The seventh annual “Boonies to the Beach” bike ride benefitting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will take place on Sunday, April 28. The ride begins and ends in Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim. Participants have three rides to choose from: a 17-mile “Fun Ride,” a 40-mile “Adventure Ride” and a 60-mile “Hammer-fest.” The ride follows the Santa Ana River Trail from the “boonies” of Yorba Park to Newport Beach and will cycle past Angels Stadium and the Honda Center.
Articles from: March 2013
San Diego based Gaslamp Popcorn will hit major retail shelves across the state later this spring. Re-launched as a better for you, all-natural, any time snack, the Gaslamp brand boasts a gluten-free attribute, appealing to more snackers’ dietary needs.
In an industry not known for its environmental stewardship, LAcarGUY stands out as an anomaly. Growing up as an avid surfer, President Mike Sullivan gained a true appreciation for the environment at an early age. Under his leadership, LAcarGUY is raising the bar to a lofty height for other dealers. “As the #1 hybrid dealer in the world,” Sullivan says, “we feel it’s our responsibility to live up to that accomplishment by “walking the walk” internally, whether its employee participation at Heal the Bay’s beach cleanup, zero waste holiday bbq’s or making sure our new buildings are all LEED certified.”
In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way—can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that although wind power accounts for just over 4 percent of domestic electrical generation, it comprises a third of all new electric capacity. Even with the freedom from coal or oil that wind power creates, a major component of the generating devices, the turbine blades, has its own carbon footprint that needs examining.
Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States.
The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in the unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn't change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.”
The effluent created by household sinks, washing machines and showers, known as gray water, could provide a new, low-cost source of irrigation for landscape plants that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer required to maintain them. The nonprofit Water Environmental Research Foundation’s (WERF) new report shows that many plants used for landscaping benefit from the use of gray water (Tinyurl.com/graywaterreport).
Food Care, Inc.’s new EveryoneEat! Android and iPhone app allows anyone to make informed meal decisions at 180,000 restaurant locations nationwide, based on their nutrition needs and meal preferences. Users enter their basic information such as age, gender, height, weight, activity level plus any chronic health conditions and special dietary restrictions at FoodCare.me. Instant analysis enables them to search for dishes at restaurants by type of cuisine or restaurant name. “People need to easily answer the basic question: ‘Does this dish meet my dietary guidelines?’ and if not, “What’s off and by how much?’” says CEO Ken Marshall.
Santa Monica-based Gentle Wellness Center will host a presentation entitled “Empower your Life: Cleanse & Detox” on Monday, April 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The talk, intended to teach attendees how to jump-start their health safely, effectively, and with lasting results, will be presented by Dr. Edison de Mello, founder and CEO of Akasha Center of Integrative Medicine.