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n Palm Lake Elementary

Second grade teacher Kat Chen is Palm

Lake Elementary’s teacher of the year.


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Maxwell O’Connor, Breckan

Russo, Emilia Sanchez, Lucia

Sanchez, Joshua Scherer and

Natasha Stewart — won first

place in the Division 1, Problem 2

category of the Odyssey of the Mind

Virtual World Finals. They were unable

to attend the awards ceremony

due to COVID-19, but the children

gathered to receive their awards and

celebrate their victory. The team also

won the Ranatra Fusca Creativity

Award for demonstrating outstanding

creativity. The trophy will have

the school’s name engraved on

it. It has previously been on display

in the Explorer’s Hall at the

National Geographic Society building

in Washington, D.C. The division

award was sent to Thornebrooke

Elementary. Congratulations to the

entire A Team for superbly representing

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Thornebrooke Elementary’s A

Team — Emerson “Emmie” Elliott,

Thornebrooke Elementary’s gifted

teacher, Jaime Kentner, is approaching

safety and sanitation

from a STEM — science, technology,

engineering and math — angle.

She designed and built several

hand sanitizer dispensers for TES’s

students and staff members, providing

additional stations around the

school. She also engineered a foot

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Arts Applause Awards Program.

Through the program, participants

receive feedback and learning

opportunities — from master classes

to performance training workshops.

Mackenzie also received an

Applause Award Scholarship for

students pursuing theater in college.

A Thornebrooke Elementary student (front)

demonstrates how to use a hand sanitizer

dispenser that was built by gifted teacher

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pedal for the dispenser, so users

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To safely celebrate and preserve

the long-standing senior rite of passage,

Pointe Orlando hosted the Paint

Your Pointe art contest on the roof of

its parking garage. High school seniors

throughout Central Florida submitted

original sketches or concepts

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Forty-two students were selected by

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Orange County Public Schools

celebrated 14 schools for their efforts

to conserve energy and water,

reduce waste, improve health and

well-being, enhance school grounds

and incorporate sustainability into

the curriculum. Among the top three

winners of the seventh annual Green

Schools Recognition Program was

Westpointe Elementary, which won

the school $1,000. The school gardens

also won a sustainability award

of $750 from the 4Rivers/4Roots

Foundation. Southwest-area schools

that earned incentive awards for

their energy and/or water efficiency

were Bay Lake Elementary,

Maxey Elementary, SunRidge

Elementary, Tildenville Elementary

and Westpointe Elementary.

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The First Academy Class

of 2020 graduate Mackenzie

Wadsworth and current senior

Gabby Torres performed in the

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing

Elizaveta Makarenko of Dr. Phillips

High wins most artistic in Pointe Orlando’s

Paint Your Pointe contest.

center. Three winners were chosen

for best overall spots. Elizaveta

Makarenko of Dr. Phillips High

won most artistic. An honorable mention

was also given to Alexis Vega

of Windermere High. The painted

spots are available for visitors to

see at 9101 International Drive in


Through Nov. 10, Prudential

Financial and the National

Association of Secondary School

Principals are calling on middle level

and high school volunteers to apply

for local, state and national recognition

through The Prudential Spirit

of Community Awards. Florida students

in grades five through 12 are

eligible for 2021 Prudential Spirit

of Community Awards if they have

made meaningful contributions to

their communities through volunteering

within the past 12 months, virtually

or otherwise. The top middle level

and high school volunteer from each

state and the District of Columbia will

be named state honorees in February

2021. They will receive $1,000 scholarships,

engraved silver medallions

and an invitation to the program’s

national recognition events. In May,

the program will name America’s top

10 youth volunteers of 2021. Those

national honorees will receive additional

$5,000 scholarships, gold

medallions, crystal trophies for their

nominating schools or organizations,

and $5,000 Prudential grants for

nonprofit charitable organizations

of their choice. Local-level honorees

in each state will receive awards

ranging from bronze medallions to

certificates. Qualifying local honorees

also receive President’s Volunteer

Service Awards. To apply, visit spirit.


