The Best of the Rest
from Chicago Magazine
peacespa.org recently launched its namesake skincare line of moisturizers, masks, and more. First-time clients receive half off their first full-service treatment that is longer than 60 minutes. Ten percent of proceeds from PEACESpa skincare line sales go toward Peace Journey (peacejourney.com). Read more…
WCIU’s YOU & ME THIS MORNING Show
WCIU’s YOU & ME THIS MORNING Show, hosted by Jeanne Sparrow is featuring www.PEACESPA.org and some healthy inexpensive ways to care for your skin this winter! They also loved the www.ecochallenge2020.org and www.PeaceJourney.com work we do for the world! Tune in next week on Tuesday, 10th in the morning for great tips on skincare and how we are helping the world! Thanks to Courtney Moy, Aesthetician and Liz Grotte for all your help today and of course our favorite PR Gal Deanna D!
The Kravitzes keeping eco-busy
Article by Felicia Dechter
Once upon a time, River North resident Jeannette Kravitz was an international operations scout who helped open 300 photo studios in major department stores. Yet the more Kravitz traveled, the more concerned she became about how she was being treated as an American. So Kravitz left her job, and she and her husband, Randy, decided to let young people become the spokespersons for America. In 2000, they started a nonprofit program, Peace Journey, which funds global education trips for local kids. Their first excursion was in 2003, to Tanzania, Africa, with Latin, Roberto Clemente and John F. Kennedy High School teams, and subsequent trips have included Hawaii, Mexico and Morocco. Read more…
from DAYSPA Magazine
Loving animals is hard work. When the Chicago-area Anti Cruelty Socierty threw its 15th Annual Bark in the Park last May, Juvenesse PEACESpa and Skincare stepped in to give the humans a little TLC too. Read more…
from Skin Inc. Magazine
Chicago’s JuvenesseSpa participated in a Bark in the Park event, which helped raise funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society… Read more…
Nancy Loo on Twitter
FoxTV News Anchor, Magazine Editor
Follow Nancy Loo on Twitter as she highlights ECOChallenge2020.org, and writes about Healthy Lifestyles and more!
Shout Out! for What You Are Thankful for
Wednesday, Nov 25 7:00p
Unwind before the holidays with Colin Egglesfield from CW’s Melrose Place as he presents his Shout Out! t-shirt line and take advantage of absolute vodka deals ($7 cocktails and $175 bottles,) special small bites menu and massages by PEACESpa. From 7 to 8 p.m., guests can attend a meet and greet with Colin while enjoying complimentary passed canapés.
Clean Conscience: Eco- and Kid-Friendly Skin Care
Article by Lisa Shames
It wasn’t enough for Randy and Jeannette Kravitz, the husband-and-wife duo behind River North’s PEACESpa, that their new line of skin care products contain the highest quality cosmeceutical-grade botanicals and natural ingredients—in layman’s terms: green tea, aloe extract, orange oil, seaweed, chamomile and a slew of vitamins and antioxidants—but they wanted their moisturizers, cleansers and masks to have healing powers beyond their containers too.
To wit: 10 percent of the products proceeds go to Peace Journey, a not-for-profit organization that sponsors cultural education trips around the world for Chicago kids.
Looking good AND doing good just got a little easier.
Landmark Grill and Lounge Hosts “SHOUT OUT!” with Colin Egglesfield from CW’s Melsose Place
On November 25, 2009, Maven, Grace PR, Boka Group, and Absolut have joined forces to bring Chicagoans the most eventful Black Wednesday party in the city: “SHOUT OUT! What You Are Thankful For” at Landmark Grill + Lounge (1633 N. Halsted). Give thanks before the Thanksgiving festivities with special guest host Colin Egglesfield of CW’s Melrose Place, as he presents his SHOUT OUT! T-shirt line. This special evening will also feature an assortment of perks, featuring Absolut bottles for $175 and $7 cocktails, a special contemporary American-style small bites menu, and chair massages by PEACESpa.
From 7 to 8 p.m., guests can attend a meet and greet with Colin while enjoying the Lincoln Park hotspot’s complimentary delectable passed canapés. The party doesn’t stop there, catch a glimpse of the customizable, interactive apparel line with detachable letters, numbers and symbols that can be rearranged on a circle message area to display whatever suits your mood. Guests are encouraged to customize their shirts with “what they’re thankful for.” With fans including Paris Hilton and Ashley Tisdale, guests will have the opportunity to purchase or enter a raffle to win one of these celeb favorite T-shirts, with proceeds to benefit Eco Challenge 2020.
An additional highlight of the evening will include DJ J Rose on the decks providing the soundtrack for the eventful night. With a wide variety of interactive elements, relax and give thanks before the Thanksgiving holiday, with complimentary chair massages by River North’s new intimate destination for rejuvenation, PEACESpa and get a sneak peek preview of its socially conscious PEACESpa product line.
