Nutrition expert, Stephanie Middleberg, made the case to Redbook’s Wedding Dress Challenge participants for getting into a healthier breakfast habit in time for the big day. When on the go, Stephanie advised to-be brides to choose bars made with at least four real foods, such as KIND bars, when in need of a convenient, to-go breakfast option.
In the wake of hurricane Sandy, the KIND team has been working to channel our own small acts of kindness towards relief for our friends and families on the east coast – as well as to thank the first responders and local heroes who are so selflessly supporting them.
Following are personal journal entries from our team members who wanted to share their stories with the KIND Community. We will keep you updated as our efforts continue.
October 30, 2012
In the morning, I visited my local fire department to “KIND” the firefighters of Engine 210 (Ft. Greene, Brooklyn). I delivered several boxes of KIND bars, as we are never short for having them on hand in our line of work!
Once the bridges reopened and we were able to get to Manhattan, we wanted to make use of the KIND Food Truck being here this month in order to visit the shelters where first responders were gathering. It was admittedly a little eerie to be driving through lower Manhattan with no electricity, no traffic signals, or many signs of life. The city felt desolate.
First we visited the National Guard Armory on Lexington and 26th St and delivered KIND to the hundreds of National Guards assembling there for the next week or so. We then headed across the street to Baruch College, which has been turned into an emergency shelter for about 500 men, women, children, and even pets. We then headed downtown to another emergency shelter located at Seward Park High School in the Lower East Side. One of the lead coordinating volunteers let us know that their shelter was housing more than 700 people who had not had enough food until this morning – they were incredibly grateful.
This was the most humbling experience of my life. Seeing the hopelessness and despair in the faces of some of the people in the shelters was heartbreaking. But, seeing the smiles and positivity of the volunteers made me believe that with teamwork, patience, and persistence, this city will rebuild even better than it was before.
New York Field Marketing Manager
October 30, 2012
In Baltimore, our team rallied together to bring kindness to Volunteer Fire Companies, State Highway Administration road crews, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) crews roadside and a power restoration satellite center, and Starbucks baristas.
We also do have the opportunity to KIND BGE Power Staging Areas throughout the state of Maryland. There are still more than 200,000 Marylanders out of power, and BGE and out-of-state crews are working around the clock to restore.
We were so happy to have been able to help in any way!
Regional Sales Manager, Southeast
October 31, 2012
I hope that you are all doing well following the storm. Today, I brought a handful of KIND bars that I had in my apartment to the volunteers at the shelter in my neighborhood on the upper west side. I wanted to give each volunteer a bar as a thank you for their work, but they could not accept any outside food donations for evacuees. They were, however, looking for clothing donations, so I returned home and circled back to drop off a few bags of old clothing at two centers close to my home.
I realize that some of you are probably still without power. Fortunately, my neighborhood was not affected, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
Executive Assistant to Daniel Lubetzky
October 31, 2012
We have family in 90 minutes north of the city, whom we will go and visit this weekend as the outage persists. In the meantime, we are delivering healthy nonperishables to our local fire department. We are very lucky….many of our neighbors have seen much damage and we are doing what we can to help.
VP Procurement and Customer Service
November 1, 2012
Living in Brooklyn just two blocks from the water, I was expecting the worst from this hurricane but was fortunate to not have experienced near the devastation as Manhattan and other parts of Brooklyn, Queens, and surrounding cities and neighborhoods.
Because KIND has been closed due to lack of transportation and electricity, I felt it was the best time to try and take advantage of the extra time I’ve had to help my community. Today I went to a local church in Brooklyn and helped pack food for people in need in the surrounding area. Every week, local food banks deliver food items at the door steps of the church – in which the church then packs out and gives to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families on a daily basis.
While most of the people who came and waited in line (some for hours!) were weekly guests, some has also been affected by this week’s destructive events and it was truly a blessing to be able to get out there and help in any way I could.
