Welcome to the California Classroom BlogPortal for Nutrition!

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Hello California Learning Health Community,
I am a California credentialed teacher. I created this site for all teachers, students, parents and members of the California community to expand their understanding of nutrition and health. California is a leader in health and nutrition laws in its' schools and restaurants. 
Netiquette:  By posting you agree to be responsible for your own use and postings on this site. All users are expected to model quality classroom language, behavior and etiquette, and any infraction incurred will have the consequence of being barred from access. Each posting is viewed and monitored.
Teachers are welcome to publish lessons to share on nutrition and health under the category:  ALL TEACHERS PUBLISH HERE. Students please publish your lesson work to share under the category: ALL STUDENTS PUBLISH HERE.  If you are a teacher, student, parent or community member that would like to contribute to the topic of nutrition and health by sharing, then please share under the category:  ALL/PARENTS/COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARD. 
Our shared California Classroom BlogPortal consists of two layers. This first layer is our homepage where you will find teacher lessons, student assignments, nutrition imovies and information, California health news, and more. The second layer consists of all the individual blogs of the DearVegAbby members. 
Thank you all for sharing and creating a health conscious community.
Happy Blogging!
April McKay Dudsic aka Dear Veg Abby aka California Credentialed Educator

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE- VITAMIN C, 3 minutes

 

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE PODCAST VITAMIN C SCRIPT

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE PODCAST VITAMIN C SCRIPT

 

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Welcome Introduction:

Welcome to Dear Veg Abby - a show with healthy advice - If you like what you hear we hope you will tell your friends. 

 

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Host Introduction:

I'm your host April Dudsic. 

Here's a letter from a listener in 4th grade in Los Angeles, California.

 

Question Letter:

Dear Veg Abby,

Every time I get a cold my mom tells me to take Vitamin C.  How come?

Signed Tired of Pills

 

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Answer Letter:

Dear Tired of Pills,

Vitamin C is an important vitamin. Humans cannot make their own vitamin C therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet.  Without Vitamin C people would get a disease called scurvy. This was an ailment that killed many sailors in the old days.  They didn't know that their bodies needed Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is helpful in reducing the occurrence and length of time you suffer from a common cold, and that is why your mother wants you to take it.  It will make you get better faster.  It also may be helpful in lowering the risk of heart disease and strokes.  You can tell your mother that... and you can tell her it came from the Linus Pauling Institute... from Dr. Jane Higdon's research on vitamin C!  That will impress her. The good news is that those that are TIRED OF TAKING PILLS may get vitamin C from many food sources such as oranges and grapefruit, which are lovely for breakfast. Lemons and strawberries are refreshing to treats.  Tomatoes, sweet red peppers, broccoli and potatoes are great in many meals.   Five servings of these fruits and veggies a day is the recommendation to get 200 mg of Vitamin C.  I like to freshly squeeze five oranges a day to make a lovely glass of juice for breakfast.  Remember, a glass of orange juice a day, keeps a cold at bay!

Signed Veg Abby

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This your host April Dudsic.  Thank you for joining us today.  Send Veg Abby your questions and remember eat your veggies and STAY HEALTHY!

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We would like to thank our online source for vitamin research information, which is an article dated January 31, 2006 called Vitamin C.  It was written by
Dr. Jane Higdon and reviewed by Dr. Balz Frei and Linus Pauling forThe Linus Pauling Institute, which does micronutrient research through The Oregon State University.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminC/

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Download attached document for additional information: 

Helpful Health Resources 

Pictures courtesy of:  Works Cited

MCKAY_DUDSIC_Vitamin_C_Script.doc 

 

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE- VITAMIN A, 3 minutes

 

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE PODCAST VITAMIN A SCRIPT

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE PODCAST VITAMIN A SCRIPT

 

Music for intro in

 

Welcome Introduction:

Welcome to Dear Veg Abby - a show with healthy advice - If you like what you hear we hope you will tell your friends. 

 

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Host Introduction:

I'm your host April Dudsic. 

Here's a letter from a listener in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Question Letter:

Dear Veg Abby,

I'm having difficulty seeing at night.  Is there a certain vitamin or food I can eat that would help?

Signed Getting Night Blind

 

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Answer Letter:

Dear Night Blind,

I would certainly recommend you go to an eye doctor immediately to be certain you do not have any serious eye problems.  That being said... well, according to the research by Dr. Jane Higdon and Dr. Victoria Drake at the Linus Pauling Institute preformed vitamin A and retinoic are important vitamins to cause retinol to be available to the retina, otherwise the result is impaired vision at night also known night blindness.  Vitamin A is required as well for normal functioning of the immune system.   This vitamin is available in health food stores along with the dosage requirements.  Vitamin A can be found in sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, cantaloupes, mango, and butternut squash.  And if you'll notice these foods have a lovely orange color.  Spinach, broccoli, kale, and collards are your green colored food sources as well.  Retinol is available in fortified breakfast cereals, eggs, butter and milk.  Beta-carotene is another source of vitamin A and is in some vitamin supplements.  Too much Vitamin A is toxic and can have many nasty side effects such as birth defects for pregnant women and osteoporosis for older adults, which is why I prefer getting vitamins from food sources whenever possible.   Remember if your night vision is dimming eat your orange and green foods!  Thank you.

Signed Veg Abby

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This your host April Dudsic.  Thank you for joining us today.  Send Veg Abby your questions and remember eat your veggies and STAY HEALTHY!

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Reference: We would like to thank our online source for vitamin research information, which is an article written in December 2003 by:
Jane Higdon, Ph.D.
Linus Pauling Institute
Oregon State University called Vitamin A.  It was updated November 2007 by
Dr. Victoria J. Drake through the Linus Pauling Institute and The OregonState University reviewed by Dr. Robert M. Russell and Director
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research on Aging
Tufts University.

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminA/

 

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Download the attached script for additional information:

Helpful Health Resources

Pictures courtesy of:  Works Cited

MCKAY_DUDSIC_Vitamin_A_script.doc 

 

DEAR VEG ABBY iMOVIE- VITAMIN B6, 3 minutes