Saint Mary’s student promotes healthy living through social media

first_imgIntended to promote positivity and wellness to all students at the College, Saint Mary’s senior Perla Ocadiz has launched a new healthy lifestyle campaign, something she said was inspired by her mom.“My mother introduced me to health and fitness at an early age,” she said. “My first major fitness milestone was making the top-ranked field hockey team at my school after training with my mother.”Ocadiz said she also attributes her passion and success with fitness to her personal struggles with weight and body image when she was younger. “I used to have an eating disorder,” she said. “I was super restricting my calories. I had a negative body image. I was over-exercising by running 12 miles a day.” Once Ocadiz realized this mentality was harming her well-being, however, she said she began to re-define herself. “Through my training I’m able to see the progress I’m making, and in the gym realize the performance I’m doing out there — and through that I feel so much better about myself,” Ocadiz said. “Now I never weigh myself on the scale.” Ocadiz said she recommends healthy choices in the dining hall and a positive exercise regimen for college students navigating struggles with healthy living. “Step it up a notch and get your vitamins and nutritional profile from what you’re eating to diversify your diet,” she said. “ … Don’t be afraid to try out different workout regimens even if they’re different than society’s standards.” In addition to creating a positive impact in her own life, Ocadiz said she couldn’t just stop there. She wants to take her own passions and turn them into an influential and motivating experience for others. As part of this mission, Ocadiz said she believes the most effective way of introducing this beneficial lifestyle is through social media. “I completely deleted my personal page so I could be completely devoted to my fitness page, because my true passions lie in the fitness and health industries,” she said. “I deleted my personal account because I wanted to stimulate authentic conversation about these topics. I wanted to be inspired and be a personal source of inspiration for people. I wanted to start a completely new positive social media algorithm.”Ocadiz said she is promoting easy lifestyle changes that will ultimately result in a more promising personal outlook. “Healthy food isn’t bland or boring,” she said. “Follow some social media accounts you wouldn’t normally follow in order to give you ideas about combining different foods. If you’re scared of trying a new type of food, don’t be. It may be surprising to you, and you may like it. Remember, stick to positivity because that is the best source of inspiration.”Tags: Body Image, health, Healthier Lifestyle, positive thinkinglast_img read more

London Church School Rejects Creationism as “Rubbish”

first_imgAccording to a news item on the Ekklesia website, a new Christian academy in London “which unlike many church schools will operate a truly inclusive admission’s policy” will not be teaching the Genesis account of a six-day creation, “because such a view is ‘rubbish’” according to an administrator.  The Oasis Trust runs educational projects for the government.  Rev. Steve Chalke, founding director of the Oasis Trust, was interviewed for Ekklesia.Asked whether the academy would advocate the teaching of creationism, which has been taught alongside scientific explanations of how the world came into being at other academies sponsored by Christian organisations, he said: “No.  We will develop an open and honest curriculum and we will not impose our views on anyone.    “My personal belief is that… those who wish to read into Genesis chapter one that God made the world in six days… are not being honest and scholarly.  It won’t be taught in the school because I think it’s rubbish.  It’s a bizarre thing to claim the Bible suggests that.  Genesis is saying that behind creation is a good God.”The trust’s charter also prohibits the school from proselytizing or “imposing their view of the world on anyone they work with.”  This article was found on a link from World Net Daily.Here is where some separation of church and state would do some good.  Wonder what the “reverend” Mr. Chalke does with the tablets of stone written with the finger of God that stated, For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:11).  Anyone who calls that rubbish had better be prepared to take up the issue with the Author.    This story illustrates that often the most vehement enemies of the Biblical account of creation are not the atheists and Darwinists, but liberal church leaders.  Loving the praise of men, and craving acceptance by the elitist academics, they would sooner call the Word of God “rubbish” than criticize just-so stories of the Darwin Party.  Keep your distance.  He did not send them, but they ran; He has not spoken to them, but they prophesied.  Read Jeremiah’s warning about what the Lord thinks of those who mock His word yet pretend to speak in His name.    Anyone surprised that this state-church academy values being “inclusive” over being faithful, and disparages evangelism?  The hypocrisy of their not “imposing their view of the world on anyone” is glaring.  You had better believe they are going to impose these views on their students: (1) Tolerate everyone except creationists, (2) Never ridicule anyone except those who believe the Bible at its word; those you can call “bizarre”, (3) Keep people from hearing the good news of the gospel, (4) Treat the word of God as rubbish, (5) Never impose your values on anyone, especially the belief that anything is right or wrong, true or false.  These values will be crammed down their impressionable little throats.    Ken Ham reports in his July newsletter (watch here for reprint) that while British churches are lamenting apathy and low attendance, creation ministries in the UK are on a roll, attracting enthusiastic crowds of people with lots of questions.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Vince Carter biopic to be shown at Toronto film fest