Vincent, a Christ The King Lutheran

Preschool VPK student, approves of

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While November has just begun and Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away,

many Southwest Orlando residents may already feel pressure in their searches

for amazing holiday gifts for everyone on their lists. Though COVID-19 may have

changed many things this year, it hasn’t changed the giving spirit between friends

and family. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual Holiday Gift Guide provides a

comprehensive listing of various local businesses offering safe shopping as well

as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to beauty services to educational

opportunities and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.


Custom Framing

Blue Lotus

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This holiday, pamper that special

person in your life by gifting a Tribe

Tokes Luxury Skin Care Set ($270

each) from Blue Lotus Wellness

and CBD Boutique. After all, the

gift of wellness never goes out of style.

Located at 368 Moore Road in Ocoee,

Blue Lotus also carries gifts that range

from stocking stuffers to luxury skin

care items: aromatherapy with essential

oils, CBD and natural health products,

skin and body care, wellness massages

and spa services. Custom and

grab-and-go gifts from $5 and gift

cards for products and wellness massage

services are also available —

great for loved ones, friends, teachers,

colleagues, pets and more. For more

information, call 407-235-0653 or visit


Eco-Art Custom Framing specializes

in creative, custom, conservation framing.

The company has provided excellent service

and quality framing for every taste

and budget since 1989. All framing is completed

in-house, and the business’ confidential

work ethic has given it an undisputed

reputation, allowing for a varied customer

base, ranging from corporate executives

to exclusive designers to sports celebrities.

Eco-Art carries a wide variety of frames,

mats and glazing options. This year, gift a

piece of art or a collectable that the recipient

will treasure forever. The company is located

at 5162 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando.

For more information, call 407-578-0114 or

visit www.ecoartframing.com.

Festival of Trees

Celebrate a “Season of Joy” with the

Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of

Art. This event brings the joy of the holidays

through elegant trees, sparkling holiday

vignettes, elaborate gingerbread houses

and more. Visitors can admire gorgeous

trees thoughtfully put together by Orlando’s

finest designers, both in-person and virtually.

Tickets are managed through reserved

admissions due to limited capacity. To purchase

tickets, visit councilof101.org.

Lori Lambert, M.D.

Put your best face forward this winter,

and share the gift of beautiful skin with a

friend or loved one. Lori Lambert, M.D.,

is a board-certified OB-GYN physician.

Her office is conveniently located on Dr.

Phillips Boulevard across from the Dr. P.

Phillips YMCA Family Center. Her services

include well-woman exams and screenings,

office-based and minimally invasive

surgeries, as well as obstetrical care and

in-office ultrasounds. Dr. Lambert offers

vaginal rejuvenation laser treatment using

the Juliet laser. The office carries a full line

of SkinCeuticals professional skin care

products. Stop by to see its holiday specials

on SkinCeuticals. For more information, call


Madison’s Jewelers

This holiday season, visit Madison’s

Jewelers, located in Suite 137 at 7335

W. Sand Lake Road in Orlando. The store,

which has been in the Central Florida area

since 1980, carries the major Swiss watch

brands and specializes in larger diamonds of

any color. All precious metals are fabricated

in-house with a design studio on the premises.

Certified service on all Swiss watches is also

available. Madison’s Jewelers buys entire

estates of jewelry, watches and collectables.

Its clients are the company’s assets, and

they are treated like family. Being a familyowned

business, service and quality are far

more important than profits. In addition, the

company will do collateral loans on highend

jewelry, watches and cars. For more

information, call 407-788-7481.

Molly Maid

Relieve the stress of holiday cleaning

by leaving it to the professionals. Molly

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Maid, located at 1101 S. Park Ave. in

Winter Garden, is a residential homecleaning

service. Molly Maid sends a

team of two trained, insured and bonded

home-service professionals to clean the

home. Whether it is a one-time or regular

service, Molly Maid will design a custom

cleaning plan with a free in-home estimate.

The gift of time is always the perfect

present. Gift certificates are available. For

more information, call 407-877-0184 or

visit www.mollymaid.com.


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year, it would be nice to reward yourself

with the gift of beauty. When you see yourself

looking your best, it makes you feel a

little better. At Naturally You Med Spa,

you can give yourself the gift of a more

youthful appearance and make this holiday

season beautiful! The med spa, located at

12139 Apopka-Vineland Road in Orlando,

is currently offering new patients a Botox

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in your home for ultimate energy efficiency,

style, beauty and functionality. The staff is

happy to show you the untold benefits of this

type of window, helping you showcase its

long-lasting curb appeal. For more information,

call 407-818-1023 or visit rbafla.com.


