Monthly Archives: September 2013

Care Instructions

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Long days in the kitchen can be grueling on both you and your restaurant uniform. Just like any article of clothing, there are specific care instructions to follow to ensure you get the most out of your foodservice apparel. Below are some helpful tips to help get the longest life out of your Chefwear garments.

To start, make sure you try each garment on and take a good look at the fabric blend associated with that article of clothing. As you know, a 100% cotton will shrink more than a polyester.

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Machine wash, inside out, in warm water. Keep like colors together such as white chef jackets with other white garments, black chef pants with dark colors, and bright 3-star jackets with other bright colors.

When washing our 100% cotton, Premier Jackets, avoid adding anything to the pile that is made of denim or has zippers or Velcro.

Note: Avoid washing with cotton towels or fleece items.

DoNotBleach

 

Do not bleach your white garments.

 

TumbleDry

Do not hang dry. Tumble dry on low heat and remove promptly.

 

If your garments aren’t heavily soiled, wash and dry on low. The less heat your garments are exposed to, the longer the colors will  stay vibrant and the fibers intact.

Note: Do not use liquid fabric softener, drier sheet, dual pods or combination detergent/softener with any of our performance products as it coats the technical fabric and inhibits the performance capabilities.

 

Iron

Iron on medium or high heat, but do not iron directly over embroidery or screen prints. Protect the customization with an old pillowcase or sheet. Turn the iron down to low because the embroidery thread is 100% polyester.

 

Dry Clean

 

Do not dry clean. The process will greatly reduce the life of your garment.

Five Tips To Get Your Child Excited About Exercising

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With the increase in technology and the growing trend of gaming system, more and more children are spending excess amounts of time in front of the television and computer rather than going outside and exercising. It’s easy to say that not every child enjoys playing sports or is naturally athletic, but there is more to do than participate in athletics. Exercise is a major part of healthy living and will, for obvious reasons, lower the percentage of obese children in the United States. Just like nutrition, commit to these five tips and be on your way to a more physically fit future.

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1. Allow your child to be in charge.

With multiple options available to participate in physical activities and exercise, don’t limit your child to only one or two things. Just because you want your son or daughter to be a soccer star doesn’t mean that is what he/she wants to do. There are so many different things your child can take part in, and it doesn’t have to just be sports. Think about other opportunities for your child to find something he/she wants and loves to do. Look into your local park districts, YMCA or community newsletters. If your child isn’t really feeling team sports think about:

 

 

  • Hiking or a Nature Club
  • Gardening
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial Arts
  • Skateboarding
  • Bike Riding
  • Bowling

2. Regulate screen time

Decide what works best for you and your family, but the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should have no more than two hours of screen time per night. You may even consider turning off the television for the entire family. It will be hard for your child to not sit and watch TV, if you are sitting and watching TV.

3. Participate

Children relish the time they can spend with their parents. Time is limited and with both parents working to support the family thanks to a struggling economy, any extra minutes or hours you can spare as a parent, spend playing with your kids. This can be helping your child work on his/her skills on a sport he/she loves to play or just playing tag in the backyard, walking to the park, going for a bike ride or walking the dog. By actively participating, you are also setting a positive example and instilling in your children that exercise and outside playtime is fun.

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4. Be your child’s personal cheerleader.

Cheer your child on based on whatever activity he/she is participating in. This means standing on the sidelines, sitting in the stands, attending recitals and meets and offering positive encouragement. This fosters learning and the desire to want to keep improving and participating. Your child knows you are on his/her side.

5.Stick to it.

It’s easy to implement a new plan for just a week, but it is important that more exercise and less sitting in front of electronics is a part of your daily life. There are obvious times to make exceptions, like your teenager has a massive term paper due or your favorite sports team is on, but still find ways to stick to your plan. When your child takes a break from homework offer to go outside and shoot some hoops or during halftime of the big game, walk the dog. Be proactive and offer encouragement. Stick to your guns. Every child will whine, but once he/she is playing, that will go away. Just remember to make and keep it fun.

Couple a fun exercise plan with a healthy diet and you are on your way to better lifestyle. Encouraging your children to exercise and eat healthy starts at home. Be the best example for your children and continue to participate in physical activity such as yoga, sand volleyball, team kickball, softball, walking and running. Cook more meals at home and your children will soon learn that a healthy lifestyle is a better lifestyle.

Utilize the Internet to your advantage and search for tips online or programs such as VeggieU to help teach your children how to be healthy.

 

Spice Up Your Wardrobe With Fall Colors

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As we transition out of the hot months, Autumn brings light breezes and menus being switching from light and refreshing to warm and comforting. It is the perfect time of year to add earthy, warm tones to your wardrobe as you embrace the Fall weather. Chefwear offers four styles from our chef jacket collection that feature colors from Stone to Burnt Orange.

ATHLETICJACKET

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One of the best parts of moving into cooler weather is comfortably sporting a light jacket or hooded sweater. Our Athletic Jacket is the perfect combination of being light and comfortable while providing the protection that you need. This modern chef jacket is based off today’s popular athletic jacket designs with ribbing at the cuffs and collar and a zip up front.

FIVESTARORGANIC

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The Traditional Organic Jacket is designed with sustainable organic cotton for both men and women. Both versions of these chef coats are dyed in Earth-inspired colors like Smoke, Chile, Sweet Potato and Stone to spice up your Autumn-wear.

