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Whole Foods Market
Phone: (512) ***-****  HQ Phone
Whole Foods
550 Bowie Street
Austin , Texas 78703
United States

Company Description: Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Whole Foods Market) owns and operates a chain of natural and organic foods supermarket. As of September 30, 2008, the Company operated 275...   more

Employment History

  • Dimes Foundation
  • KIWI

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
Raising families the natural and organic way. — KiwiLog – KIWI Magazine’s Blog [cached]
This moniker was probably first bestowed on chocolate by the Mayans and Aztecs at least 3500 years ago.
Interestingly, it took researchers over a year to find a control population-people who did NOT crave chocolate.
Of course, there are complex interplays of psychological and physiological factors implicated in chocolate craving. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked to mood regulation and deeply connected to hormonal balance, is affected by chemical constituents in chocolate known as methylxanthines. My personal favorite, dark chocolate, is made by mixing cocoa butter with chocolate liquor and sugar and forgoing the added-milk step. Some products are listed by their percentage content of cacao; health aficionados consider greater than 60% to be ideal for maximum benefits. Chocolate contains numerous antioxidants called flavonoids that exert an anti-inflammatory effect. Numerous studies have demonstrated positive effects of moderate dark chocolate consumption on cardiovascular function (lowering blood pressure, for example) and cognitive abilities (like visual sensitivity).
Here's a scary number: Nearly 10 percent of all U.S. babies are born prematurely, before the 37th week of pregnancy. In addition to being a lot smaller than their full-term counterparts, preemies' organs are often underdeveloped, creating the risk for health problems including jaundice, internal bleeding, and difficulty breathing.
Heartbreaking as the problem is, there'sa way we can work to reduce the number of pre-term births and help more babies who are born prematurely grow up to be healthy kids. Nonprofit organization, March of Dimes Foundation, works to improve the health of babies and moms-to-be in communities in America and around the world. Their national March for Babies initiative aims to help preemies through local walks that promote awareness about premature birth, plus raise money for research and healthcare.
This year, more than 7 million people in 900 communities across the country are participating. The 3-6 mile walks consist largely of family and corporate fundraising teams; you can join an existing team or learn how to start your own at the March for Babies website. Plenty of March for Babies walks are happening this month, though, and individual sign-ups and fundraising pledges are also available if there isn't much time left to connect with a team.
There's a March for Babies walk taking place here in Austin this weekend, and if I can muster the funds in time, would really like to go. There's a March for Babies walk taking place here in Austin this weekend, and if I can muster the funds in time, would really like to go.
I recently read a really scary book.
His body was wracked with infection - a voracious antibiotic resistant staph known as MRS (methicillan-resistant Staphyloccus areus).
Given the wont of Americans to overdo, this fear was justified. Penicillin was added to face soaps and body creams and was prescribed to excess.
After reading Carlos's story late in the evening, I woke my son from a dead sleep to scrub his hands clean. I hugged him as tightly as I could.
I'm a sucker for a good animal story, emphasis on good-whenever people start telling any kind of animal-related story, I always interrupt to make sure there's a happy ending at the end of the tale. Not very polite, I know, but it's all about self-preservation: Sad animal stories haunt me like nothing else (more so, even, than the idea of a world without cupcakes). So I'm pleased to share with you an animal story-with a happy ending!-about a dog on a mission to save the planet.
As a dedicated father and organic gardener, I can safely say that my daughter will not be one of those kids who grows up not knowing where vegetables come from. She's two and half (32 months actually) and she's already an accomplished gardener. A year ago, she planted her first row of potatoes. It was great-she said goodnight to each little spud as she covered it with dirt. What else would you say when you're putting something in a bed?
A few months later while we were eating homemade mashed potatoes, I asked her where these potatoes came from.
She said knowingly, "The garden."
And who grew these potatoes?
"I did."
Gardening with kids, in my opinion, is one of the most important ways to teach a child how to engage with the world. The child learns nurturing, caring, and compassion. Gardening teaches patience, rhythm, and the importance of timing.
This article from will tell you more about how to build and garden in a raised bed.
Real Tools Like most of you, I'm not a big fan of plastic-so I was excited to find kid-sized garden tools made of metal and wood.
They feel real in your hand, which I think gives my daughter gets the sense that these are tools-not toys (but still lots of fun). And they'll last a lot longer than plastic. We bought these the Rumford Gardener Kids Hand Tool Set. ($13,
Remember to use organic soil and compost, and be sure to buy seeds and seedlings that are GMO-free, as well.
One of the (many) awesome benefits of working for KIWI is that I get to go to cool events like the Green Products Expo, an event where green companies showcase their latest products to members of the media.
One of the (many) awesome benefits of working for KIWI is that I get to go to cool events like the Green Products Expo, an event where green companies showcase their latest products to members of the media.
I know, I should have done it long ago, but I love, love, love them-I mean, they're super-convenient. Plus, they clean up everything from spills to kids' sticky faces, so I can imagine how moms might be even bigger fans. However, planet Earth isn't such a fan, which is understandable considering it plays host to landfills that hold approximately 2.5 million tons of paper towel waste. So I was very excited to find these eco-friendly cleaning cloths by SKOY.
The cloth not only did a great job of soaking up a water spill that would have required at least two or three paper towels, it was even able to scrub away dried bits of food on my stove! ($7 for a pack of four,
Ecover Dishwasher Tablets The type of detergent I put in my dishwasher had never crossed my mind until I learned that the phosphates found in most conventional options pollute the water, starving fish of oxygen. Still, I was skeptical that a greener soap would do the same job as my not-so-eco-friendly brand. Enter Ecover's Dishwasher Tablets, which are not only biodegradable and phosphate-free, they also promise to clean a machine load of normally dirty dishes, and guess what? They did! My dishes came out sparkling, with no streaks or left-over bits of food! ($6 for 25 tablets,
But what I really love is the fact that I now have a far greener alternative to the plastic baggies I used to carry my peanut butter sandwiches in. Equally great: snackTAXI manufactures all of their products locally in their Massachusetts-based workshop, and are working to introduce organic and recycled materials into their line later this year. (Snack sacks starting at $5,
I'm an especially big fan of the Veggie Curry wrap, packed full with tofu, veggies, brown rice and a yellow coconut curry-delish! (Meals starting at $1.99, (
I'm an especially big fan of the Veggie Curry wrap, packed full with tofu, veggies, brown rice and a yellow coconut curry-delish! (Meals starting at $1.99, (
Image via Flickr user heraldpost under a Creative Commons license
My daughter just turned 13 and I'm seeing first hand that "living it" pays off. For example, she recently went to a friend's house and was offered an unfamiliar brand of a beverage, so she texted me, "Can I drink this? It was a bottled iced tea with artificial sweeteners. I texted back, "No…there's caffeine in this and artificial sweeteners. She wrote back, "I thought so and it's also not organic. Thanks. Chalk one up for me (smile).
No matter what age your children are, it's never too late to start leading by example. And don't feel like you have to do everything. At KIWI, we believe that whatever you do to create a healthier family is good; one small step is a perfect way to begin. I suggest starting with what you and your kids are exposed to the most on a daily basis:
Put "organic" in the refrigerator every day: organic milk, organic juice, organic butter, and organic peanut butter. Switch your dish detergent to a natural brand, as it sits in your kitchen and is used daily. Make sure to use natural hand soaps and shampoos, as they are also used daily. Replace your paper towels with those made from 100% recycled paper Cut down or eliminate paper cups and plates.
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