By Paul David
What an amazing 8 weeks it’s been to see these Moms make not just a physical transformation but also a mindset shift to improve their lives and Get stronger. It’s never easy to make a change, but by taking it one day at a time, relying on their accountable partner and most importantly – by SHOWING UP, transformations happen. What’s even more gratifying is to see them continue to workout and bond and strive to make the right eating choices after the program is over.
Fun night to recognize each one’s accomplishments and especially to have their husbands present and to also recognize their support during this Makeover! You’re STRONGER than you realize! Way to push, endure and fight through the excuses and make it happen Ladies.
Our Next Makeover starts Jan 13, 2014. Registration is currently open. Call us at 951-301-4499 to sign-up.
Tooth decay, usually referred to as “cavities,” starts in the enamel, the outer protective layer of the tooth. In some people, especially older adults, the gums pull away from the tooth and expose the tooth root. Decay can occur here as well.
The good news is that because of recent scientific advancements, tooth decay sometimes can be stopped. Good dental hygiene is the first step in pre- venting tooth decay. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and clean between your teeth once a day with floss or an interdental cleaner.
Whenever possible, drink water that contains fluoride as a way to strengthen your enamel. Limit snacking and sipping on drinks high in sugar or acids. Con- sider having your dentist place sealants, a protective coating, on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These will cover the pits and grooves there and help eliminate places for bacteria to collect.
More and more products are becoming avail- able to help treat and prevent tooth decay. Why wait for a cavity to develop? Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and a thorough examination, as well as to stay on top of these new techniques to improve your oral health.
By: Jennifer Lewis
Health and Wellness Coach
Teaching my kids how to eat healthy, involving them in learning how to make healthy dishes and making health a priority in my home is one of the most rewarding feelings as a Mother.
I know that I am helping my kids fight disease and setting them up for a future of disease free living. Not only that, but they will make health a priority for the rest of their lives and pass this on to future generations.
It wasn't always like this though, I was raised on hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. Mom hated vegetables, Grandpa hated broccoli and Dad didn't think a meal was a meal without meat and potatoes. This is how I grew up, so this is what I passed on to my children.
It wasn't until I decided for myself that I didn't want to be fat, depressed and in pain anymore and needed to make a change. I educated myself about what good nutrition was, I explored nutrition as a way to help my children with ADHD and Asperger's. I got support to make the changes I needed to make.
It wasn't easy the kids were used to cereal, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and microwaved tater tots. I was guilty of drive thru fast food, pizza (still enjoy every once in awhile), so when I decided that they would eat more greens and whole foods, no more processed foods it was quite the challenge! However, I knew that the changes were worth the effort and in the long run be beneficial to them and me.
Why Is Important to Continue The Battle and Feed Your Children Healthy?
You only get one body your entire life and the National life expectancy average is 78.7 years. We have been taught that we are meant to grow old and live in pain and suffer. This just isn't the case, I have met 70 year old marathon runners and seen 93 year old Yoginis. These people have made health a priority and their vibrancy and energy shows because of it. I want this for my kids...heck I want that for myself!
Our kids are in the middle of a health crisis and 17% of our children are obese. Why does this matter? First this number is tripled from just "one generation ago" and obese children make obese adults. Obesity leads to many more deadly health problems. See Below:
· Obesity is common, serious and costly More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
· Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
· The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
When our kids eat healthy, meaning no food dyes, whole foods, home cooked meals, they become more well behaved, easier to handle, more joyful, have less melt-downs, more focused, sleep better, you can manage their Asthma and Allergies better. I could go on and on about the benefits of changing your child's diet, but you should give it a try and see for yourself.
What Can You Do To Have Them Begging For More Vegetables!
1. Sneak Them Into Their Smoothies
This is one of the easiest ways to start. Spinach blends up nicely and pairs well with blueberries and strawberries the kids don't even know it is in there. Secret ninja tip: Don't let them see you put it in there, and if they do taste it at first, start with less of the Spinach and more fruit. I find that banana sweetens the smoothies and you can even add a bit of stevia if your child has a sweet tooth.
