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Poverty and Education

The vast majority of teachers (88%) agree that poverty is a barrier to learning effectively in schools, according to the 2015 Teacher Survey from Public Opinion Strategies and Communities in Schools. Nearly all teachers agreed that they would like to see a staff person dedicated towards helping families in poverty. Students from extremely low-income families were reported to display disruptive behavior, chronic absenteeism, and poor health, which affected not only their own education, but can also affect the entire classroom.

As a teacher who has worked in schools that have a high proportion of low-income kids, I can attest to these issues myself. Families are less involved, because the parents are often piecing together multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, or the parents don't know how to support education because they don't have a high level of education themselves. Often, students from this group are less respectful, and by the time they get to high school, much more jaded about what the world has to offer them, affecting their motivation.

Yet, there are some rays of hope. There are kids from low-income families who work twice as hard as their peers, knowing that education can be their ticket out of the struggles of their families. Although these students may have parents that don't know how to support education, they are also generally receptive to assistance the school has to offer - the key is that the school often has to offer it first, as parents don't know how to (or don't want to) ask.

When low-income students are able to reach a higher goal, every student wins - in those classrooms, in those districts, and beyond. There are things you can do to help, whether poverty affects your school in large numbers or not.

- Invest in school-oriented charities. Even school supply drives help put students on equal footing.
- Consider petitioning for a school breakfast option. Students that are well-fed are better able to focus in class and learn. Plus, the free meal helps motivate families to get students to school.
- Support initiatives and legislation that lowers class sizes, freeing teachers to get to know their students better and help them get the support and assistance they need.
- Encourage free tutoring programs to offer extra help to all students who need it, regardless of income.

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Green juice is ‘in’ – Its Little-known Health Benefits

Off late, green juice has gained immense popularity like never before. The long string of benefits that are associated with it makes it a unanimously acknowledged health drink. When you drink it, you will feel close to majority of the advised amounts of vegetables and fruits by USDA. If you pay heed to a few factors, green juice can even be pretty tasty. By drinking green juice, you can feel changes like improved immunity, enhanced energy and weight loss. The key is to ensuring that you are controlling the calories that you take in and that you take in the juice at the most appropriate time. If you are someone who has clicked on this article not knowing the benefits of green juice, here’s help for you. Check out some of the little-known benefits of green juice.
  1. Enhances energy: This health drink is usually made up of vegetables and fruits and hence they are full of ant-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. It is almost like a day full of vegetables served all at once. When all the vegetables are juiced up, the natural sugar content within the vegetables are separated from the main pulp and this is the place where the fiber is present. By drinking this green juice, you may feel a sudden increase in energy due to the natural sugars getting mixed into your bloodstream.
  2. Helps lose weight: When you add some kinds of fruits to the green juice, the flavor does vary but that comes with a cost, that of added calories. In a situation where you’re performing a fast, you can still drink glasses of green juice and enjoy the process of losing weight while consuming all the required minerals and vitamins. The secret is to spread out the intake throughout the entire day as your body requires enough energy throughout the day.
  3. Increases immunity: Green juice is actually made with fresh vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli or some other veggies. During a study published in “Cell”, the name of a journal, there were some researchers who reported that vegetables like broccoli comprise of a compound which improves immunity and also adds another layer to safeguard your body. Hence, after drinking green juice, you won’t fall sick often.
A word of caution from a senior dietitian

Kristi King, a senior clinical dietitian says, “Don’t drink too much of a good thing!” Green juices should rather be used as a portion of a well-balanced diet and not for ‘detoxes’ or ‘cleanses’ as the main function of livers and kidneys in our body is to cleanse and detoxify. People with kidney stones are usually worried about having green juice. Yes, it is true that there are certain foods that play a catalyst in leading to kidney failure. Hence, you should be wary about making such decisions.
Therefore, now that you know the health benefits of green juice, you can take a look at Uzumaand get more information about these products, as this is an awesome health drink with varied health benefits. However, ensure that you are careful while having this drink with already existing pre-health conditions.

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#WordlessWednesday on a Tuesday - Moving Day

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This past weekend we moved into our new home which is just a mile away from where we were living. Our lease on the old home isn't up until August 1, so we are taking our time moving stuff over. I am also still doing laundry over at the new house. After nearly 8 years renting we are so excited to finally be home owners again.  Share a little something about the last time you moved.








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I love this photo of my daughter taken at The Pioneer Center in McHenry, IL. I think I may have to print it and hang it on the wall.  Describe the best photo you have taken this past week.







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Treadmill Desks and the Benefits to Moms Working at Home

Treadmill desks are changing the lives of work-at-home moms everywhere. Any parent will tell you that there’s not enough time in the day, and a treadmill desk gives you just that – time. Being able to exercise while you get your work done is a simple yet highly effective way to squeeze a few precious hours out of your day. There are many health benefits associated with treadmill desks, plus you are going to be naturally stimulated and more productive. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect.

Exercise Daily

Finding that motivation to exercise every day is not easy, but it’s so important. Instead of sitting at a desk while you work, make it a habit to hop on the treadmill. Even a mild stroll for an hour or two gets the blood flowing, burns calories, and boosts your energy levels. If you find that driving to the gym after a long day just doesn’t seem appealing, combine your exercise routine and workday into one enjoyable session. Eventually you will wonder how you ever worked sitting down.

