US Wellness News Alert
Back to School Lunch Update! 

August 26, 2012
Monticello, Missouri

Dear John,    

Back to School


It's that time of year again - all over the country students are heading back to school this week.  It's hard to believe another summer has flown by so quickly.  We would like to wish all of our students a happy and healthy school year!   

What do food coaching, recess and food descriptions all have in common?  They are creative ideas schools are implementing to increase the chance students will actually benefit from some of the USDA guideline changes for school meals. This is the largest update to federal school-food guidelines in 15 years and is quite a change for students, school districts and cafeteria workers across the country.  Read this recent article for more interesting ways to introduce healthier foods into the lunch line.  If you aren't seeing any changes in your local school menu or don't like what you are seeing, we are here to help.  Our beef bologna, salami and summer sausage are hits with all the kids we know.  Top with raw cheese and vegetables and they will be the envy of the lunchroom!     


Nearly 26 million Americans are currently suffering from Type 2 Diabetes.  A recently published Harvard Study is reporting that a combination of aerobic exercise and weight training can substantially lower the risk of contracting this disease.  Past studies have shown that aerobic exercise helps lower the risk, but this study followed over 50,000 health professionals and found that a combination of both weight lifting and aerobics can lower the risk even further.  The New York Times also reported on this landmark study and we are continually happy to see news explaining how diet and exercise are so crucial to good health.    


If you are looking for a lean protein packed with flavor now is a great time to try our best-selling Flank Steaks as they are on sale this week!  This 16 oz cut takes to marinades well and is an excellent choice for fajitas.  Don't miss the Flank Steak recipe below featuring a tangy citrus marinade! 


We are happy to be involved with an epic giveaway going on right now at The Primal Toad.  No matter what diet or lifestyle you live there is something here for you!  They are giving away an impressive collection of real food, cookbooks, eating guides, magazines, gift cards and much more!  Head over to the website now - entering is easy and the list of prizes continues to grow.    


We appreciate your patience this week as we have been hard at work restocking our store.  Some of our long lost favorites have restocked this week: beef bone stock, beef tallow, breakfast sausage, ground pork, ground lamb, lamb organs, bison jerky and much more.


As many of you know, some of our US Wellness family visited our Tasmania farms earlier this year.  We get many questions on our Tasmanian partners and encourage you to check out our YouTube Channel for a fresh video tour of their farms so you can see firsthand what a picturesque environment our cattle are enjoying!  


Stay tuned all during the month of September as we celebrate our 12th Anniversary here at US Wellness Meats!  We will be sharing the celebration with all of you by hosting weekly contests and giveaways, all of which will be shared in our newsletter and social media outlets.  There will be plenty of ways to win and some brand new prizes, we're looking forward to it!


Speaking of September, Labor Day will be here before we know it - so if you are planning a special meal or annual barbecue, we highly suggest ordering now!  All orders must be in by this Wednesday, August 29 at 10:00 am CST to ensure delivery before Labor Day.   Our offices and FedEx will be shut down on Monday, September 3 for the holiday.  Shipping the week of Labor Day will be limited since we will not be able to ship on Monday.  We highly encourage you to place your order this week if possible!  


Back-to-School Regards, 

John, Lee Ann, Tressa, Jennifer, Amanda and Laura on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats  

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healthRecent Health News
Consuming Flavanol-Rich Cocoa May Enhance Brain Function

Eating cocoa flavanols daily may improve mild cognitive impairment, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension.

Each year, more than six percent of people aged 70 years or older develop mild cognitive impairment, a condition involving memory loss that can progress to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Flavanols can be found in tea, grapes, red wine, apples and cocoa products and have been associated with a decreased risk of dementia. They may act on the brain structure and function directly by protecting neurons from injury, improving metabolism and their interaction with the molecular structure responsible for memory researchers said. Indirectly, flavanols may help by improving brain blood flow.

In this study, 90 elderly participants with mild cognitive impairment were randomized to drink daily either 990 milligrams (high), 520 mg (intermediate) or 45 mg (low) of a dairy-based cocoa flavanol drink for eight weeks. The diet was restricted to eliminate other sources of flavanols from foods and beverages other than the dairy-based cocoa drink. Cognitive function was examined by neuro-psychological tests of executive function, working memory, short-term memory, long-term episodic memory, processing speed and global cognition.

Researchers found:

  • Scores significantly improved in the ability to relate visual stimuli to motor responses, working memory, task-switching and verbal memory for those drinking the high and intermediate flavanol drinks.
  • Participants drinking daily higher levels of flavanol drinks had significantly higher overall cognitive scores than those participants drinking lower-levels.
  • Insulin resistance, blood pressure and oxidative stress also decreased in those drinking high and intermediate levels of flavanols daily. Changes in insulin resistance explained about 40 percent of the composite scores for improvements in cognitive functioning. 
"This study provides encouraging evidence that consuming cocoa flavanols, as a part of a calorie-controlled and nutritionally-balanced diet, could improve cognitive function," said Giovambattista Desideri, M.D., study lead author and director of Geriatric Division, Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L'Aquila in Italy. "The positive effect on cognitive function may be mainly mediated by an improvement in insulin sensitivity. It is yet unclear whether these benefits in cognition are a direct consequence of cocoa flavanols or a secondary effect of general improvements in cardiovascular function."

The study population was generally in good health without known cardiovascular disease. Thus, it would not be completely representative of all mild cognitive impairment patients. In addition, only some clinical features of mild cognitive impairment were explored in the study.

"Given the global rise in cognitive disorders, which have a true impact on an individual's quality of life, the role of cocoa flavanols in preventing or slowing the progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia warrants further research," Desideri said. "Larger studies are needed to validate the
findings, figure out how long the positive effects will last and determine the levels of cocoa flavanols required for benefit."

Co-authors are Catherine Kwik-Uribe, Ph.D.; Davide Grassi, M.D., Ph.D.; Stefano Necozione, M.D.; Lorenzo Ghiadoni, M.D.; Daniela Mastroiacovo, M.D.; Angelo Raffaele, M.D.; Livia Ferri, M.D.; Raffaella Bocale, M.D.; Maria Carmela Lechiara, M.D.; Carmine Marini, M.D. and Claudio Ferri, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.

Mars Inc. funded the study and provided the standardized cocoa drinks.

American Heart Association. "Consuming flavanol-rich cocoa may enhance brain function." ScienceDaily, 9 Aug. 2012. Web. 23 Aug. 2012.
Recipe Corner

Flank Steak with Citrus Marinade    


Flank Steak
  • 1 Tbsp Spicy Brown Mustard 
  • 1 Tbsp White Balsamic Raspberry Blush Vinegar 
  • 4 cloves Garlic, peeled and crushed 
  • 1 Blood Orange, juice 
  • 2 lbs Flank Steak 
  • 1 Green Onion, sliced to garnish 
  • 1 Lime, juice  


  1. Combine the fresh orange and lime juice and crushed garlic in a small mixing bowl. 
  2. Add brown mustard and raspberry vinegar to the mixing bowl and whisk all ingredients together. 
  3. Allow steak to marinate for up to 1 hour in the refrigerator. 
  4. Remove steak from refrigerator 20-30 minutes prior to grilling. 
  5. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. 
  6. Grill flank steak for 6-7 minutes per side on medium heat, turning once. 
  7. Serve thinly sliced over grilled asparagus or a bed of spring greens. 
  8. Serve with grilled asparagus.  



Recipe and photo compliments of The Food Lover's Kitchen.  For more gluten-free and paleo-inspired recipes be sure to visit their website or download the new app!   


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