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by Sandy Todd Webster on May 17, 2012

Food for Thought

Have you heard about or tried the Green Polka Dot Box™ (GPDB) yet? Think of it as a cyber Costco® model for natural and organic foods and products. This online store—at—is one of the first retailers to take a non-GMO pledge for all the products it sells to its paid-membership audience. The company advertises up to 60% savings on organic products you may be buying anyway—all delivered to your doorstep.

Using cloth or recycled bags for groceries is a positive green initiative—except if your bags are actually turning green! When was the last time you washed yours? A survey by the Home Food Safety Program revealed that just 15% of Americans regularly launder or clean their grocery totes, which can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. “Cross-contamination occurs when juices from raw meats or germs from unclean objects come in contact with cooked or ready-to-eat foods like breads or produce,” says registered dietitian and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson Ruth Frechman, MA, RD. “Unwashed grocery bags [harbor] lingering bacteria which can easily contaminate your foods.” Get thee to a washing machine, stat!

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.