Seeing this made me realize how much people are in need every day in this city – and especially right now. Over the weekend, I’m hoping to gather a few friends and get out to some of the harder hit beach areas to do some much needed clean up
- Erin, KIND Communications Coordinator
November 4, 2012
Today’s experience was unbelievable- humbling, heart breaking, and inspiring. We ran with hundreds of others and helped organize the donations of food, clothing, cleaning supplies and more at emergency centers. We also delivered supplies to residents as they worked to clear debris and destroyed furniture from their homes. Our KIND team ran 8 miles to New Dorp Beach where we spent the afternoon helping in any way we could.
- Katie Reimer, KIND Brand Manager
It’s never too late to do something KIND – specifically for 4-year-old Cody Brasich, who has been in a year-long battle with neuroblastoma – a rare cancer that attacks the nervous system and is unfortunately most commonly diagnosed in children and infants under the age of five.
Cody has been receiving treatment in hospitals all across the United States and just recently discovered, after completely fighting off the cancer, that it has aggressively returned – meaning there are no further treatment options for Cody at this time.
At KIND, we not only believe in miracles but we believe in the healing power of KINDNESS. As Cody continues his journey and fight with cancer, we want to encourage our community’s involvement and support by sending KIND notes and words to Cody and his family at email@example.com
In addition, Cody’s aunt, blogger and recipe guru, Stephanie Weaver, is hosting an online bake sale & cookbook auction entitled “Cookies for Cody” to help financially support his family as they have incurred an unseemly amount of debt paying for Cody’s healthcare expenses.
We hope you will join us in support of Cody and his family by sending KIND words to the above email address and taking part in “Cookies for Cody” at http://reciperenovator.com/cookies-for-cody/
Remember, the smallest acts of kindness can truly make the biggest differences.
This month’, we sit down with professional surfer, KIND fan and inspirational model of what it means to Do the KIND Thing.
Will, as a pro surfer, what does it mean to you to Do the KIND Thing for your body?
- Doing the KIND thing for my body means taking care of it. As a professional athlete, I am constantly pushing the physical limits of my body and need to eat the proper foods in order to do so. It’s when I choose nutritional foods that I am able to perform at my best.
When did you first discover KIND and when do you find yourself reaching for KIND most?
- I travel a lot, so I first discovered KIND in an airport. It stood out to me because the ingredients were simple and natural and I was particularly surprised to see whole macadamias and almonds in a bar. Most bars dice these up to the point that I can’t even recognize them – not KIND!
I reach for KIND all throughout the day: I’ll toss a few in my bag to hold me over before lunch, snack on one later in the day before dinner, or occasionally eat one right before bed — especially the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants.
Do you have a favorite way to eat your KIND?
- For breakfast, I like to pair my KIND with fruit smoothies. I also sprinkle KIND Healthy Grains on top of Greek yogurt with diced bananas, strawberries and a drizzle of honey to top it off.
At KIND, we try to make the world a little kinder through all we do and how we do it. Who or what inspires you to be kind?
- There is so much that inspires me to be kind. Many of my friends are involved in humanitarian work throughout the world, and their work is a constant source of inspiration. One of the ways I work to spread kindness is through my Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic, which KIND helps support each year.
A very KIND thanks to Will Tant for joining us as this month’s KINDAHOLIC. To learn more about him and how he stays KIND, check out his site at www.willtant.com.
KIND Special Investigation: Anna Maltby, SELF’s Associate Health Editor
(Brought to you by KIND’s very own Diet P.I. and the savviest RD we know, Heather K. Jones)
Anna Maltby is SELF magazine’s associate health editor, covering sleep, sex and everything in between, as well as contributing to SELF’s Women’s Cancer Handbook and working with SELF’s medical adviser, Henry Lodge, M.D.
Anna has a BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern University and lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and their kittens, Rocky and Max. Here’s how Anna is making the world a little kinder.
