Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
We’ve all heard of autism but we might not understand it fully. World autism day is a day to increase the understanding of autism and the acceptance of spectrum disorder. This is the ninth year that World Autism Awareness Day is being recognized.
Autism spectrum disorder is a “range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences,” according to autismspeaks.org.
Autism research is always progressing. In fact, there is much researchers still don’t understand about it. Just this year, researchers identified 18 additional gene variations that appear to increase the risk of autism. To date 61 genetic variations have been identified that affect autism risk. Most of these genes affect the biological pathways in the brain, how brain cells develop and communicate with each other.
Many don’t realize that autism has subtypes, which is why it is called a spectrum disorder. Increasingly, researchers aren’t calling it autism, but “autisms.” Researchers have a goal to better identify these subtypes so treatment can be personalized.
The CDC estimates 1 in 42 boys, and 1 in 189 girls have autism. About a third of people with autism are nonverbal. A third have an intellectual disability. Certain medical and mental health issues frequently accompany autism, like gastrointestinal disorders, seizures, sleep disturbances, ADHD, anxiety and phobias.
Blue Lemon will be recognizing Autism Awareness Day by giving customers in all our stores 20% off their meal if they wear blue and mention autism when they order.
We believe autism spectrum disorder needs more research and understanding, as it impacts such a large number of people and families. Show your support for the movement and join us April 2!
Check out autismspeaks.org to learn more about promising research. And look for the “light it up blue” hashtag (#LIUB).
Blue Lemon give back night, Feb. 25th
Heart disease is America’s #1 killer. Stroke is #5. Let’s do something about it.
On Feb. 25th from 6-9 pm, 15% of all proceeds from every Blue Lemon location will go to the American Heart Association. Let’s fight heart disease and stroke together!
The American Heart Association (AHA) is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases claim more than 813,804 American lives a year. At Blue Lemon, we support the missing of the AHA, and hope to make an impact in our communities. Accept the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!
For Blue Lemon, 2017 is the year we spread feelings of love and joy to everyone we can. We know pretty much everyone has been influenced by heart disease, stroke or cardiovascular disease, so supporting the AHA is one way we support the community. We want healthy hearts, and we want better lives for people with heart disease. This give back night seemed especially appropriate for the month of February, it being a month where love is the focus, and also American Heart Month.
Why do we like the AHA? Because they’re doing some awesome things. The AHA is behind a lot of advancements in the field of heart disease, especially for women.
Awareness is key, and we feel honored to help spread the word. Learn about your heart health, your risk factors, and how to be healthier!
And lastly, show love to those around you, and help your family be heart-healthy.
Anger seems to be the predominant feeling of 2017 so far, and we think that’s unfortunate. Even with all the terrible things happening all over the world, scary changes, and misty future, we believe there is a good reason show love every day. That’s one of our big goals moving forward into 2017: to build the love within our stores, with our awesome customers, and with the community.
Love is important in many aspects of our life, though romantic relationships seem to dominate any discussion about the “l” word. Sure that’s important, but we think communities, neighbors, employers, employees, friends and families can and should show love to eachother on a regular basis. It’s always a good time to come together!
Here are some things we think are important to love:
Love Your Job
Okay, we know this is really difficult sometimes. But we also believe that there are ways to love your work, whatever it may be. And it starts with showing love to those around you, and being considerate of their situation.
Love Your Food
Obviously this is important for us. Eating can be a bonding experience. Meals should be a place of love. If you don’t love your food, you might be missing out on some important experiences.
We think this is related to the last one, about loving your food. Show love to yourself by putting nutritious food in your body. We think this can lead to treating yourself better in other aspects of your life. You deserve respect and love, especially from yourself!
Love Your Community
Eat local. Get to know local growers and support them. You’ll feel better about what you eat, and your body will be grateful. But beyond food, show love to neighbors, teachers, waiters, and whomever else you interact with in your community.
In an effort to spread the love, we’ve started a Valentine’s contest. Check out our Instagram.