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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Cooks in the Kitchen: Most Keep Mealtime Routines

June 29, 2016 2:45 am

Our habits at home say a lot about who we are—and in the kitchen, our mealtime routines are most telling.

For many of us, dinners are either “cooked from scratch,” warmed up “from the fridge or freezer” or prepared using “shortcuts.” The rest of us buy made-ahead items from the grocery store, carry-out or order in to get dinner on the table.

These are just some of the findings of a recent Harris Poll that assessed behaviors in and around the kitchen, demonstrating that meal preparation is one of the most important activities in the home.

The majority of those surveyed in the Poll cook at least once a week, with approximately one-third cooking every day. Most turn to “back pocket” recipes to prepare meals, and some rely on recipes “of their own design” or “passed down from a family member.” A significant portion of those surveyed obtain recipes from a website or a television program.

The results of the Poll underscore the kitchen’s central role in the household. As the heart of the home, it serves as not only a preparation space, but also a gathering area for loved ones to share the meal.

What are your routines in the kitchen?
 
Source: The Harris Poll

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Big Push to Protect Children with HUD's Lead-Free Toolkit

June 28, 2016 12:45 am

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is working to better protect children from lead-based paint hazards in the home, recently launching The Lead-Safe Homes, Lead-Free Kids Toolkit for families living in HUD-assisted housing. Lead poisoning’s effects are irreversible, and even low levels of lead in a young child can have long-term, devastating consequences.

Announced earlier this summer at the HUD/National Environmental Health Association annual conference, this comprehensive toolkit offers both immediate actions and a long-term vision to address lead in homes.

One of its major components is providing increased resources for families to identify and respond to lead poisoning. This component will connect HUD-assisted housing residents with early education, nutrition programs, counseling and tutoring to combat the impacts of lead exposure; create a mechanism for housing advocates assisting HUD residents to report potential violations of HUD’s lead safety regulations; and launch an online clearinghouse of information for HUD residents about lead hazards, safety and their rights.

HUD recently rolled out the Healthy Homes Basics app, designed to raise awareness about health and safety concerns in the home and offer steps consumers can take to protect themselves. The app is available via Apple iTunes and Google Play.

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