Good News: Week 11

The warmer weather makes us want to forget the treadmill and go exercise outside, why not with a dog at our side? A New York chef is using food to give back to and empower his community. A hospital is trying to use clever marketing strategy featuring cartoon characters to make kids eat better, not sell sugary cereal. Recent designer crackups show it may be time for fashion to slow its pace. And, after St. Patrick’s Day, we like learning of the health benefits of (a little bit of) beer.

DO GOOD: Using Food to Give Back and Empower Communities
Like many chefs, it is one of my priorities to give back, whether it’s as a UN Ambassador for the UNICEF TAP Project or by mentoring and employing students through the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). There are so many ways to make a real impact in supporting those in need related to food, from large organizations like the World Food Program, Share Our Strength or Feeding America to more local efforts, such as soup kitchens.
Giving Back: How You And The Food Community Can Help Struggling Families, by Marcus Samuelsson, The Huffington Post

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Dogs get People Moving
If you’re looking for the latest in home exercise equipment, you may want to consider something with four legs and a wagging tail. Several studies now show that dogs can be powerful motivators to get people moving. Not only are dog owners more likely to take regular walks, but new research shows that dog walkers are more active over all than people who don’t have dogs.
Forget the Treadmill. Get a Dog, by Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times

FOOD & WELLNESS: Using Marketing Strategy & Cartoon Characters to Help Children Eat Better
Shaunda Walker remembers starting to put on the pounds as a teenager growing up in Harlem. Her mother was heavy. She is heavy. Now 33 and a mother of four, the Long Island Rail Road ticket-taker wants to do better for her children’s health. “No more curling up under the covers with a pint of Haagen Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond, Doritos and cupcakes,” said Walker.
Could cartoons on food help children eat healthier? St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital aims to find out, by Heidi Evans, Daily News

SLOW FASHION: Designer Crackups Prove it’s Time to Slow the Pace
Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld must have had an inkling of the impending doom that was to overtake the fall 2011 womenswear shows here this week. For the Chanel show at the Grand Palais on Monday, which Lagerfeld started planning months ago, he sent out a stream of dark, almost menacing post-punk gray suits and gowns down a runway surrounded by smoking black rocks and gravel. Had a meteor struck, laying waste to Earth? Was it the Fashion Apocalypse? For designer John Galliano, who is cooling off and drying out in rehab in Arizona, it surely was.
Fashion designer crackups raise question: Is industry’s pace too relentless? by Dana Thomas, The Washington Post

FOOD & WELLNESS: A Little Bit of Beer is Good for You
In light of all the drinking you may or may not be doing today (St.Patrick’s Day), the design firm Belanciothis infographic. I’ll add that many of the world’s earliest beers were sometimes medicinal—and even today, the closest plant relative of one of beer’s key ingredients, hops, is hemp. shows some of the benefits of moderate drinking with
Infographic: The Benefits of (a Couple) Beers, by Peter Smith (infographic by design firm Belancio), GOOD

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A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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