As the granddaughter of a former President of the United States and the daughter-in-law of American designer Ralph Lauren, Lauren Bush Lauren is no stranger to community involvement and creating brands. But her familial connections are only part of the story. Lauren’s fashion brand FEED is changing the way business and global aid interact. What started as a fundraiser for the UN World Food Program has turned into a thriving business, with the mission of creating well made products that help feed the world.
As student at Princeton University, Lauren grappled with the fact that after having seen so much hunger and poverty during her travels, it seemed an insurmountable problem. She struggled with what she could do to help as well as with what advice she could give to other young people equally interested in making a difference. Rather than feeling defeated she combined her love of design with her passion for ending hunger into FEED Projects. The six year old endeavor has expanded rapidly, and today FEED has provided over 75million meals to children in need.
Lauren sat down with Deepak Chopra as part of our ONE WORLD production to talk about her career, her brand and her aspirations.
Lauren has moved into a new realm in the business world, catering to an ever more mindful consumer who not only wants quality products but also has an interest in making a global impact. Increasingly, the public not only wants to know that the products they buy are made well and responsibly but also precisely what it is their money is going towards. Lauren has created a brand that allows others who have felt as if the problems of the world are insurmountable to make a difference and giving them a tangible explanation of what their money has done to help end hunger.
You can see the full interview now on NEWSWIRE.FM
ONE WORLD is an interview series hosted by Deepak Chopra and produced by NEWSWIRE.FM where Deepak interviews various inspirational leaders such as Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Nigel Barker and many, many more. Each Friday we will profile a different guest from the ONE WORLD series to show you how these people are generating their success with mindful practice.
As you may have heard, former president George W. Bush underwent a heart procedure today to treat a blocked artery. In line with common procedure, doctors inserted a stent, a small mesh tube, to open the blockage and return normal blood flow to the heart. Bush is expected to be up and kicking by tomorrow.
Roughly half a million people in the United States every year have stents inserted, and just over 11% of non-institutionalized adults have diagnosed heart disease. It is the number one cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives every year.
Bush is 67 years old, a year older than the average age for men’s first heart attacks. Men, in general, tend to have a higher risk for coronary artery disease and heart attacks earlier in life, though genetics, weight, and other heath conditions play a larger role in determining risk. “Metabolic syndrome” is a pre-diabetic condition heavily associated with heart disease, and it is diagnosed when three of the following are present:
- Abdominal obesity
- Low HDL cholesterol
- High triglyceride levels
- High blood pressure
- Insulin resistance
Given all of this, are the measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of heart disease? The American Heart Association recommends the following lifestyle changes:
- Stop smoking – For more reasons than one, of course!
- Maintain a good diet – Including plenty of vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and high-fiber foods
- Reduce blood cholesterol – Through diet, exercise, and, as a last resort, medication
- Stay active – To lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce stress – Important at all ages!
- Limit alcohol – Too much can raise blood pressure and add to weight gain
We wish George W. a quick recovery, and we hope this very public incident helps raise awareness about the prevalence and dangers of heart disease. Take measures now to reduce your risk, and stay healthy everyone!
I’m not a republican nor am I democrat. I’m just an independent who is wandering what these crazy people who call themselves POLITICIANS are trying to do? I’m surprised that Barack Obama has been able to maintain his sanity this far. First, you have politicians having affairs or either paying for escorts; second you have shady dealings such as trying to sell a senate seat for money and recognition; third you have republicans doing everything in the book besides acting like a child of God so that the new president can start his tenure off on the wrong foot; and lastly you have the president with only a few days left in office leaving the country in this big recession while he goes to his new home he just brought in Texas!
The whole government is just screwed up and my concern for Barack Obama is can he keep his cool with all this drama and this unorganized government? Can the democrats really bring this country back to where it needs to be? And will the good people of this country be able to trust these shady politicians? What really got me about this whole political thing was the bailout gig. It seems like once Wall Street received a bailout then everybody and their mama came out of the woodworks and wanted a bailout. The auto industry wanted money and the transit system wanted money! What are these people thinking?
I’m also getting tired of people complaining about everybody that Obama picks to be apart of his administration. It seems like no matter who Obama appoints, there was something wrong with his pick. They had something to say when he picked Joe Biden, they had something to say when he picked Hillary Clinton, they had something to say when he picked his chief of staff, and now they have something to say about his CIA pick. Personally, I’ll be glad when January 20th, 2009 arrives so he could go ahead and finally get into office. The uhaul truck has not even pulled up to the white house yet and he is already bombarded with all of this drama!
Lastly, let’s not forget about this Blagojevich and Burris scenario. Even though Burris himself is not accused of anything but the whole Blagojevich thing is just downright shady! This is a situation where you can’t even trust your own governor! And a governor who has a potty mouth like he came straight out the projects. This whole senate seat drama started because of him and now Burris is probably somewhere taking a bottle of Advil to ease the headache he has from being turned away from the senate floor! All I have to say is that I don’t know what the political world will be like over the next four years but hopefully these politicians will get their act together. But if things are still the same, we might as well just send Sarah Palin, Rev. Wright, and Jesse Jackson to Washington, DC to run things!