Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Job Posting - House Counselor

Drink THIS First Thing in the Morning

Drink THIS First Thing in the Morning:

This daily trick can help you detoxify, improve your digestion and boost your metabolism & energy levels
by Mike Geary - Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author of the best seller: The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

You're bombarded with toxins in today's modern world... everywhere from the polluted air you breathe, the water you drink, the shampoos and other cosmetics that lather your body with chemicals, and of course, all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food that you eat.

All of these TOXINS can have harmful effects on your body, harming your metabolism and hormones, impairing your digestive system, and zapping your energy levels.

If I could tell you ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help your body eliminate some of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and BOOST your energy, would you do it?
Of course you would... and it takes less than 1 minute!
Here's the trick...
Immediately upon waking each day, squeeze about 1/2 to 1 full lemon (depending on size of the lemon) into an 8 oz glass of warm or room temperature purified water. This is gentler on your body first thing in the morning compared to ice cold water. I've found that slicing the lemon into quarters before squeezing by hand is easier than squeezing halves.
Drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food for the day.
Make sure to use fresh organic lemons to make this drink, and not bottled lemon juice. You want to use organic lemons to avoid the pesticides that can accumulate.

3 Major benefits of this morning drink to your body, health, and energy:

According to a leading health publication,

"The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.
Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood. Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints.
This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements."
Benefits that you can enjoy:
1. Improves your digestion:
Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion and stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.

2. Boosts your energy for the day:
Even just the scent of lemon juice has been shown to improve your mood and energy levels, and reduce anxiety. Plus the detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.

3. Helps you to lose fat:
Since lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system, aids in removal of toxins, and increases your energy levels, this all combines together to help you to lose body fat as well through improving your hormonal balance... Yet another reason to add warm lemon water to your daily morning routine!
That's a pretty simple trick, right?

Panic Attacks: The Signs, and How to Alleviate Them Naturally

Panic Attacks: The Signs, and How to Alleviate Them Naturally

If you’ve ever had a panic attack, you know how truly dreadful an experience it can be. While exact symptoms are different for everyone, they often include nausea, rapid heartbeat, sweating, shortness of breath and a feeling of absolute terror. Many people in the midst of a panic attack report feeling like they might actually die.

For some people, panic attacks are a part of generalized anxiety, which affects approximately 40 million people in the United States. However, panic attacks may occur in individuals who do not routinely experience anxiety, as well.

The attacks may be triggered by a certain stressor, such as a traumatic experience or an adverse reaction to a medication. Genetic factors may come into play, and sometimes, the cause remains unknown.

While prescription drugs are often prescribed to both treat anxiety and prevent panic attacks, these can often have nasty side effects, and it’s worth it to try natural options first before going this route. The following are a few to try to help prevent future panic attacks:
  • Make sure you are eating healthy, and eating enough. Incorporate plenty of healthy proteins and fats into your diet, and avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol. A variety of fruits and veggies is also key to getting all the nutrients your neurotransmitters need to properly function.
  • If you’re hungry, have a healthy snack, such as a handful of raw nuts and a smoothie: some people experience heightened anxiety when they are hungry.
  • Add foods containing essential omega-3 fatty acids to your meals, such as fatty fish like wild-caught salmon, as well as flax (make sure it is ground), hemp and chia seeds. Omega-3s are linked to optimal cognitive function, and have been found to ease depression and anxiety symptoms.
  • A worried woman See that your diet contains ample amounts of magnesium, which is drained when your body is stressed. Raw nuts and seeds, including almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, as well as buckwheat and steel-cut oats, contain substantial amounts of magnesium.
  • Certain herbs, including valerian root, have been found to help ease anxiety. To determine which are right for you, and in which quantity, talk to a natural health professional that you trust, and always purchase your herbs from a trusted source.
  • Get at least 30 minutes per day of cardiovascular exercise. Exercise is one of the most powerful stress-relieving tools in your arsenal. Cardio releases endorphins, increases your lung capacity, and gives all of your extra energy a way to release, making panic attacks less likely.
  • Meditate daily, even if it’s just for ten minutes each morning and night. Consider attending a guided meditation session, as these can be very informative, particularly to help with your breathing techniques. During a panic attack, slow, controlled breathing can be helpful, but it can be even more effective if your body is trained in breathing slowly and steadily to begin with.
  • Consider seeking out a counselor or therapist you trust, so that you can get to the root causes of your anxiety, and learn how to deal with these before they spiral into a panic attack.
-The Alternative Daily

Do These 4 Things Now for Vitality

Do These 4 Things Now for Vitality

We all know that the main points of healthy living center around the way we eat, exercise, sleep and manage our stress. However, there are certain other habits which are very important to incorporate into your life, in order to ensure success in achieving optimal health.
The following are four such habits:
Stop comparing yourself with others

When we compare ourselves with others, we are opening the door to a lot of stress, and may very likely miss the things we need to do to make ourselves healthy. The best health strategy, and meal plan, for your health is unique to you individually – it is not a one-size-fits-all game. If you start judging your weight loss goals, exercise strategy or the items in your shopping cart based on what your neighbors are buying, you may lose out on a lot of health benefits for yourself. Instead, choose healthy foods that make you feel good and exercise in whichever way you choose, as long as you’re moving.
If you are confused as to where to start as far as making an individualized health plan, a consultation with a nutritionist may help a lot.

