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Here's the latest info about local resources, workshops & other events to support you on the journey to living the life you envision. 
 
March/April 2019

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March is National Nutrition Month, the perfect time to recommit to health and wellness goals. Making informed food choices and eating a nutritious diet is essential to overall health, and developing  good eating habits in children is especially important in order to give kids the right attitude about food and eating to last a lifetime.

However, as a busy parent, eating healthy and staying active can be a challenge; and eating on the run can become the norm rather than the exception.  Following are a few tips to help fortify the meals we eat with more nutritional benefits for both kids and adults.

All hail protein. When it comes to nutrients, protein is king. Strive to build each meal or snack around protein, which would include meats, eggs and beans;  then pair it with fruits, veggies and/or healthy fats like nuts and cheese.

Go green. It can be hard to get children to eat their veggies, but it's not impossible. Experiment with different cooking methods--for example, roasting veggies in a little olive oil then sprinkling with just salt and pepper can make a huge

Nutrition Matters: 
Eat Better, Feel Better

difference to taste and texture.  Try other herbs and spices too, such as garlic, dill, and basil which can enhance the flavor of most anything.

Eat together. Researchers  have found that regularly eating together as a family helps pass healthy eating habits potentially preventing obesity later in life. Creating a pleasant, non-rushed atmosphere with conversation and laughter generally means families eat less and make mealtimes more about togetherness than what is on the plate.

Get involved. Parents and children should go grocery shopping together, and read food labels to learn about the nutritional value of food. Having children help cook and prepare meals is another way to teach the importance of ingredients. For even more involvement and nutritional benefits, consider planting a garden to instill an appreciation for vegetables, as well as giving your family some quality time together.


For tips on how to eat healthy on a budget visit
www.choosemyplate.gov/budget
 

Excerpted from an article on AFP Relax News.

Register for Ladies Spa Day


Registration for our Ladies Spa Day opens April 1.  50 lucky ladies will enjoy a day of pampering courtesy of community donations and the generosity of volunteers. First come, first served so register early! Visit http://theupwardclimb.org/ladies-spa-day.html to download the registration form. (Registration not accepted prior to April 1.)

Grow New Skills with Spring SUCCESS Classes


Can you afford NOT to attend these FREE SUCCESS Classes?  So many great opportunities to get support and gain knowledge! Plus, every household in attendance receive a gift card, and childcare is provided.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Here's what's coming  up next:
 
April 1–May 22 @9:30am-12:00pm
English as a Second Language

April 3 @10:00–11:30am
English as a Second Language Advising Session 

April 4 @5:00pm

Parent Support Group
 Topic: Saying No to Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs 


 April 9 @6:00-8:00pm
Healthy Home Series Part II: How to Make the Most of Your Money

April 13 @10:00-11:30am
Elevate Your Success & Increase Your Income
Use interactive games and activities to help realize your potential and earn more $$

April 18 @5:00pm
Small Business Administration Info Session - Start & Grow Your Business


Read more about the classes and let us know if you plan to attend by completing the RSVP form at the bottom of the class description page.

Health Focus: Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Since April is National Humor Month, its appropriate to take a closer look at the saying “laughter is the best medicine.” It may sound cheesy, but recent research indicates that it may actually be true. 

According to Morton Tavel, M.D., a retired physician, laughter does have some measurable positives.  He says, "We know that laughing has the intangible ability to make us feel better — it reduces tension and helps us cope.” But laughter has also shown measurable clinical effects in the body: It releases endorphins from the brain, increases tolerance to pain, strengthens the immune system, lowers levels of stress-provoking cortisol in blood, and is even known to improve vascular function.” 

The staff at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic agrees, citing  health benefits such as:

  • Stimulating organs. Laughter enhances intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates the heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by the brain.
  • Activating and relieving stress response. A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down the body's stress response, and it can increase heart rate and blood pressure. 
  • Soothing tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.


Laughter isn't just a quick pick-me-up, though. It's also good for you over the long term and may:

  • Boost the immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect the body by creating more stress and decreasing immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps to connect people.
  • Improve mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen depression and anxiety which produces an overall feeling of happiness.
Of course, doctors and researchers agree that laughter isn't a substitute for medical care, but it can definitely enhance the effects and certainly can't hurt.  That's something to smile about!

Budget Meal of the Month: Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra Diavolo recipes can often be very hot but you can add or take away the spice by adding more or less red pepper depending on your personal preference. Be sure to use inexpensive medium-size shrimp in this garlicky, spicy classic.

4 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta and about 1 1/4 cups sauce)
Price: $2.47 per serving

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained

Directions:

Step 1: Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; keep warm.

Step 2: While pasta cooks, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic and shrimp; sauté or 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove from pan; keep warm.

Step 3: Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon garlic, pepper, basil, and oregano; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomato paste and lemon juice; cook 1 minute or until slightly darkened. Stir in crushed tomatoes, salt, and diced tomatoes; cook 5 minutes or until thickened. Return shrimp to pan; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve over pasta.

The Freebie Report

Where to Get Food, Healthcare & Other Services for No or Low Cost

  • April  2, 9, 16, 23, 30: - SUCCESS Pantry:  Get groceries, cleaning supplies and health & hygiene items, 1-3 at HDGHA, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace
  • April 12 - EPICENTER at Edgewood Health Fair and Food Giveaway, 2-5pm. Food distribution begins at 3.  Free flu shots, vision screenings and more, 1918 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood
  • April 12 - Food Distribution, 5–7pm at the Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center, 315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
  • April 13 - Youth & Family Resource Festival, 9am-2pm at  Harford Community College in the APGFCU Arena.   This FREE event will feature public and private resources for youth from birth to young adults of all abilities.  Families who pre-register  receive a FREE tote and voucher for a FREE lite lunch.  REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.harfordcountymd.gov/2070/Youth-Family-Resource-Festival.  Free SHUTTLE BUS throughout the day from Hall’s Cross Roads and Magnolia elementary schools and The EPICENTER at Edgewood.
  • April 13 - FREE transportation to Aberdeen WalMart and APGFCU on our SUCCESS shuttle.  Meet at the Somerset Manor community building at 9am.
  • April 20 - Food Distribution 9 – 11:45am at Bel Air United Methodist Church in McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air
  • April 27 - Health Fair and Food Giveaway, 9 AM-12 PM at Mountain Christian Church, Abingdon. Get free health screenings, employment counseling, financial literacy, educational opportunities, mental health support, insurance programs, and more. 3465 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive in Abingdon
ONGOING
  • Affordable Dental Care at West Cecil Health visit WestCecilHealth.org for more info.
  • Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil WATCH program WATCH is a team of community healthcare providers and social workers who visit residents in their home to help solve issues that might be keeping them from achieving their best health such as, transportation issues, difficulty taking medications correctly, safe housing, nutritious food, assistance with medical appointments and more, Services provided FREE of charge. More info at 1-800-515-0044.
  • Medical Transportation by the Harford County Health Dept Learn more here.
  • Harford County Health Department Care Coordination Plus –Links Harford County residents to health care, health insurance, language assistance, food access, appropriate housing, domestic violence, etc.
  • Stop Smoking Classes--Click here to see the location and time schedule.
  • Visit Healthy Harford for more free or low cost Health and Safety Events.

Affordable Housing 
Available


The Havre de Grace Housing Authority is now accepting housing applications for 1-5 bedroom units in their wonderful community at Somerset Manor.
Download forms here.
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