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Healthy Eating Fuels Body and Mind

Roll a ball towards a six-month-old baby that has just learned to sit up on his own, and you will likely see him respond with a great deal of excitement as her entire body prepares for play. Feed that baby nutritious food that he likes, and he has the same response. Whether experienced through breast milk or baby carrots, healthy eating plays a very important role in the proper development of a young child’s physical, mental and social well-being, and is just as important as playtime and vocabulary growth.

This is because healthy eating is about much more than the nutritive quality of food. Regular, balanced meals and snacks that are high in nutrients help build strong bones and muscles, prevent illness, provide high energy throughout the day, and strengthen neural connections in the brain. But learning how to eat healthfully also involves understanding how meals are prepared, and how to use the experience of sharing food to strengthen bonds with loved ones.

Young children benefit greatly from the experience of family mealtime. Several important studies have shown that children who eat regular meals with their parents feel a stronger connection to their families, communicate more effectively, and make more nutritious food choices. Similarly, young children who are involved in the preparation of their food—even if just banging pots on the kitchen floor while a parent prepares a meal—will more easily learn the importance of nutritive food in their everyday lives.

Parents can establish good eating habits early on by scheduling regular family meals during which family members talk to each other about their day or tell stories. Additionally, parents can encourage healthy food choices by offering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins at every meal, and by doing simple things like talking with babies and toddlers about healthful food while grocery shopping. The lessons that young children learn about healthy eating tend to stick with them for life.

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Last night, at Cipriani in New York, the American Jewish Congress honored Hillary with its 2014 Stephen S. Wise Award for Lifetime Achievement.

American Jewish Congress lauds Hillary Clinton

Associated Press Updated: March 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about the country’s longstanding friendship with Israel and the importance of keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from the American Jewish Congress on Wednesday.

Clinton, widely seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, spoke at the group’s gala in Manhattan, introduced by actress Julianna Margulies.

She said the coming months would be “crucial” for the region, both in the attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and in efforts to make sure Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons. She said that both goals were vital to the United States’ interests.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about the country’s longstanding friendship with Israel and the importance of keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran as she accepted a lifetime achievement award from the American Jewish Congress on Wednesday.

Clinton, widely seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, spoke at the group’s gala in Manhattan, introduced by actress Julianna Margulies.

She said the coming months would be “crucial” for the region, both in the attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians and in efforts to make sure Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons. She said that both goals were vital to the United States’ interests.

Read more at http://gazette.com/american-jewish-congress-lauds-hillary-clinton/article/feed/100747#0PWCQu6Bxr4SLWC9.99

American Jewish Congress lauds Hillary Clinton

Associated Press Updated: March 19, 2014

Read more at http://gazette.com/american-jewish-congress-lauds-hillary-clinton/article/feed/100747#0PWCQu6Bxr4SLWC9.99

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Hillary made a swing through California and Canada the first week of March, was in New York at the U.N. on March 7, was in Montreal yesterday, and back in New York again today.  At most of these stops she had some very strong words for Vladimir Putin and his land grabbing ways.   Yet it appears that this now private citizen cannot spend 10 days out of the public eye without some concern troll inventing a health condition or making a tasteless remark like one I saw yesterday involving the missing airliner.

Beginning her speech to the Association of American Publishers at Manhattan’s McGraw -Hill Conference Center today with a shout-out to WaPo’s In the Loop contest to suggest titles for her upcoming tome,  Hillary offered tongue-in-cheek guidelines for would-be authors one of which was “quit your day job,” a recommendation she quickly revised.

When Clinton wrote Living History, her 2003 title about her life up until that point, she was a U.S. senator and was overwhelmed by the amount of work necessary for doing her day job and writing a book in the evenings.

This time around, her departure from the State Department would provide her with the peace and quiet necessary to write a book:

“I was leaving the State Department, stepping off that high wire of American diplomacy. There’d be no more interview requests, no more frantic media speculation about my plans — just peace and quiet. So I thought, let’s write another book. It has not worked out exactly that way,” she said, referring to the constant media speculation that she is planning on running for president in 2016.

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Absolutely, Hillary!   It has not worked out exactly that way.  At all!

I combed Twitter for twitpics. The only one was this one from Amy Chozick of the New York Times.  Being the only one, and especially high resolution for a twitpic, it went semi-viral.

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We know that copies Lisa Rogak’s fine collection of Hillary quotes was being raffled off and hope the lucky winners are pleased with their prizes.

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Meanwhile, in D.C. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was receiving the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen gestures while speaking after receiving the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, March 19, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

The buzz around Cipriani in New York is that political heavy hitters will attend an AJC dinner this evening in Hillary’s honor but that one big name will be missing.

Pols planning to attend AJC dinner for @hillaryclinton tonight at Cipriani: Schumer, Schneiderman, Rangel, Maloney + more. No @deBlasioNYC.

Best compliments, Mme. Secretary, for yet another well-earned honor!

Speaking to the Montreal Board of Trade last night, Hillary Clinton warned the audience of increased Russian activity in the Arctic and hung responsibility for another Cold War on Vladimir Putin’s doorknob.

