Green Health

April 28, 2010

With this month’s focus on the environment, and preserving its integrity, I thought I would touch on some ways you can maintain a health conscious attitude while focusing on the health of the environment as well.

Eating Local

Locally grown food can provide fresh produce while avoiding some of the shipping costs associated with importing goods over long distances. With the shorter distances, less people are handling the food throughout the transportation process and there seems to be more of a focus on quality and freshness over ease of production and transport. If you are cooking larger meals, and your doorstep delivery won’t fit the bill, try checking out a local farmer’s market for some high quality meats and produce. (You could even ride a bike to save some energy and get your exercise in the process)

The New Oxford American Dictionary selected their word of the year for 2007 to encompass these concepts of eating locally with; locavore. The Oxford University Press states, ““Locavore” was coined two years ago by a group of four women in San Francisco who proposed that local residents should try to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. Other regional movements have emerged since then, though some groups refer to themselves as “localvores” rather than “locavores.” However it’s spelled, it’s a word to watch.” If you are short on time and are not able to make it to your local farmer’s market, Chef By Request is here to help. Let us do some shopping for you!

According to Sue Nicholson Butkus, PHD, RD, director of Cornell University’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program, “The reality is that if you get tomatoes right out of the field, the vitamin C content is higher, as well as other nutrients. And I would believe that would hold true for other produce, too” If you have the time, and resources, growing some produce at home can be a great way to save some energy. Plants inside the house can provide food, supply additional oxygen and air purification, and have been known to psychologically affect your attitude in a positive way.

Use your own energy for exercise

Exercising occassionally without the use of a gym can also lower your total energy consumption. Getting outside for a run, or bike ride, will still allow for some serious calorie burn without having to plug in a treadmill or power the overhead lights. If you are not a runner, or don’t have  a bike at your disposal, try just going for a walk. Especially if you are short on time, an uphill walk can burn more calories than a run in some cases. Although, there are many benefits of the local gym workout like personal training, or the various weight programs, so if you live close enough to your local workout facility; try running or cycling to the gym for a solid warm up.

-Karl

Oxford University Press

Planet Green

American Diabetes Association

CHEF BY REQUEST SWEEPSTAKES

OFFICIAL RULES

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COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the Chef By Request Sweepstakes promotion will operate.  This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.

In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Chef By Request, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (PT) on April 30, 2010, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on May 5th (“Entry Period”).  The entry period will consist of one prize period as defined in the table below:

Prize Period Start Date and Time End Date and Time
1 April 30, 2010 at 12:01 AM PT May 5th, 2010 at 11:59 PT PT

During Prize Period 1 participants will be required to enter separately each day and daily entries will not carryover into subsequent daily drawings.

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

  • You are a legal resident of the 50 United States (including District of Columbia), You are a resident, with a mailing address, in one of the following zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94127, 94129, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134 (PO BOX are not valid for this contest)
  • You are 18 years of age or older.

If you are 18 years of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and

  • You are NOT an employee of Chef By Request Corporation or an employee of a Chef By Request subsidiary; and
  • You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
  • You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Chef By Request employee, an employee of a Chef By Request subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.

HOW DO I ENTER?

The method of entry for each Prize Period is the same. To enter, you must do all of the following:

1.    Sign in to your Twitter account. If you do not have an account, visit www.twitter.com to create one. Twitter accounts are free.

2.    Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of @MyChefByRequest.

3.    From your own account, post a tweet using the following format:

#Win awesome prizes from Chef By Request. Just follow @MyChefByRequest and retweet.

By posting this tweet, you will automatically receive one (1) entry into the Prize Period sweepstakes drawing.

Polularity Contest Portion: After posting your tweet as described above, you can participate in the Popularity Contest portion of the promotion by getting your friends to retweet your tweet. You will collect one (1) point for each retweet of one of your original tweets; in order to receive a point, each retweet must adhere to the following format:

RT [Your Username]; [Your tweet].

Tweets cannot exceed one hundred forty (140) characters in length.

Prize Period 1: You will only receive one (1) entry into the daily sweepstakes drawing for your initial tweet and one (1) point for each re-tweet. Non-winning daily sweepstakes entries will not carryover to subsequent daily drawings; you must re-enter each day.

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

Prize Period 1:

Sweepstakes Drawing: At the close of each day during Prize Period 1, one (1) winner will be selected at random from among all entrants who posted the initial tweet described above (for an overall total of 1 daily winner) to receive the following prize:

  • One (1) 3 Day trial period of Chef My Request’s food service for one person. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $120.00 each.

Winners have the option to submit for an additional weeks worth of food. Upon receiving the initial trial period, winners have one week to submit either:

-One video, at least one minute in duration, discussing winner’s perceptions and experience with food trial period. The video may not contain any profanity, or nudity, and must be appropriate for all ages. Video submissions must be approved by Chef By Request.

Or

-One original written document, atleast 300 words in length, discussing winner’s perceptions and experience with the food trial period. In addition to this article, winner’s will be required to submit 3 photos covering their experience. The photos, and written submissions, may not contain any profanity, or nudity, and must be appropriate for all ages. Photo and written submissions must be approved by Chef By Request.

The total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of all prizes: $1900

If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a message to the twitter account you used to enter the sweepstakes.  If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner.

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the twitter account used to enter the Sweepstakes . If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification.  If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf.  If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:

  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services.  However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner.  If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
  • Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions;

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?

Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:

  • To abide by these Official Rules; and
  • To release and hold harmless Chef By Request, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
  • That Chef By Request’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
  • That by accepting a prize, Chef By Request may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?

This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?

If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Sweepstakes.  This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Sweepstakes.

If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.

HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?

We will post the names of winners who received a prize online at https://chefbyrequest.wordpress.com/. This list will remain posted until May 31, 2010.

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?

Chef By Request

For more information on Chef By Request go to http://www.mychefbyrequest.com.