Landscape Nursery

Royal Landscape Nursery offers a

great selection of beautiful plants, shrubs,

trees, palms, citrus and other great ideas to

give that special person something different

this holiday. Show your loved ones you care

and give them a gift that keeps giving and

growing all year long. Visit Royal Landscape

at 2204 Hempel Ave. in Gotha to handpick

the right gift to express your love or appreciation.

Operating hours are Monday-Friday from

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For more information, call 407-296-3042.


Roof & Contracting

Give the gift of security to yourself and loved

ones. To Universal Roof & Contracting,

building and installing a roof is more than just

completing a job — it’s a family tradition of

ensuring that a person’s home is protected to

last a lifetime. Universal Roof & Contracting

provides top-notch products and services.

When a property’s value and lifespan is

increased, homeowners can be reassured

knowing their space will safely house them,

their dreams and the ones they love for years

to come. Schedule a free evaluation and estimate

today! For more information, call 407-

401-7058 or visit universalroof.com.


Preparatory School

Windermere Preparatory School

is a pre-K-3 through grade 12 college

preparatory school. While academic

achievement is its highest priority, it is complemented

and enriched by a multitude

of resources and extracurricular activities

such as fine and performing arts, athletics,

clubs and community service. WPS’s students

share their love of giving to the local

community in a magnitude of ways, including

the “Share Your Christmas Food Drive”

with WESH News or the lower school’s

collection of toys and clothes for the holidays.

The goal is to allow the students to

share their love of giving all year long. For

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Huntington Learning Center

Getting Students Back on Track for Success

Many students struggle with their

schoolwork under normal circumstances.

When parents factor in the

upheaval of schools closing early or

transitioning to virtual learning at the

end of last school year and the continued

inconsistency so far this year, it is

no surprise that more and more students

are falling behind. For parents in the

Dr. Phillips and Windermere areas,

Huntington Learning Center can


Executive Director Aziz Kabani

explained the problem facing students

today is they are trying to play catch up

while already at a disadvantage. There

is a known learning regression that happens

every summer. When parents take

into consideration that this past summer

was even longer due to COVID-19,

children aren’t retaining the information

they learned as well and are struggling

as a result.

“What’s happening is there’s no continuity

with the learning environment right

now,” Kabani said. “It’s hard to be able

to learn the same amount of skill when

half the class is online, the other half is

in person. The goal for us is to be able

to give them those specific skills that

they’re missing.”

Staying One Step Ahead

Huntington Learning Center is committed

to helping students, not just get

back on track, but continue to progress.

“Our goal is to always have students

working one grade level ahead,”

Kabani said. “We identify where their

skill level is and build all the way up.”

Huntington Learning Center does this

through thorough evaluation of what

each student needs and one-on-one

instruction customized to each child.

It also offers a virtual option for those

who aren’t comfortable coming to the

center in person. Virtual students get the

exact same learning experience online,

as well as access to the same 3,000

pieces of curriculum that is available in

Although Arya (left) and Ziya are identical twins, Huntington Learning Center

creates a program tailored to each one’s specific needs.

the center. Whether it’s reading, writing

or math, the teachers are able to continue

one-on-one instruction online at no

extra charge.

“The first thing we do is give the

student an assessment to see exactly

where they fall with their skill level,”

Kabani said. “Our goal is to be able

to identify any setback or any gaps in

their foundational skills. From there, we

develop a program for each individual

child. There are no two students in our

program that are working on the same

curriculum. It’s all based on specific


The dedication to each child’s success

and willingness to go above and

beyond is what truly sets Huntington

Learning Center apart. The teachers

work in partnership with parents and

schools. They have progress meetings

with the child’s parents every few weeks,

so they are informed of what skills their

child is working on and how he or she is

progressing. They may reach out to the

student’s teachers at school to collaborate

on the best way to help the student

progress, and they are happy to attend

IEP or 504 meetings to advocate for the


All teachers at Huntington Learning

Center are required to hold a minimum

four-year degree and must be


trained specifically in the subject matter

they are teaching. The center has

been helping students for more than 20

years and is accredited by the Middle

States Association. It is also accredited

as a private school by the Florida

Department of Education.

