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Wednesday
Oct072009

NH WIC Program Revamps Food Choices to Reflect Latest Nutrition Science

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire WIC Program is joining other WIC programs nationwide in making changes to reflect the latest science on healthy diets and address the growing issue of obesity. This is the first major change in the food offerings to low-income women, infants, and children in 35 years and will include whole grains, low-fat milk, fruits, and vegetables.

Since 1974, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has combated childhood hunger, low birth weight, under-nutrition, and iron deficiency anemia so that WIC participants have better health outcomes. However, the foods provided by WIC for more 10,000 New Hampshire families have not changed significantly since its inception in 1974 – despite dietary recommendations to eat less fat, more fiber, fewer calories, fewer sweetened beverages, and more fruits and vegetables.

“Over the past year, the Department of Health and Human Services has been developing an obesity prevention program to encourage adults and children to eat more fruits and vegetables,” Public Health Director Dr. José Montero said. “One-third of our WIC preschool children are overweight or obese. WIC has a long history of success and is a great place for nutrition education to start.”

New foods available under WIC are whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, canned beans, brown rice, and tofu as available options, jarred baby foods, and cash-value vouchers for vegetables and fruits. Among the changes are:

       Low- or non-fat milk only. All women and children over the age of 2 now have a choice of non-fat (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk. Whole milk will only be issued to children who are between 12 and 24months of age. These changes reflect WIC’s commitment to obesity prevention and provide a consistent message about healthy eating.
        Vegetables and fruits added. All women and children (2-5 years old) will be able to purchase fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables and fruit.
        Juice amounts reduced. All women and children will receive a new food package to reflect a recommended daily juice intake of approximately four ounces per day. Juice for infants will be eliminated. Excessive juice intake has been associated with overweight and obesity in the preschool child population.

For more information on the WIC changes, visit the New Hampshire WIC Program website at www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/WIC/foodpackages.htm or call the NH WIC Program at 603-271-4546.

Wednesday
Oct072009

ALG Featured in New York Times Cover Story, "A Critic Finds Obama Policies a Perfect Target" 

In the following featured article by Scott Shane, Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson was featured in a profile, cover-story in The New York Times on September 25th.


A Critic Finds Obama Policies a Perfect Target

Bill Wilson leads a conservative group that vociferously fights President Obama's proposals.

By SCOTT SHANE

FAIRFAX, Va. - It is the weekly research meeting at Americans for Limited Government, and Bill Wilson is presiding with gusto. The Obama administration is serving up so many rich targets that Mr. Wilson and his crew of young conservatives hardly know where to begin.

There is the small, minority-owned firm with deep ties to President Obama's Chicago backers, made eligible by the Federal Reserve to handle potentially lucrative credit deals.

"I want to know how these firms are picked and who picked them," Mr. Wilson, the group's president, tells his eager researchers.

There is the Georgetown University professor, nominated for a top State Department post, who Mr. Wilson thinks is way too soft on Fidel Castro of Cuba and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He is pleased that a Republican senator has put a hold on the nomination.

There are three new appointees to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities - in the hunt for political vulnerabilities, no post is too humble to scrutinize.

"Are they for using the arts as propaganda, as opposed to just art?" Mr. Wilson asks. The researchers scribble notes.

Last November, when Mr. Obama won 53 percent of the vote and stirred many Americans with soaring rhetoric about what his administration might achieve, pundits wondered whether the election marked a symbolic end of the "government is the problem" era that Ronald Reagan had started. But eight months into Mr. Obama's presidency, his proposals have hugely energized his opposition.

A longtime Boy Scout leader with a broad light bulb of a forehead, Mr. Wilson, 56, seems to take avuncular pleasure in mentoring his young staff members at Americans for Limited Government, a nonprofit advocacy group with a $4 million budget. In person, he is no obvious firebrand.

But for more than 30 years, migrating through groups pushing right-to-work laws, term limits and school choice, he has been a member of Washington's permanent class of ideological activists. Appointed to no government post, elected to no office, they populate research and advocacy groups with names that often seem to include the word "American," laboring to steer the ship of state to the left or right.

A look at Mr. Wilson and his 18 staff members — one modest island in the sprawling archipelago of conservative groups based in and around Washington — shows how valuable it is proving to have a well-defined enemy.

"Obama has so heightened the debate over the proper role of government that it's inspired a lot of people to get involved," Mr. Wilson said.

"It isn't one issue — health care, or cap and trade, or one or another appointee," he said. "It's that government consumes more and more of what we call personal liberty."

Mr. Wilson's fight is not primarily partisan. For him, President George W. Bush was a decidedly mixed bag; he liked the tax cuts but thought the USA Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind and the Medicare drug program were egregious federal power-grabs. He sat out the 2008 presidential election — while he strongly opposed Mr. Obama, he loathed the campaign finance law of which Senator John McCain was a co-author.

