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This Week’s Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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By Amy & Nancy Harrington, Pop Culture PassionistasA group of celebrities work to end hunger, some furry friends teach healthy living and “The Biggest Loser” has a huge week. Here are this week’s most inspirational pop culture moments.Celebrities Work to End HungerThis week we gather with family and friends to give thanks for everything we have. As we celebrate some of the most fortunate stars are helping Feeding America remind us that there are many families struggling in these tough economic times.The new “Hunger is a Real Story” campaign features big names like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Taye Diggs. These stars are acting out the stories of those Americans who are going hungry.Affleck kicked off the campaign with a background PSA stating that “49 million Americans struggle with hunger. That’s one our of every six Americans.”Ben Affleck Taye Diggs takes on the role of Reggie, a father of four who also lives with his sister’s kids but has no way to feed them all. Anna Ortiz acts out the part of Fernanda, whose husband is a teacher affected by state budget cuts and is is unsure where her family’s next meal is coming from. And Matt Damon plays Steve who finds himself needing the services of a local food bank. He gets over his fear about what his neighbors might think, when he sees them there as well.Each story opens our eyes to the suffering in our own neighborhoods. These celebrities are inspiring us to donate to Feeding America or find a local food bank and drop off donations or volunteer to help.Visit the Feeding America Foodbank Website Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life FacebookPretty much everything important we’ve picked up in our lives, we learned from one Muppet or another. Big Bird taught us about friendship, Scooter schooled us in loyalty and, of course, Oscar was the reverse example of not to be too darn grouchy. Yes, between “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show” and a Jim Henson flick or two, we became much better people.But the masterminds at Sesame Workshop have realized that we live in a changing world. So they obviously figured out that rather than telling people how to get to the Street, they needed to bring the Street to the social network. Earlier this month they launched the “Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life” Facebook page.They kicked the whole thing off with a video teased on the site and posted on their also very tech-forward YouTube channel. In it, Elmo teams up with celebrity Chef Art Smith–he’s Oprah’s go-to guy. The innocent, red puppet introduces the concept–fans can submit questions to Elmo and the Chef online and vote on the answers, too. In a couple of weeks, they’ll both be back to respond to fans’ culinary queries with healthful solutions.No news yet regarding how the Swedish Chef feels about Elmo grabbing his Muppet universe foodie spotlight, but we imagine that he’d say something like, “Freekeeng Ilmu’s steeleeng my thoonder. I’m zee mester cheff oon thees shoo demn it.”Visit the Healthy Habits for Life Facebook PageA Big Week for “The Biggest Loser”The cast of “The Biggest Loser” did a lot of givng back this week. Bob, Jillian and Alison pitched in to help the striking crew. And then during the makeover show, the cast walked the runway for a cure. Last week the crew of “The Biggest Loser” walked off the set and temporarily shut down production. They were demanding a union contract for their work on the reality show, the last big one to still be non-union. In a display of solidarity Alison Sweeney (who has a no strike clause in her contract) along with trainers Bob and Jillian decided to do something to help out the crew rather than stand by helplessly. They auctioned themselves off on Ebay. Alison put three private lunch dates on the bidding block, which went for $1,125 each. Jillian and Bob each offered up a one-on-one training session. Bob’s brought in $3,050 while Jillian’s auction closed at $9,300. The proceeds went to the striking crew. Sadly even that large sum split up between 100 workers basically covered the coffee they each drank on the picket line. The good news is, the strike was settled on Monday and now the crew will be eligible for union health insurance benefits.And the most anticipated episode of “The Biggest Loser” season was on last night–Makeover Week. This year Ken Paves, hairstylist to the stars-including Lady Ga Ga, Fergie, and the Simpson sisters–joined the contestants to primp them for a People magazine photo shoot. And then after the shoot they walked the runway modeling Ford Warriors in Pink clothing and accessories available at FordCares.com in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In a behind the scenes interview, Jillian talked abut working with Ford Warriors in pink, saying, “We’re trying to make sure that a lot of the stuff that goes on this season transcends into a greater, bigger picture. And combating breast cancer is definitely something we’re fighting for.”And in the spirit of paying it forward, two contestants made a big sacrifice for a fellow player. Ford donated a 2011 Ford car to the winner of this week’s challenge, which saw the contestants climbing 300 feet of stairs up and down, 20 times. Ada and Brendan dominated the challenge, but in the end they waited at the top for Patrick to catch up to them before making the final descent, allowing Patrick (an unemployed father of two who drives a 1992 clunker) to cross the finish line first and win the brand new car.Browse Warriors In Pink Merchandise



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