With the largest SAT program in the

state, their average test score increases

are impressive. A Huntington student’s

SAT test score will on average increase

by 250 points or more, and their ACT

test score will on average increase by

6 points.

“For some people, it’s the difference

between even going to college and not

going to college,” Kabani said.


Confidence in Academics

Confidence-building is a key element

in helping students excel. All the teachers

at Huntington Learning Center aim

to encourage the students and boost

their confidence. Parents who come to

Huntington Learning Center are often

in a contentious relationship with their

kids. They feel frustrated and discouraged

at having to fight over homework

every night and not being able to help.

And, the kids are doing what Kabani


All students receive exceptional test

preparation from the team at Huntington

Learning Center.

calls delayed avoidance. They want to

do everything else except their homework,

because it’s hard. They want to

save the hardest thing for last, and then

it doesn’t get done.

“We want to let students know that

they can do the work,” Kabani said.

“The biggest complaint we get from

the parents is, ‘I cannot sit with my

child and do homework. My daughter

and I get into a fight every single night

about doing this, because it’s too hard

for her and she doesn’t want to listen

to me.’ When we’re able to build these

skills, the student is able to work independently,

and it changes the whole

relationship between the parent and

the child, because they’re able to get

back to being Mom and Dad and the

child instead of the teacher and the


After studying at Huntington Learning

Center, the same children who struggled

to read when they started at the center

are now reading two or three grade

levels ahead. And, they like it, because

they’ve become good at it. Huntington

Learning Center builds those skills and

the confidence to tackle learning challenges

and excel at them.

For more information, call 407-290-1111 or visit

huntingtonhelps.com/center/dr-phillips. ª

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n Ocoee



Scott Cookson

of Ocoee is

included in The

Best Lawyers in


compiled by Lauren Salinero

The Last Days are Now! Home

Owners vs the H-O-A Home of

Antichrists, a new book by Ocoee resident

Bonnell Leon Patrick, known

as Malachi the Messenger, was released

by Dorrance Publishing Co.

Inc. Malachi’s religious book details

his relationship with the material work

and how it has affected his faith.

Ocoee resident Scott Cookson,

a partner at ShuffieldLowman, was

selected by his peers for inclusion in The

Best Lawyers in America in real estate

law. The Best Lawyers in America is

published in dozens of city and regional

publications in the U.S., including U.S.

News & World Report. Scott practices

in the areas of real estate, land use and

local government law.

West Orange Chamber of

Commerce representatives held

a ribbon-cutting for Express Signs

& Graphics Inc. in Ocoee. WOCC

builds partnerships, strong businesses

and commitment to the community by

serving as the leading business advocate

in Central Florida, facilitating

opportunity to nearly 1,000 member

businesses. For more information

about WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or

visit wochamber.com.


New customers only 2 hour minimum.

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West Orange

Chamber of


ambassadors celebrate

the opening of Express

Signs & Graphics Inc. in




resident Hope

Newsome is

elected to Heart

of Florida United

Way’s board of


n Windermere

Officials of the Orlando Philharmonic

Orchestra named eight new members to the

orchestra’s board of directors. The new appointments

were evaluated by the board’s

Membership & Governance Committee and

voted on during recent meetings of the full

board of directors. Among those selected

was Windermere resident Lillian Garcia.

She will serve as a community member for

the 2020-21 orchestra board.

n Winter Garden

The city of Winter Garden

launched the official website for its

historic downtown. The site highlights

attributes of the downtown area

and city, and it serves as a resource

for visitors, residents and local businesses.

For more information, visit


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Representatives of Heart of Florida

United Way announced the election

of the organization’s 2020-21

board of directors, officers and three

new board members, with a total

of 37 community representatives.

Sean DeMartino, a Gotha resident

and president of the Central &

photo courtesy of WOCC


resident Sean


is elected as

chairman of Heart

of Florida United

Way’s board of


North Florida Division of Coastal

Construction, having previously served

as vice chairman, is the newly elected

chairman of the board. The newly

elected vice chair is Windermere

resident Tracey Powell, vice president,

pricing & revenue management

— Disney Parks, Experiences and

Products. Among those elected is

Winter Garden resident Hope

Newsome, Esq., a managing partner

at Virtus LLP, who will serve a

three-year term.