Before Thanksgiving, Black Wednesday Party Near Lincoln Park
Posted on November 20th, 2009 by Drew Van Lahr
By now, plans have been laid out for Turkey Day and, more than likely, the ensuing weekend. Before Thanksgiving holiday gets started, Black Wednesday is the last day of freedom until family obligations put a boy scout’s knot on countless hours.
Landmark Grill hosts a getaway for everyone, whether you have to head out the next day or not. They’re throwing a Black Wednesday Party hosted by the CW’s “Melrose Place” star Colin Egglesfield. Egglesfield will be showing people his new SHOUT OUT! t-shirt line and mingling with the crowd.
|PEACE JOURNEY Launches ECOChallenge2020 and PeaceSPA Product Line In Celebration of The United Nations International Day of PeaceChicago, Ill. – September 22, 2009 – The Founders of Peace Journey (non-profit 501c3) and Juvenesse Spa successfully launched EcoChallenge2020 Peace Journey Brazil 2010 and the PeaceSpa product line on Monday, September 21, 2009 5:30-8:30pm to commence The United Nations International Day of Peace. The event took place at the Juvenesse Spa located at 520 West Erie and highlights included a live musical performance from the children of Mark T. Skinner Classical School, Spanish guitarist Fernandez and spoken word performance from J. WGCI’s J.L. Kirkwood titled “Peace Journey.” The program also included speeches from nutritionist Jessica Marie from CHEW Chicago, Executive Sous Chef and Rooftop Gardener David Dworshak from Carnivale, and Slivia Barretto from Faz Brazil Farms. Special guests included Alderman Robert Fiornetti, Audrey Muslimenta from the African Consolute, philanthropist Jonny Imerman from Imerman Angels, Mark Carter from Networking for A Cause, Skinner Principal Deborah Clark, Patrick Snyder from Steve Kaplan Live, Debra Potter from CityExplore.tv , Taissa Magnius from World Cuisine and Theresa Carter from The Local Tourist and NBC Chicago Street Team.Guests were able to mingle with philanthropists and nutritionists while enjoying organic wines, healthy food from Carnivale, chocolate-covered strawberries from The Melting Pot, specialty Peace Journey jewelry from Chic Gems and numerous raffle prizes from sponsors. Money and awareness was raised while guests got to witness peace songs performed by children using rainstick props, drums, expressive dance moves and special sound effects adding a rainforest tone to the event.|
Photographs by Seth Kammueller
ECOChallenge2020.org Feature in City Woman Chicago
Jeannette Kravitz, The PEACESpa, and PeaceJourney’s ECO Challenge2020 were featured in the March/April issue of City Woman Chicago.
Women play so many roles: daughter, mother, sister, friend, professional, world traveler, mentor, chef and before yet, at a certain time in each of our lives we might ask: “What is our true purpose in this life? What life experiences can be used to give more meaning to our lives?”
For Jeannette Kravitz, CEO of PeaceSpa, in River North, her purpose for humanity became clear after her daughter’s devastating car accident in the mid 90’s. Upon arriving to the hospital Jeannette visited the chapel alone. After an emotional and painful letting go, she prayed and asked the universe to heal her daughter. She promised that she would commit her life to finding ways to help children.
National Family Business Winners Announced – Jeannette Kravitz, CEO PeaceSpa.org Awarded!
In early February WE Magazine for Women ~ for busy women on the move, hosted an online competition to showcase a family-run business with a woman in a decision making capacity. The woman we chose among the entrants would then grace the Cover of our Spring 2010 Issue.
In retrospect, this was by far one of the most difficult tasks our team has had to date. According to one judge, “All the entries could easily be our next cover story. Each one was inspiring and interesting in its own way. Which made it that much more difficult to pick just one!” Although it was a challenging task, the judges rose to the occasion and chose one woman who stood out among all the others. That woman is Georgia Durante of PerformanceTwo.com
Criteria included business acumen, working well with family members, community service and life experiences. In addition to these qualities, Ms. Durante was chosen because her story was a particularly compelling story of challenges and success of working in a family-run business! Here’s an excerpt from her entry: “You have to separate family and business. Business is business. You need to treat family members as you would any other employee or it does not work. If you favor a family member over another employee you will have resentments causing your business to unravel.”
Ms. Durante’s story along with 12 other inspiring women’s stories will be featured in the Spring Issue.
In addition to our Front Cover Story, Polly Elmore of Curry’s Auto Service will grace the back cover. Each of the 13 finalists will receive a Commemorative Cover with their picture on it.
