th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey:

  • Twenty percent of U.S. grill owners have attended a tailgate party during the past 12 months, up from 14 percent last year.
  • Sixty-seven percent of grill owners who tailgate say that grilling is always a part of their tailgating activities.
  • The top five foods to grill when tailgating are hamburgers (71 percent), hot dogs (47 percent), brats (40 percent), chicken (29 percent) and steak (25 percent).
  • On average, grill owners spend a hefty $122 for food and drinks at a tailgating party.
  • Attending the game is secondary to many tailgaters, with 57 percent revealing they have attended a tailgate in the past 12 months without going into the game. This number jumped 13 percent from last year.

For more information about Weber’s new portable grills, including the Weber Jumbo Joe; and new grilling accessories perfect for tailgating, including the Portable Charcoal Table and the Compact RapidFire® Chimney Starter visit www.weber.com orwww.thewebernewsroom.com. For more tailgating tips from Weber’s Grill Master Kevin Kolman, visit www.weber.com/blog.

New School Year Brings New Routine, New Accomplishments

With a new school year upon us, Breyers Ice Cream Toppings recently released its Kids’ Top Accomplishments video which highlights kids’ achievements and reminds parents to celebrate them – no matter how big or small.  Whether it’s being named MVP of the soccer team or learning how to tie your shoes, parents can help their kids set new goals this year and celebrate each accomplishment along the way.

Momtrends.com managing editor Serena Norr, also a mother of two, recently partnered with Breyers Toppings to offer advice to parents for getting off on the right foot this school year.

“It’s really important to encourage children to set goals, and when they accomplish them, it’s worthy of a little celebration,” Norr said. “Sometimes a little quality time or enjoying a sweet treat together can send the message that they’ve done a good job.”

Norr also recommends:

  • Establishing a routine. Back-to-school means early mornings. To avoid the frantic rush, ease kids into their new schedules by setting up an earlier bedtime and wake-up time at least two weeks before the start of school.
  • Staying connected. Parents can stay connected to their kids by asking open-ended questions about their day, working together on homework and checking in with their teacher to see how they are doing.
  • Enjoying free time. So many kids are “scheduled” to the max during the year with afterschool activities, clubs, homework, etc., it’s really important to help them achieve a balance with free time and play. For some kids that might be art, while others may love playing outside with friends. Whatever it is, make sure that children enjoy some unstructured down time.
  • Weekend rewards. With all the back-to-school busyness, quality time with family on the weekends is important.  Establish new traditions like Movie Night, Game Night or for a special treat – Ice Cream Night. New Breyers Ice Cream Toppings can really help make those celebrations a little easier. Parents can set up a fuss-free sundae bar, complete with fruit toppings, tasty sauces squeezable pouches and sprinkles – all without high-fructose corn syrup. Grab your favorite ice cream, a selection of Breyers Toppings and you’re ready to celebrate together – for little reasons, big reasons or no reason at all.

Breyers Toppings are available at Wal-Mart, select Target and grocery stores nationwide.

Supermarkets Spotlight Texas Food Products

The intermittent flow of food safety scares and scandals is inspiring many Americans to be a little more cautious about what they’re eating and where they’re buying it. Market Street supermarkets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are responding by spotlighting Texas food producers in an annual event they call the Best of Texas Expo. Part of the reason for the event’s popularity is that having a better idea of where the food came from inspires the store’s customers with a greater feeling of trust about its wholesomeness, the chain’s communication director says. You can read more about it here in Gourmet News magazine, which named Market Street its retailer of the month for September.

Remind Them You Care After You’ve Seen Them off to School

Harry & David is offering a wide range of gift boxes and baskets designed to make leaving home for college a little easier for both student and parent.

image001The Happy Creek Gift Box Classic includes six Royal Riviera pears, four apples, white extra-sharp cheddar cheese and Havarti cheese. It retails for $39.95.

 

 

 

image002The Gourmet Dried Fruit & Nut Snack Gift retails for $49.95 and contains a selection of dried fruits and nuts handpacked for snacking or holiday entertaining.

It includes dried pears, dried apricots, dried peaches, dried dates, prunes, roasted salted cahews, roasted in-shell pistachios, honey roasted peanuts and natural almonds.

Pick 12 Homemade Cookies

image004Nothing says love like homemade cookies, and Harry & David’s homemade cookies might be the next best thing to mom’s. For $19.95, you pick 12 from a list that includes gourmet versions of some of the classics and a few that’ll make a statement to the sorority.

 

 

 

 

Bake Brownies with a Twist for Bake Sale Treats

Back-to-school season marks the start of the most delicious extracurricular activity: bake sales. Cookies and brownies are two of the most popular bake sale items, and this year, they’ll taste even better with a flavor twist. The McCormick Kitchens have developed easy cookie and brownie recipes – including one that combines the two.
“Our new Choco-Mint Crownie recipe combines a vanilla-rich chocolate chip cookie with a cool peppermint brownie,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “They’re easy to make – just add a splash of peppermint extract to your brownie batter, pour into a pan, spoon chocolate chip cookie dough flavored with pure vanilla on top and bake.”