Congratulations to the following

Southwest-area residents on their

academic achievements:

• Professional pharmacy student

Kimberly Acevedo of

Winter Garden attended her

White Coat Ceremony at Cedarville



This isn’t

your Grandma’s

Thrift Store

Tri City Center 1027 S. Dillard Street & W. Colonial

We are excited to share the opening of our new

Matthew’s Hope Chest Store & Boutique. The store

features real wood furniture and home decor, much of it

custom-built, repaired, refinished or repurposed in our

Hope Chest Workshop. In addition, the store offers wood

furniture and decor that can be purchased as-is, prepped

for refinishing, or we can completely refinish pieces to

your specifications.

The Hope Chest Store also features a Boutique of higherend

clothing that has been donated to Matthew’s Hope

but is not useful to our homeless friends. These items

will be sold to purchase the items we do need.

To learn more or make a donation of wood furniture, decor or clothing,

please contact Sharlene@MatthewsHopeMinistries.org

This is not a Thrift Store and Donations cannot be left at the Store location.

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Never Stop

playing the games you love.

Masson Spine Institute is a globally

recognized Center of Excellence for

advanced arthroplasty solutions.

Specializing in complex spine surgery

and cervical disc replacement, we

treat professional athletes and

weekend warriors, maximizing each

patient’s chance for the best possible

outcome through state-of-the-art

technology, diagnostics, planning,

prehabilitation and rehabilitation.


• Winter Garden resident Kevin

Borbath was an incoming freshman

this fall at the University of Kentucky

College of Arts & Sciences.

• Windermere resident Jolie

Desruisseau was awarded

the Antonio and Edna Criscuolo

Endowment Scholarship for the

2020-21 academic year at Valdosta

State University.

• David Green of Ocoee joined

the student body at Hofstra University.

• Ocoee resident and Ocoee

High School graduate Tam Ha

matriculated to Hamilton College as

a first-year student.

• Winter Garden resident Lorissa

Lynn King earned a Bachelor of

Arts in sociology and anthropology

at Wofford College.

• Nancy Metallo of Ocoee

graduated magna cum laude with

a Bachelor of Science in paralegal

studies from Roger Williams


• Winter Garden resident

Rochelle Strassner, a Global

Field Program student from Miami

University’s Project Dragonfly,

participated in a new course with

conservationists from around the

world to launch a conservation

campaign for positive ecological and

social change.


Brown, director

of special

events and


for SeniorsFirst,

speaks at a

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips


Although we try to ensure that all information presented

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People living with diabetes know

the condition comes with highs and

lows — especially when it comes to

managing blood sugar. For those

on insulin, blood sugar can get so

low that it’s considered a medical

emergency, known as severe hypoglycemia

or a very low blood

sugar emergency. This can happen

unexpectedly. This means that

people living with diabetes must be

prepared for the unexpected lows

and, just as importantly, make sure

their support network knows how

to help.

“When a very low blood sugar

emergency happens, the person becomes

unable to treat themselves,

meaning that someone around them

will need to act and administer a

rescue treatment,” said Gregory

Dodell, M.D., FACE, AACE, endocrinologist

and diabetes expert.

“That’s why it’s critical for people

with diabetes to be prepared,

have a rescue plan, and empower

their support network with their


Dr. Dodell shared a few tips to

help diabetics be prepared for low

blood sugar. Learn the signs and

symptoms of low blood sugar and

very low blood sugar emergencies.

Low blood sugar occurs when

blood sugar (glucose) levels have

fallen below 70 mg/dL, but symptoms

may start occurring at higher glucose

levels as well. A drop in blood sugar

can range from:

• Mild — The person is conscious

and able to think clearly enough to

self-treat by eating or drinking fastacting

carbohydrates like certain

candies or juices that contain sugar.

Preparing for Low Blood Sugar Events

Everyone who has diabetes should have a safety plan in case a low blood sugar

emergency occurs.

• Moderate — The person is

conscious but may not be thinking

clearly. He/she can usually self-treat

moderate low blood sugar with glucose

tablets or by eating or drinking

fast-acting carbohydrates.