Start setting goals
In order to start improving health in the most efficient way possible, it can be extremely beneficial to come up with, and write down, a set of goals. It works best to break down your overall health goals into specific categories.
For example, what are your goals when it comes to exercise? Are you trying to shed a few pounds, build muscle, train for an athletic event, or simply keep your heart healthy? Use this system to break down the other areas of your health goals as well, including nutrition, sleep and stress relief.
When you see your goals laid out this way on paper, it can become a lot easier to choose specific workout routines, foods and stress relief methods to help you to reach them.

Be creative in how you eat and exercise
One of the main reasons that many people refuse to give up unhealthy eating habits is that they think that nutritious foods will be bland and unsatisfying. Similarly, many people think that working out has to be boring, and must involve going to the gym to use the same machines over and over again. However, this does not have to be the case at all.
Eating whole, healthy foods from the Earth can be a truly exciting adventure. Look up unique recipes online, or take an organic cooking class. Recruit a friend or two to go with you, and experiment with recipes together. When choosing a workout, remember that anything that gets your heart rate up counts! Try a dance class, karate class or join a local sports team.
Use your imagination – getting healthy could be the most fun you’ve had in years!

Embrace a positive attitude
Freedom and adventure If you have a negative outlook on life, it is hard to get anything done, let alone get healthy. Negativity creates stress, anger and frustration, which can raise your levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone,” creating the conditions for chronic diseases to flourish in your body. It can also be hard to find the motivation to eat healthy and exercise if you are constantly down on yourself or on life.
On the other hand, a positive attitude can help you to be more productive, reduce your stress levels, and give you the motivation to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Not to mention, it can also make every aspect of your life much more enjoyable, which is an important part of wellness.
-The Alternative Daily

Filling Food to Speed Weight Loss

Filling Food to Speed Weight Loss

It's the dieter's worst enemy — that gnawing hunger when you're trying to eat less and lose weight.
But fighting off those feelings of hunger could be as simple as a walk to the nearest soup and salad bar for lunch. Here's how you can make food choices that will keep you feeling full and help prevent the hunger pangs that lead to diet-busting snacks or binges.
Food Strategies For Losing Weight
If you want to feel full all day on less food, focus on these eating strategies:
  • Get enough lean protein and fiber. A study of 22 men who changed the amount of protein in their diets for 18-day periods showed that those who ate the least protein were the most likely to report being hungry. "Protein is the number one thing to help you feel full," says Emily Banes, RD, clinical dietitian at Houston Northwest Medical Center. "The second thing is fiber."
  • Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Researchers tracked the weight-loss success of 71 obese women between 20 and 60 years of age on a low-fat diet. Half of the women were also told to increase their fruit and vegetable intake. At the end of one year, both groups of women had lost weight, but the women who ate the most fruits and veggies reported the greatest weight loss and were less likely to say they felt hungry on any given day. In fact, when the researchers crunched the data, they found that whether the women reported feeling hungry frequently predicted their ability to lose weight. Other studies have shown that changing your eating habits to focus on these water- and fiber-rich foods will help you maintain weight loss for up to six years.
  • Sip soup. Adding two low-calorie soups to your diet every day could stave off hunger pangs and keep you satisfied longer. Choose soups that are broth-based, not cream-based, to reduce the calorie count; also look for soups that are low in sodium. Consider chunky, pureed vegetable soups, as they have been shown to produce the most lasting full feeling. Timing your soup so that you have it before a meal also reduces the amount you eat at that meal by about 20 percent, according to a study of 53 overweight adults.
  • Eat whole grains. A serving of whole grains will stick with you longer than a serving of refined wheat bread or any other refined flour product, for that matter. Most refined flour is white and often bleached.
  • Pick "airy" snacks. If you must snack and you don't have a piece of fruit or a veggie tray on hand, choose the snack food that has more air in it — think cheese puffs instead of potato chips, rice cakes instead of cookies. You will feel just as full as you would if you ate the same serving size of another snack, but you will consume fewer calories on average.
Another way to fight off hunger is to develop a "low-energy density" eating plan. This means that you can eat a large quantity of foods that do not have a high calorie count. Learning about portion sizes and counting calories is one way to approach this, but you can also try the plate method, which dictates that half your plate be full of veggies, one-quarter dedicated to a starch (preferably whole grain), and one-quarter to a lean protein.
And speaking of plates, it's worth noting that a study of 45 adults demonstrated that the oft-repeated advice to eat on a smaller plate if you want to feel like you have more food in front of you actually has no effect on the amount you eat at a meal (if you are serving yourself) or your feeling of being full.
So, if you prefer, you can go back to eating on your good china — just make sure to emphasize lean proteins, fruits, and veggies.