Now, however, with Mr. Obama in the White House, Mr. Wilson has a fully satisfying target. "We face," he wrote shortly after Mr. Obama took office, "what I personally believe is the greatest threat ever to individual freedom and democratic rule."

Since then, Americans for Limited Government has slammed the president, his programs, his aides, his allies and his nominees without restraint. After getting lessons from his Web-savvy son and daughter in 2007, Mr. Wilson has worked to build the group's presence on the Internet.

Today, the group says, its daily barrage of e-mail messages go to more than 90,000 conservative advocates and appear on its main site, GetLiberty.org. Its NetRightNation.com site allows handy access to thousands of local conservative blogs, sorted by state and issue. Together, they feed a ferociously negative view of the administration to talk radio hosts, Web pundits, Congressional aides and small-town newspaper columnists.

Americans for Limited Government does not specialize in nuance. A recent e-mail message labeled Mr. Obama "the biggest liar of all," and a piece on Mr. Obama's enthusiasm for the national volunteer service agency AmeriCorps suggested a parallel with Hitler Youth.

A call for the resignation of Representative Charles B. Rangel, the Democratic House veteran who is under an ethics investigation, included a fake photograph of the congressman behind bars. The seven senators who voted against stripping federal financing from the community-organizing group Acorn were tagged the "Sordid Seven." (And — full disclosure — an item on the financial outlook of The New York Times said the newspaper "makes the Titanic look like the Good Ship Lollipop.")

Mr. Wilson seemed a bit abashed about the vitriol, but he said a more restrained voice would be lost in the political cacophony. "If I need to make my point, I'm going to make it in a provocative manner, because that's how it attracts attention," he said.

While Americans for Limited Government claims 400,000 members in its literature, that turns out to be wishful thinking; that is the number of "conservatives" on an e-mail list it bought from a marketing vendor. And the group cannot claim credit for any single major victory against the administration to date. But its relentless agitation has clearly helped rally the opposition.

A Google search finds the group's commentaries on hundreds of Web sites, and its prolific opposition research turns up in many anti-Obama efforts.

In April, five months before the resignation under fire of Van Jones, a White House environmental official, Americans for Limited Government distributed a detailed "Appointee Alert" compiling his provocative past statements.

"They've done quite a bit to reach out to the blogger community," said Michael Swartz, a writer and out-of-work architect in Salisbury, Md., who runs the conservative Monoblogue.us site. "Sometimes I use their stuff straight up. Sometimes I use it for my own writing."

Mr. Wilson grew up in a military family in rural Maryland, studied political science at the University of Delaware and got his start working for Ronald Reagan in the 1976 Delaware primary. He spent his early career with the National Right to Work Committee, including several years roaming the country in an old Mercury Bobcat.

In 1992, he was contacted by Howard Rich, a New York real estate magnate who has poured much of his fortune into conservative causes.

The relationship has lasted, and Mr. Rich has been a crucial financer of Mr. Wilson's efforts at a series of organizations: U.S. Term Limits, Parents in Charge and Americans for Limited Government.

The antigovernment causes Mr. Wilson has championed are often labeled libertarian. But he shuns the term, saying the Libertarian Party's electoral support is barely detectable. His goal of "rolling back the government," he said, is not the cause of a few cranks.

"I was raised to believe and have always believed that small government is best," he said. "And that is the majority view of the American people."

 http://blog.getliberty.org/default.asp?Display=1599

 

Wednesday
Oct072009

Revolution Station - Let's Retake Congress for the People! 

http://www.retakecongress.com

 

Are you tired of the constant growth and centralization of power? Join us to stop it!

It's not too late to get organized, but we must act NOW!

We have only a year to make a difference in the 2010 congressional elections!

The Retake Congress membership drive is on!

If you are a candidate running for US congress, or you are a volunteer who wants to support the freedom candidates, please visit the site today so we can get you involved!

http://www.ReTakeCongress.com

Wednesday
Oct072009

NH Council of Churches Offers Seminar "Supporting Military Families" 

Partnering to Support Military Kids & Their Families -

October 14, 2009. 

A professional development opportunity for religous leaders -

 If you haven't already registered for this conference, please do so today.

We are expecting the largest deployment ever in NH this year.  Supporting our military families and children is a very important issue.  And, to be sure, communities will be affected as well. 

The New Hampshire Council of Churches with the UNH Cooperative Extension's Operation Military Kids (OMK) program, in partnership with all branches of the military and the Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, is pleased to offer "Partnering to Support Military Kids and Their Families" on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, from 8:30-4:00 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Drive, in Concord, NH.

This day-long continuing education opportunity will focus on New Hampshire's military youth and their families and their need for support before, during, and after a service member deploys.  With more than half of the 4,000 plus military youth in our state expected to see a parent or loved one deploy in 2010, this subject could not be more timely or relevant.