• Severe (very low): The person is

conscious or unconscious and unable

to self-treat, requiring someone else

to administer a rescue treatment like

glucagon. This is a very low blood

sugar emergency.

In each of these scenarios, it’s

important to recognize the signs,

check blood sugar and take the

appropriate steps to bring blood

sugar levels back within a target

range. Symptoms of low blood sugar

vary at different stages and from

person to person but may include

pale complexion, shakiness, lack of

coordination, mood changes, slurred

speech, inattention and confusion,

seizures or loss of consciousness.

Develop a low blood sugar

preparedness plan. People on insulin

may be at risk for a very low blood

sugar emergency, so it’s important

that they talk to their doctors about

being prepared and which glucagon

prescription is right for them and their

support network. Part of having a

low blood sugar preparedness plan

is keeping your support network in

the know, so they’re ready to help in

case of an emergency.

To help people with diabetes and

be prepared in the event of a low

blood sugar or a very low blood

sugar emergency, Lilly Diabetes

launched the Know Before the Low

educational initiative, a website

on which people with diabetes

and their support network can find

information, as well as questions to

ask their health care team, about a

preparedness and rescue plan that’s

right for them.

Think beyond your friends and

family for your support network.

Dr. Dodell emphasized that people

with diabetes should reflect on their

routines and look at who is around

them to determine who may be able

to administer a rescue treatment

during an emergency. A support

network should go beyond family

and friends to include co-workers,

coaches, roommates, teachers and/

or neighbors.

“On the road, I rely on my tour

manager and crew, so I’ve brought

them up to speed on diabetes and

how to recognize any lows,” said Lilly

Diabetes ambassador and singer/

songwriter Crystal Bowersox.

“They may not be typical caregivers,

but I’ve made sure they are a part

of my support network. In the event

of an emergency, they know where I

keep my rescue treatment and how

to use it.”

“Whether you’re at home or onthe-go,

always keep low blood

sugar supplies, including fast-acting

carbohydrates and an unexpired

rescue treatment, close by — whether

it’s in a bag, nightstand or pocket,”

Dr. Dodell said.

For more information and resources,

including a doctor discussion

guide and low blood sugar tip list,

visit knowbeforethelow.com.

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It is recommended by nutritional

experts that fruits and vegetables

should be parts of everyone’s

daily eating pattern. However,

only 1 in 10 Americans meets the

recommendations for fruit and

vegetable intake, according to the

Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention. Confusion around the

glycemic index and its dietary

implications may be another barrier

to adequate consumption.

“The GI has been around for

40 years,” said registered dietitian

Constance Brown-Riggs, M.S.Ed,

RD, CDE, CDN. “Its intention is to

indicate with a single number how

quickly a food will cause a rise in

glucose in the bloodstream, and it

can be used by people who want

to achieve weight loss or by people

with diabetes for choosing which

carbohydrate-containing foods to

eat. However, the GI doesn’t give

the full picture, and many nutritional

professionals, like me, believe that

it leads to misinformation about the

healthfulness or nutritional qualities of

foods, including fruits and vegetables.”

As November is National Diabetes

Awareness Month and a time to

bring attention to diabetes and its

management, Brown-Riggs offered

her insight into the most common

GI misconceptions, supported

by findings from a new survey

conducted by Today’s Dietitian and

sponsored by Potatoes USA.

• Myth: High-GI foods should be


Foods like potatoes, carrots,

watermelon and ripe bananas have

GI scores that are categorized as

“high,” and this score might lead

people to remove them from their

diets or label them as “bad” for their

health. The truth is that these are

nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables

that should be included as part of

any healthy, balanced eating plan.

Even nutritional professionals

surveyed who use the GI with their

patients or clients do not rule out

high-GI foods completely. Three out

of 5 strongly believe that eliminating

high-GI foods and allowing only

low-GI foods can cause people to

exclude perfectly healthy foods from

their diet, like potatoes. Potatoes

Three Truths About the Glycemic Index

Potatoes are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and people who have diabetes can

eat them as part of a healthy diet.

should be encouraged in any diet,

because they are a nutrient-dense

vegetable and high-quality complex

carbohydrate that provides 3 grams

of plant-based protein per serving;

30% of the recommended daily value

of vitamin C; and under-consumed

nutrients, including potassium (15%

of the daily value) and fiber (7%

of the daily value) per a 5.3-ounce

serving with skin.

