Posted on December 4, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
Have you begun your holiday shopping? Do you enjoy giving back to worthy causes? What if we told you that while holiday shopping you could support great organizations with great causes such as Prevent Blindness Georgia.
AmazonSmile let’s you do such a thing!
AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a website operated by Amazon that allows customers to donate a portion of their purchases to worthy causes – including Prevent Blindness Georgia. The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to select organizations. The same selection of products, low prices, and shopping features that are offered on Amazon.com are offered on AmazonSmile. Here’s all you need to do to get set up:
- Simply go to smile.amazon.com.
- When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Enter Prevent Blindness Georgia in the search box and then pick National Society to Prevent Blindness-Atlanta.
- Shop using your normal Amazon account. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are all the same.
- Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. Eligible products will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
What a great and easy way to take care of your holiday shopping and support the great work of Prevent Blindness Georgia! Please pass along to your family and friends.
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Posted on December 2, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
December is Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.
Do you know the facts about toy related injuries ? In 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported an estimated 262,000 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of these injuries, 44% were classified as lacerations, contusions, or abrasions and 45% were to the head and face area. Males accounted for 59% of the injuries and 74% were to children younger than 15.
With the facts in mind, here are recommendations for toy safety.
- Read all warnings and instructions on toys.
- Avoid toys with sharp or rigid points, shafts, spikes, rods, and dangerous edges.
- Ensure toys are age appropriate. Keep toys intended for older children away from younger children.
- Avoid flying toys and projectile-firing toys.
- Be aware of items on playgrounds and in play areas that pose potential eye hazards.
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Posted on November 27, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
Transitions, Prevent Blindness Georgia’s 2013 Annual Report, has been printed, sent out across the state and featured on our website. Have you had a chance to check it out? This year’s report features the great accomplishments of our Star Pupils and Vision Outreach programs, the success of our Tea to See and Swing fore Sight fundraisers, updates on advocacy and awareness efforts, recognition of our partners, donors and supporters, and a heartfelt dedication to Jenny Pomeroy.
This Thanksgiving season, Prevent Blindness Georgia is thankful for all of our wonderful supporters, donors, sponsors, partners, board members, and staff. PBGA has seen lots of Transitions this year and we thank you for helping us stay strong and continue our mission to preserve sight in the state of Georgia.
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Posted on November 25, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
Prevent Blindness America has launched “Eat For Your Eyes” Online Recipe Contest. The contest seeks on original recipes that include eye healthy ingredients and benefit those with, or who are at-risk for, diabetes.
The number of individuals with diabetes and prediabetes continues to rise every year. According to the 2012 Vision Problems in the U.S. Report from Prevent Blindness
America and the National Eye Institute, more than 7.6 million people ages 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy. The longer someone has diabetes, the more they are at-risk for vision loss from diabetic eye disease and related eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataract.
Fortunately, for some, simple lifestyle changes can help delay or even prevent developing diabetes and its effects in the future. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of those steps.
As part of the “Live Right, Save Sight!” program, Prevent Blindness America is conducting an online contest seeking recipes that benefit those with diabetes and include ingredients that are also healthy for the eyes. The contest ends November 30, 2013.
Winners will be chosen at random from all entrants that comply with the contest rules. Winning recipes will be published on the Live Right, Save Sight! section of the Prevent Blindness America website and will receive Amazon.com gift cards – $200 for 1st place. $100 for second place, $50 for third place .
“We know that diabetes and vision loss is a serious issue that continues to negatively affect millions of Americans,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “It is our hope that through the ‘Eat for Your Eyes’ contest, we can encourage people to think about steps they can take today, even through diet modification, that can help save vision in the future.”
So, go on, start working on those Thanksgiving recipes! Mix it up a little this year and add a dish to the menu that meets the contest guidelines. If the family loves it, submit it and hope to be a winner!
For more information or to submit your recipe click the button below.
