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Crown Prince Seafood Recycles to Sponsor Children

August 26, 2013

Our spirits at Crown Prince Seafood are uplifted as we found a rewarding way to cash in on our recycled cans and bottles.  We are sponsoring two children from Thailand, a country that we source many of our products, including Tuna, Crab Meat, and Clams. We are very excited to make a difference in the life of not one child, but TWO!

Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Today, Compassion helps more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries.

Meet Arto

Our sponsor child Arto Mayer is 9 years old and lives with his parents and 3 siblings in a hillside community in Thailand. His favorite activities include soccer and singing, and he also regularly attends church activities. He is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes, and helping in the kitchen.

artoArto’s Community

Ban Pa Pao is located in Northern Thailand and is home to approximately 3,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of bamboo and have thatched roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, colds and tooth decay. Most adults in Ban Pa Pao work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $33 per month.  This community needs schools, Thai language teachers and improved roads. 

Meet Wat

Our sponsor child Nattawat Kingkornkan is 9 years old and lives with his parents and 2 siblings in a small mountainous community in Thailand. His favorite activities include singing and telling stories, and he also regularly attends church activities. He is responsible for making beds.

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Wat’s Community

Baan Jamnoi is located in Northern Thailand and is home to approximately 500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood with corrugated iron roofs.

The regional diet consists of maize, rice, pork, bananas and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include skin diseases and conjunctivitis. Half of the adults in Baan Jamnoi are unemployed, but some work in agriculture and earn the equivalent of $17 per month.  This community needs tuition assistance and stable employment opportunities.

Our Sponsorship

Through Compassion International, our sponsorship provides Arto and Wat with opportunities to help them break the cycle of poverty. Compassion child development centers promote healthy development including eating nutritious meals, learning the proper way to brush their teeth, regular health checkups, getting help with their homework, language tutoring, Bible studies, playing soccer and community service opportunities. Arto and Wat now have a safe place to learn, grow, play and dream about a future free from poverty.

Visit www.compassion.com to find out how you can make a difference in the life of a child.

Think Outside the Box and Make Lunchtime Healthy and Fun!

August 2, 2013

It’s that time again. With school in session (or quickly approaching) it’s time to think outside the box when it comes to preparing healthy lunches that kids will eat. Try serving lunch in a colorful Bento Lunch Box Container!

Get colorful.

It’s easy to have 1 or 2 “go to” fruits or veggies as a side, but don’t be afraid to mix it up. Apples, bananas, berries, sliced melon, grapes, oranges, pears: the greater the variety, the better your child’s nutrition – and the more fun they’ll have seeing what’s inside each day.

Bentos_Sheep_P-114071Shape it up!

Second to food selection is getting your child to eat it. It’s amazing how far a fun shape can go. Give them a choice about their sandwiches (triangles or rectangles), and slice vegetables into fun-shaped wedges or silly curves. Are you feeling inspired? Try this cute Sheep Bento Box by Anna Yamamoto.

Cheat on PB&J.

Yes, it’s a good source of protein and a childhood favorite. But variety is essential to good nutrition. Rotate between peanut butter & jelly, tuna salad, deli cheese/meat, and a pita stuffed with veggies and hummus or a mild fish like kipper snacks. And try different types of bread, while you’re at it. Lunch will stay exciting and healthy.

Cheat on sandwiches, too. Bentos_Hamburger_P-114080

Yes, they’re good finger food, but there’s much more out there, and there are better ways to pack in the nutrition. Try these Meatball “Mini Burgers” with Mashed Potatoes. Or whip up a batch of cold salad (such as a Tuna Pasta Salad) at the beginning of the week and pair daily servings with fresh fruit or veggies.

Make school lunch a family affair.

All of these tips apply not to just kids, but to the whole family, both for the sake of your nutrition and for setting a good example. If you plan for multiple lunches, it’s easier to have the right stuff on hand. Leftovers are a great way to keep it simple at the whole-family level. Making Albacore Stuffed Jumbo Shells for dinner? Prepare a double batch and you’ve got lunch covered.

