Saturday, January 29, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

Let's Move!

First Lady Michelle Obama has championed the Let's Move campaign to fight childhood obesity in America.  As we sit here on the weekend, it's high and likely we, and the children around us are eating fast food of some sort --packed with trans fats. Despite how tasty these selections are, we often take our consumption past moderation into indulgence.

In an effort to combat this epidemic, we all have to do our part.  The USDA is starting in the schools, with new legislation to bring healthier meal options to our children.  The Healthier US School Challenge  is also taking applications from schools across the country to participate in making our schools a healthier place to eat.

Check out the programs for Let's Move and Healthier US School Challenge, and see how you can get involved.  Let's all eat better and boost our physical activity! 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Careers

Improve the Economy; Share the Employment 

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. is in the business of jumpstarting the economy. As promised, we will keep posting jobs across the nation to help get America working. Please feel free to send along any postings you have or know of, or note them in the Comments section below.

Let's keep this going and help one another!


Patent Prosecution Attorney - Research in Motion

State & Local Lobbyist - Bank of America

Sr. Editor - MTV Style

Copyright Officer - Illinois State University 

Pharmacy Technician - South Suburban Hospital

Education Consultant - SSM Health Care

Patient Services Assistant - University of Michigan

Business & Legal Affairs Assistant - Playboy Enterprises

Lobbyist - American Medical Association

Lab Assistant - Catholic Healthcare West

Public Relations Coordinator - University of Georgia

Good luck!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Celebrity Fashion Brands

This week, we are highlighting the top 5 fashion brands by celebrities who launched in other areas of stardom. We are all inclined to make a career change, and clearly celebrities are no different. These brands were born from careers in sports, music, and television. They've kept their owners relevant in retirement and brought them loads of dough! Check 'em out! 

1. Jessica Simpson
This woman started out as a country singer, moved into pop, and later created her own lifestyle brand. Her collection is trendy and easy on the wallet. From shoes to accessories, and even luggage, Jessica's brand is on pace to reach the billion dollar mark in 2011.

2. Jumpman23, by Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is arguably the best player to ever walk on any basketball court. He left a great legacy in the NBA, and has taken the sports apparel industry under his wings. With star players wearing his brand in the league today, and selling out merchandise in stores globally, MJ certainly made a smart move in getting into fashion. Not too many retired players can say they still have their own shoe. Wait, only 1 can.

3. House of Dereon, by Beyonce
Beyonce began her career singing with her childhood friends in the group Destiny's Child. After years of platinum records, the group took on solo projects, and Beyonce joined her mom, Tina in the fashion world. House of Dereon is not only stylish and haute couture, but also offers Dereon for the younger, slightly more money-conscious consumers. This brand stays on top of the latest trends, but also blazes its own trail. The jeans are quite comfy if I do say so myself!

4. L.A.M.B., by Gwen Stefani
After starting a great life in the music business, Gwen took some time to have a family, and branch out. She created her brand, L.A.M.B., standing for Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The line includes shoes and fragrance, and continues to grow like Gwen's popularity.

5. Olsenboye, by Mary Kate & Ashley
The Olsen Twins won us over when they starred as Michelle on the 90s TV series, Full House. After growing up before our eyes, the fashion savvy ladies started their own collection, with every young girl in mind. This brand is not only fashion-forward, but economically sound. With sales in JC Penney, the girls have made sure teens of all social segments can get pretty in their clothes.

Can you think of any brands we missed??

Sunday, January 23, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Government

Are Our Leaders Safe?

In the wake of the tragedy in Arizona, we must take a look at the state of our public officials and their safety.  Thankfully, Representative Giffords appears to be making great progress in her recovery.  However, we must still question why this act, as well as others similar before it, have occurred.

For hundreds of years, civic leaders have had compromised safety.  We've unfortunately had Presidents and activists shot at and assassinated, usually as a result of unsatisfied constituents.  Obviously no one will please every citizen, but most officials are put in office by a vote of the majority.  Once upon a time, "homeland security" was nowhere near what it is today.  This emerging career field has become a top priority in the minds and agendas of our elected officials, and even candidates.  Granted there are decisions made and bills passed which create public outcries, but just the same, the relationship we have with our leaders should grow stronger, too.  Perhaps connecting with local legislators and federal officials will ease the strain.  This sounds farfetched, but they are more reachable than most realize. 

What can we do to make our leaders safer?  What are reasons for their safety often hanging in the balance?  Is there a solution?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

What Are You Drinking?!

Americans consume liters of carbonated drinks by the millions everyday. Of course, they may be pretty tasty and easily accessible, as we can find them at all gas stations and convenient stores. But are they good for us?