Symposium participants will learn about the deployment process and how the stages of deployment differ among the branches of service; determine which services and support military families need most during the deployment cycle; build relationships with individuals, community groups, and the military to work together to meet the needs of military families during each stage of deployment; and partner with others in their profession and their community to develop networks of support for military children and families.  

For more information, or to register online, visit the UNH Cooperative Extension OMK web page at www.nhomk.com.  Look for the program flyer in the yellow "What's New" box.  You may also use the attached flyer if you prefer to register by fax or mail.  Registration deadline is October 8th.  Space is limited.  Questions?  Please contact the OMK office at 603-862-2297 or geri.farnell@unh.edu.

 

For more background, see the Concord Monitor below:

Ready to go 
State Guard prepares to send 1,100 troops to Kuwait 

 By MADDIE HANNA
  Monitor staff

  October 04, 2009 - 12:00 am

  ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff
  Spc. Nathan Tilton of Manchester stands with other Guard members during a weapons test at Fort Drum, N.Y.

  The New Hampshire National Guard is preparing for its biggest deployment ever, with 1,100 troops slated to spend a year in Kuwait.

  Where exactly the soldiers of the 197th Fires Brigade will go, when they'll go, and what they'll be doing remain uncertain. The brigade will likely deploy in a little less than a year to Kuwait, managing U.S. bases where soldiers stop on their way to and from Iraq. They'll also patrol those bases, checking vehicles that come in and out. And they'll be tasked with keeping convoys of soldiers and supplies safe as they travel between Kuwait and Iraq. 
     
  Also, you might like to read the OMK story on the front page of our Cooperative Extension web site (scroll down) http://extension.unh.edu/ .  We have seen recent articles in the NH news the past couple of weeks addressing the NH deployment plans, and there was an interesting article in the NY Times this past Sunday you might be interested in.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/27/us/27mothers.html?_r=2&sq=military%20deployment&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=1&adxnnlx=1254488400-BiJ1+qebWxBhFn1hb1b10A

 

Wednesday
Oct072009

NH SBA seeks the Best of the Best for 2010 Small Business Awards 

Nominations Deadline is November 20, 2009

Concord, NH - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened nominations for the prestigious SBA Small Business Awards for 2010.  As part of the annual celebration of National Small Business Week, SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners, entrepreneurs and advocates for their contribution to the economic vitality of the State and the Nation. The SBA honors continue to be one of the most competitive, comprehensive and visible small business awards in the state.

 “These annual awards are an important means of recognizing several categories of successful small businesses, but they also rightly emphasize the importance of those who support and assist small businesses as Small Business Champions as well.” said SBA’s New Hampshire District Director Witmer Jones.

SBA’s Small Business Person of the Year Award honors the accomplishments of successful small business owners who have demonstrated staying power, innovativeness in their products and services, created and sustained jobs, and increased annual revenues.  Candidates for this award may be a single small business owner and operator or a partnership of up to four managing partners. 

Special honors are also presented to other small business owners or entrepreneurs who have shown extraordinary business savvy, drive and skill in different areas of business.  These awards will recognize achievement in the following categories:

·         Family Owned Business that has transferred ownership from one generation to the next with a minimum of 15 years of operation;

·         Small Business Exporter who owns and operates a small business engaged in exporting;

·         Young Entrepreneur who has owned and operated a successful business for a minimum of three years and is still under 30 years old;

·         Entrepreneurial Success for the small business owner who initially launched a small business according to SBA size standards and subsequently developed into a large business, must have received SBA assistance to help the business grow.

·         New Hampshire Woman-Owned Business:  Any woman who owns and operates or bears principal responsibility for operating a small business.  Must have received SBA assistance through counseling, training or loans.

The SBA Champion Awards honor those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting small businesses through professional and volunteer efforts with an extraordinary impact on a specific segment of the small business community.   The areas of accomplishment and advocacy that will be recognized in 2010 include:

·         Women in Business Champion for individuals who have coached, assisted and advocated for the advancement and success of women as small business owners;

·         Veteran Small Business Champion for individuals who have fulfilled a commitment to advancing small business opportunities for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces;

·         Financial Services Champion for individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to increasing access to capital and financing opportunities for small business;

·         Home Based Business Champion for individuals with experience in operating a home based business that also assist and promote this fast emerging segment of the economy;

·         Minority Small Business Champion for individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to expanding business ownership opportunities among minorities.

 

Any individual or organization may submit a nomination for the 2010 SBA Small Business Awards.  For printed nomination forms or more information, call Hugh Curley at 603-225-1402, or send an e-mail request to hugh.curley@sba.gov . This year the deadline to submit the completed nomination forms will be Friday, November 20, 2009, at the New Hampshire District Office, 55 Pleasant Street, Suite 3101, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.