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July 01, 2010
>Indy's Child is a Proud Partner of Kids Helping Kids—Win a Trip to the US Open Tennis Championships!

Who wouldn't like the opportunity to win a free trip to New York City to see the Finals of the US Open Tennis Championships? This is the 27th year that tennis enthusiasts have supported Riley Children's Foundation by making a donation to help with Juvenile Diabetes Research, provide scholarships for Camp Riley and help with a project in the Riley intensive care newborn nursery and other worthy projects selected by Riley Hospital staff.

We are proud that, to date, all of the $508,000 raised through our Kids Helping Kids project has gone directly to Riley with no fundraising overhead. This year we will take all donors and place their name in a drawing for a trip for two to the finals of the US Open Tennis Championships in New York City. This trip is September 12-13 and includes airfare, hotel and tickets. This trip has been donated by Marriott North, Keystone at the Crossing, Indy's Child and Dr. Ted Luros.

To become part of the project, please send a donation to Barbara Campbell, 202 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Checks should be payable to Riley Children's Foundation. We will acknowledge gifts of thanksgiving and memorials.

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The drawing for the Trip to the Finals will be held at the Washington Township Schools' Community Tennis Awards Program on July 29.

Fifth Annual Circle City Equestrian Horse Show to Benefit TherAplay Foundation

Join us at the fifth annual Circle City Equestrian Horse Show, hosted by the Indiana State Fair Grounds. The fifth annual Circle City Equestrian Horse Show, benefiting The Children's TherAplay Foundation, will be held from July 21-25th 2010. The Children's TherAplay Foundation is a unique outpatient rehabilitation clinic for children with special needs. The talented team incorporates the movement of the horses into physical and occupational therapy sessions. Their mission is to provide children who have special needs a foundation for developing life skills through innovative therapies in a safe and caring environment, including equine-assisted physical and occupational therapy.

The $40,000 Grand Prix that is held on Saturday July 24, 2010 will feature some of the best riders and horses in the country. The grand prix is the showcase of Circle City Equestrian and attracts News coverage in the press and on television.

Enjoy the best views of the $40,000 Grand Prix with a Box on Saturday, July 24, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Pepsi Coliseum. Companies, families and organizations can enjoy a box of sixteen seats for just $300 or twenty four seats for $500. Box seats include entry into the VIP area for refreshments and have long been a great way to impress clients and friends or reward employees. Seats are limited, email shanisutton@live.com or call 317-443-6426.

Individual tickets are available for a five-dollar donation to The Children's TherAplay Foundation.

Should Food Waste Go Down the Drain?

(NewsUSA) - Americans hoping to live "Greener" lives often tackle the kitchen first — after all, separating the recyclables seems easy enough. But proper waste disposal can be more complicated than tossing cans in a blue box.

What's the best way to get rid of table scraps? Should the food waste go in the trash bag? The compost pile? Or down the kitchen sink?

Putting food waste in the trash means it will be trucked to a landfill. Trucking food to landfills generates diesel fumes and emissions. And as food decomposes in landfills, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas.

Composting is a good option but not always practical for people who live in high-rise buildings, colder climates or have busy lifestyles. Plus, experts advise against composting certain types of food, like meat and dairy, which limits what you can throw into the compost bin.

Numerous independent studies show using a garbage disposer is an environmentally responsible option. More than half of American kitchens have a disposer. On average, they cost less than 50 cents a year in electricity to operate and account for less than one percent of a household's total water consumption. Recent advances in disposer technology, including the InSinkErator Evolution Series, make it possible to discard virtually any kind of food waste without concern about clogs or loud noises.

Once food waste enters wastewater treatment plants, it can be recycled into methane and used as a renewable source of power for the plant. Also, many wastewater treatment plants can process food waste into bio-solids, which can be used as fertilizer.

Here are some surprising facts about food waste:

• The average U.S. family of four produces about 2,000 pounds of food waste each year.

• According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, food waste is the third largest category of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the U.S., accounting for about 13 percent of MSW material.

• Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Those scraps are 70 percent water, which makes it easy for disposers to pulverize waste and send it through sewage pipes.

For more information on how grinding food waste in a food waste disposer is environmentally responsible, visit www.insinkerator.com/green.

Let IPL Help You Retire That Old Refrigerator

If you are like many households, you probably have an extra refrigerator or freezer in your garage or basement to keep the soft drinks cold and store the extra ground beef you stocked up on. A quarter of all homes have a second refrigerator, and that number continues to grow each year because people who purchase new refrigerators either decide to keep an extra one in the basement or garage or have no way to dispose of the older one. But, what you may not know is that these secondary fridges and freezers are often big energy hogs. And after you understand what your extra fridge may be costing you to run, you may realize that IPL's new "Ditch Your Fridge and Chill Your Bill" program is just what you're looking for.

These energy-guzzling appliances increase your annual electricity bill and cause you to spend more of your hard-earned money needlessly. For example, pre 1993 model refrigerators can use twice the electricity of a newer model, and cost you nearly $90 a year on your electric bill. The older the model, the more energy and money it's costing you to run.

If realizing what an energy hog this appliance is doesn't make you want to get rid of it, maybe the fact that IPL will give you $30 to do so will. "Ditch Your Fridge and Chill Your Bill" is a refrigerator/freezer rebate and recycling program that is one of many that IPL is rolling out this summer that focus on helping customers become more energy efficient. The goal of the program is to get these old inefficient appliances off the energy grid. Almost any unit qualifies for the program. If your refrigerator or freezer is working and if it is between the sizes of 10 to 30 cubic feet, IPL will come and haul it away for free. All you need to do is schedule the appointment. The unit will be taken to a recycling center where it will be safely dissembled and its parts recycled in an environmentally friendly manner. By participating, not only will you reduce your monthly electric bill, you'll also add $30 to your wallet! To learn more about how to get rid of your old refrigerator or freezer, go to IPLpower.com or call 877-395-5537.

Are Organic Foods Better for Kids?

(NewsUSA) - More than two-thirds of consumers buy organic products, and many decide to "go organic" when they become parents. Why? Because many feel that healthier food choices mean choosing organic food.

What is organic? Organic refers to the way meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables are grown and processed. Organic farming prohibits the use of toxic and persistent chemicals, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Is organic food worth the sometimes higher cost? "Yes," says best-selling author and pediatrician Dr. William Sears.

Sears says pollutants in the air and water and in food all have the potential to harm your child's health. "So, while you're keeping them safe from environmental toxins, give them organic food that's free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers."

Growing bodies are more vulnerable to the carcinogenic risks of pesticides, says Sears, since pesticides are stored in fat, and infants and toddlers have proportionately more body fat than adults. He also points out that adult food "safety limits" may not be safe for children -- kids don't eat or metabolize pesticides like little adults, and the amount of food they eat is greater in proportion to their body weight than the same food eaten by an adult.

"Are organic foods really that much healthier?" asks Dr. Sears. "Yes," he answers. "I believe they're the best choice for kids."

In fact, Sears recommends organic dairy such as yogurt as a first food. He specifically recommends YoBaby brand organic yogurts, since they not only are made with organic milk and ingredients, but also feature a unique blend of six probiotic cultures to help boost immunity and promote digestive health.

He also recommends that parents choose organic fruits and vegetables, or if organic choices aren't available, choose fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide residue.

To learn more about organics and how to shop smarter,

visit www.askdrsears.com or www.yobabyyogurt.com. Parents can download a free Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce at www.stonyfield.com.

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