Carbonated beverages have long been a link in the chain to obesity, as are a number of high sugar delights. Then again, most things are not good unless in moderation. Most recently, carbonated beverages consumed in excess have been linked to preterm births as well as esophageal cancer. Studies show the consumption of one can of soda a day corresponds to 53.5 minutes of elevated acid levels in the stomach. When this is figured on an annual basis, that's about 53 gallons of soda per year, with 32,100 more minutes of elevated acid reflux per year, and the esophagus' exposure to it.

Mohandas Mallath, head of the digestive diseases department at Tata Memorial Hospital in India, found a "very significant correlation" between the rise in consumption and esophageal cancer globally.  We're not suggesting giving up these tasty drinks all together, but like all other things moderation is best.  Swapping bubbly beverages for natural juices and water is a healthy option for curbing negative effects. 

What are your drink choices like?  Could you stand to make some changes in your carbonation intake?  Would the changes be positive in your diet and well-being?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

5 Ways to Get Involved in Your Community!

In honor of MLK’s passing birthday and commemoration of the civil rights movement, B.A.F.F.L.E.D. would like to present five ways for people to serve their communities.  

1.  Donate things you don’t need anymore.

2. Volunteer many different ways to do this: Chicago Cares or for national opportunities. 

3.  Find a non-profit to donate time to. 

4. Start at home and help infirm or elderly family members.

5. Donate money to organizations such as The Firebelly Foundation (in Chicago) or the United Way.

There are obviously more ways than these 5 to get out there and serve!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Connects

Check Your Patch!

Over the last couple months, I have had the honor of contributing to a friend, Dulcinea Hawksworth's, column on  Patch is the child of AOL, serving and giving news to locales across America.  Dulcinea, a marketing and PR guru, shares her insights and expertise through Patch, shedding light on the inquiries of her readers.

Please check out her latest selection.  It's definitely advice we all can use!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

MLK & AKA: An Endless Commitment to Service

82 years ago today, our world was blessed with one of the most amazing men we'd ever encounter.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, and ready to take the world by storm.  King made endless sacrifices, taught all who would listen, and effected change like no other.  From organizing marches, to stand-ins, the King changed the struggles of America, and showed us what true love, dedication, determination, strength are about.

Today we honor Dr. King on his birthday.  We not only honor his work, but his dream of love and service to one another.  Reach out to someone today, and keep the dream alive.  Share yourself, your talents, and strive to make a difference in the world around you.  He did.


Today we also honor the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  As a proud member of this illustrious organization, I would be lacking if I did not honor the sisterhood which means so much to me.  Founded by Ms. Ethel Hedgeman Lyle and 19 other wonderful women at Howard University in 1908, AKA has personified sisterhood, service, education, and leadership-- day after day for 103 years.

This organization set the tone for later sororities to come, and continues to be a beacon in the community.  We thank the 20 Pearls (founders) for their example, and do our best to continue living the purpose.

Skee-Wee Sorors.

Friday, January 14, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Fab Phone Gets a Makeover

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. knows fashion is everywhere, and here's just a bit more proof.  One of the most successful smartphones of 2010 has gotten a new 'do for the new year.  The Galaxy S by Samsung, will now have a Giorgio Armani version!  It's fully equipped with the standard advanced super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, yet a bit more square, and the Armani brand on the front.

Everything about this phone is perfect for the fashionista on the go.  Offering direct connection to our favorite social networks, and the latest Android operating system (2.2 Froyo), consumers will be more than pleased with this purchase.  The Armani Galaxy is not only stylish on the outside, but has 16 GB of internal storage, too!

Check with your local cellular dealer, and get to dialing in style!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

The Death Penalty:  Do We Need the Option?

Just yesterday, the Illinois Senate approved abolition of the death penalty, after the House confirmed the measure last week.  Obviously, there was much controversy on the bill, as arguments were as conflicting as night and day.  Some said it wasn't needed, especially since it had not been used in over 15 years, and costs about $20 million, annually.  Others stressed the need for prosecutors to have the option of using the death penalty in seeking information from criminals, and successfully punishing for fitting crimes.

