San Diego and the Childhood Obesity Conference (Recipe: Italian Burrito)

A couple of weeks ago I attended the 8th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego, California. I thought it was a fantastic conference, and it was the largest gathering in the nation to fight childhood obesity. And I got to present a poster.

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The theme of the conference was “Collective Impact: Developing a Shared Vision to Achieve Greater Success”. And some of the sessions I went to were extremely interesting.

Did you know that the cost of obesity in California alone is $15 billion a year? Crazy! However, the state is trying to make things better. Berkeley was the first city to pass a soda tax, and legislation was signed to give undocumented children access to medical care.

AND Chelsea Clinton gave the opening remarks on Tuesday morning. She is a fabulous speaker. (P.S. My college roommate works for Chelsea, so I got to catch up with her unexpectedly while I was in San Diego, AND she introduced me to Chelsea herself! So cool.) Through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation the Clinton Foundation hopes to achieve a 90% reduction in calories of beverages sent to schools. Furthermore, 83% of McDonald’s have committed to work with the Alliance, and in the first 11 months 21 million milks were ordered instead of sodas with Happy Meals. A success!

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I also got to hear an address by Senator Harkin. Did you know that he instituted the pilot program for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in elementary schools with $5 million? By 2004, it had expanded to 100 schools in 4 states. And after four years, not one school had dropped out. In 2008, it expanded to $40 million and it finally got in as a permanent program and allotted $180 million a year. Such a cool idea.

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But yeah…I got to learn about a lot of neat things like that.

I also got to go to the San Diego Zoo! I totally recommend it.

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1 year ago: The Oatmeal’s DOs and DO NOTs of Running Your First Marathon (Recipe: Balsamic Couscous with Spinach)

Quote of the Day:

“You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not that efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running.” -Florence Griffith-Joyner

The other week I made these Italian Burritos. They were pretty good for lunches at work. Nothing too fancy.

Italian Burritos

Italian Burritos

Ingredients

– 1 lb sweet Italian sausage

– 1 cup marinara sauce

– 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

– 1/4 teaspoon garlic pouder

– 8 tortillas (8 inch)

Directions

– Preheat oven to 375*. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in marinara sauce, cheeses, and garlic powder.

– Spoon 1/3 cup filling near the center of each tortilla. Fold bottom and sides of tortilla over filling and roll up. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly brown.

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