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Outer Aisle Gourmet Cooks Up Tasty Gluten-Free, Low-Carbohydrate Veggie Recipes for Athletes, Celiacs, Diabetics, Dieters and Vegetarians

7 Oct

New veggie bread, pizza crust, pasta and rice product lines offer restaurant-quality taste while keeping vegetables disguised from kids young and old so the whole family can enjoy eating a healthy diet of delicious meals

By Robert Hoskins

Outer Aisle Gourmet introduced a new product line of Veggie Pizza Crust, Veggie Pasta, Veggie Rice and Veggie Bread that are made with fresh vegetables and are naturally gluten-free and low in carbs, calories and fat.  The new products offer a delicious menu for athletes, vegetarians, diabetics, dieters, celiacs and health conscious eaters who will enjoy eating one to two servings of vegetables with every meal. Non-vegetarian families can top off any of these tasty vegetable-based products with chicken, beef, pork or shrimp to provide a balanced meal.

Outer Aisle Gourmet Cooks Up Tasty Gluten-Free, Low-Carbohydrate Veggie Recipes for Athletes, Celiacs, Diabetics, Dieters and Vegetarians

Outer Aisle Gourmet Cooks Up Tasty Gluten-Free, Low-Carbohydrate Veggie Recipes for Athletes, Celiacs, Diabetics, Dieters and Vegetarians

“According to a Gluten-Free Shoppers Survey, over 71-percent of consumers reported that it was hard to find gluten-free products that tasted good.  Our family agreed,” said Jeanne David, Outer Aisle Gourmet’s President and Head of Product Development.  “One thing my husband and I know about from growing up in New Orleans is great tasting food.  I thought it would be fun to cook up some improved gluten-free recipes that would taste more like a delicious meal you would enjoy eating in any restaurant in New Orleans.  That’s why our products are selling so well. They actually taste great!”

Due to heavy demand for its tasty products, Outer Aisle Gourmet is currently running a Kickstarter campaign through October 19th to raise $30,000 to expand production and move a step closer to its ultimate goal of building a nationwide distribution channel.  Until they achieve their goal, the only way for consumers outside of the Santa Barbara area to sample Outer Aisle Gourmet’s products is to contribute to their Kickstarter campaign before October 19th.

Outer Aisle Gourmet’s vegetable-based products do not contain any artificial ingredients and have a shelf life of more than three weeks when refrigerated.  The products are perfect for healthy grocery stores and restaurant franchises and big box retail outlets that serve gluten-free products to their customer base. Call (805) 682-1990 or visit the company’s website (www.outeraislegourmet.com) to inquire about placing future distributor, restaurant and retail outlet orders.

After the Kickstarter campaign succeeds, Outer Aisle Gourmet’s veggie products will be rolled out in Santa Barbara, Malibu, Camarillo, Carpenteria, Agoura Hills, Moor Park, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Fillmoor, Ojai Valley, Oxnard, Santa Ynez, Solvang, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Ventura County, California.

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GiveForward Announces Strategic Crowdfunding Partnership for Medical Bills with WhatNext

15 Aug

New Alliance Paves Way for Cancer Patients to Raise Money for Medical Bills

By Robert Hoskins

GiveForward, a crowdfunding leader helping families and friends raise money for a loved one’s medical bills, is pleased to announce a new partnership with WhatNext, an online cancer support network that connects those effected by cancer to highly relevant peers, resources and information.

GiveForward will help you change someone's world

GiveForward will help you change someone’s world

“Our mission is to ‘Create Unexpected Joy’ for families by giving them a place to rally together and support their loved ones during times of medical crisis,” said Desiree Vargas Wrigley, CEO of GiveForward. “Through this partnership, we hope to help cancer patients raise money for their medical bills while supplementing the incredible support they receive through WhatNext’s community.”

GiveForward will be an additional resource for WhatNext’s members, providing emotional support and financial education on how to raise money to meet the high cost of a cancer diagnosis.

“At WhatNext, we aim to provide our members with valuable resources during their fight against cancer,” said David Wasilewski, CEO and Founder of WhatNext. “Our constituents often ask about how to finance their treatment, and through our partnership with GiveForward we can now give them another effective option.”

According to a Duke University study, the average out-of-pocket cost for cancer patients with health insurance is $8,500 per year. This partnership comes at a time when health care is unaffordable for many Americans, and those patients and families affected by cancer now have a viable solution to substantial medical costs should they occur.

GiveForward is the leading crowdfunding site focused on helping families and friends raise money to help offset a loved one’s medical bills. Co-founded in 2008 by Desiree Vargas Wrigley and Ethan Austin, GiveForward has raised over 53 million dollars and helped thousands of families across the country. WhatNext is the premiere online community for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers looking to connect with peers and access highly relevant resources and information.

