This new group focuses on learning practical and healthy ways to improve our mind, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle in general. We want to be active and healthy members of our family and community.

A New Year. A New You. Eating Healthy In 2017.

Eating healthier is a common New Year resolution many Americans make. Setting goals is a good thing and eating healthy is a great a goal to set for yourself. Eating healthier may help you to feel better, help you lose weight, and combat against certain cardiovascular diseases as well. However, it is reported that 49% of those who promise to be better in the upcoming year, usually fail. Set yourself up for success by following some of these simple hints to get yourself on the right track in 2017:

Small steps - Don’t dive into the deep end! Take small steps, like adding a salad to your diet once a day, as opposed to a big drastic change. Slowly the small changes will soon become a habit.

Drink lots of water - Replace your soda or juice with water. Water helps to flush your body of waste and toxins. Staying hydrated will help combat fatigue, low energy, and headaches. Some mistake thirst for hunger. The more hydrated you are the more likely you are to stay satisfied and make better food choices.

Keep it simple- Counting calories may be too overwhelming. Instead, try a different approach. Incorporate a variety of colorful fresh food. Avoid packaged, canned, and processed foods.

Moderation is key - Avoid the food coma, usually induced by inhaling large amounts of food causing extreme lethargy. Eat smaller portions. Many restaurants serve enormous portions. If you are dining out, eat only half. Your serving of meat, fish, or chicken should be the size of a deck of cards. Your serving of a side of mashed potatoes, rice, or pasta should be the size of a light bulb.

Timing is everything- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can help jumpstart your metabolism. Continue to fuel your metabolism by eating small meals throughout the day. This helps to keep up your energy and makes it easier for the body to break down and digest the food you have ingested.

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Emergency Kits and preparations

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports El Nino has an 80% chance of lasting into spring. El Nino is a complex weather pattern resulting in variations in ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific affecting weather around the world. What does this mean for California? More rain. Although California needs more rain to help out with the drought, a copious amount of rain in a short period of time can lead to disasters like flooding and mudslides. Are you prepared for a natural disaster? The Department of Homeland Security provides tips and information on how to be more prepared for emergencies throughout year. An easy way to prepare for an emergency is to build a disaster supply kit. Here are basic items to include in your kit:

  • Water- one gallon of water per person for at least three days.

  • Food - a three day supply of nonperishable food.

  • A hand crank radio and flashlight.

  • First aid kit. Check to make sure it is well stocked and complete.

  • Whistle that could be used to signal for help

  • Dust mask, plastic sheeting, and duct tape for sheltering in place

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags with plastic ties and containers for personal sanitation use.

  • Cellphone with extra chargers or external batteries.

  • Other supplies - take into consideration for unique and special needs like Prescription medications, pet food, and baby formula or diapers.

  • A tool box – with the simple things that you may need. Screwdrivers, hammer, pliers and other basics. Be sure to include any special tool you may need to turn off the water or gas main.

Maintaining your emergency kit is just as important as getting one put together. Take note to replace items that spoil or will expire such as water and canned foods. Replace and change out batteries especially if it is corroded. Storing your emergency kit in a cool dry place will help prolong the life of your supplies as well.

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Online Security with Social Networks

Technology has evolved tremendously in a short period of time. The internet and online world has changed how we interact with each other, how we talk to each other, and how we receive and put out information. Risks also come with the sensation of online connectivity. According to the FBI’s Counterintelligence division, cyber-security and awareness is necessary as online hackers, bullies, and criminals attempt to exploit Social Media. Social hackers exploit connections through social networks by manipulating people through social interactions to get what they want. Their tactics are often disguised as harmless and legitimate actions.

It is important for both adults and kids to understand the risks involved when participating in social networking and media. Some popular social networking sites include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. Many users do not understand the impact a posting can have on their privacy and the privacy of others in their network.

A diamond is forever…and so are your social network postings. Once information is posted to a social networking site, it is no longer private. The more information you post, the more vulnerable you may become. Check out the Settings for your Social Media Apps.

For additional help, the following organizations and websites details how to protect you from social networking