Major Girl Power– Blog post on ALL.com 3/25/13

Since March is Women’s History Month, the Ask, Listen, Learn team would like to take a minute to send a special shout out to 2 of our partners making a huge difference in girls’ lives.

Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy’s camps teach girls to not only be leaders on the field, but leaders in life. They’ve had a great year with the addition of lacrosse camps. We’re proud to sponsor the “Choose to Matter” service project contest and can’t wait to be down at Disney with the grand prize winners and their moms in May!

Girl Talk is also leading the charge for girls building self-esteem and leadership skills in their communities and schools in 43 states and 6 countries . Their T.H.I.N.K (before you speak, text or type) campaign has brought forth the important issue of bullying to try to make teen years a little less dramatic!

We hope you all keep up the good work in encouraging girls to be their best! You rock!

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Loved hanging with the JFSLA contest winners in London last summer! Great girls changing the world!

 

 

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March is National Nutrition Month- Blog post on ALL.com 3/21/13

March is a great month- flowers are starting to bloom and temperatures are getting warmer with the start of Spring!

March is also National Nutrition Month– and what better way to make a dedication to your health than by taking the Ask, Listen, Learn pledge to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking?

Living a healthy lifestyle has many parts: getting good grades in school, choosing the right kind of friends, staying active and exercising at least 60 minutes every day…

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Feeding your body the nutrition it needs to perform at its best is important when you’re growing up. Fuel your muscles, brain and bones right with these 5 nutrition tips to think about this month:

1)      Choose whole grain bread, pasta and rice for more fiber than white bread, pasta and rice

2)      3 servings of dairy a day gives you the calcium and vitamin D needed for strong bone health

3)      Make your plate colorful! Try spinach, red peppers, sweet potatoes…the darker the color the more nutrients a vegetable has!

4)      Protein helps your muscles grow and keeps you fuller longer- incorporate lean meats, fish and nuts/seeds into your meals and snacks

5)      Limit junk food and sweets…remember that everything you put in to your body fuels your brain and muscles and can affect your performance in school and on the sports field!

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Attorneys General montage for Alcohol Awareness Month

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Filming AG Cooper

The Century Council filmed PSAs with Attorneys General from around the country at the Ritz in DC the other week. In between shots I askedthem how they think parents should talk to their kids about underage drinking and make this video montage for our site. I also made 13 mini videos of each AG’s answer for them to tweet out in April.

Are you living life as a leader?– Blog post on ALL.com 2/22/13

February is Youth Leadership Month!

The Ask, Listen, Learn team always encourages young people to live as leaders in their schools, communities and peer groups. You can be a leader by getting good grades, bringing a healthy lunch, being nice to everyone and saying NO to underage drinking.

Our Superstars are hand-selected to serve as role models for kids living a healthy lifestyle. Remmi Smith is a leader by teaching kids how to make healthy, tasty meals on her cooking show, Cook Time with Remmi. Winston Duncan with Wheels to Africa is a leader because his organization has changed thousands of lives thanks to his dedication to collecting bikes. And of course, Aly Raisman is a leader- she worked hard to prove herself to be a hardworking, determined gymnast and became captain of the US Women’s Team!

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How do you live your life as a leader? Comment below!

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You go, girls! — Blog post on ALL.com 2/6/13

Today is the 27th annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

Ask, Listen, Learn is proud to partner with organizations that empower girls to be leaders in their communities, whether they’re being a team player with a positive attitude at Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy‘s Camps or starting a Girl Talk chapter at their school to prevent catty drama.

Today we want to give a digital high-five to all the girls and women out there staying in shape and we’d like to bring special recognition to this year’s theme, “Girls in Sports, An Investment in the Future.”

As girls participate in physical education classes at school, team sports and other recreational activities, they’re taking care of their bodies and building relationships for a healthier, happier future. Many friendships in middle and high school start on sports teams. When girls are practicing together every day of the week after school, they form valuable friendships- AND stay out of trouble! Everyone knows that working out keeps your body healthy, but girls in sports are also less likely to drink.

I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school, but kickball's my team sport now

I played field hockey and lacrosse in high school, but kickball’s my team sport now 🙂

To all the girls out there investing in their futures- keep up the good work! Always remember to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.

And don’t forget to vote for your peers in JFSLA’s Choose to Matter Contest to help determine who will join Julie at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Disney World starting this Friday!

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American Heart Month–Blog post on ALL.com 2/1/13

Do you know heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US? An estimated 600,000 people die of heart disease in the US each year and 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing it.

The American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month to raise awareness of heart disease and bring attention to steps you can take toward prevention.

Of course, the Ask, Listen, Learn team always encourages families to follow healthy lifestyle regimens, but this month in particular it’s great to take time to make some conscious changes keep your heart healthy.

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Heart Health Tips

    • Get moving every day! The AHA encourages walking for all ages, at a minimu
    • Cut back your sodium intake to lower blood pressure. Check the labels on canned goods and processed foods
    • Use olive oil instead of butter when cooking- it contains healthy fats, not saturated and trans fats
    • Dark green leafys like kale are heart ‘superfoods’ for their antioxidants, omega-3’s and fiber

For more tips on how to raise a heart healthy family, visit the AHA “Healthier Kids” page.

Cheering for healthy Super Bowl recipes– Blog post on ALL.com 1/29

Super Bowl Sunday can bring more food temptations in front of your face than Thanksgiving with so many get-togethers in front of the TV. But going to work the next morning feeling full from over-eating can be the pits, even if your team wins.

With these healthy (or at least healthiER) Super Bowl recipes, you can feel good about keeping your belt buckle tight as you cheer on the Ravens and 49ers!

Mini turkey burgers with gorgonzola-Health

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Cowboy caviar-Morning Glories

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Cheesy buffalo chicken dip-Dashing Dish

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Zucchini Pizza-Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Turkey and bean chili-My Recipes

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Jalapeno poppers-Eating Well

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What’s your favorite game time dish to share? Leave us a recipe below!