The Finalists include:
1st Place ~ Georgia Duarte of Performance Two ~ www.performancetwo.com
2nd Place ~ Polly Elmore of Curry’s Auto Service www.currysauto.com
Jeannette Kravitz PeaceSpa www.PeaceSpa.org
Bacarella of Sportsmens Direct www.sportsmensdirect.com
Georgia Durante of Performance Two ~ WWW.PERFORMANCETWO.COM
Julie Sue Auslander of cSubs | Subscriptions Simplified www.csubs.com
Cecelia Jernegan Home Office Success4u www.homeofficesuccess4u.com
Barbara Schantz of Baby Dipper www.babydipper.com
Cindy Tollen Sudz N Bubbles ~ http://www.sudznbubbles.com/store
Kelly Stallings of Flat Rate Fax www.FlatRateFax.com
Cathy Jernigan of Smart Products www.smartproducts.com
Kathy Pickus Dot Girl Products www.dotgirlproducts.com
Laura Wellington of Wumblers www.wumblers.com
Erika Montgomery of Three Girls Media ~ www.ThreeGirlsMedia.com
Each of the entrants will be showcased on the WE Magazine for Women site. In addition they will be included in our upcoming WE Magazine Hall of FAME section for 2010 which will also include our 2010 Small Business Women Interviews!
According to Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher & Editor in Chief, “It is an honor to be able to share these fascinating stories with our readers. Each one more inspiring than the last. I only wish we had more room (and time) to include even more women in each of our four issues a year.” You can check out the current issue of WE Magazine for Women here.
We magazine for Women is a business and lifestyle online digital magazine for busy women between 25 and 65 who are making a difference where they work, live and play every day… these are Today’s Women on the Move. WE is published by The Women’s eCommerce Association, International – an organization whose mission is to “help women do MORE business on and off the WEB.”
RETIRED MILITARY FIGHTING FOR HEALTHY YOUTH AS MILLIONS OF OUR AMERICAN YOUTH TOO OVERWEIGHT TO JOIN THE MILITARY
Chicago: 438,000 Students in Chicago Public Schools
Years of Youth Health Decline & Too Fat To Join The Military
And a Multi‐Million Dollar Chicago School Lunch Contract Decides Fate
April 21, 2010: The Chicago Public School Board plans to announce next week what company will win the bid to feed 438,000 students daily in Chicago schools over the next 5‐years. It is our understanding that the Chicago School Board plans to renew it’s contract with Chartwell Compass Group based on Chartwell’s revised bid that is $4 million per year lower than the existing contract. Chartwell has not announced to the public how they can deliver healthy foods after such cuts have been made. Chartwell’s annual bid is $56,000,000 per year, or $132.00 per year for each child down from the current $136.98
The question must be asked – is the health of our nation’s youth worth now a price tag of $4 million less?
To compound the issue, 27% of American youth 17‐24 are now too fat to join the military. During World War II, 40% of the recruits were under nourished, so the Military pressed the US Congress to start a school lunch program. We need healthy choices, whole grains, vegetables, and to work to increase the $2.68 per meal through the Child Nutrition ACT. Currently 39 states report 40% ages 17‐24 are overweight. Today, 75% of youth 17‐24 are not eligible for the military primarily due to obesity, education, and criminal records.
Lt. General Norman Seip, 35‐Year Retired Veteran, US Air Force states” “Now we over‐nourish students with the wrong type of empty calories. Kids are taking in about 40% of daily calories in schools. We need to implement successful programs to educate students and families to balance physical fitness and nutrition. We have to reverse this trend. We want to make people eligible, but it’s not just for those who want to join the military, it is essential to reverse this if we want to remain strong and competitive in the global work‐place market.”
Jeannette Kravitz, Executive Director, Chicago’s ECOChallenge2020.org is leading an advocacy program dedicated to paving the way for healthy kids by making significant changes in schools and food desserts by scaling up edible garden growing and properly dealing with waste in a project called 360SchoolProject, while working to attract LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, estimated to be 63,000,000 consumers in America today), who lead by their socially conscious buying habits. Mrs. Kravitz has met and communicated her advocacy for healthier kids to CPS School Board, Aldermen, politicians in Chicago and in the Illinois State Capital as well as educators parents, anthropologists, restaurateurs, Chefs, corporate sponsors, agriculture experts, food vendors, and others to help join the effort.
Founded in 2000, sponsorKIDS Charities Peace Journey is excited about their “new” 10‐year healthier kids advocacy campaign, ECOChallenge2020.
