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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. 
 
February/March 2019

In this Issue:

The Key to Happiness: Love Yourself First


Most people would agree that self-love is essential for happiness, but a common myth about “loving yourself” is that it equates to indulging in everything you want--whether that's eating sweets, not doing the things that have to get done, buying clothes, cars or other items that may not be in the budget, and giving in to the urge to do other things that aren't necessarily good for you.

But over indulging yourself is like giving too much candy or too many toys to a spoiled child--it backfires. The truth is, loving yourself has more to do with what you give to the world than what you give to yourself. 

The first step to truly loving yourself is to accept that while you are not perfect, you ARE perfect at being you. Flaws, mistakes, shortcomings and all, YOU are the only one who has the exact experiences, perspectives, beliefs, ideas and talents that you have; and those things are worth sharing with the world.

The second part of loving yourself, and the key to the greatest and deepest happiness, is feeding your soul. How do you that?  Sometimes it is breaking it down to the simplest question--when and where are you the most content?  Walking?  Painting? Telling jokes? Reading or writing? Working with children or animals?  Spending time with the elderly? Ultimately, what your heart desires more than anything is to share that passion with others. Recognizing and sharing your unique gifts is what it means to love yourself.

But loving yourself takes practice and commitment. It means asking for help when you need it, learning to work hard and sometimes wait.  Picking yourself up when life throws you a curve ball, and even when you’re hurting or make mistakes, treating yourself as your own best friend by reminding yourself of the good things and how strong you really are. 

Loving yourself is going beyond all the fears that have held you back up until this point and saying "Why not?" when it comes to achieving your dream.  To love yourself you must have the courage to feel your feelings, even when those feelings are sadness, anger or loneliness; and encourage yourself to take the next step no matter what happens in your life.

Excerpted from an article on easywillpower.com.

Get Ready to Grow


Although its still pretty chilly outside right now, lots of growth is happening just below the surface; and come April (or late March), all that activity will bloom and the world will once again be filled with spring colors. 

Likewise, now is the perfect season for you to grow your skills and  knowledge with our FREE SUCCESS Classes so come spring you can blossom into something new!  Here's what's coming  up next:

 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Parent Support Group--exercise for Wellness

 Saturday, March 9, 2019 @ 10:00am - 11:30am
Healthy Home Series Part I Green Cleaning

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 5:30pm
Oh, the Places YOU Can Go


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:
Keep Your Heart Healthy

February may be designated as American Heart Month, but it's important year round to put a spotlight on an issue that is of special concern to older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. And statistics show that about 66% of cardiovascular deaths occur in people age 75 and older.

As we get older, changes take place in the heart and blood vessels that make us more susceptible to heart disease, Fortunately, by making certain lifestyle changes, older adults can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease. Here are some heart-healthy tips to consider:

  • Quit Smoking. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says your health and quality of life will start improving almost immediately upon quitting:
    • 20 minutes after you stop smoking, your heart rate drops to more normal levels.
    • After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal.
    • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung function begins to improve.


 







 

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight. Choose low-fat and low-salt foods. Eat plenty of vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables with a goal of five to 10 servings per day. Also, select foods high in fiber, such as oatmeal and whole-wheat bread.
  • Do Moderate Physical Activity. Check with your doctor for an exercise regimen that would be appropriate for you. If possible, aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate-level activity on most or all days of the week. 
  • Reduce Alcohol Intake. Excess alcohol consumption can worsen the conditions that contribute to heart disease, such as high blood pressure, arhythmias and high cholesterol.
  • Decrease Stress. Stress can compound many heart disease risks that some seniors already face. Find healthy outlets to relieve stress, such as yoga and meditation.

Budget Meal of the Month


Fajita-Style Quesadillas

The colorful, fresh vegetables and oozy melted cheese in these fajita-style quesadillas will prove irresistible. 

Prep: 20 mins  Cook: 8 mins
Servings: 5

Ingredients:

  • ½ medium red or green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size strips
  • ½ medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh chile (serrano) pepper, halved, seeded, and cut into thin strips* (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 10 six-inch white corn tortillas
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)
  • 2 tomatoes, halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
  • Light dairy sour cream (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)
  • *Some chile peppers can be very spicy and the juices can irritate your eyes and skin.  Be sure to wash hands after slicing and avoid touching your face.
 

Directions:

  • In a large skillet cook peppers and onion in hot oil over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are just tender. Remove from heat.
  • Lightly coat one side of each tortilla with cooking spray. On the uncoated side of two of the tortillas, divide half of the cheese. Top with onion mixture, tomato slices, 1 tablespoon cilantro, and the remaining cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, coated sides up.
  • Heat a very large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Cook quesadillas for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until cheese melts and tortillas are lightly browned. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Serve warm and, if desired, with sour cream, additional cilantro and lime wedges.
Tip: Add cooked beans, chicken, shrimp, or your other favorite protein for a heartier meal.

The Freebie Report

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

DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR FREE SUMMER CAMP:
TOMORROW--THURSDAY FEB. 28!
Sign up your 5th-12th grader for the GEMS Summer Camp! GEMS (Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science) is a FREE Army-sponsored STEM enrichment program. 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."
  • March 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
  • March 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
  • March 15 - Food Distribution, 5–7pm at the Tabernacle of Faith Family Life Center, 315A N. Earlton Road in Havre de Grace
  • March 16 - Food Distribution 9 – 11:45am at Bel Air United Methodist Church in McComas Hall, 21 Linwood Avenue, Bel Air
  • March 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
  • 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.
     
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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