• Myth: Using the GI is the only

way to select foods and plan meals.

The reality is, it’s more important

to focus on the overall nutritional

qualities of a food when building

meals. It’s also more practical to focus

on the glycemic effect that a meal

has on blood sugar rather than focus

on the effects from individual foods.

That means looking at carbohydrate

needs and content at meals; realizing

how the fiber, protein or fat content

of a meal can impact blood sugar;

and prioritizing combinations that

work to meet individual goals.

“When choosing foods, it’s

important to consider the big picture

and know that being balanced is the

best approach rather than focusing

on one number,” Brown-Riggs said.

“A versatile nutrient-dense vegetable

like the potato can be prepared in so

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many enjoyable ways, like mashing,

roasting, sautéing, steaming, grilling,

baking and more. They’re easy to

prepare and pair with a variety of

cuisines, too. Potatoes are a good

carb and perfect addition to a

healthful, balanced plate.”

For reference, a medium skin-on

white potato (148 g/5.3 oz.) has 27

mg of vitamin C (30% DV), 620 mg

of potassium (15% DV), 2 g of fiber

(7% DV), 3 g of plant-based protein

(6% DV), 1.1 mg of iron (6% DV), 0.2

mg of vitamin B-6 (10% DV), and 110

calories (26 g of carbohydrate, 3 g

of protein, 0 g of fat).

• Myth: Nutritional professionals

use the GI frequently with patients

and clients.

The GI is not a tool that the overwhelming

majority of nutritional

professionals use when providing dietary

guidance or recommendations.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of nutritional

professionals surveyed report

that they do not use the GI when counseling

their patients and clients; and

among those who do use it, 70% do

so infrequently. An overwhelming majority

(83%) of nutritional professionals

also report that the GI isn’t part of the

nutritional guidelines for food or meal

selection of clients or patients in their


Rethink the GI and be inspired

to try new recipes this National

Diabetes Awareness Month.

For full survey results, visit the

Today’s Dietitian White Paper

landing page at www.todaysdietitian.

com/white_papers.shtml. For more

information about potato nutrition,

visit potatogoodness.com/nutrition.

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Winter Garden Pizza and Sweet Dee’s Cupcakery team up to support our Veterans with Challenge 22!

The American Legion Post 63 in Winter Garden has been partnering with local

Winter Garden business owners Stephen Facella at Winter Garden Pizza and

Diandra Culver at Sweet Dee’s Cupcakery to raise money and awareness for

Challenge 22.

Challenge 22’s mission is to increase awareness and decrease suffering for

veterans and active duty members of the military. The sad reality is that there are on

average 22 suicides happening per day due to PTSD.

Challenge 22 uses donations to help its partners in serving veterans in the

community, giving them hope and healing. On Nov. 14 at Veterans Park, there

will be live entertainment, a silent auction, food vendors and fun activities for the

whole family.

Stephen Facella and Diandra Culver are no strangers in giving back to our

community. They are passionate about this because the community has been so

supportive in helping keep their businesses alive through the pandemic.Their

visions are remarkably similar, so they decided to team up. Every Thursday and

Saturday, you can pick up a half dozen surprise cupcakes for a donation of $22.

Please email sweetdeesfl@gmail.com or call 407-395-9456 to reserve yours! Winter Garden Pizza will have cupcakes

available at their location after hours.

Having a Vietnam veteran family member with severe PTSD has given Stephen Facella a very personal connection in

raising funds. When asked about his motivation for helping, he shared, “I have seen how it has affected their life and

relationships, and it pains me that they haven’t been healed." Stephen added, “Please write your elected officials to get

veterans the care they need and deserve. Fund programs with your own contributions and attend the Challenge 22 event."

The Winter Garden Community would like to thank you for continuing to support these amazing local businesses, and on

Nov. 14, we will see you for food, fun, community and family activities!