Heather: How does SELF encourage women to be KIND to their bodies, their taste buds, & the world – and why is this so important?
Anna: SELF is all about empowering women to be the best “self” they can be — which includes both taking care of their health and giving back to their communities and the world.
At SELF, we foster this by providing the smartest, most reliable (and fun!) science-based tips we can dig up, and also by encouraging our readers to channel their energy and enthusiasm towards meaningful endeavors. A perfect example of this is our annual Women Doing Good awards, which empowers readers to nominate women (or themselves!) who are changing the world.
Heather: Do you have a favorite KIND snack?
Heather: What SELFY celebrities inspire you to be KIND to your body and the world?
Anna: I pretty much fell in love with Kristen Bell around the time she was on our February cover. She is such a positive person who balances healthy habits with what seems like a really fun life – and she still takes time to give back and support important causes.
I’m also pretty sure everyone at SELF is obsessed with Beyoncé. The woman is a goddess. She and Jay-Z love to eat at my fiancé’s and my favorite pizza place in Brooklyn, so we’re pretty much destined to become friends, right?
Heather: How does SELF give back and help promote kindness?
One of the things we do at SELF to promote KINDNESS, and one that I’m proudest of, is our Women’s Cancer Handbook— SELF actually co-founded the pink ribbon with Evelyn Lauder 20 years ago, and helping women learn how to take great care of themselves and stay in tune with their bodies, for the sake of prevention and early detection, has been a huge part of our mission ever since.
There’s so much more that we do, though — and I think one of the most consistent ways in which we promote kindness is by speaking to our readers in a kind voice! It sounds simple, but I honestly think our positive, encouraging tone makes our readers feel good instead of bringing them down. I hope the way that we talk to readers translates to positivity in their lives.
Heather: How does being kind impact health and happiness?
Anna: The kinder you are to your body and the world, the happier and more optimistic you are — and there are literally studies out there about how optimistic people are healthier. They even have stronger immune systems! But I think anyone who has ever volunteered or helped a friend move or even done something as simple as helping a stranger carry her groceries can tell you that doing kind things makes you SO happy. It’s very SELFy.
This month, we talked with Derek Flanzraich, the CEO and founder of Greatist.com, to learn more about his inspiring work …and his love for KIND!
KIND: Derek, you are the CEO and founder of Greatist. Can you explain what Greatist is for those who may be hearing about it for the first time?
Derek: You bet! Greatist is the web’s trusted and relatable source for health, fitness, and happiness articles, news, and tips. Basically, we write high-quality content (every fact is cited by a PubMed study, every article approved by multiple experts) in a down to earth, fresh, and fun voice. We’re working to inspire and inform the world to make healthier choices.
KIND: What inspired you to create Greatist?
Derek: Greatist was very much born out of personal frustration, as I was having trouble finding an online health and fitness resource that I could trust. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a place I could turn to for reliable motivation and inspiration to pursue healthier choices. So I started one – one inspired by the not-only-for-profit message.
KIND: How important is it for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Derek: We very much live the life we champion at Greatist and I’m definitely no exception! There’s a reason we have healthy snacks (like fresh fruit and, of course, KIND bars) at the Greatist headquarters and encourage working out at any (and all) times of the day.
KIND: How did you first hear about KIND? Any specific flavor(s) that got you hooked?
Derek: I tried my first KIND bar (Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants) thanks to a gluten-free editor here at Greatist. I was hooked from then on (and not just because they’re the perfect combo snack with some iced green tea or coffee at Starbucks).
KIND: In your opinion, what is something small that we could all do to make the world a little KINDER?
Derek: Laugh more. Things are hilarious. Don’t be afraid to enjoy them!
Now that’s our KIND of advice! Many thanks to Derek for chatting with KIND this month and please make sure to check out www.Greatist.com for great articles and tips on how to be KIND to your body and discover your healthiest and happiest self!
