Gingerbread White House Tells Sweet Stories

In keeping with this year’s White House holiday theme, "Gather Around: Stories of the Season," the traditional gingerbread White House — a detailed, hand-crafted confectionary replica — pays tribute to stories of American and White House traditions. Resting
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Vast Majority of Americans Make Food Safety Mistakes

NSF International survey reveals kitchen pet peeves during the holidays and offers tips to protect your guests. Americans seem to have a bit of a double standard regarding food preparation and safety, according to a survey by NSF International, a global public health and safety organization. NSF International’s 2013 Kitchen Pet (more...)

Americans Celebrate Christmas with Many Traditions

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many of the world’s peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their (more...)

White House Decorations Tell Stories of the Season

As the showcase of American traditions, the White House has chosen an annual Christmas celebration theme since 1961. This year’s theme is “Gather Around: Stories of the Season.” “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story about who we are and how we (more...)

Best Western Hotel Recognized As Customer Care Champion

The BEST WESTERN Independence Park Hotel in Philadelphia, PA received the Best Western Champion Customer Care Award at Best Western International’s Convention held recently in San Antonio, Texas. The award was presented in front of more than 2,000 industry peers. This select honor is bestowed upon those member properties that demonstrate (more...)

To Win Fight Against AIDS, We Must First Defeat TB

This blog post by Cheri Vincent, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Health Bureau, was published on the USAID website on December 3. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. To Win the Fight Against AIDS, We Must (more...)

State Official Shares Facts on Future U.S. Embassy to Holy See

This blog post by Shaun Casey, special adviser for faith-based community initiatives at the U.S. State Department, was published on the State Department website on November 27. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. Just the Facts: The Future U.S. Embassy to the Holy See By (more...)

Christmas Seals Campaign to Fight Lung Disease

ALA of the Mid-Atlantic Uses Profits from Christmas Seals Campaign to Fight Lung Disease This the season for an ever-popular holiday tradition, the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals.  First issued in 1907, these holiday stickers can spruce up any holiday card or package.  More than 100 years ago, the ALA used (more...)

An Interfaith Thanksgiving

By Susan Milligan Contributor The first Thanksgiving is notable for its cross-cultural friendship: Native Americans shared a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the English settlers, called Pilgrims. Since then, the holiday has evolved into a family affair, with the focus on traditional foods (turkey and trimmings, followed (more...)

Thanksgiving: Time for Pie

With all the savory food adorning the American Thanksgiving table, it can be difficult for some to save room for dessert, but for many it is the highlight of the meal — and it is usually pie. Pie has a storied history and is thought to have originated (more...)

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks for America’s Bounty

Thanksgiving in the United States began as a way to give thanks for the year’s harvest, and the contents of the dinner table continue to occupy center stage. Food preparation often begins at dawn, and many families sit down to the main meal at midday or (more...)

U.S. Congress Supports PEPFAR into Its Second Decade

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. Congress has made quick work of legislation that extends the life of the nation’s 10-year-old program targeting the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the most extensive campaign a nation ever has mounted against a single disease. Without controversy, the U.S. House and Senate on November (more...)

Pennsylvania: Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill he drafted with Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) that would legalize the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. “I would like to thank my colleague Sen. Folmer for his action on (more...)

Applebee’s Continues Tradition of FREE Thank You Meals to Veterans

his Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, Applebee’s is once again continuing the tradition the brand started five years ago by thanking our nation’s veterans and active duty military and inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee’s for a FREE Thank You Meal. Applebee’s expects to (more...)

Youth Drug Prevention Campaign: “A Healthy Me Is Drug FREE™”

NATIONAL RED RIBBON WEEK® CONTEST VOTING IS NOW LIVE AT redribbon.org/vote - Ten schools from across the U.S. will each win $1,000 grant for drug prevention - - Ten families will each win an iPad for their home - Online voting ends on Tuesday, November 19th, at 11:59 p.m. (EST) There will (more...)

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