For more information on how you can get involved with The American Legions Post 63 and Challenge 22, visit


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different members of our community who really make a difference in the lives of others. If you know someone who is

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School News


The Holy Family Catholic School Lions started its 24th year with roaring spirits. New

measures and additions to the school include both virtual and in-person learning; an

expanded front courtyard that allows for extra breaks for the students while maintaining

social distancing; plexiglass desk screens as an extra layer of protection; and Swivi

technology, which allows virtual learners to participate and interact with the live

classroom, including their teacher and classmates. The overwhelming support of

teachers, staff members, students and parents enabled HFCS to provide these tools to

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Learning is shining brightly under the neon light at Castelview

Elementary School. Ms. Branch’s third grade class participated

in glow games to review for their multiplication and division test.

Games included bowling, Jenga, ring toss, tic tac glow, Connect

4 and glow blasters.

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n Charities/Fundraisers

Through Dec. 10 — Community Charity


MetroWest Master Association and the MetroWest

Public Safety team up to support Edgewood Children’s

Ranch by hosting the MetroWest Community Charity

Challenge through Dec. 10. Residents solicit donations

from the community and local businesses by blasting

out flyers. The community or business that collects

the most donations is recognized in a press release

and the quarterly MetroWest Lifestyle Magazine.

Donations can be picked up by the safety team or

dropped off in Veranda Park, 2121 S. Hiawassee

Road, Suite 132, Orlando. To participate, email


Nov. 9-13 — Handbags For Hope Virtual


The Harbor House of Central Florida Young Professionals

Board sponsors the third annual Handbags for Hope.

The purse extravaganza includes new and gently used

designer handbags up for auction. The auction goes

live Nov. 9, and proceeds benefit the Harbor House

Children’s Program. For more information or to view

the purses that are up for auction, visit qtego.net/qlink/



Nov. 11 — Golf For the Angels Tournament


The El Campeon golf course at Mission Inn Resort

& Club, 10400 County Road 48, Howey-In-The-Hills,

hosts the Golf for the Angels Tournament 2020. Time:


7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $175. Those who cannot

attend in person can still join in by buying helicopter

drop balls — 5 balls for $20 and 30 balls for $100.

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Nov. 13-Jan. 3 — Night Of A Million Lights


Give Kids The World Village illuminates the village

for 53 nights during Night of a Million Lights, a walkthrough

holiday spectacular. More than 1 million lights

adorn the 84-acre village, including a 150-foot lighted

tunnel leading to 33 decorated villas; more than 50

larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframes, some spanning

more than 40 feet; an enormous incandescent

gingerbread arch; space-themed decorations; and

Santa Claus greeting guests. Tickets can be purchased

now at www.gktw.org, with proceeds benefiting Give

Kids The World. For more information, visit www.


Nov. 14 — Harvest Of Hope Garden Party

Matthew’s Hope Ministries’ seventh annual Harvest

of Hope Garden Party, including light hors d'oeuvres,

music and fellowship, takes place at the Pines

of Windermere. Cost: $75, includes a catered

meal. Donations are accepted online, and partnerships

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Nov. 15 — GriefShare: Surviving The Holidays

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-

Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts GriefShare: Surviving

the Holidays, a one-time, virtual, free program for

anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, no matter

how long ago the loss occurred. Participants learn

how to get through the upcoming holidays and

face the future with hope. The program is offered

via Zoom. Time: 2-4 p.m. To register online, visit

st.lukes.org/griefshareholidays. For more information,

call 407-876-4991, ext. 262; or email


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Through Feb. 14, 2021 — Art Exhibition

The Orange County Regional History Center, 65 E.

Central Blvd., Orlando, presents Yesterday, This Was

Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, an art exhibition

that examines the largest incident of voting-day

violence in U.S. history. For more information, visit


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Nov. 5, 12 & 19 — Virtual Toastmasters


The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.

Time: Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information,

email vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com or visit


Nov. 10, 17 & 24 — Virtual Toastmasters


Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754

holds Zoom meetings. Attendees learn to develop

their oral communication and leadership skills in a

supportive and positive learning environment. Time:

Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information

or to request online Zoom meeting details, visit

www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and click

“Contact Us.”

Nov. 11, 18 & 25 — Virtual Toastmasters


The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For more

information or to register for a virtual meeting, visit

2362.toastmastersclubs.org and click “Contact Us” at

least one day before the event.

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