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Start A Cure Donation-Based Crowdfunding Platform Launched to Streamline Cancer Research Donations

29 May

Upset at the Amount of Donations Actually Donated to Cancer Research, Start A Cure Lauches World’s First Crowdfunding Site Directed Entirely to Cancer Research Funding

By Robert Hoskins

Start A Cure is the world’s first patient focused research crowdfunding platform to be entirely directed at cancer. Start A Cure launched with a call to action to a small portion of our cancer researcher contacts to upload projects for funding beginning on June 1, 2013 for beta testing. Start A Cure is the crowdfunding for cancer research project created by the national patient advocacy nonprofit, Malecare, which is one of America’s largest men’s cancer support and advocacy national nonprofit corporations.

Upset at the Amount of Donations Actually Donated to Cancer Research, Start A Cure Lauches World's First Crowdfunding Site Directed Entirely to Research Funding

Upset at the Amount of Donations Actually Donated to Cancer Research, Start A Cure Lauches World’s First Crowdfunding Site Directed Entirely to Research Funding

Listening to its large cancer survivor community, Malecare learned about the large untapped pool of potential donors who want more control over where their money goes. Right or wrong, these potential donors are cynical about the way research projects are selected by government agencies and foundations for funding. They would rather choose specific projects to fund and have the opportunity to connect directly with the scientists guiding those projects. Many are also unhappy about the small percentage of donated dollars that researchers receive from government and charitable foundations. Malecare and its all-volunteer cancer survivor leadership decided to act. The emergence of crowdfunding websites, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and pro bono finance sites such as Kiva provoked an opportunity to create a new kind of platform that both informs and empowers cancer patients and their family, friends and allies to directing their funding dollars towards research that can have meaning in their lives. Start A Cure instantly received support from the cancer researcher community. Dozens of cancer project managers from leading institutions and academic centers like Harvard, John’s Hopkins, UCLA and MD Anderson requested that their research be part of Start A Cure’s launch. By posting text and video of individual researchers and their current projects, Start A Cure raises both funds and awareness for cancer research. Donors search and browse through a menu of current research projects and choose to donate funds to projects that resonate in their own lives. By creating an efficient web based distribution system, Start A Cure is able to distribute 92% of funds raised directly to researchers, far more than any other cancer research funding scheme. Start A Cure also helps inspire students and provides hope to our cancer survivor community, by highlighting the people working night and day to develop better treatments and cures; helping us all live happier and longer lives. Projects include those that have already received foundation, government and other grants, along with projects seeking proof of concept funding. Start A Cure will quickly become the fundraising platform for all tumor types. Start A Cure is entirely complementary and supportive of the existing fundraising foundations and modalities and will only grow our cancer research capacities, worldwide.

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Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Kicks Off for HAPIfork to Help People Slow Down How Fast They Eat

21 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

HAPILABS announced the launch of their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the manufacturing and distribution of HAPIfork – the world’s first connected fork that helps people monitor how much they eat.

HAPIfork is the world's first connected fork. The personal technology tool monitors how fast people eat and helps them slow down

HAPIfork is the world’s first connected fork. The personal technology tool monitors how fast people eat and helps them slow down

HAPIfork transforms people’s relationship with food as it monitors how fast the user is eating and helps them slow down. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, HAPIfork was selected among the finalists for the CES Innovations Award, Health & Wellness category. The word quickly spread in over 50 countries globally culminating in hundreds of articles, blog posts, tweets, television and radio appearances as well as a fun shout out from The Colbert Report.

“While our product is still a prototype, we’re thrilled by the global response so far,” says Fabrice Boutain, HAPILABS founder. “We believe this is affirmation of the growing consumer health awareness movement to gain better control of issues impacting weight and digestive issues as well as more serious issues such as diabetes and other chronic conditions.”

Keeping in line with Kickstarter rewards at various funding levels, the HAPIfork will be offered as a perk for up to 2,500 people funding $89, and at the $99 level for anyone else who would like to be in the first commercial batch. In addition, the opportunity to be part of the beta testing program, receiving the HAPIfork at the earliest possible availability date, is offered at the $300 level perk. The campaign, which starts today and runs until May 31, 2013, has a fundraising target of $100,000.

HAPIfork was designed by French entrepreneur and inventor Jacques Lépine whose idea was based on research which shows that by eating slower, people can improve the way they feel, improve their digestion and lose weight. HAPIfork aims to modify eating behavior by slowing down how fast people eat and being more present with when and how long it takes to eat, leading to an overall healthier state of being and living.

Unlike other health related tools, the HAPIfork is inconspicuous and appropriate for out of home use. The Bluetooth enabled smart fork also collects information for future analysis or monitoring in clinical settings. All data is transmitted to a ‘personalized online dashboard’ when the HAPIfork is connected to the users computer or mobile device making it easy to monitor eating habits and health improvement at home or on the road.

HAPIfork will be released in three colors (blue, green and pink) and will ship to Kickstarter funders first before the general public. HAPIfork comes with a color coordinated case making it easy to carry everywhere. The product will initially go on sale in the US and EU in the fourth quarter of this year.

HAPILABS helps individuals in the 21st century take control of their HAPIness, health and fitness through applications and mobile connected devices. HAPIfork is part of suite of devices, applications and services from HAPILABS aimed at improving overall health, well being and happiness. Products in development include the HAPIwatch to help people sleep better and the HAPItrack to help people stay in great shape. Offering elegant and simple solutions, HAPILABS helps people achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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