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side As confirmed by the Toronto Star, the biopic, directed by Sean Menard, will delve into Carter’s undeniable impact in Canada during his six years  as a member of the Toronto Raptors basketball team from 1998 to 2004..@seanmenard’s documentary THE CARTER EFFECT, an unprecedented look at @Raptors @NBA All-Star Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15). #TIFF17 STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 9, 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vince Carter’s illustrious career will head to the big screen and it’s only fitting it will be first shown where it all began.A documentary titled ”The Carter Effect” will be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be held on Sept. 7-17.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Dubbed as “Vinnsanity” and “Air Canada” for his off-the-charts, high-flying antics, the current Sacramento Kings guard played a monumental role in putting the once obscure expansion franchise on the basketball map and into a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference in the early 2000s.The dynamic eight-time All-Star also become one of, if not the best dunker of all time—punctuated by his now iconic performance at the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.The film will also go through Carter’s ugly split with the team, after he left for the New Jersey Nets in 2004.Now 41 years old, Carter may no longer possess the same youthful athleticism he once had, but he continues to be an effective player in the league.He also helped raise the popularity of the sport  in the hockey-dominated country and helped foster a generation of today’s brightest Canadian stars including Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Cory Joseph and Jamal Murray.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hot-shooting San Beda humbles Mapua for 6th win View commentslast_img read more

ICC World T20: Taskin Ahmed, Arafat Sunny reported for suspect action

first_imgThe International Cricket Council says Bangladesh off-spinner Arafat Sunny and fast bowler Taskin Ahmed have been reported for suspect bowling actions during the World Twenty20.The world body said in a statement Thursday that the pair was reported during Bangladesh’s opening group A game against the Netherlands in Dharamsala on Wednesday.The players will undergo independent testing at an ICC-accredited center in Chennai but can continue bowling until the results are known.ICC regulations state that the report of such an assessment should be completed within seven days from the date of receipt of the match officials’ report.Bangladesh, which won its first game by eight runs, plays Ireland on Friday and Oman on Sunday.The group winner advances to the Super 10 stage.last_img read more

Pledge Your Support For Women In Sport

first_imgThey aim to have 100,000 people pledge their support for Women In Sport. Please follow this link to pledge your support now: a fan of Women’s Health on Facebook:!/pages/Womens-Health-Magazine-Australia/15083547539Follow Women’s Health on Twitter:  or use the hashtag #isupportwomeninsportlast_img