Other easy recipes from the McCormick Kitchens take brownies and chocolate chip cookies from bake sale favorites to bake sale stars. It’s as simple as adding extracts to brownie mix or folding in tasty ingredients like cinnamon and cocoa to your favorite made-from-scratch cookie recipe.

Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies
Try adding these easy variations to made-from-scratch cookies:

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies – Draw a crowd with the warm, inviting essence of cinnamon.
Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cookies – Combine cool peppermint with rich cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate for a delicious grab-and-go treat.
Double Chocolate Chunk Orange Cookies – Make a sweet treat with dark chocolate, chunks of rich semi-sweet chocolate and citrusy orange flavor.

Brownies with a Flavor Twist
Turn ordinary brownies into crowd pleasers by customizing them with easy flavor twists:

Raspberry Brownies – Add 4 teaspoons raspberry extract to brownie mix and 2 teaspoons to chocolate frosting for a fruity alternative to this bake sale staple. Garnish with a raspberry.
Orange Kissed Brownies – For citrus-infused delights, add 1 tablespoon orange extract and chocolate chips to brownie mix and 1 teaspoon of the extract to chocolate frosting. Top with an orange slice.
Almond Brownies – For a nutty flavor, use 1/2 teaspoon almond extract in the brownie mix and 1/4 teaspoon in the chocolate frosting. Add colorful sprinkles on top.

Belfast Bay Shade Company

I’ve just gotten word that Belfast Bay Shade Company will be showing off new lines of lampshades inspired by nature at the NY Now show coming up in New York in a couple of weeks. This show is not open to the public, but I can get you an early look at these beautiful new lamp shades as soon as they’re out on view to the business. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, take a look back at this.lampshade

Online Retailer Acquires Dwell Studio

Wayfair.com, the largest online retailer of home furnishings and decor, has acquired DwellStudio, a lifestyle retailer known for groundbreaking design and impeccable quality in modern home furnishings with expertise in upholstery, case goods, furniture and textiles for baby, kids and home. The acquisition further strengthens Wayfair.com’s leadership position in home retail by adding a popular lifestyle brand with core competencies in original design and product development. The deal will accelerate Wayfair.com’s launch of proprietary product lines and lifestyle brands in 2013 while addressing new market segments.

Under the Wayfair.com umbrella, DwellStudio will operate as a standalone brand joining Joss & Main and AllModern.com to satisfy increasing demand for unique shopping experiences in the home furnishings space. Wayfair.com’s core strengths in selection, service, internet technologies and logistics will drive the rapid growth of DwellStudio. At the same time, Wayfair.com will have access to DwellStudio’s world-class product design team for the development of original product lines and new lifestyle brands.

“DwellStudio has built a following of devoted customers who enthusiastically identify with a certain lifestyle and modern design aesthetic,” noted Niraj Shah, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair.com. “We look forward to expanding the DwellStudio brand through our world class e-commerce capabilities while staying true to DwellStudio’s strategy of developing and delivering trend-setting products of exceptional quality to a growing customer base through a large number of partners.”

Based in New York City with a flagship retail store at 77 Wooster Street in SoHo, DwellStudio is a catalog and e-commerce retailer with a worldwide wholesale business. The company’s products are currently sold in more than 800 high-end specialty retail stores and design oriented online retailers across the United States, Canada and throughout 40 international territories. Known for its modern sensibility, iconic textiles and forward colors, DwellStudio products can be found at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Giggle, Bel Bambini, ABC Carpet, HD Buttercup and F.A.O. Schwarz.

“We are thrilled because Wayfair.com is truly transforming the way people shop for home goods and furniture through innovative e-commerce solutions, extraordinary customer service and state of the art logistics. They have the best backend in the business,” noted Christiane Lemieux, CEO, founder and creative director of DwellStudio. “Our design, merchant and product development teams are so excited to help fuel Wayfair.com’s move into new market segments and additional proprietary product categories. At the same time, we want our customers to know that we remain dedicated to building the DwellStudio brand with a continued commitment to beautiful original design and impeccable construction. It’s the perfect marriage of style and substance.”

“DwellStudio is an ideal addition to Wayfair.com’s portfolio of brands – joining Joss & Main, AllModern.com and Wayfair.com to meet market demand for distinctive modern design in bedding, furnishings and decor, with a special emphasis on products for baby and children,” added John Mulliken, Wayfair.com’s SVP of strategic initiatives. “The acquisition is a logical step on Wayfair.com’s path to becoming the dominant retailer in home. We will enable DwellStudio to scale its core business at a much greater pace while staying true to its design DNA and commitment to the highest quality products for home.”