Clam Juice in Glass Bottles Now Available with BPA-Free Lids

July 18, 2013

Crown Prince is concerned about the issue of BPA (Bisphenol A) in cans and we have transitioned many of our products already to BPA-Free packaging.  But did you know that BPA can also be used in the lining material of bottle lids as well?  We are pleased to inform our customers that our products packed in glass bottles have BPA-Free lids!

Our Clam Juice is imported from Holland. This pantry staple is sourced from clam beds managed for sustainable harvests in the clear waters of Holland’s Waddenzee (Wadden Sea.)

Our Clam Juice is imported from Holland. This pantry staple is sourced from clam beds managed for sustainable harvests in the clear waters of Holland’s Waddenzee (Wadden Sea.)

While the FDA maintains that BPA does not pose a health risk, Crown Prince Seafood is dedicated to providing the safest, modestly priced, quality canned seafood. We will seek to transition all of our products to BPA-Free as the correct packing materials become available.

Keep Your Skin Healthy While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 21, 2013

As the weather warms up we find ourselves spending more time outside. Taking care of your skin is essential, especially in the summertime.

Skin is the body’s largest organ, a waterproof shield providing the first line of defense against foreign substances as well as protecting the body from trauma. Covering about 3,000 square inches, your skin helps regulate body temperature and manufactures bone-strengthening vitamin D, produced through exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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Protecting your skin

Your body only needs about 10 minutes of daily sun exposure (without sunscreen) to produce vitamin D. If you are going to spend more than a few minutes outside, sunscreen should be used to avoid sunburn and reduce your risk of skin cancer. Protect your skin from those harmful UV rays even on cloudy days.

  • Sunscreen should be water resistant and SPF-15 or higher
  • Use a lip balm or lipstick with SPF-15 protection
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face and ears
  • Choose sunglasses that provide UV 400 protection

Treating a sunburn

As soon as you feel that tingling burn or notice your skin turning pink, get out of the sun! It can take hours for all of the symptoms to develop. Try these techniques to reduce skin redness and pain:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling and redness
  • Apply a cold compress to your skin
  • Take a cool bath or gentle shower and moisturize to make peeling less noticeable
  • Apply aloe vera or cortisone cream to soothe skin
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

Getting a sunburn causes long lasting damage, especially in children. In fact, just one bad burn as a child can double their lifetime risk of skin cancer. Seek medical attention if blistering or fever occurs.

Saturday June 8 is World Oceans Day

May 31, 2013

World Oceans Day is an annual global celebration to honor the body of water that connects us all. Unless you live on a coast, it’s probably not something you give much thought to. Yet the ocean is the earth’s lungs, providing the majority of our oxygen. It covers 70% of the earth’s surface, allows trade routes between continents, provides us food, and supports essential global biodiversity.

World Oceans Day

This event has been coordinated and promoted by The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network since 2002. People are encouraged to actively appreciate the ocean and all it provides, and to cultivate greater awareness of the connection between individual choices and oceanic consequences.

Get Involved!

As a third-generation seafood company, the health of our business depends on the health of our oceans; sustainability has long been a major priority for Crown Prince. We recognize that the health of future generations depends on it, too. Both personally and professionally, we encourage you and your family to observe World Oceans Day.

Healthy Weight: Small Changes Really Add Up

May 10, 2013

We know what you’re thinking. “Summer is just 6 weeks away. I need to get in shape!” With New Year’s Resolutions long forgotten, most of us are in shape (if round counts as a shape, that is.) Obesity is a national epidemic that millions of Americans are facing today. With 68% of adults (and one out of every three children) in the U.S. overweight or obese, it’s no wonder that combating obesity is a leading concern across the nation.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

The HWCF, or Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, is a CEO-led effort made up of more than 200 organizations and is designed to help reduce obesity, with a focus on childhood obesity, by 2015.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and increasing physical activity are two key points of the HWCF goals.   The Foundation promotes programs and activities that are designed to help people achieve and keep a normal, healthy weight.

The Together Counts™ campaign promotes the advantages of family meals and physical activity.

The Together Counts™ campaign promotes the advantages of family meals and physical activity.

Crown Prince Involvement

Inspired by the HWCF, we began hosting a “Lunch & Learn” where employees would gather to enjoy a healthy lunch, while getting an education on wellness and improved quality of life.