Network for Good DonateNow by the Numbers

first_imgDid you know that people gave more than $7 billion online to charity last year? With Network for Good’s DonateNow service, we can help your nonprofit get your share. DonateNow is an online donation processing service for nonprofits to accept credit card gifts on the web. And with a low monthly fee of only $49.95, online fundraising is now affordable for even the smallest organization.What You Get for $49.95/month1. Money for your mission!Our customers raise an average of $29 for every $1 they pay for our services. That’s great ROI. We wish we got that in the stock market!2. A Rolls-Royce donor experience for the price of a Kia!Our services cost a fraction of the priciest, most feature-rich options out there, yet they include nearly all the same options. Now that’s a deal. And remember, cheaper services generate far less in donations because they don’t reflect your brand. Another brand’s shopping cart lacks the warm-fuzzy feeling donors should get from supporting you!We give you:YOUR BRAND FRONT AND CENTER – A giving page that looks EXACTLY like your website that you get to customize in all kinds of waysMONTHLY GIFTS – Recurring giving options for steady fiscal support to youHAPPY DONORS – Cool features for donors like donating in honor of someone or designating their gift for a specific purpose – plus you can provide thank you gifts for generous donors.CUSTOM RECEIPTS – Customized receipts that will make your supporters smileINSTANT GRATIFICATION – Instant notification when your organization gets a donationALL THE NUMBERS – Great donation tracking reports3. What IRS auditors want!If you want to keep it legal in accepting online donations, you need to file registrations for receiving donations. At present, more than forty states require nonprofits to be registered! Nonprofits that solicit donations in a given state may be required to register as a charity in that state. Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states! (That being said, we do recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)4. Control that’s fun to exercise!We want you to call the shots. With our services, YOU choose the look and feel of your giving page. YOU decide what donation amounts to request. YOU choose the language in your thank-you receipts. We think you know your donors best, so we give you the creative control – and we make it easy for you to exercise that control. Our tools are extremely simple to use – no technology expertise required.5. A marketing and customer service A-team!Along with our services, you get marketing/fundraising tips and training that are so good, it’s like having your own agency! Our nationally renowned marketing, sales and customer service team members and guest trainers – along with our online Learning Center – ensure you’ll get the dollars flowing on DonateNow. And if you’re ever stuck on a thing, a nonprofit expert at Network for Good is just a phone call or email away. We’re here to make you a smashing success.Ready to get started? Contact Us to learn more about DonateNowlast_img read more

Katya’s websites of the week: toilets and trips

first_imgI’m starting a new feature in 2009 – website(s) of the week. This week’s have nothing to do with marketing – they have to do with urination and travel! Because I want to make your life easier not just as a marketer but also as a fellow human being. In the future, I promise to sometimes feature content relevant to marketing.This week’s winners:Check out MizPee to find the nearest clean toilet to where you are now. Ratings available – measured by little toilet paper roll icons. (I read about this in today’s Wall Street Journal.) I’ve always been too intimidated to rate anything at Zagat’s but this I could do.Check out TripIt for your next journey. When you get all your confirmations from airlines, hotels, etc., just hit forward to their email address and they assemble a nifty little itinerary for you! They’ll even tell you the weather! I learned about it from TechCrunch, natch.last_img read more

Grantseeking During A Recession

first_imgDownload the transcript, slides & MP3 audio recording below!Join our special guest Cindy Adams, CEO of GrantStation, as she offers the keys to successful grantseeking in tough economic times. What you can expect:Tips for developing successful grantseeking strategiesA live demonstration of GrantStation.comA live Q&A sessionParticipants will also learn how they can receive a free, one-year GrantStation membership (a $599 value).About our speakerCynthia Adams has been a fundraiser for over 35 years. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Cindy specializes in building bridges between funders and grantseekers. She strongly believes that successful grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the playing field. Her life’s work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the United States. GrantStation was conceived from this basic philosophy.last_img read more

