Alyssa Milano & Diane Henderiks: January 7, 2016


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ALYSSA MILANO IS AN ACTRESS, MOTHER, BUSINESSWOMAN AND PHILANTHROPIST

AND JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER WORKING PARENT, THIS MOTHER OF TWO FACES THE DAILY CHALLENGES OF BALANCING THE DEMANDS OF CAREER AND FAMILY WHILE ALSO MAINTAINING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

ALYSSA MILANO JOINS US NOW, ALONG WITH REGISTERED DIETITIAN AND CHEF DIANE HENDERIKS, TO SHARE SOME OF HER FAVORITE TIPS ON MAKING SMARTER EATING CHOICES.

 

ALYSSA MILANO:

Actress Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye.  A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film.

Currently, Alyssa is the host and a judge on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” alongside judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman.  The new season of the show is set to return in the first quarter of 2016.

Alyssa has a history of starring in long running successful television series. She starred on the hit WB series “Charmed” for nine years. The series’ debut was the highest-rated premiere in the network’s history, and continued to be a great success for Spelling and The WB. The show’s international appeal has brought it to more than 100 territories around the world, spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. She also starred on the Fox cornerstone series “Melrose Place.” She began her career on ABC’s “Who’s the Boss” which aired for eight years. Alyssa had a recurring role on the hit NBC comedy, “My Name is Earl,” and starred in the ABC comedy, “Romantically Challenged.”  Alyssa also starred in the ABC series, “Mistresses.”  The sexy drama series followed four women and their sometimes scandalous romantic lives.

Alyssa was seen on the big screen in Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve,” with co-stars Robert DeNiro, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Sarah Jessica Parker and “Hall Pass,” opposite Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis.   Alyssa’s additional film credits include “Hugo Pool” co-starring Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr., the Imagine/Universal film, “Fear,” and “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.” She provided a lead voice for Disney’s sequel to the animated favorite “Lady and the Tramp.”  She also starred in and produced the independent film “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.”

She was seen in Lifetime’s “Sunday’s At Tiffany’s,” based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson.  Alyssa also played the title character in the Lifetime Original Movie, “Wisegal,” (which she also produced).Her other role is outside the world of Hollywood, as a philanthropist. UNICEF invited Alyssa, in 2003, to become a National Ambassador, recognizing her charitable work on behalf of children.  Her first trip with the organization was to Angola, Africa (May 2004) to see first-hand the issues plaguing the newly liberated country.  Alyssa followed that trip with a visit to India in June 2005.  She is currently working with UNICEF to educate American youth to the issues crucial to that country’s evolution.  She has worked on UNICEF’s pivotal “Trick or Treat” campaign as an official spokesperson, and has plans to work with UNICEF on numerous projects in the future.

International relief work is not new to the actress. Alyssa hosted a photography exhibition and auction in 2002, in Los Angeles raising money for charitable efforts in South Africa.  An avid photographer, Alyssa displayed her own work, as well as that of school children from L.A.’s Venice Arts program.  The event raised close to $50,000 for Nkosi’s Haven, an organization that runs care centers in South Africa for AIDS-afflicted mothers and children. Alyssa was honored for her efforts with a humanitarian award from Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.  It was this work that got the attention of UNICEF executives. The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control (GNNTDC), an alliance of international partnerships based at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington D.C. and formalized by the Clinton Global Initiative to lead the global effort to treat, control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the world’s poorest countries recently named Alyssa the organization’s founding ambassador. Alyssa will continue work to raise awareness of GNNTDC and NTDs among the mainstream media and with the general public.  The John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center and the Associates of Breast & Prostate Cancer Studies presented Alyssa with the Spirit of Hollywood Award in 2004, which honors individuals from the entertainment industry for their personal dedication and commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others. Alyssa also attended the 2004 Democratic National Convention on behalf of the Creative Coalition and is an avid supporter of MTV’s Rock the Vote campaign.

Alyssa also has her own clothing, jewelry and eyewear line, TOUCH by Alyssa Milano.  Launched in the Spring of 2007, TOUCH was born out of necessity.  When Alyssa, an avid baseball fan, went to games, she wanted to wear fan gear to support her team, but found that the product mix offered in the marketplace did not address her everyday fashion needs.   She felt women should be able to look stylish while cheering on their favorite team.  So, she partnered with G-III Apparel Group and Major League Baseball to design and distribute a line of juniors’ ladies MLB apparel.  The line is not just for baseball fans anymore.  She has joined forces with the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Major League Soccer, Minor League Baseball, The Kentucky Derby and NASCAR, to make TOUCH available to their fans as well.Her book,  SAFE AT HOME: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic (William Morrow), chronicles Alyssa’s passion for baseball and how her love for the game has helped shape who she is.  She entered the world of graphic novels with the release of “Hacktivist,” a fast-paced cyber-thriller about friendship and freedom in a time of war. The story follows Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft, the young founders of the world’s most innovative social media company who moonlight secretly as one of the most notorious black-hat hacker teams on the planet.  The second volume was released July 2015.

Alyssa is married with a son and a daughter and resides in Los Angeles.

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DIANE HENDERIKS:

Diane Henderiks is on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well!

Diane graduated from Monmouth University with degrees in marketing and management then began a career in the garment district of New York City. It did not take long for her to realize that learning and teaching about the balance of food, cooking and health was where she wanted to focus her career. Diane returned to college to focus on nutrition and health sciences. She then completed the Dietetic Internship Program at The University of Medicine & Dentistry in New Jersey where she received the Award for Clinical Excellence then her Registered Dietitian credentials. Diane then went on to start “Diane M. Henderiks, R.D. & Associates, LLC”, her nutrition consulting firm.

Cooking has always been Diane’s passion and she began to notice that people were equating eating healthy with boring, bland food which was not what she was whipping up! After years in private practice she self-published 2 cookbooks, designed a signature line of spices and culinary items and started, “Diane’s Daily Dish”, her personal chef and catering business. “Any dish can be revamped to be good for you”, she says, “it just takes a little education and finesse!” Diane is the host of“Chef Inspired Healthy”, her series on The Daily Meal Video Network where she slices and dices delicious dishes with America’s top chefs and she is one of America’s go-to food, healthy cooking and eating experts for national television, print and on-line media! Throughout her impressive career, Diane has been a regular on-air contributor both Good Morning America and The Better Show, featured in The New York Times and Shape Magazine, contributing author to many of the nation’s top print and online publications and guest healthy cooking expert on The Chew, Fox & Friends, The Juice, CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, CBS News, WGN, ABC News, NBC, FOX, CNN, TLC, The Better Show, Martha Stewart Radio and more. Diane is an advisory board member for the American Vegetarian Association and an active member of the American Dietetic Association, International Association of Culinary Professionals and Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Diane travels the country sharing her expertise and engaging audiences at the nation’s top food & wine festivals and women’s events with her true Jersey Girl pizzazz. Some of her favorites have been Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, The Food Network New York Wine & Food Festival, The Snowmass Culinary & Arts Festival, Foxwood’s Food & Wine Festival, WOR Radio’s Taste of New York, Taste of the LPGA, Taste of Vail, Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, Sandestin Wine Festival & Phoenix Women’s Expo. Diane continues to pay it forward by sharing her talents and expertise with Autism Speaks, JBJ Soul Kitchen and other wonderful charitable organizations.Day to day, Diane manages her catering company, teaches cooking classes and packs school lunches for her two boys. She has raised the culinary bar for healthy cooking and is renowned for her expertise in creating wholesome cuisine that is both delicious and nutritious.

 

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