Last week one of my co-workers came into my office and tossed a menu for Lansdale’s Virago Baking Company on my desk. “I just had the most amazing cupcake I’ve ever had in my life,” she declared dramatically. “And it was vegan or gluten-free, can you believe it? She makes both, but whatever. You absolutely have to try this place.”
Seeing that many of our readers are either vegan or struggling with celiac disease, my interest was piqued. So, Jillian, Be Well’s amazingly wonderful intern, went to work calling Regina Petruzziello Mason, the “she” my coworker was referring to, and the owner of this little Lansdale gem. Read more »
This Saturday, May 22nd, the Promise Ball at the Loews Hotel will honor Lee Ducat, the founder of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, for her lifetime dedication to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. As many as three million Americans live with the autoimmune disease, in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a vital hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Two of my siblings—I’m one of five kids—are among them.
I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Lee about her work with JDRF and how it all started, right here in Philly. In the first year, working out of her home in Penn Valley, Lee raised $10,000. Now, JDRF raises $100 million annually and has raised $1.4 billion since its inception 40 years ago.
Whether or not you or a loved one has been touched by type 1, Lee is an amazing, amazing example of what one woman—what one mother—can do when she puts her mind to it. Check out our Q&A below. Read more »
The Pretzel Factory debuted its new cheesesteak-pretzel hybrid yesterday, marrying two of Philly’s most iconic and most beloved (yet decidedly unhealthy) foods into one big cheesy, doughy, meat-filled mess. Though the stats aren’t as bad as I first expected (340 calories, 8 g. fat, 4 g. sat. fat, 46 g. carbs, 1 g. fiber, 23 g. protein), is it worth it?
Keep in mind, that when asked to reveal where the beef stuffed inside comes from—or even what grade of meat they’re using—I was told, “everything else we must keep confidential as we do not want to make it easier for our competition to duplicate.”
For $3.50 a pop, I guess one can’t expect grass-fed.
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and some of the city’s top hospitals are hosting free skin checkup clinics. Spots go fast, so make sure to reserve an appointment soon. I’m signed up for my very first skin cancer checkup at Jeff on the 19th. See you there! — research by Sara Friedel
Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin Tour, May 18-19, 2010
This tour is now in its third year and will be providing free, full-body skin exams from local dermatologists. The exams take place in a 38-foot RV with two exam rooms. You can also score some free sunscreen. Appointments aren’t necessary; first come, first served.
Where: May 18th: Rite Aid, 9920 Bustleton Avenue; May 19th: Rite Aid, 4000 Woodhaven Road
Times: Tuesday, 10 AM-12 PM; Wednesday: Time to be determined Read more »
The National Psoriasis Foundation is hosting the Walk to Cure Psoriasis at the Philadelphia Zoo this Saturday, May 15, from 8am to 11am. I had the chance to chat with Bravo star and celebrity trainer Jackie Warner about why she’s partnered with NPF, her awesome new book, This Is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever), what she loves about Philadelphia, and the two junk foods she goes for when she wants a treat. Read our Q&A below, and get out there and walk this weekend!
BE WELL GIVEAWAY: Oh, and if you can’t wait to check out her new book, email me 100 words or less on what you do to stay fit in Philly by Monday, May 24th, for a chance to win a free copy of her new book. Five lucky winners will be selected randomly. Read more »
Walgreens was set to debut over-the-counter, do-it-yourself DNA test kits in its stores this Friday, but has put them on hold due to concerns raised by the FDA. For as little as $249, you would have been able to discover if you carry the gene for 23 major diseases, including breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
But do I really want to know if I’m going to have to deal with a major disease down the road? I work out, eat well, and do my best to stay healthy—so what would change if I found out that one day I might wind up with Alzheimer’s? Other than being totally depressed and freaked out anytime I forget where I put my keys? Read more »
When I first read the post “Hunger Chic” by one of our Philly Post bloggers, Kelly Rowell, this morning, I was surprised by my reaction to it. In it, she talks about how it seems as though none of her Main Line friends eat, or if they do eat, she believes they purge or exercise to excess to rid their bodies of calories, or they claim food allergies to avoid eating, and so on. Although eating and exercise disorders such as these are sadly all too common, they aren’t something to take lightly. I’d be very curious to hear from some women on the Main Line if they agree or disagree with this post. Is it true that, as Kelly says, “Food is really out right now”? Read more »