Briefs: Health program to visit area stores
The got milk• Great American Weight Loss Challenge is coming to Western Pennsylvania next week. Greater Pittsburgh is one of 75 areas nationwide chosen to celebrate the success that local residents have realized when taking a realistic approach to weight loss, which includes cutting calories, exercising and adding 3 cups of milk to their diet daily. The promotion -- with free admission -- is co-sponsored by the got milk• campaign along with Curves International and Shape magazine.
The kick-off event is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at Market Square, Downtown, followed by programs 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Shop 'n Save, 799 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 9 at Kuhn's Market, 745 W. Ingomar Road, Ingomar; 5-7 p.m. Aug. 9, ShurSave, 4536 Williamston Highway, Murrysville, Westmoreland County; and noon-2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Wal-Mart, 2010 Village Center Drive, Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer.
Guests can receive a free health assessment, including a body-mass-index reading and can speak with a registered dietitian about effective long-term weight-loss strategies.
Details: 2424milk.com .
Celebrate mustard this Friday
National Mustard Day is Friday, and The Association for Dressings & Sauces is urging Americans to taste some of the many varieties of mustard on the market. There even is a mustard "central" for the condiment's fanciers to visit -- Mount Horeb Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wis., which holds the largest collection of prepared mustards in the world, more than 4,600.
Mustard is low in calories, with virtually no fat or cholesterol. Countries put their distinctive mark on the mustards they make -- such as Dijon, from France.
In addition to Dijon, varieties to try include meaux mustard (whole-grain); German (mild to hot, spicy and mildly sweet); English (bright yellow with extremely hot spiciness); sweet (honey, syrup or sugar-sweetened); American (ballpark-style); and flavored (individual herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits).
Rusyn Food Festival set for weekend
The nation's largest and only summer Rusyn Food Festival is this weekend at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Ambridge, Beaver County. Popular foods served at the event, held annually, include pierogies, dumpling or noodle halusky, breaded chicken, potato pancakes, kielbasa and sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage and borscht, and Rusyn baked goods and pastries.
The food is served cafeteria-style in St. John's air-conditioned parish center, which is on Fifth Street.
During the festival -- from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- demonstrations of traditional Carpatho-Rusyn arts will be offered by church members, including icon writing, woodcarving, Easter-egg decorating, lace making and weaving. Rusyn ethnic items will be sold, and live entertainment is planned. The public is invited; admission is free.
The Carpatho-Rusyns are an East Slavic group that immigrated to the United States from the Carpathian Mountains or Eastern Europe.
Details: 724-266-2879 or 412-749-0675
Check whether caterer is licensed
Before using a caterer for your next party or special occasion, it is wise to make sure the business has a permit from the Allegheny County Health Department. Catering without a permit is prohibited in the county. However, some unlicensed food providers still exist and pose a health risk because they have not been inspected to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.
This warning was prompted by a recent outbreak of suspected food poisoning among people who attended a social gathering where the food was provided by an unlicensed caterer.
To determine whether a caterer has a permit, contact the health department.
Classes to spotlight organic ingredients
EverGreen, a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, has announced a "Healthy Food" cooking class series that focuses on the process and value of healthful preparation of organic foods.
Debbie Cogan, holistic lifestyle specialist and a member of the National Health Association, will lead the classes, which include information, recipes and a light meal. Fresh vegetables from the Villa Organic Gardens at Villa Maria Community Center will be provided for the classes.
"Salad 101 -- How to Make a Great Salad" leads off the series from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24, followed by "Cooking Methods: Steaming, Baking, Cooking without Oil," from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The program will be held at the community center in Villa Maria, Lawrence County.
The fee is $25 for both classes, $15 each; registration is required by Aug. 14.
Details: Tina EverGreen, 724-964-8920, extension 3387; e-mail email@example.com ; or visit www.humilityofmary.org/what_environment_evergreen.htm