The Diet P.I. Special KIND Investigation: Gloria Tsang, Founder of HealthCastle.com
For our newest edition of The Diet P.I. Special Investigation, our faithful diet detective, Heather K. Jones, R.D., is going behind the scenes with Gloria Tsang, the founder of HealthCastle.com, a website with “Nutrition Advice Exclusively from Registered Dietitians,” to find out what healthy and tasty means to her – and to learn some more about just how important it is to be KIND!
At HealthCastle.com, we always encourage our readers to make health and wellness a top priority. Just like choosing the right gasoline to fuel a car, we always advocate that our readers be mindful of what they eat by fueling their bodies with natural, healthy foods.
Q. Do you have a favorite KIND bar flavor?
I love bars with some tangy punch, so I love Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants. And who doesn’t like chocolate? Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew + Antioxidants is another personal favorite.
Q. When was your last KIND snack emergency?
I always plan ahead on work days when I know will have erratic work hours (like when I am working on a tradeshow floor!) and pack handy snacks like KIND bars in my purse for days that don’t allow me to sit down and eat.
Q. Who inspires you to be KIND to your body and the world?
My grandmother! She was a Buddhist and only ate plant-based products. Her motto was always “eat things that are fresh and natural”.
Q. Why should HealthCastle readers join the KIND Movement?
Kindness is contagious! Bringing a smile to someone’s face is priceless. And that’s a good lesson to teach our young ones too!
Q. How does your book, Go UnDiet, encourage KINDNESS?
My book, Go UnDiet, carries the same philosophy I’ve advocated on HealthCastle.com: eat natural, healthy foods that are good for our body and for the environment. For example, take the time to find out where and how your produce was grown and to learn about where your meat came from.
Join us soon on the KIND Blog for our next investigation from Heather K. Jones, The Diet P.I.!
As we close out an exciting season in football, professional NFL player and KINDAHOLIC, Reggie Kelly of the Atlanta Falcons, shares his tips for keeping KIND on and off the field:
KIND: Being a professional athlete, how do you make it a priority to be KIND to your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Reggie: During the NFL season, it is very important to eat right and get plenty of rest so that I can be effective on the field, and the true test comes during the off-season. I make certain to eat plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, baked foods (instead of fried) and vitamins, and to choose healthy snacks like KIND bars.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do have a “cheat day” every now and then, but I recommend always mentally refocusing yourself when you feel the urge to cave for a craving – that is the key to stay physically fit and remaining healthy
KIND: How does KIND fit into your health and wellness goals and help you stay fueled?
Reggie: When I feel the urge for something with nuts and fruit, I reach for KIND, because it’s healthy and I love that is gluten free – a diet choice that I am trying to slowly incorporating into my eating plans. My favorite KIND is Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants.
KIND: We like to call our KIND fans KINDAHOLICS – people with an uncontrollable love for KIND and spreading kindness. How do you spread kindness on and off the field?
Reggie: I feel that if you sow kindness you will reap kindness. I truly have a passion for kids, so every year I host a free football camp in my hometown of Aberdeen, Mississippi for kids who have shown excellent grades for the school year. I am big on academics and it feels great to give back to where I am originally from. Because there were always others who gave and did for me, it is a no brainer that I must pay it forward as well – to whom much is given, much is required.
KIND: And we have to ask, who did you want to win the Super Bowl, the Giants or the Patriots?
Reggie: We tend to go for the underdogs, so the Giants. Honestly though, I wanted the Patriots to do well too because my former teammates, Chad Ochocino and Kyle Love are on the team – but on any given Sunday it can work in your favor. I just know I am thirsty for a ring now – this will be my 14th season and I am hungry for one!
We had a blast speaking with Reggie! For those of you who are interested in learning more about this month’s KINDAHOLIC, Reggie Kelly, 14th year vet for the Atlanta Falcons, check him out on Twitter: ReggieKelly82; Facebook: Reggie Kelly’s Fan Club or his website: http://www.reggiekelly82.com!