In September 2011, we formed a “Walk-a-Mile” club to encourage each other to get moving. Whether taking a short walk outside during break time, or hitting the gym after work, every mile counts. We have since logged nearly 5,000 miles!

Small Changes Really Add Up

Making huge lifestyle changes can seem like a daunting task. Start with small changes and team up with friends or family. Studies show that having support provides the motivation to keep going strong!

  • Park & Walk: Try to park farther from your destination and get in a few extra steps.
  • Drink More Water: Can’t seem to eliminate soda and other sugary drinks? Start by swapping out just one soda per day.
  • Skip Dessert: Many of us crave sweets after a meal. Have a piece of fresh fruit instead. If you still can’t get rid of that sweet tooth, opt for a small piece of dark chocolate.

Tell us what strategies have worked for you. Now let’s get moving!

Honoring World Tuna Day: Polynesian Fish Hook History

April 16, 2013

In honor of the citizens of the eight Pacific Islands who declared May 2nd World Tuna Day, we wanted to take time to explore how a utilitarian tool like the fish hook took on beauty and meaning within the Polynesian culture.  The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, and the Solomon Islands) all have Polynesian heritage sharing technologies and design over thousands of ocean miles.  From Hawaii through the Pacific Islands to New Zealand one can see evidence of the shared history of the vital fish hook.

Hawaiian Makau

Known in Hawaiian as the makau, the fish hook represents strength, prosperity and respect for the sea. In the early days of Polynesian settlement in Hawaii, fishermen created fish hooks out of every available material they could find. Using tools and files made from coral and stone, they chipped and carved fish hooks out of whale and human bones, shells, wood, and even from the teeth of dogs.

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Ancient Hawaiians believed that a makau necklace made of bone was a spiritual link to their ancestors. A carving worn by family members over many generations is a meaningful heirloom.

Manaiakalani, the magical fish hook of Maui

Stories of creation narrate that Maui, the Hawaiian demigod, created the Hawaiian chain of islands by dragging his fish hook on the ocean floor. He convinced his unsuspecting brothers in the canoe to paddle furiously by fooling them that he had caught a great fish. With their efforts, Maui’s high mighty fish hook, called Manaiakalani, dragged the land mass out of the ocean and the Hawaiian Islands were born.

Nowadays, the fish hook necklace is made of several different types of material such as koa wood, mother of pearl, fossil bone or in some cases, from ancient mammoth ivory and shark teeth. The modern-day fish hook is strictly ornamental but the meaning behind the Hawaiian fish hook necklace is still relevant.

 Contemporary makau jewelry

Contemporary Hawaiian jewelry artists who create fish hook jewelry and pendants usually make two styles. A simple hook is one made from a single material be it wood or bone. A composite hook is constructed from two types of material such as wood and bone. By varying the positioning of the barb along the hook, artists come up with different creative looks.

Even in modern-day jewelry, some Hawaiian artists have taken pains to use old Polynesian techniques in tribute to the meaning behind the Hawaiian fish hook necklace. Some use natural fibers such as sennet from the coconut or fiber from the olona plant which was deemed so strong that it was used as rigging on sailing ships. Another natural fiber used comes from the hau plant, the yellow hibiscus which is endemic to Hawaii. The fiber is so strong that it was commonly used to make fishing nets.

Fish hooks and octopus lure illustration from "Hawai‘i: A Pictorial History" Compiled and Designed by Joseph Feher, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1969.

Fish hooks and octopus lure illustration from “Hawai‘i: A Pictorial History” By Joseph Feher, Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, 1969.

The importance of knotting

By observing the care taken by the ancient Polynesians to securely lash the fish hooks, we start to understand the meaning behind the Hawaiian fish hook necklace. In the ancient culture, a knot was deemed a sacred binding between man and the gods. In the importance they paid to knotting and cording, the Hawaiians were similar to other ancient cultures. The Incans for example used knots to store information.

Although this was not much used by the Hawaiians, their Polynesian cousins in New Zealand, the Maori, would carve images of gods onto the shaft of the makau. This practice has been adopted by contemporary Hawaiian artists to make “tiki makau”. Images of benevolent gods such as Lono, the Hawaiian god of peace and prosperity, are popularly carved onto Hawaiian fish hook pendants.