Did you know that those who make less money give a bigger percentage of their income to charity than those who make more money? The Center on Philanthropy says people who make $50k a year or less donate about 4 percent of their income to charity, while people making $100k or more give about 2 percent.
Whichever group you’re in, your gift won’t do any good if the charity you pick is fake, or even just inefficient. Before you write a check, it pays to do a little research. Here are a few websites that will help you feel good about where your money is going:
This month we turn our attention toward the battle against heart disease, the number one cause of death and a major cause of disability in our country. Today an American has a coronary event every 25 seconds, and every minute an American dies from one.
Use True Citrus to Help Cut Your Risk
What’s up with the news lately? First that study about diet soda leading to heart disease came out, and now we hear that we should be using a whole lot less salt.
The Agriculture and Health and Human Services Department panel that’s behind the food pyramid and other nutrition programs says that daily sodium intake should be reduced from 2,300 mg to 1,500 mg per day for good health.
Do you drink diet soda every day? If you do, then you might have a much higher chance of stroke or heart disease.
How can food manufacturers get away with calling their products something they’re not?
Some big names have been called out for faking their fruit, such as Frosted Mini Wheats Blueberry Muffin cereal, Total Blueberry Pomegranate, and Kellogg's, Betty Crocker and General Mills. Their cereal, pastry and muffin “berries” have been found to be mostly lumps of artificially-colored oils and gums.
This past January, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 26 million Americans now have Type 2 diabetes – that’s up from 23.6 million in 2008. And that 79 million now have “pre-diabetes” (when blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not quite at diabetes levels).
That’s bad news, because diabetes can lead to cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure, and it’s the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S.
Did you see the new TV show Portlandia? In one episode, a couple at a restaurant grill the waitress about the chicken they want to order: it is organic, was it raised in a loving environment, did it get to play outside with its brothers and sisters?
Funny, yes, but those Oregon hippies have a point when it comes to questioning the food source. Because it turns out that if you're buying a carton of “organic” and “cage free” eggs, you might not be getting what you’re paying for.
These days, Mexican and Thai cuisines are almost as much a part of our culture as Italian food. If you’re making these dishes in your kitchen, a box of True Lime is a must-have ingredient.
Mexican dishes are a blend of Aztec, Mayan and Spanish cultures, with a even little French thrown in. In this food, and in Mexico itself, limes (called “limón”) are served with everything from fresh fruit to tacos, salads, seafood, grilled beef, soups, and it's even squeezed on roasted peanuts. Just about every Mexican drink includes lime, even non-alcoholic drinks like delicisiosa “limonada preparada”: lime juice and club soda.
“The Aztec Curse.” “The Gringo Gallop.” “The Aztec Two-Step.”“Delhi Belly.” “Mummy's Tummy.” Some funny names for a not-so-fun sickness that’s also less colorfully known as “Travelers Diarrhea” (TD).
Anyone who travels out of the country is at risk, since most TD cases develop after ingesting food or water containing bacteria, viruses and parasites that the body has not had time to become accustomed to.
The American Heart Association created Wear Red Day to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women.
Heart disease takes the life of one in three women every year. The American Heart Association funds educational programs and research for the development of new treatments to fight this killer.