Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thanksgiving Day, known informally as “Turkey Day,” is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving was a holiday to express thankfulness, gratitude, and appreciation to God, family and friends for which all have been blessed of material possessions and relationships. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. This holiday has since moved away from its religious roots.
In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October.
In the United States, it falls on the fourth Thursday of November.
The precise historical origin of the holiday is disputed. Although Americans commonly believe that the first Thanksgiving happened in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, there is strong evidence for earlier celebrations in Canada 1578 and by Spanish explorers in Florida 1565.
This Thanksgiving Day, let’s remember what we truly have to be thankful for and realize that while we may not have everything we want, we want everything we have.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Drive carefully when you are out and about in the community and remember to TEXT LATER. With the roads being slippery we need to keep our total attention in the moment.
Enjoy this Thanksgiving week. Although we all have had trying times these past few years, we still have things to be thankful for. From your friendly Credit Union, enjoy your time with family, friends, and delicious food.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Mental Health Benefits
• Recreation is “re-creation.” It gives us an opportunity for meditation and relaxation.
• Regular exercise can reduce tension and mild depression, and increase mental alertness.
• The increased flow of oxygen to the brain and the release of endorphins.
• Adrenaline, and serotonin along with taking a break from the books help.
• Elevate your mood.
• Moderate amounts of regular exercise can increase immunity to infectious disease.
• Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
Losing or Maintaining Weight
• Body composition can be improved by making exercise and good nutrition a part of
• Because exercise helps burn fat and build muscle, you will look and feel better.
• Combining aerobic exercises and strength exercises works the best. Aerobic exercise burns calories
while strength exercises build muscle.
• Increased muscle increases the metabolism.
How to Stay Motivated
Realistic Goals - If your plan is too ambitious, you might find it too hard to maintain.
Add Variety - Varying activities helps maintain interest.
Start Slowly - Pick a pace that you can work with at moderate intensity.
Stick to three sessions a week at first.
Workouts can be gradually lengthened and intensity increased comfortably.
Forget the expression “no pain, no gain!”
Convenience - Lack of convenience can provide us with a good excuse to stop the activity.
Support - Exercising with a partner often helps people stick to the plan.
Make it Routine - Figure out a way to make exercise a regular
Exercise Should Be Fun and Balanced
Even exercise should be done in moderation!
Exercise is a way to keep our bodies and minds healthy.
Everybody’s Body is different. Value your uniqueness!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A Brief History of Veterans Day
Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the last Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
Celebrating the Veterans Day Holiday
If the Nov. 11 holiday falls on a non-workday — Saturday or Sunday — the holiday is observed by the federal government on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday). Federal government closings are established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — a complete schedule can be found here. State and local government closings are determined locally, and non- government businesses can close or remain open as they see fit, regardless of federal, state or local government operation determinations.
United States Senate Resolution 143, which was passed on Aug. 4, 2001, designated the week of Nov.11 through Nov. 17, 2001, as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.
The difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime
Thursday, November 4, 2010
5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)
2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)
1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)
1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin (85 calories)
One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)
1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)
1 bag Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites (100 calories)
15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers (110 calories)
1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)
50 Eden’s Vegetable Chips (130 calories)
One 1-oz package of Planters NUT-trition almonds (130 calories)
1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories)
2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)
1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap (190 calories)
1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps (50 calories)
1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies (90 calories)
1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack (100 calories)
One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies (100 calories)
One 100-calorie Balance Bar (100 calories)
1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories)
1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (120 calories)
1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories)
2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)
1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar (126 calories)
24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)
Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)
1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories)
1 container Fage Greek Total 2% fat yogurt, 2 tsp honey (173 calories)
Source: Wendy Giman Self Magazine