All entries should include:
- Recipe name
- List of ingredients with measurements (must include at least two eye healthy ingredients and adhere to diabetes-friendly guidelines)
- Description of how it is prepared
- Explanation about why the recipe entry is healthy for diabetes patients and those with prediabetes
- Full name
- Phone number
- Email address
Eye healthy ingredients:
Regularly eating the following foods are healthy for your eyes.
||Carrots, leafy green vegetables, low-fat dairy products, sweet potato, cantaloupe, red pepper
||Citrus Fruits, berries, kiwi, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts
||Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds
||Kale, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, corn, green beans, green peas, eggs
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
||Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, halibut, bluefish, rainbow trout, flaxseed, walnuts
||Oysters, lean beef, lean pork, skinless poultry, shellfish, beans, low-fat dairy products
Diabetes dietary guidelines:
Diabetes dietary guidelines incorporate portion and calorie control with a mixture of high fiber carbohydrates, lean proteins, heart-healthy fats, and many low carbohydrate vegetables. Even though what goes into the meal is important, it is just as important to limit the use of highly refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol. Include the following types of food:
|High Fiber Carbohydrates:
||Legumes (beans, peas and lentils), 100% whole grains (pasta, rice, flour, quinoa, oats, barley), fruit, nuts
||Salad greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, green beans, cucumbers, beets, mushrooms, onions, okra, radishes, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cabbage
||Non-starchy: Fish (not fried), seafood, eggs, lean beef, lean pork, skinless poultry
Starchy: Legumes (beans, peas, lentils), quinoa
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
||Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, halibut, rainbow trout, flaxseed, walnuts
|Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats:
||Avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive, corn, sunflower, and peanut oils (in moderation because they are high in calories)
Foods to avoid:
|Highly refined carbohydrates:
||White bread, sugar, refined flour, regular pasta, white rice, fruit juices, sweetened tea, soda, candy, and snack foods
||High-fat dairy products (full-fat cheese, cream, ice cream, whole milk, 2% milk, sour cream), high-fat meats (bologna, hot dogs, sausage, bacon), butter, gravy, chocolate, palm and coconut oils, poultry skin, lard
||Processed snack foods (crackers, chips, muffins, cookies, cakes), shortening and stick margarines
||High-fat dairy products, high-fat meat, poultry skin, liver, organ meats
||Table salt (including sea salt), canned vegetables, deli meats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, condiments–limited use okay (soy sauce, hot sauce, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce), pickles, canned soup broth
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Posted on November 20, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
Prevent Blindness America has announced the grand prize winner of its 2013 “Most Beautiful Eyes Contest.” Meikayla Mixon, age 12, of Arizona has been awarded a $10,000 educational scholarship from Marchon Eyewear. Mixon and her family were flown to Chicago to attend the Prevent Blindness America Annual Awards Banquet.
The national contest took place earlier this year when parents of children ages zero to 17 were encouraged to submit a photo of their child online. Voting took place on Prevent Blindness America’s Facebook page at facebook.com/preventblindness. The contestant with the most votes from each state, advanced to the final round, followed by the selection of the grand prize winner by celebrity judges- ORA TV’s Larry King, “Fox NFL Sunday” Host Curt Menefee, legendary performer, Barbara Eden, and author and journalist, Beth Kobliner Shaw.
“Our family has long had a passion for helping those with vision issues. In fact, we heard about the Contest through our work with Guide Dogs of the Desert,” said Lorie Crabtree, Meikayla’s mother. “We’re glad to have been able to help raise awareness about the importance of healthy vision, especially for kids. And, we are thrilled about receiving the scholarship for Meikayla!”
For the third consecutive year, Marchon Eyewear supplied the national scholarship. All state winners received a pair of children’s sunglasses from Real Kids Shades (RKS) and were provided a copy of the new book, “Jacob’s eye Patch” written by Kobliner Shaw and her son, Jacob Shaw. Eagle Eyes®Optics and Walters Golf were additional contest sponsors.
“On behalf of Prevent Blindness America, I want to offer congratulations to Meikayla Mixon and her family as well as thank everyone who participated in the Most Beautiful Eyes Contest,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “Thanks to this amazing team effort, this year’s contest generated close to 50,000 votes and helped us educate the public on the gift of healthy vision.”
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Posted on October 28, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
Posted on September 4, 2013 by Prevent Blindness Georgia
About 250 guests attended Brews & Chews for Vision, sponsored by SoloHealth, on Friday, August 23 at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta. The venue was inviting, the weather was perfect, the beer was tasty, the food was delicious, the music was rockin’, the raffle prizes were stupendous, and best of all the money raised was for a great cause – preventing blindness and preserving sight. Photos of the event can be seen on the Prevent Blindness Georgia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/preventblindnessgeorgia .
Thank you to all who supported this effort. And if you weren’t there this year, be there in 2014!
Pictured (L-R) are Heather Howdeshell, event chair, Abbey Morrow and Jacque Limont.
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