Reduce Back Pain

Have you ever worked a full day, only to stand up with severe cramps and back pain after? It happens to everyone. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time can be detrimental to your health, and stretching every few hours is highly recommended. A treadmill desk allows you to stay active, ensuring that you feel your absolute best at the end of the workday, while also improving your posture in the process. A treadmill desk is really an investment in your long-term health.

Get Motivated

Anyone who works at home knows that getting started on your daily tasks can be a mental challenge. Starting your day with exercise is one of the best ways to wake your brain up and get motivated. Most people don’t wake up and immediately jump into a vigorous workout, and a treadmill desk allows you to cater your exercise routine to how you feel. You can start out with a gentle stroll while you make a few phone calls and send some emails, and then increase the speed as you want throughout the day.

Be More Productive

Do you ever find yourself getting distracted while working? Moms in particular are often distracted by children throughout the workday. With a treadmill desk, you can let your child know that you need to focus when you are on the treadmill, giving you a simple way to communicate that you are busy working. Additionally, your mind will start to associate physical exercise with focusing, helping you to become a more productive worker. See the Difference for Yourself

If you are ready to add some excitement to your workday, a treadmill desk may be the perfect solution. If you want to improve your daily fitness plan, but you just don’t seem to have the time, try a treadmill desk. Companies like Work Live Walk sell quality treadmill desks that won’t break your budget. Being a mom is a busy enough job on its own, and you deserve to knock some time off your schedule. Invest in the future of your work and health with a treadmill desk.

By Andrew Hoffman for the Healthy Moms Blog Magazine

Andrew Hoffman is a freelance writer and entrepreneur from Los Angeles. He has written for a wealth of high-profile clients like, worklivewalk.com, spinning.com including Demand Media and many more. In his spare time, he enjoys physical fitness, traveling and gardening.



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I am a Catholic mother of three beautiful children ages 1, 3 and 12. I live near Sacramento with my husband of five years, our kids and two cats. I love blogging about health and issues important to women and moms. In 2007 I created Healthy Moms as a resource blog for mothers to discuss health, family and parenting issues.
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I don't have a philosophy so to speak, but I can share some blogging tips. Make sure you have quality content and you visit and comment as many similar blogs as you can. When I comment regularly my blog traffic increases considerably. Blogging isn't just about sharing information it is also about networking and meeting people with similar interests. The larger your blog network the more visitors you will have to your blog.
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Looking For Guest Bloggers for The Healthy Moms Magazine

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 11:50am 0 Comments

I am leaving for vacation on Saturday April 5, 2014 and need good quality guest posts to run while I am gone. The posts must follow these guidelines:

 

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Opportunities for Serious Bloggers at Healthy Moms Social and The Healthy Moms Magazine

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I am excited to announce that I am ready to build up a new blogging and social media team for healthymoms-social.com and thehealthymoms.net.

My goal of reaching as many families in…

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What are You Feeding Your Kids?

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Americans are failing to read food labels properly. Today I examined some popular "healthy" foods marketed to our children and revealed the truth about what is really in them. Visit this link and share if you want to know what American children are eating today.…

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Tips to Build Your Blogging Community

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Establishing a community is very important for bloggers. Joining and participating in social networks like this one and visiting and commenting on blogs every single day are the best ways to build your blogging community. But finding the appropriate blogs to comment…

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At 12:45pm on July 11, 2013, Lea said…

Work At Home Mom, WAHM, Mom Blogger

I am stopping by to say "hello" :)
I haven't been here in a while.
I welcome your friendship :)


Lea @ Mother Baby Child & Weight Loss Help


At 6:19pm on August 18, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
At 9:31am on March 25, 2010, Annie Scott said…
Hello,
Nice to meet you.
I am looking forward to chatting and checking out your blog!
Have a great day!
Annie
www.tummy2mummy.ca
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At 1:38am on February 9, 2010, Angela Johnson said…
I am following your blog. Since you are in CA you may be interested in mine at www.ocfunguide.blogspot.com
At 12:18am on November 24, 2009, Krista Ballard said…
Hi,
I am now following your blog! You can find mine at http://www.kballard87.blogspot.com
Thanks!
Krista
At 12:05pm on June 10, 2009, Mama of 3 Munchkins! said…
Hi Cascia,

I use to live in North Highlands but that was a long time ago. Thanks for adding me as a friend. Talk Soon!
At 8:24pm on January 24, 2009, Farrah said…
Grabbed your button from Grab My Button and it's now posted at: http://wifeandmomof3.net/blogbuttonexchange. Have a wonderful weekend!
At 5:24pm on January 14, 2009, Kate McLaughlin said…
Thank you! I'm always pleased when a fellow mom visits my site and finds it helpful. I appreciate that you let me know, too!
Kate
At 4:15pm on January 14, 2009, Tracey said…
Thanks for visiting my site. Have a great week.
At 12:50am on December 30, 2008, Annette Piper said…
G'day Cascia and welcome aboard :)
 
 
 

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