Case Study: Mike Tikkanen and the Kids at Risk Action Group

first_imgAfter just a few minutes with Mike Tikkanen, you’ll be fired up and ready to take action. His passion for improving the treatment of abused and neglected children inspires and educates, and you can’t help but get fired up along with him.After serving for 12 years as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) in Minnesota, Tikkanen founded the nonprofit Kids at Risk Action Group. He had volunteered in the Guardian ad-Litem program and worked with more than 50 “Invisible Children” who are part of the County Child Protection System.“It’s just us in the nonprofit sector,” Tikkanen says. “It’s up to us, the community organizers, to put [the legislators’] feet to the fire.”As Tikkanen and his handful of dedicated Board members try to put together the means to tie agencies together and create connectivity on a larger scale, the fledgling nonprofit has made great strides at spreading their message of hope and action through:The publishing of the book Invisibile Children: Pre Teen Mothers, Adolescent Felons & What We Can Do About It (now available as an audio file on their website or for purchase on invitation to lead a workshop addressing the rights of children at the United NationsThe collection of nearly $1,000 via online donations in the two months since signing up for DonateNowTurning Passion into Fundraising Dollars OnlineAt the recommendation of Kate Thomas, a founder of Lotus + Lama (a website design and marketing firm), Tikkanen and his team decided to begin accepting donations online.Thomas found Network for Good through her own philanthropic activities. Many of the Buddhist organizations she supported prominently featured their Network for Good “Donate Now” buttons, which in turn helped build trust for Thomas. She then began recommending DonateNow to other clients, and upon working with Tikkanen recommended Network for Good as the right fit for KARA, too.“[KARA] was a very small organization doing great work,” Thomas explained. “I said that, ‘My sense is this will really pay off for you; just give it some time.’”Tikkanen echoed Thomas: “When you’re a small organization, what do you do? You only have so many hours. I’m not a man of means, I don’t have secretaries to do things-I do them! There’s no big staff or big budget, and we have to make those donor dollars go a very long way.”Why Network for Good Fit the BillThomas credits the variety of features for her decision to advocate for DonateNow. “The features are really handy-there’s no need to recreate the wheel,” she said. According to Thomas:DonateNow makes it really easy for website designers to integrate online fundraising into the mix; it gives the functionality to process donations without the designers needing to create a newly developed feature.It gives a great way for donors to give memorial donations.The recurring gifts (monthly, quarterly and annually) functionality “will increase fundraising dollars substantially over time.”Nonprofits needn’t create their own merchant accounts to handle the donations.And one of the biggest tipping points? “Using Network for Good increases KARA’s legitimacy because of their [Network for Good’s] reputation,” according to Thomas. “People who have had contact with Mike and the organization might be more likely to give directly. But, others who haven’t met them but found them online and feel strongly about [KARA’s] work would feel they can trust Network for Good; they don’t know [KARA] yet.”Tikkanen has been “impressed with the energies and efforts” of the Network for Good team so far, and seeing some donations rolls in online has given him “a positive feeling.”“[Working with Network for Good] has been an all around positive experience for me and KARA,” Tikkanen said. “Your team made this a simple process to incorporate onto our website and automatic banking and bookkeeping.  We have been pleasantly surprised with several unexpected donations right away. This is a big deal to a small nonprofit like ours. You have been accessible and easy to communicate with and I appreciate that. I believe that making things easy for people in these busy and troubled times is a big plus.”Mike’s Tips for Other Small, Growing Nonprofits“Make things easy for people,” Tikkanen says. “Flow with the stream. Life’s pretty hard at this time, and we have to do what we’re good at. Don’t put your time into things that are painful and don’t work.”Ready to Make Things Easier for Your Donors?Want to learn how DonateNow might fit for your organization? Give us a call at 888.284.7978 x1 or email us, and our team will be happy to discuss your fundraising goals and how Network for Good can help you meet (and exceed!) them.Learn more about KARA at their website: www.invisiblechildren.orgLearn more about Lotus + Lama online: www.lotuslama.comlast_img read more

How to get board members raising bucks for you

first_imgI recently had the folks behind the oldie but goodie, The Raising of Money (circa 1983, since updated) reach out with a nice offer for you – a free electronic copy of their first edition here.It’s been around awhile, but like all good wisdom it still holds up.Here’s a promo of the book from their marketing folks:Every seasoned fundraising professional knows two things: First, face-to-face cultivation of personal relationships is the proven path to attracting large investments — the gifts that can be game-changers for your organization. Second, board members and other volunteers are the best messengers, especially once they’ve made their own investments in the cause.They also know that tying those two threads together can seem a daunting challenge. Even the most dedicated volunteers often shy away from direct involvement in raising money.So for decades, fundraising pros have relied on a “little blue book” to inspire and inform their boards: The Raising of Money, 35 Essentials Every Trustee Should Know, by Jim Lord.In just 108 brief pages, this “executive summary” gives board members the fundamentals of raising money. And the lessons it contains are every bit as relevant today as when it was first published in 1983:* Work from the perspective of the marketplace, instead of the organization’s internally defined agenda and “needs.” * Focus on providing satisfaction and fulfillment for the donor, rather than “selling” them what the organization has to offer.* Authentically involve people in the life of the organization. (The best way to attract top-notch volunteers and donors, especially now.)And most important of all: Kindle the spirit of philanthropy. “Our mission is to provide people with opportunities to do great things … to challenge and inspire them … to involve them in enterprises that will make life better for our generation, and future generations. If we can succeed in this, we won’t have to be too concerned about raising money. ”Again, the first edition of The Raising of Money is available to you, dear blog reader, as a free download at read more