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Practice the FIVE

It's School Time! Make it a SAFE Year.

Parents it is time to send your children back to school.  This year is going to be different than ever before. Students will have anxieties about classes, meeting new classmates, additionally this year safety is at the forefront.  Begin talking with your children about hygiene issues.  Of course bathing, fresh clothing, brushing teeth and now doing The Five.  These five behaviors can keep your child safe.  

In school, students practice fire drills.  These exercises help children get out of dangerous environments.  At home, practice The Five:  Wash your hands, cough into your elbow, Don't touch your face, stay 6 feet apart and if your child is feeling sick, please keep them home.

It's Okay to Care for Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

July is Mental Health Awareness Month.

We know that there are times when we are just not okay.  Please know that it's normal and it's okay.  We need to learn how to take care of ourselves, reach out to professionals if need be. 
 
Tchiki Davis, Ph.D., states that It’s so important to make sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day, not just when you get sick. Learning how to eat right, reduce stress, exercise regularly, and take a time-out when you need it are touchstones of self-care and can help you stay healthy, happy, and 

It's happening outside.

Be Healthy, Get Moving.
Grab the kids and take them outside.  Now is the time to get moving.  Run, jump, skate, dance, hike, swim, jog, walk, just do some physical activity. Drink plenty of water and take in the sun.  Make sure you use sunscreen lotion.  Make today a fun, healthy day.

Be The Change in Your Day


To Day is Your Day
          
       Make a note about your awesomeness.
       Fake it until you make it.
      Develop a plan to reach your goal.
      Do positive self talk. "I can..."
      Exercise your right to be happy,
      Drink from the cup of hope.
      Mediate, relax and visualize your next move.
      Move!  Nothing can be accomplished if you are sedentary.

Pitt County Community Resources



Pitt County Community Resources

Pitt County families can receive government grants, free debt help or cash aid, and other forms of support. Students can get free back to school supplies and there are gasoline vouchers, free daycare programs, and even Christmas toys for kids.
Try contacting the Salvation Army at 252-756-3388. This non-profit charity organization from time to time will have limited funding available to help people pay certain everyday expenses. They may be able to provide funds for paying rent, utility and energy bills, housing expenses, provide food, and much more.

Wear a Mask










Why We Wear a Mask!

“Masks should be worn anytime you are in public or people are nearby. Masks act as a physical barrier to protect you and others from viral and bacterial particulates. Many people unknowingly infect others by going out and spreading germs by coughing or touching others,” 

  • As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the CDC is recommending that everyone wear a cloth mask when they go out in public.
  • Experts say the homemade masks won’t protect anyone from getting sick, but they can help prevent the spread of the disease by those with the virus.

Be in S.H.A.P.E.

What are you doing to Be in SHAPE?

So often, women are busy caring for everyone: children, husband, parents, and co-workers among others that they forget to take care of themselves. They often develop that superwomen complex.  "A woman with a Superwoman Complex constantly needs to prove that she is smart, secure, strong and self-sufficient as defined by Urban Dictionary."  As we approach the holiday season, it is time that you slow down and change things in your life.

Toss Your Worries


It is almost Friday!  Perhaps it was a week of deadlines, disappointments or surprises.  It is time to relax, release and recharge.  This weekend, do something fun.  Lose yourself in child's play.  If the weather permits, spend time outside.  Go for a walk, smell the flowers, do some yard work or go fly a kite! 
 
"Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail
They'll be blown away by a merry gale,
Go fly a kite and toss your worries to the wind

To a Healthy 2012

Re-post from a year ago.  I believe it is still relevant.

Healthy and Soulful in 2011
byMinerva D. Freemanon Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 8:18am

Hats off to a Healthy New Year!
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

“Keep the soul in your heart and the health in your life”
Soul food is tasty, simple, hearty, and rooted in tradition.  Many soul food recipes - succulent fried chicken, sweet potato pie, rich macaroni and cheese, sloppy barbecue ribs and meats, and ham hock collard greens with pork fat -- have been passed down over the generations and include cooking ingredients that we know today are not healthy for us to eat in large quantities.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Reject the Lemonade


I had an epiphany today about lemons and lemonade.  Often people are encouraged to make the best of a bad situation; “Make lemonade out of lemons” as the adage goes.  Just accept that your choice is either to take the lemons or make lemonade.  Today I ask why?  Why should I take your lemons?  Why should I drink the Kool-Aid?  Moreover, why am I soaking up your gravy when I do not like the bread or the sausage?  Furthermore, I might not even like lemonade, Kool-Aid or gravy.