2. Let Them Help
It has been proven that children who help prepare the food are more likely to eat it. It doesn't have to be something fancy, it can simply be peeling the cucumbers, or carrots. Recently my just turned 7 year old helped me pick the tomatoes from the garden and make and can home made spaghetti sauce.
3. Get Creative and Make It FUN!
Recently I purchased a spiral vegetable slicer and we have had so much fun! My kids were eating raw zucchini and sweet potatoes, running around the house yelling, "I love zucchini!" Music to this Mom's ears! Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring. We baked curly sweet potato fries and had zucchini noodles in our home made vegetable soup, all of which they participated in making. (Yes, these are the same kids who only ate microwaved chicken nuggets).
4. Grow a Vegetable Garden Together
You can grow a vegetable garden whether you have a large amount of space or a small balcony. This is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to spend time together and teach your kids about eating whole foods. My kids will eat the sugar snaps peas right off the plant. The best part is the vegetables and fruit you grow on your own are more nutritious and can be 100% pesticide free and grown with love. You can even can and freeze the excess and it helps to cut down on the family food budget as well.
Jennifer Lewis is a certified Holistic Health Coach and is passionate about teaching, inspiring, supporting and encouraging families to raise happy and healthy children. A Speaker, an Author and a Coach, you will find her sharing her passion with others or at home homeschooling her four kids on their little slice of sustainable heaven. You can find her at NourishTheGift.com and get your free copy of her e-book “Nourish The Gift, a practical and spiritual guide to health and happiness for your child with ADHD and/Autism”
CryptoLocker, a nasty new piece of malicious software, is infecting computers worldwide—encrypting important files and demanding a ransom to unlock them.
According to global digital security company Sophos, the malware has been hitting pretty hard for the past six weeks or so.
"It systematically hunts down every one of your personal files—documents, databases, spreadsheets, photos, videos and music collections—and encrypts them with military-grade encryption, and only the crooks can open it," said Chester Wisniewski, a senior security advisor at Sophos.
Your computer, even though it's infected, keeps working normally; you just can't access any of your personal files. It's scary, especially if you haven't backed up your data.
"Cybercrime is evolving as the bad guys get smarter and use newer technologies," said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. "They're always looking for new ways to steal your money."
CryptoLocker is different from other types of "ransomware" that have been around for many years and that freeze your computer and demand payment. Those can usually be removed, restoring your access to files and documents.
But CryptoLocker encrypts your files. There's only one decryption key, and the bad guys have that on their server. Unless you pay the ransom within three days, that key will be destroyed. And as the message from the extortionists says, "After that, nobody and never will be able to restore files. …"
The typical extortion payment is $300 or 300 euros paid by Green Dot MoneyPak, or for the more tech-savvy, two bitcoins, currently worth about $400.
To instill a sense of urgency, a digital clock on the screen counts down from 72 hours so you can see how much time is left before that unique decryption key is destroyed.
One victim described his anguish in an online post: "The virus cleverly targeted … all of our family photos, including all photos of my children growing up over the last 8 years. I have a distraught wife who blames me!"
This sophisticated malware is delivered the old-fashioned way: an executable file hidden inside an attachment that looks like an ordinary ZIP file or PDF. One small business reports being compromised after clicking on an email attachment that was designed to look like a shipping invoice from the U.S. Postal Service.
Open that file and bad things start to happen, although it may take several days for the ransom demand to appear on your screen after the machine is infected.
Good anti-virus software can remove CryptoLocker from your computer but cannot undo the damage—the encryption is that good.
"It's the same type of encryption used in the commercial sector that's approved by the federal government," Wisniewski told me. "If the crooks delete that encryption key, your files are gone forever. Even the NSA can't bring them back."