Call to Action: Our work for the Healthy lunches and Healthy Kids could be propelled by interviews by all Media. We welcome your call or email inquiries.
|Feb 16, 2010, Chicago: Flemings Steakhouse and Manager Curtis Nordee hosted our 1st Membership Campaign Party organized by Membership Chairs Patrick Snyder and Randy Kravitz with fine dining healthy food, great drinks and a full information program presented by NANCY LOO Anchor & Reporter from FOXTV!(Watch our Photo Video Montage)34 Volunteers signed up to roll-up their sleeves for kids healthy lifestyles at www.ECOChallenge2020.org!A few of our Special guests included Mary Swopes, Mahogany Scholarship Heritage Foundation, Brian Israel of RNRA, Mathew Sapaula of Chicago Now, Richard Gordon reporter, WGN and Chicago Scene. Corporate leaders included 2 major school food providers from the “3″ major companies invited, Sodexo Inc. and Aramark Education as well as Northern Trust, UBS, Juno Schneider, AHD Events, WhiteSpace Marketing, Taste Marketing and more!Want to join in the fun and receive invites to our next VIP events? Simple, just register at www.ecochallenge2020.orgor for $20 or more you can choose to become a member and get all the updates each month!Become a member! Become a Volunteer! Become a Corporate Sponsorand you and your friends and associates can help us to grow gardens and advocate to fight obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Growing edible gardens in schools and in food-desert areas is where we start — and greening up and better handling waste is next!All Events are co-sponsored by www.peacespa.orgwhere 10% of all proceeds help us help the world|
|PEACE JOURNEY TO LAUNCH ECOChallenge2020 AND PeaceSPA PRODUCT LINE IN HONOR OF ITS
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
EcoChallenge2020 to Create a Balance between ECOnomics and ECOlogy CHICAGO, IL (September 9, 2009) sponsorKIDS Peace Journey (nonprofit 501c3) will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary on The United Nations International Day of Peace by launching ECOChallenge2020 sponsored, in part by PeaceSPA product line to make a positive impact on youth and health care in America. ECOChallenge2020 is a 10 year series that will take youth on journeys to all parts of the world to create a culture of healthy kids by learning the best practices for eating and growing healthy foods in America, and sharing the best ways to care for our planet. Healthy lifestyle chefs, eco-farmers, caterers, restaurateurs, schools, corporate partners, foundations and individuals will also participate in ECOChallenge2020 to teach youth to respect and be mindful of what they put in their bodies. Further information for ECOChallenge2020 can be found at www.ecochallenge2020.org.Juvenesse Spa, originators of the PeaceSPA product line, located at 520 West Erie, Suite 340 on The United Nations International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21, 2009 launches ECOChallenge2020 Peace Journey Brazil 2010 and PeaceSPA products. The Program & School Garden fundraising event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and will include organic wines by Mionetto USA, healthy treats, a silent auction, raffle, donations by Chic Gems Etc, music & more. Celebrity Chefs, Educators, SuperGreen Sponsors, Master Gardeners, and Social MediaGurus and ECOChallenge2020 rooftop garden participant, Mark T. of the Skinner Classical School will also be in attendance. Donations for the event are $15.00 per person, by 5:00p.m. on Sept. 20th, or $20.00 at the door. Visit www.ecochallenge2020.org for further information, to make donations, or purchase tickets for the event.
“I am so excited to launch ECOChallenge2020.org with the commitments of so many people investing in how we can positively influence children’s choices in the food they eat. Our first ECO-Garden 2010 will provide continued interaction with kids to growing food, beginning a movement of youth-green-growers and interest in career paths related to healthy lifestyles! Our legacy of better health in the future is brighter today, with this program.” says Jeannette Kravitz, Founder, Director, and CEO of ECOChallenge2020, Peace Journey and Juvenesse Spa. PeaceSpa products will launch as an investment in human economics, as a percentage of each product sold will support ECOChallenge2020. PeaceSPA products are botanic and help in life’s personal journey to self-realization, bold in beauty and holistic health. PeaceSPA products can be purchased at Juvenesse Spa, or at www.juvenessespa.com.
For additional information about the launch of ECOChallenge2020 please contact us at 312.944.1211 x125 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. About Peace Journey: Peace Journey sponsors groups of students and teachers on trips to select foreign countries on a mission of cultural exploration. Students travel to each culture, opening doors to communication and lasting friendships online and offline. ECOChallenge2020 creates a 2010 to 2020 year commitment to creating a culture of healthier kids who learn how to respect and be mindful of what they put in their bodies, as well as learn the best practices for eating and growing healthy foods, anywhere in the world. Each mission creates further awareness for youth to care for our planet by sharing the best practices online and offline with others, engage with cultures around the globe and come back home to help build school gardens. Each mission is documented and shared with schools, educators, and parents.
As youth learn to share knowledge with other cultures online, in video/documentaries, and work hands-on with land nurturers and stakeholders, a baseline of change is created as youth build on ideas like commodity exchanges, micro-lending to help women farmers, build schools and gardens, engage with stakeholders, peacemakers, foreign governments and build an international co-op of healthy lifestyles, led by American youth.
“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”