Did you know that six million children under the age of three live in poverty in the US? Did you know that diapers are not covered by assistance programs like food stamps (SNAP) or the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program? Without diapers children can’t attend daycare or early childhood education.
-By Jenn Conway, MS, CSCS, RCEP, Resident Wellness Coordinator
January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month. Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your good health.
By Peggy Fulda, Social Worker/Case Manager, Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative
In honor of January’s Mental Health Awareness month, we thought it would be pertinent to showcase some of the important work we are doing as part of Philadelphia’s Refugee Mental Health Collaborative (PRMHC.) In many ways, mental health and wellness is the perfect frame with which to celebrate our holistic approach to community mental health work. In our work with refugee families, we work towards mental health by supporting emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. Our work supports refugee mental health and draws on each of these dimensions.
Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day embodies the spirit of dreaming for change and working for justice. It is a national holiday that marks the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later in 1986. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
Now referred to commonly as The MLK Day of Service, it is part of President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative called United We Serve. This has transformed this national holiday into a citizen day of service, where we can work together to meet the needs and seek solutions to the most pressing problems of our communities.
Service is a part of the culture at Liberty Lutheran. In fact, it’s why we exist. On a daily basis, staff and volunteers within The Liberty Family of Services are creating communities and changing lives by offering help and support to people of all ages throughout Eastern Pennsylvania.
Bob Marshall, a member of The Becoming Center, led a vibrant life. The former chief operating officer of two financial firms was enjoying traveling and playing golf with Donna, his partner for more than 20 years. Bob’s years of hard work made for a comfortable retirement until an event eight years ago changed his life forever. Bob’s days of working hard were far from over. With courage, determination and the support of his family, Bob is living proof that life is what we make of it.
-By Vanessa Snyder, Fitness Coordinator, The Village at Penn State
The Village at Penn State offers a vibrant lifestyle to residents at our university-based retirement community in State College. Tai chi classes are a great way for older adults to maintain their health and wellness; one of the many ways seniors here stay active year round.