As Secretary of State,  Hillary was an active participant in the Arctic Council and repeatedly echoed the message that we are an Arctic nation.  The concerns she voiced in Canada are as much an issue for the U.S. as they are for Canada.

Along with the disquiet she expressed regarding Russia’s activities in the north came further comments about recent activities in Europe.

Some video compliments of the Montreal Gazette.

Hillary Clinton: It’s up to Putin whether there’s 'another Cold War'
March 18th, 2014

Hillary Clinton: It’s up to Putin whether there’s ‘another Cold War’

Montreal (CNN) - Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that the conflict between Russia and Western allies over Crimea is a “clash of values” and that it’s up to Russian President Vladimir Putin whether there’s “another Cold War.”

“I hope there is not another Cold War,” Clinton said during the question and answer portion of an appearance in Montreal. “Obviously, nobody wants to see that. I think that is primarily up to Putin.”

Clinton added that Putin’s annexation of Crimea, a move that has rankled Western allies and led the United States to sanction some Russian leaders, is an effort by the Russian leader to “rewrite the boundaries of post-World War II Europe.”

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Just as Super PAC officially enters the language via lexicographers at Merriam-Webster,  Ruby Cramer at Buzzfeed reports the formation of yet another Super PAC for Hillary 2016.

Chris Cillizza announced the inclusion of Super PAC in the online unabridged version of the Merriam-Webster in today’s Washington Post.

‘Super PAC’ is now an official part of the English language

It’s official: ‘Super PAC’ is now in the dictionary. The Merriam-Webster online unabridged edition, to be precise.

Here’s the entry (and thanks to the Center for Public Integrity for flagging):

Super PAC, noun: a type of political action committee that is legally permitted to raise and spend larger amounts of money than the amounts allowed for a conventional PAC; specifically: an independent PAC that can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and organizations (such as corporations and labor unions) and spend unlimited amounts in support of a candidate but that cannot directly contribute money to or work directly in concert with the candidate it is supporting.

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Meanwhile, over at Buzzfeed, Ruby Cramer introduced HillaryPAC.  If you need a scorecard to keep up, Ruby simplifies the complicated topography.

Yet Another Clinton Group Materializes

Add HillaryPAC to the still growing list of groups dedicated to Hillary Clinton’s possible campaign.

The PAC’s founder has ties to the infamous “D.C. Madam” case.

posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:53pm EDT

BuzzFeed Staff

Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

There’s “Ready for Hillary,” “Hillary For The Win,” “Time for Hillary,” and the “Hillary Clinton Super PAC” — there’s even “Just Say No to Hillary,” “Defeat Hillary,” “Stop Hillary,” and the ominously titled “Hillary Project.”

Now, another political action committee, “HillaryPAC,” joins the nine existing groups dedicated exclusively to electing, or defeating, a presidential candidate who hasn’t announced her campaign, who may not even decide to run after all.

HillaryPAC, the latest pro-Hillary Clinton effort, launched on Tuesday morning with a new website and web video. Sam Deskin, the group’s founder, said HillaryPAC won’t be too different from the other outfits backing a Clinton run — particularly Ready for Hillary, the largest of the five, which focuses on building an early and extensive list of people across the country who would support and volunteer for Clinton in 2016.

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Chelsea Clinton With Marlo Thomas 

Posted: 03/13/2014

I was so thrilled to have Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, as our very special 100th Guest on Mondays With Marlo. We discussed everything from her favorite memories of growing up in the White House, to her role in the Clinton Global Initiative University, to the prospect of her following in her parent’s footsteps by one day running for office. Chelsea is such a positive role model for young people everywhere, and I was absolutely charmed by her. Watch our full interview to find out what she had to say!

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Chelsea Clinton Talks Growing Up in the White House Under “Very Firm” Parents, Says Marriage Is “Incredibly Important

Celebrity News March 17, 2014
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton in 1997 Chelsea Clinton shares in a new interview what it was like to grow up in the White House during her teenage years. Here, a throwback photo of Chelsea and parents Bill and Hillary Clinton back in 1997. Credit: Dirck Halstead/Time Life Pictures/Getty

Growing pains in the White House! Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton opened up in a new interview on Monday, March 17, about calling 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home during her teenage years.

“I was always deeply aware that I was living in history,” Clinton, now 34, told Marlo Thomas in an interview shared by Huffington Post. President Bill Clinton‘s daughter would arrive home from school and walk through the receiving room, which she knew was a special place. “But then I would have dinner with my parents at the kitchen table every night!” she said with a laugh. “There was much about my life that also was normal.”

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Cross-posted at The Department of Homegirl Security.

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Keynote Speakers

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham ClintonFormer Secretary of State &
Former U.S. Senator from New York
Tuesday, April 8th

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world, reasserting the United States as a Pacific power, imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea, responding to the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. Earlier, as First Lady and Senator from New York, she traveled to more than 80 countries as a champion of human rights, democracy, and opportunities for women and girls. Clinton also worked to provide health care to millions of children, create jobs and opportunity, and support first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero. In her historic campaign for President, Clinton won 18 million votes.

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Later on April 8 Hillary will speak to the World Affairs Council of Oregon in Portland.

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