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Jun 28, 2013, 15:14 ET from ProfNet

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  • The Dangers Lurking Around Your BBQ Bash
  • Nutrition Through Daily Diet and Lifestyle
  • The Degrees of Caregiving
  • The Supreme Court: DOMA, Prop 8
  • Affirmative Action


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The Dangers Lurking Around Your BBQ Bash
Michelle Dudash, RD
Registered Dietician and Chef
Chef Dudash Nutrition
"Pre-marinating meats, placing on a clean grill free of char, cooking over medium heat instead of high and using herbs and spices are four simple steps people can take to drastically reduce exposure to HCAs -- compounds that are known as likely carcinogens."
You think BBQ, you think fun in the sun, but there are dangers (chemical, bacteriological and nutritional) lurking around your BBQ bash that could be fixed with just a few tiny tweaks.
Dudash, nutritionist and Cordon Bleu-certified chef, is available to discuss the dangers that can be easily remedied with marinade, mint and a little kitchen innovation. She is the author of "Clean Eating for Busy Families."
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Nutrition Through Daily Diet and Lifestyle
Erin Palinski-Wade
Vernon Nutrition Center
"We all lead hectic lives -- running from work to family commitments to the gym. However, without adequate fuel, our bodies start to run on empty, leading to fatigue and a decline in health. Consult with a registered dietitian to determine if dietary shortfalls may be playing a role in your low energy levels. A multivitamin to ensure you are taking in an adequate amount of all the essential vitamins and nutrients is important for us all."
Palinski-Wade, a nationally recognized registered dietitian, nutrition expert and author, is available to discuss hot topics such as vitamin mega dosing as well as the underlying causes of unexplained fatigue. She focuses on conveying the importance of getting the proper amount and type of nutrition through daily diet and lifestyle. She is the author of "Belly Fat Diet for Dummies."
Media Contact: Danielle Maiello,

The Degrees of Caregiving
Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.
Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney
Ronald Fatoullah & Associates
"It's a hot topic. Every day millions of people provide care to an aging family member. For some, caregiving is simple. For others it's an exhausting task.
Being thrown into the role of caring for an elderly parent for some, is a welcome obligation, and viewed as a time to 'give back.' For others, it's a daunting burden they resent. Who should be the caregiver in your family? Should you hire help?"
Fatoullah is available to discuss the topics that arise when deciding how to care for an aging parent. He is the founder and managing attorney of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, a New York law firm that exclusively focuses on the legal and financial challenges of aging: elder law, estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, asset preservation, probate, wills, trusts, guardianships, veteran planning, and planning for same-sex couples.
Media Contact: Carol Schell,

The Supreme Court: DOMA, Prop 8
Deborah Widiss
Associate Professor of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
"The Court's ruling is equally important for the intangible rights it provides: the right to have same-sex marriages recognized as real and equal to those of different-sex couples. The Court properly recognizes that DOMA created 'second-tier marriages' – and that doing so is inconsistent with our constitutional guarantees of equality under the law. Tens of thousands of same-sex married couples will receive very important new rights under federal law, covering everything from time off to take care of a spouse, to taxes, to immigration."
Widiss, a preeminent scholar on the same-sex marriage debate, has studied and written several papers and amicus briefs on the subject. She is available to discuss the Supreme Court's decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. Her paper, "Exposing Sex Stereotypes in Recent Same-Sex Marriage Jurisprudence," won the 2008 Dukeminier Award from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
Contact: Brianne O'Donnell,

Affirmative Action
Michael A. Olivas
Director of Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance
University of Houston Law Center
"In a 7-1 decision, the court said the policy of accepting the top 10 percent of high school graduating classes regardless of race needs greater scrutiny than was given by the Fifth U.S. Court of Appeals. While many University of Texas at Austin freshmen are admitted under the percent plan, others are considered under different criteria that include several factors including race. The decision leaves unsettled the question of continued use of race-based admission policies, although unless and until it is overturned, affirmative action lives on."
Olivas, who helped draft Texas' top 10 percent admissions policy, is available to discuss the matters revolving this case. He is the author of "Suing Alma Mater, Higher Education and the Courts," as well as numerous other books and articles.
Media Contact: Carrie Criado,



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