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Fun activities to do with the family to celebrate Valentines Day!

Take your kids to the local indoor farmer's market! There are often new foods to sample, arts & crafts, and sometimes music. The food displays are so beautiful you may be surprised what new food your children will try. Let your kids pick one jar of canned food to take home: sweet and sour pickles are a big hit.

Check out the Healthy Child Healthy World website and their blog on 90 Non-Toxic Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine's Day this Valentines Day.

And on Valentine's day, bring the kids or grandkids or grab a friend and join us at the State House in Augusta for our 2nd Annual Love Maine Rally on Tuesday, February 14th, 10:00-11:30 AM.

RSVP: Tracy, tracy@ldame.org or click here to sign-up.

Things you can bring with you:

- A red or pink shirt for Valentines Day

- A Valentines Day Card to give to lawmakers. Print one here for you or your child to decorate, or make your own!

- A copy of a family photo to stick inside a Valentines Day Card or email a photo to tracy@ldame.org and we will add it to a card for legislators.

LDA's Maine Healthy Children's Project, The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, and Mainly Moms and Dads will kick off the 2012 campaign to get toxic BPA out of baby food packaging, infant formula packaging, and canned foods for toddlers. We will also release our testing of several baby and toddler food cans for BPA.

This is a kid-friendly event. We will have a place for kids to make Valentines cards, play, and eat snacks.

To RSVP, click here.

Toxins in your soup?

Walk down any aisle in the supermarket and you'll pass shelf after shelf of canned foods: baked beans, soups, tomato sauces, vegetables, and more. While many of us consider the healthfulness of the foods we are buying, it may be equally important to consider the packaging.Bisphenol-A, or BPA for short, is a chemical added to food can linings to help prevent the metal from corroding.

 It is also a chemical that mimics hormones, such as estrogen, that are naturally produced in the human body. BPA has been shown to leach out of can linings into food, where it is ingested by consumers. A growing body of research has linked BPA to a higher risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who ate a small portion of canned soup every day for only five days had a ten-fold increase in blood levels of BPA as compared to people who ate fresh soup. Researchers noted that many people consume canned goods on a regular basis, and thus may be exposed to chronically high levels of BPA. One study found that 93% of people in the United States tested positive for BPA.

For more information about the Harvard study, visit the New York Times food blog. Click here to read more about data linking BPA to negative human health effects.

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