Longmont Student Creates Nutrition Bars For The Homeless From Family Recipe - Longmont Times-call

The OUR Center currently provides cereal and protein bars to clients but they do not provide the same nutrients as Owen Bars, she said. While the snack would not provide a full daily dose of recommended nutrition, the bars could help decrease health problems among homeless as a supplement to meals from area food banks and shelters, Salazar said. After trying out 13 versions of the recipe, starting with what Owen calls "blobs of peanut butter," No. 14 was the winner. The small brown squares are patent-pending and crammed with grains, protein, fiber, calcium and vitamin B, Owen said, but he wants more. "My goal is to get of the necessary daily vitamins and minerals into the bars," Owen said. Owen has designed a wrapper for the bars that includes area resources for homeless, like emergency contact numbers and shelter information. Classmates, friends and family have tasted the bars, but Owen cannot distribute them to homeless yet because he is not using an inspected, commercial kitchen. Owen won a school science fair with the snack earlier this year and he presented the bars at the annual National Health Care for the Homeless Conference and Policy Symposium in New Orleans last week where he spoke with a doctor about increasing the nutrients in each bar. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_25909378/longmont-student-creates-nutrition-bars-homeless-from-family





The Nutrition for Growth Summit One Year Later: Big Plans Require Bigger Investment in Local Capacity|Kathy Spahn





The role of nutrition was deemed so important to success in this area that a plenary panel was organized to discuss how to step up financial commitments and expand nutrition work on the ground. I had the honor of being the sole U.S. representative on this panel. At the end of summit, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada is committing another $3.5 billion over five years to improve global programs in maternal, infant and child health. That's on top of the $2.85 billion they committed in 2010 while hosting the G8 summit -- tremendous commitment in support of this work! While it is always a privilege to participate in such high-level forums and learn from other leaders in global development, in preparing for this latest event I could not help but steer the dialogue toward one of the most crucial elements in making the big picture plans a reality: the local health professionals working in some of the poorest communities in the world. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-spahn/the-nutrition-for-growth-_b_5452033.html