Job Posting - Executive Director

Big Brothers Big Sisters  Southeastern PA is launching the Mentoring Resources Center (MRC) anew initiative in partnership with MENTOR, the national mentoring partnership. The MRC will be dedicated to helping other service providers expand the opportunities youth have for access to high quality, safe mentoring relationships beyond the one-to-one mentoring that has been traditional BBBS service model.  BBBS is looking for an EXECUTIVE Director to oversee this project.
Interested candidates must follow the directions on the attached posting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Job Posting - Vice President, Development

Please Touch Museum®   
Position Description
Vice President, Development

Reports To:
 President & CEO


Direct Reports:
Associate Dir. Development
Development & Membership Coord.
Mg. Foundations & Gov’t Relations
Membership Manager

FLSA Status:


Effective Date:

Hours / Week:


Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia (PTM) was founded in 1976 and was the first children’s museum to focus exclusively on young children ages birth to seven. PTM is multidisciplinary, providing exhibits and programs in the visual and performing arts, including theater, music and dance, literacy, humanities, math and science.  PTM’s exhibits are themed environments that are hands-on and interactive helping children to learn, develop and practice the skills and social skills they need to be ready for and successful in school and in future careers. The mission of Please Touch Museum is to enrich the lives of children by providing learning experiences through play.  In 2008 PTM moved to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, a National Historic Landmark Building built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.

Position Summary:

As a member of the Museum’s senior management team – provide leadership, management and strategies for all fundraising and membership related campaigns, programs, events and initiatives. 

Essential Functions:
  • Maintains and grows current funding and membership based relationships; through “moves management” looks for opportunities to increase funding from current sources;
  • Identify, research, attract and cultivate new funding prospects and sources; maintains and grows a personal list of current donors and prospects (individuals, corporations, foundations and government resources)
  • Raise $2M-$4M through identified strategies and tactics
  • Manage the $1.5M membership campaign, including identification of areas for growth
  • Successful management of Development Committee of Board of Directors 
  • Work closely with the President & CEO, Senior Management, Board of Directors and key constituents to expand museum’s current development program, setting both long and short-term goals
  • Advises, guides and provides leadership on planning for funding requests and outreach.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the President & CEO and EVP on fundraising strategies. Provide support for the President & CEO, EVP, Board of Directors, and committees with their donor prospect lists, calls, letters and meetings.
  • Develops and implements strategies, plans and timelines to meet fundraising and membership goals.
  • Coordinate closely with the VP, External Relations and VP, Visitor Engagement on corporate sponsorship, grant proposals and events.
  • Participate with senior management in the ongoing planning and programming/development of the Museum as it relates to contributed revenue and membership
  • Serve as a representative of the Museum and its’ mission at internal and external events, programs, meetings, conferences and presentations.
  • Prepares and deliver activity reports on departmental activities for the staff, board and related committees.
  • Participate in professional societies and activities;
  • Manage, supervise and coordinate the Development & Membership Department.
  • Coordinate all development and membership activities across departments and must stay current with business trends and reports.
  • Manage and oversee the membership program and look for opportunities of growth within the program.
  • Manage and oversee all areas of contributed revenue and fundraising events and look for opportunities of growth within each program.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of the Museum’s plans and programs as a community partner in evaluating & advising on the impact of long range fundraising planning.
  • Ensure and facilitate the Museum’s Strategic Planning Goals.
  • Demonstrates our commitment to the city and the region through a comprehensive plan for our historic home and through partnerships in our community and beyond;
  • Attain a long-term financial stability.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies Needed for Position:

  • Strong Organizational Skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Impeccable integrity
  • Exemplary communications and writing skills
  • Critical Evaluation

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school; advance degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of eight years prior experience in senior level position with a nonprofit organization with proven success in development. Experience in fundraising and membership in a Museum or arts/culture related field
  • Experience in working closely with the Board of Directors and related committees
  • A proven track record of substantial and diverse fund development.
  • Demonstrates excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation and commitment to the mission of the museum.
  • Experienced leader who has been a member of an executive management team, demonstrating excellent accountability, leadership, communication, mentoring, empowerment and resource management skills.
  • Proven ability to make effective and persuasive presentations.
  • Proven ability to plan, develop and coordinate multiple projects to meet business goals.
  • Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals.
  • Budget analysis and various contributed revenue proposals.
  • Ability to put together a metrics plan to incorporate into a development & membership plan to achieve budgeted goals for the fiscal year.
  • Ability to analyze donor prospect research information to put together a solicitation plan.
  • Event management and, project management.
  • Understanding of best practices in the fields of development & membership; understanding and execution of the donor cultivation process

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent working environment; a comprehensive benefit package and competitive salary.  To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter including your accomplishments, resume and salary requirements to: Director of Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131: Email: fax: 215-581-3182 Office telephone:  215-581-3189     EOE

Posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

Internal Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014