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There is so much information around about what it takes to keep your heart healthy that it is hard to know what is actually true and what can possibly be dangerous. How do you make decisions about what to eat, how much to exercise, and how to evaluate medical advice? This article is an interview with two cardiology experts who have written a book to help people make smarter choices about their health. There are lots of good questions answered and a quiz to test your knowledge. This article is a "keeper."

Topics: Health, Lifestyle

Relishing what you eat...chewing slowly, enjoying the texture of the food, and stopping when you are the message of those who are devotees of "mindfulness" and possibly, the answer to over-eating and obesity. Mindful eating is not a diet, nor is it about giving up something that you really enjoy. As a growing number of doctors, academics, and culinary experts explain, it is about adopting some of the tenets that Buddhist monks and nuns have known for years about staying healthy, relieving stress, and not developing anxiety over eating. Keep reading...

The National Council on Aging and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging are kicking off a campaign to encourage older people to take advantage of programs for which they are entitled, but were not aware existed. This includes reduced-cost drugs, food stamps, home care aides, transportation programs, help with heating bills, and subsidies that will lower Medicare premiums. A sample of those who have gone to the BenefitsCheckUp website since 2010 shows that more than 70% were eligible for at least one benefit that they were not receiving. 

The premise of this USA Today article is that you don't want to wait until retirement to decide what your housing situation will be when you reach that transition. The advice being offered is to live a "blended life" that includes rightsizing your finances, work, and lifestyle so that you can ease into your future situation and be in better shape financially. An important question posed is when is the right time to sell your home? Read on to find out what you need to ask yourself and understand about the economy to make that decision wisely. 

Coming Soon

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will be speaking about his latest work, Life Upon These Shores, at the Philadelphia Central Library on February 28th, at 7:30 p.m. The Director of Harvard's  W. E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Studies, Gates  is the writer and producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary, African American Lives, in which he explored the histories of many prominent African Americans. Life Upon These Shores traces African American history from the era of exploration to the election of President Obama with a focus on U. S. history, politics, and culture. To buy tickets and register, click here.

Don't miss this civic engagement opportunity! The Judiciary Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will be holding a hearing on March 1st to discuss two bills that would replace elections of judicial candidates with a merit selection system for judges.The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street,  is open to the public and free with no reservations needed. To learn more about the proposed legislation, click here.

Morris Arboretum introduced Wacky Walks (Monty Python anyone?) a version of Wellness Walks, based on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. This outdoor walk is designed for people of all ages to engage in physical activity and interact with nature in a playful way. Offered on Saturday, March 3rd, the planned walk will be led by a guide trained in garden knowledge and Wacky Walks techniques (bet you didn’t know there was such a technique!). Allot 45 minutes, wear comfortable shoes, and prepare to laugh your way through this exercise.


The winners of the "Opportunity Knocks 5th Annual Peoples Choice Best Nonprofit to Work for Awards" have been announced, with a total of 15 winners, including three Philadelphia-area organizations! Congratulations to PathwaysPA, the Health Federation of Philadelphia, and Special Equestrians, well as the other nonprofit winners for providing top quality work environments for people doing "jobs that change the world."  To learn more about these programs, check out their sites on the Opportunity Knocks website

Have We Got an Opportunity For You

The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to work 8 hours per week for two half-days during normal working hours. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden that reflects Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007. The Administrative Assistant maintains the membership program and database, general office procedures, and other tasks as assigned. Interviews will be starting on February 27th,  so hurry and apply if you are interested...

Categories: Culture, Finance

The Philadelphia-based Rock School for Dance Education, a pre-professional dance training institution, is seeking a part-time bookkeeper at its suburban location in West Chester, PA. The Bookkeeper will report to the Regional Director. This position requires 16 hours a week, with additional hours available during the performance season. Days are flexible.

Type: Paid

Philadelphia Futures is seeking a Director of Communications. This organization provides Philadelphia's high-potential, economically disadvantaged college-bound students programs and resources to make it to...and through...collegeThe Communications Director will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the organization's media outreach, social media, website content and administration and external communications including newsletters and brochures. To learn about this position and to apply...

Categories: Education, Volunteering
Type: Unpaid

At KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Philadelphia, students learn that the path to college is like climbing a mountain -- reaching the top is an incredible accomplishment, but getting there takes hard work and persistence. The schools in the KIPP family -- 4 separate programs -- need volunteers as after-school tutors, Saturday School teachers, and classroom/school aides. If you are interested in volunteering your time, talents, and skills, please click here or email:

This Week's Medicare Tip

The Department of Health and Human Services is providing more resources for states to help them build open health insurance marketplaces known as Exchanges. The $229 million Affordable Insurance Exchange grants were given to 10 states this past week to design one-stop marketplaces where consumers will be able to choose a private qualified health plan that fits their needs. These awards bring the number of states providing exchanges to 34, including the District of Columbia. The latest additions are Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

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