FIVESTARWINDSOR

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Luxurious brushed cotton gives the Windsor Jacket a distinctive elegant and vintage look. Tailored with a slim fit, this chef jacket is available in Fall inspired colors such as: Olive, Steel Blue, Sweet Potato and Bark.

ThreeStar

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Colors such as Olive, Burnt Orange, Red and Purple make the Three-Star Plastic Button Jacket a great choice for your Fall ensemble. Durable poly/cotton fabric will make this chef jacket ready to go every time the leaves start to fall for many seasons to come.

Five Tips To Get Your Children To Eat Healthier

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With the rate of childhood obesity on the rise, it has nearly doubled in almost 20 years, not-for-profits, chefs and even the First Lady have come together to encourage healthy eating habits and more physical activity. With such a staggering change in the childhood obesity rate, some schools are starting to take action by incorporating healthy lunch options, adding physical education back into the curriculum and providing nutrition education as a science unit

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Not-for-profits, such as Veggie U, are helping to bring healthy eating habits back into a child’s daily life. Today, families are constantly on the go and time is limited. Both parents are working to make up for a struggling economy and when the end of the day comes, sometimes the easiest option is to order out, go through a drive through or choose a frozen meal with little to no nutritional value.

To help be part of the movement that helps lower Childhood Obesity, Chefwear has come up with five helpful tips to provide your family with healthy eating options:

1. Cook dinner ahead for the week

While it seems like the last thing you may want to do on your free weekend, try cooking an entire week’s worth of meals on Sunday afternoon. Choose proteins that can be used for two different meals. For example, you can use chicken for one meal then use the leftovers for chicken tacos two nights later and chicken salad sandwiches for lunch the next day. Not only will this ensure that you spend more time sitting down and eating together as a family, but you will also save money.

2. Eliminate sugary drinks

One 12-ounce can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it, which is more than three times what the American Heart Association recommends (three teaspoons per day). Encourage your children to drink more water and add a sugar free drink mix for added flavor. Sparkling water is also an excellent option.

3. Provide healthy snack options

Cut back on salty and sweet snacks such as pretzels, potato chips, cookies and candy. Not only are these options high in sodium but they are full of empty calories. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables as well as whole grain snacks and healthy beverages. Protein is available in more options than just meat such as yogurt and nut butter, which will help keep your children feeling fuller for longer.

4. Add variety into each meal

In order to avoid a rut in your meal plan, add variety to recipes. The more variety you add into a meal at a young age, the easier it is for children to accept what’s been given to them. While it is important to have a well-balanced diet and to teach your children about the important food groups, don’t take it too far. Your child’s relationship with food needs to be a positive experience, not negative. If your child isn’t ready to try something, do not force them. Attempt that food at a later date or sneak it into a dish like homemade muffins, soups or stews.

5. Encourage participation when cooking

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Take your children with you to the grocery store or allow them to help make your list for the week’s worth of food that you need. Give them the opportunities to select what they can eat for lunch and if they suggest something you don’t agree with, offer up a different option instead of just saying “no.” Encourage them to help you make dinner which not only gives you and your children the chance to spend some time together, but you are immediately instilling healthy eating habits in them at an early age.

For more tips on how to encourage healthy eating, scour the Internet. Healthy eating is on the rise and there are multiple resources out there to keep things fresh in your house or attempt to change the way you eat.

Visit www.veggieU.org to learn about its program.

Veggie U Aims To Stop Childhood Obesity

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Since the late 1980s, childhood obesity has more than doubled in Americans between the ages of 6-18. The issue has become so prevalent that everyone from chefs, to not-for-profits and even the First Lady has stepped up to change the course of this epidemic.

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Veggie U, a 501c(3) non-profit, promotes healthy living with a focus on making wise food choices through education. Veggie U aims to combat the outbreak of childhood obesity and diabetes as well as the onslaught of packaged food marketing aimed at school children. Veggie U supplies elementary school students with Classroom Garden kits all over the country. The kits are designed to teach kids the importance of nutrition through a five-week course with lessons that include: tasting new and different vegetables, planting and cultivating vegetable gardens, taking a glimpse at the underground life of worms, and plant science.

“It always amazes me that children think peas come frozen in bags,” said Karen Sherwood, a 4th grade teacher at Drake Elementary in Strongsville, OH and five-year participant of the Veggie U program. “The students learn so much with Veggie U. The program is completely hands-on and appropriate for every ability level.”

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In addition to a scientific approach to learning about plants and their components, the Veggie U curriculum incorporates extensive journal activities, mathematics, language arts and fine arts, providing an integrated study of core concepts.

The students celebrate the end of the program with a vegetable Feast Day. Chefs are often invited to celebrate Feast Day with the students and offer recipe demos and instructions on how to prepare and enjoy vegetables all year long.

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“We have demonstrated over the years with the Veggie U program that it does change students’ attitudes toward eating fresh vegetables,” said Lynn Eirons, Veggie U Education coordinator. “The children are excited to start the program and they retain the knowledge they learn from each lesson.”

Veggie U’s curriculum was inspired by chefs and farmers, and developed through the volunteer efforts of a nutritionist, doctor and local educators. The team recognized that children would greatly benefit from understanding the  connection between what they consume and how that food is grown.

Chefwear developed its relationship with Veggie U during the Summer of 2012 by creating a pattern made specifically for the organization and its cause. The Veggies pattern is available in a wide variety of chef pants and chef aprons. With every purchase of the Veggies print, Chefwear gives a portion of the sales to help Veggie U educate American children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in hopes to end childhood obesity.

Article Written By: Vicki Jenkins

Visit www.veggieu.org for more information.