To be honest, my take is one of content in its demise.  Wait! Don't mistake me for soft on crime in any way.  I am 100% behind criminals paying for their harms to society, and being reprimanded in the most adequate of ways. I can even offer a list of suggested punishments if anyone is interested. But, let's look at some points about the death penalty:
  • Although revenge is something we all may seek at some point or another, does the person really suffer when getting subjected to the death penalty?  Doesn't their family suffer more, since they deal with the loss, rather than the person who got to simply leave the earth?  It creates 2 grieving families.  Justice?
  • Criminals are not deterred by the possibility of a death sentence when contemplating or executing their crimes.
  • It is more of a punishment for a criminal to serve a sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole. They are missing moments with their families, and secluded from the life they clearly couldn't properly handle. They also miss out of the options prisoners with lower-level crimes may receive while behind bars
  • Lethal injections are costly and humane.  What a contradiction to the motive!?  The punishment seeks to avenge a death with death, yet does it in such a pricey and cleanly way.  Is the message "killing is wrong", or not?  Surely this money can go elsewhere, and the total conflict of a "nice killing" can be eliminated.
Share with us your thoughts on the death penalty.  Are you strongly for, or against it?  What does your state do?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Emerging Careers in 2011

2011 is just beginning, and will mark a new start for many in one way or another.  Here, we are highlighting 5 of the top career fields as this year gets underway.  Let us know what you think, and feel free to add!

1. Accounting
As economist say we are preparing for an upswing, the importance of keeping finances and books straight is at the top of everyone's list.

2. Cyber-security
Technology advances everyday.  At no time in history have things changed so quickly.  The quicker our smartphones and computers improve, the quicker we encounter things to harm them.  Cyber-security not only includes virus control, but protection of sensitive personal information, too.  Check out this link for jobs in cyber-security!

3. Homeland Security 
This one clearly speaks for itself.  These days, we can really never be too safe.  Despite all the pat-down controversy, surely none of us are interested in what could happen if we don't have those measures.

4. Genetic Counseling
This field is really taking off.  With research advancing for diseases like cancer and diabetes, patients are eager to learn more about their susceptibilities and what can plague them health-wise.  Doctors always say early detection is best, and genetic counseling can really help.

5. Dietitian/Wellness Consultant
Like the mention above, health careers, whether specialties or new developments, are always on the rise.  Especially with the year being so new, people are looking to stay fit, eat right, and of course keep pounds off.  They need direction! 

We hope these suggestions are helpful if you're looking for a career change.  Let us know what you think!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Do We Need To Update the Constitution?

In recent news, Supreme Court Justice Scalia mentioned there being no protection for homosexuals or women in the constitution.  The missing protections are similar to what is in the 14th Amendment, where discrimination based on race, national origin, ethnicity, et. al are noted.  No reference to gender or sexual orientation are listed, somewhat sneakily allowing laws to be made which could do so.  We doubt they'd get very far in today's Congress, but apparently there's room for it.

Justice Scalia said there's nothing the Court can do to protect laws which could be made to discriminate against these groups.  As noted in the linked article, this is quite a statement to make in 2011.  Clearly the everyday dealings of our world today are nothing compared to what was imagined when the 39th Congress prepared the 14th Amendment.  But, who's to say we don't need some tweeks to the federal guidebook?

What do you think?  Should there be revisions in the Constitution to address more social groups?  Are they really protected implicitly, without the explicit language?  Would we ever be in jeopardy of these protections coming into question at the SCOTUS level? Who would dare create such bold legislation? 


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green Business


For all you small business owners and people that are into buying "green", the City of Chicago is in the process of creating a new ordinance known as the “City of Chicago Green Business Ordinance”.  There have been 3 community meetings about the ordinance, the latest occurring on the 19th of November at the Industrial Council of the Near West Side (ICNC). The function and purpose of the ordinance is for businesses to become certified by the City of Chicago through third-party certifications, and to officially identify businesses that actively make environmental sustainability a part of its business model.
Some of the possible benefits to these businesses besides saving money from being more energy efficient could consist of a reduction of “greenwashing”, or superficial green practices, it would establish a standard of requirements that would allow the city and state to help businesses find suitable subsidies for energy efficiency, along with the obvious marketing benefits.
The ordinance has not fully passed, and the city is still looking for comment on the ordinance, a draft of which is here. To comment on the ordinance, the best route would be to email Alderman Laurino at

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 10 Things Getting More Expensive in 2011

Inflation is never a secret.  It happens all the time, but usually eases its way in.  We hate to tell you, but some of your favorite things will be getting more expensive in 2011.  Consider this due notice!

1. Chocolate

2. Cars

3. Car Insurance

4. Breakfast (coffee, and "Dollar/Value Menu" items)

5.Credit/debit cards - Beware of those fees!

6. Sports Tickets

7. College Tuition

8. Water - Welcome back to tap!

9. Airfare

10. Health Insurance

Let's hope this is a sign of the economy improving, especially on the job front.  We hope you're ready!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

NBA Free Agency Popcorn Watcher By: Tonisha Hood,  BMMO Consulting NBA free agency started with a few bangs.  First, everyone was am...