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August 2011

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Press Release

The following American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Press Release references the Indianapolis Out of the Darknesss Community Walk that The Cheap Gourmet is helping to raise funds for through our "Cooking for Colebear" recipe booklet. We thank you for your support and donations to this worthy cause!

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release August, 2011

Subject: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Announces 7th Annual Indianapolis Out of the Darkness Community Walk

INDIANAPOLIS, IN— On Saturday, September 10, 2011, the canal at White River State Park, downtown Indianapolis, will be the site for the 7th annual Out of the Darkness Walk fundraising event benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and its Indiana Chapter.

As one of 12 community and campus walks in Indiana and over 240 walks taking place around the country this year, the event will help fund the AFSP’s ongoing efforts with research, education, advocacy and prevention initiatives designed to reduce the loss of life from suicide as well as provide support for survivors.

Suicide is a major health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers and the entire community. Approximately 800 Hoosiers die by suicide annually, which is more than double the number of homicides in Indiana. Hoosier teen suicide rates, at 17.2%, are four percent higher than the national average. With an estimated 55,000 Hoosier teens thinking about suicide in any two-week period, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor the work more urgent.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 20.9 million people suffer from serious depression. Ninety percent of the people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder (often depression) at the time of their death. The lingering stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues may be a contributing factor to undiagnosed depression.

The community walks are part of AFSP’s awareness strategy to help ‘Silence the Stigma’ of suicide and depression. AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with depressive illnesses and those impacted by suicide.

The goal for this year’s Indianapolis walk is to raise $70,000. Monies raised will help us achieve another goal, that of getting the More Than Sad program (AFSP's educational video program- (www.morethansad.org ) into Middle School and High Schools across the state, at no charge to the school, along with our Truth About Suicide video into every college.

Registration the day of the walk begins at 9:00 a.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 10:00 a.m. Participation is free. Registration and walker information is available by visiting the Indianapolis page at www.Outofthedarkness.org.


Lisa Brattain
Phone: 317.774.1377
E-mail: lbrattain4afsp@aol.com
Debra Yuska
Phone: 317-341-4651
E-Mail: debyuska@indy.rr.com

"Cooking for Colebear" in Support of Out of the Darkness Community Walks

Nicole Today, The Cheap Gourmet is launching "Cooking for Colebear" to help raise funds for Out of the Darkness Community Walks. This project has been a labor of love to honor and celebrate the life of Nicole "Colebear" Lundy; a beautiful young woman who was my daughter's best friend and like a daughter to our family.

"Cooking for Colebear" is a collection of thirteen of Nicole's favorite recipes consisting of soups, casseroles, entrees, appetizers, and desserts. This recipe booklet is a 'Thank You' gift that will be given to anyone who makes a donation in any amount to Team Nicole via the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention "Out of the Darkness" website.

If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of "Cooking for Colebear" here is how it works:

Go to "Out of the Darkness Community Walks" website and make a donation on behalf of Team Nicole. This link opens in a new window.

Leave a comment below, stating you made a donation. Include your name and email address. This will not be published and will only be seen by me. Be certain to include the same name the donation was made in so we can verify your contribution.

Upon verification, I will email "Cooking for Colebear" recipe booklet to you.

That's it! Thank you so much for your support in this worthy cause. Let's help Nicole's mom and my daughter reach their goal of raising $3,000. Together we CAN make a difference!

"Cooking for Colebear" recipe booklet includes the following recipes:

Potato Soup
Green Pepper Steak with Rice
Mahi-Mahi Fish with Mango Strawberry Salsa
Cornish Game Hens
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Cheese Garlic Biscuits
Mustard Bacon Potato Salad
Beau Monde Cream Cheese Veggie and Chip Dip
Peach Crisp
Caramel Apple Salad
Oatmeal Scotchies Cookies
Brownie Bites with Strawberries and Chocolate Ganache

HCG Diet Results

As you may recall, last month I declared The Cheap Gourmet is Trying the HCG Diet. After 40 days of consuming around 500 calories per day, along with the HCG homeopathic drops and liquid vitamin B-12 complex, the results are in.

I am happy to announce that with the help of the HCG diet I was able to shed 19-1/2 pounds and 15-1/2 inches. Hooray! I feel like a new woman and am ecstatic about my personal HCG diet results (as is my husband!).

While I had hoped to lose 30 pounds, I am satisfied with almost 20. I intend to do another round in November to lose the rest. In the meantime, I plan on continuing with the tools I received through the HCG diet. The primary lessons learned were PORTION control and eating on a regular basis.

I'm pretty certain I would have lost the full 30 pounds if I hadn't cheated. It wasn't because I was hungry. Believe it or not, the HCG drops really do curb the cravings and I felt full most of the time.

I cheated simply because I was bored or thought I was having a craving I just had to give into. Like the nights I ate chocolate fudge and the time I used butter just because I couldn't live without it one more day. I'm only human and I do love food, especially chocolate, so I didn't beat myself up too bad and worked on sticking to it until the end.

I really do plan on posting the recipes I tried while on the HCG Diet. We ate very well and I learned how to make meals that complied with the guidelines, yet provided a hardy meal for my husband. I've been fortunate to add new clients and they have been keeping me very busy. With any luck, I can begin sharing these tasty foods with you within the week.

In the meantime, I am excited to share my before and after photo with you. I'd also like to thank Tara Burner for being my motivational coach and helping me achieve my weight loss goals. If you're going to try the HCG Diet, I'd highly recommend purchasing the drops through Tara. She is the best weight loss cheerleader anyone could ask for.