Victims large and small
The cybercrooks are targeting both businesses and individual users—anyone who will pay to regain access to their files.
The CryptoLocker forum on BleepingComputer.com is filled with page after page of horror stories. Here is a small sample:
"When we discovered the infection from a user's workstation on the network, this program had encrypted over 180,000 files through the network shares in a period of 6 days. I pretty much shut down the business for 2 days after we realized what was happening."
"Our company was infected this morning. The virus hit a machine 4 days ago and today we got the pop up about the ransom. All files on the network drive the user had access to are now encrypted."
"We had a workstation get infected yesterday that encrypted everything on our network share drive. We had backups, although they weren't recent enough, so despite all feelings against it, we paid the ransom and everything started to decrypt overnight."
Of course, there's no guarantee of a happy ending even if you pay the ransom. And then there's the bigger issue: By paying, you're helping to fund a criminal operation.
"It encourages them to continue," said Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity advisor and a co-founder of Ridge-Schmidt Cyber. "As people pay the ransom, the bad guys have the money to reinvest."
How to protect yourself
Go on the Internet and there's no way to be sure malware won't make it onto your computer— even if you follow all the rules of safe computing. So you need to act defensively, and that means regular backups.
"Back up, back, up, back up," Schmidt said. "That's the only way to reduce the risk of losing your files forever."
If you have a recent backup, you can recover from CryptoLocker without serious consequences. That backup should be a snapshot of everything on your system rather than a simple synchronization, as happens with most automated external hard drives and many cloud-based services.
With synchronized backups, stored files that have changed on the master drive are overwritten with the new ones. If a malicious program encrypts your master files, those backups would also be encrypted and thus useless. Your backup should be disconnected from your computer until the next time you need to access it.
Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District has become the first organization to take part in a unique opportunity presented by Eastern Municipal Water District that will result in the usage of recycled water at Wheatfield Park in Menifee.
EMWD’s Recycled Water Retrofit Program allows government agencies, school districts, home owners associations or industrial organizations to obtain a low-interest loan from EMWD to fund a retrofit to recycled water.
Under the terms of the agreement, EMWD will loan Valley-Wide the funding for the $200,000 conversion project. Valley-Wide will repay the loan by continuing to pay its current potable water rate while receiving recycled water, which is significantly less expensive.
Because of the difference between EMWD’s recycled and potable water rates, it is expected that Valley-Wide will pay off the cost of the retrofit program within five years, at which time it will see a significant savings in its irrigation costs for the 25-acre park, located on the southwest corner of Menifee Road and La Piedra Road.
“Valley-Wide has long seen the importance of using recycled water to protect the resources of both agencies,” EMWD Director Ron Sullivan said. “To have them as the first participant in this program is a natural fit and one that will benefit both agencies and all of our ratepayers.”
Wheatfield Park has had a five-year average annual usage of 77 acre feet per year. The conversion will save enough potable water for roughly 150 households per year. One acre foot is enough for two, average-sized households per year.
The retrofit program allows for a loan amount of up to $2,500 per acre foot of water used annually, based on a three-year average. It is available to other organizations, though requirements must be met.
Both EMWD and Valley-Wide have long been leading advocates of recycled water. In 2011, Valley-Wide was selected by the California WateReuse Association as Recycled Water Customer of the Year. EMWD was selected California Recycled Water Agency of the Year in 2010 and honored for the National Project of the Year in 2012.
EMWD currently reuses approximately 90 percent of its recycled water for beneficial use and is one of the largest recyclers of water in California. It’s percentage-for-beneficial use is believed to be the highest of any water agency nationally. Recycled water accounts for 25 percent of EMWD’s overall water supply portfolio.
“We are appreciative to Eastern Municipal Water District for this opportunity,” Valley-Wide Board President Larry Minor said. “This program will ultimately save our ratepayers money and promote the long-term sustainability of our water supply. This is a fantastic program that has benefits across the board.”