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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. 
 
January 2019

In this Issue:

Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet with New SUCCESS Classes
 


 

Ready to make 2019 your best year yet?  We can help!  Our new schedule of SUCCESS Classes can help. The new sessions are now posted on our website and include everything from ESL classes to healthy cooking sessions to learning about  local resources to parenting workshops. 

Our next sessions are detailed below. Check out the full schedule at theupwardclimb.org.

Health Focus: 
Glaucoma Awareness

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.

Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. and is most prevalent among African American and Latino populations. it is also 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. 

Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.


 







 


There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. That's why early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.  

The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.

7 Ways to Beat the
Winter Blues


With holiday bills high, temperatures low, and the days way too short, it's easy to feel down during the winter.  But.here are 8 proven ways to lift your spirits and ease those doldrums.

1. Let there be light. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can help provide an extra dose of sunshine to enhance your mood.

2. Have a chocolate fix. Finally-- reason to indulge!  Chocolate has been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety.  

3. Help others. Volunteering can improve mental health and life satisfaction.

4. Turn on the tunes. Research has shown that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improves mood in both the short and long term.

5. Plan a vacation. Everyone needs something to look forward to, and even the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness.

6. Exercise. Walk briskly for about 35 minutes a few times a week to boost your energy and your attitude. 

7. Get outside. Spending time outside (even when it’s chilly!) can improve focus, reduce symptoms of depression and lower stress.

Budget Meal of the Month


Ratatouille

This classic meal feeds a crowd inexpensively or makes for ready-to-take lunches all week.

Total: $17.98 (makes 10 servings)
Price per serving: $1.80

Ingredients:

  • 2 onions: $2
  • 3 bell peppers: $4
  • 2 eggplants: $3
  • 2 zucchini: $1.50
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced: 50 cents
  • 2 lb. tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and chopped: $4.98 or use diced, canned tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme and 2 Tbsp. fresh basil: $1
  • 4 cups of rice: $1
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

An “easy” way to make ratatouille is to just stir fry your vegetables in olive oil, making sure to add them in the right order.

 

First chop all vegetables into bite size pieces. Put 1/4 cup of olive oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Then, cube or dice the vegetables and add them in the order on the ingredients list or with the vegetables that need the most cooking time.

Add each vegetable before you cut up the next one and stir regularly. Then, turn down the heat, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 40 minutes. Serve it with rice or homemade bread.

The Freebie Report

Get Food and Healthcare for No or Low Cost:
  • January 24 - Project Homeless Connect 9:30am-4:00pm (dental patients arrive at 7:00am) at Harford Community College, APGFCU Arena. More than 50 Free Services including Dental Care (cleanings, fillings & extractions only),  Vision Care (including reading & prescription glasses), Birth Certificates Printed On-Site, Employment Assistance, Haircuts, Housing Referrals, Criminal Record Expungements, Groceries & Baby Products, Winter Coats & Clothing, and Much More!  Free lunch and parking are provided.  Children welcome!  All public buses in Harford County will transport clients for free to Project Homeless Connect on the day of the event.  Please tell your bus driver that you are going to the Harford Community College for Project Homeless Connect. Questions about the event or how to get there?  Call 410-895-1535 or email phc@uwcm.org
  • January 26- 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
  • January 29, February 5, 12, 19 26: - Groceries, cleaning supplies and health & hygiene items from the SUCCESS Pantry, 1-3 at HDGHA, 101 Stansbury Court, Havre de Grace
  • February 8 - 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
  • February 15 - Food Distribution, 5–7pm at the Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center, 315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
  • February 16 -SafeTALK Suicide Prevention and Response Training from 9am-12:30pm.  The Tent at Mt. Zion, 1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.  To register, contact Wendy Kanely at wendy.kanely@maryland.gov. For persons 15 and older.
  • February 16 - Food Distribution 9 – 11:45am at Bel Air United Methodist Church in McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air
  • February 23 - 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
  • NOW THRU FEBRUARY 28 - Registration for the GEMS, or "Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science" summer camp.  This is a FREE Army-sponsored STEM enrichment program for rising 5th through 12th grade students (current 4th graders and beyond can apply).  GEMS I is specifically for rising 5th through 7th grade students. The 2019 GEMS I program will have sessions on chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, math, and earth science. Programs for older students are also available. For questions regarding GEMS I, please contact usarmy.apg.medcom-usamricd.list.rdi@mail.mil. To read more about the program or to apply, please visit the link below or search Google for "USAEOP GEMS."  Please don't wait...encourage your students to apply now! https://www.usaeop.com/program/aberdeen/
  • 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.

Make A Great First Impression

Interviewing for a new job? Make a great first impression by dressing for success with the help of this session.  Follow us on Facebook to see which companies and organizations are hiring. 
 

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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