A Foundation of Preschool Learning: Water, Sand, Clay, Paint, and Blocks
In a society of over-scheduled kids, the expectation of building your scholastic resume early, and so on, childrens’ play time can seem like a waste of time. What are they accomplishing? How will this add to their academic success? What are they learning? Turns out, they are learning a lot! Continue reading →
by Kim Knapp, PJCC Personal Trainer specializing in Strength Training and Osteoporosis Prevention
Did you know…
• Women can lose 3-6% of bone mass annually for the first 5 years following menopause.
• 50% of women over age 50 will have an osteoporotic fracture
• Within a year, 25-30% of hip fracture patients die or end up in a nursing home. This is preventable! Continue reading →
Captain Ahab is on a mission to avenge the loss of his leg. Over the course of a year, his crew hunts sperm whales and harvests the oil in huge barrels in the hold of his ship Pequod. The ship travels all over the world and finally ends up in the equator in the Pacific Ocean, Moby Dick’s home area. Despite many bad omens, including breaking of navigation instruments and a typhoon, Ahab is determined to pursue the great white whale. Moby Dick eventually attacks the Pequod, and even while the ship is sinking, Ahab tries to throw his harpoon at the whale. Instead, the harpoon rope strangles Ahab and leads to his drowning. All of the crew die except the Ishmael, the narrator. In short, Ahab and his crew suffered workplace injuries.
Let’s see what we can learn from this story in terms of workplace safety. These are the elements of worker safety to explore: 1. The environment 2. The worker 3. Extenuating circumstancesContinue reading →
These days our pets have it pretty good. They have their own restaurants, beauty parlors, play dates, and hotels! But as much time as we devote to them, sometimes we don’t put enough thought into their food choices. We think we are showing love for them by letting them eat certain human foods when many of those foods may cause them harm. Being aware of the types of foods that aren’t good for our canine will help to keep them fit and healthy.
To make sure Fido is eating right, the ASPCA recommends avoiding the following foods in your dogs diet:
Avocado (persin can be toxic)
Macadamia Nuts (as few as 6 nuts can be fatal)
Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney failure)
Yeast dough (can rise and swell in the dogs abdomen)
Raw Eggs (can cause food poisoning or skin problems)
Raw Meat and Fish (food poisoning)
Candy and Gum (the ingredient Xylitol can make your dog sick)
Onions, chives and garlic (can cause anemia)
Coffee, tea, or caffeine (dogs can get caffeine poisoning)
Milk and other dairy products (too much can cause diarrhea)
Salt (large amounts)
Human medicines should also be avoided unless prescribed by your veterinarian
The marriage between technology and fitness isn’t new. Professional athletes have been using computer programs and data for decades to get into the best physical shape for their particular sport. It is only in the last decade or so that the rest of the population has been able to tap into some technologies that make it easier to get and stay fit!
Today even fitness novices like me can access some pretty incredible information with a simple application (app) download. You can tap into just about every type of fitness activity that you can think of from your smartphone or tablet. Continue reading →
Want to discover some entirely new career?
Looking for meaningful volunteer work?
Hope to retire and travel or work on hobbies?
Want to continue in your current career, but find more time for other facets of your life?
Learn a unique 3-step process that involves balancing the head, heart and spirituality to build the lifestyle you desire. Continue reading →
Are you hungry for facts and stories about Passover? Here is some interesting information you might enjoy and ponder.
The Burning Bush
We learn in the Passover story that Moses experiences a holy moment with God when he notices a burning bush in the desert. Many historians and scientists indicate that in ancient times, desert brush would catch on fire, spontaneously, quite regularly. This miracle of the burning bush was most likely not that fact that it was burning, but that it was burning without being consumed. This strikes me as a good lesson about the power of observation – sometimes things that seem quite ordinary, are in fact, anything but, and offer us extraordinary opportunities for holiness, and in Moses’ case, finding our destiny.
by Rhonda Press Guest Author, Rhonda Press, is an Adult Program Coordinator at the PJCC and an avid Hiker.
I happen to love hiking. Being out in nature restores my soul. Living in San Mateo County, we are lucky to have many miles of hiking trails. There are hikes that are more like city hikes and others that will take you deep into the redwood forests. I’ll share 3 of my favorite hikes plus one that is brand new.
Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve is located in Redwood City and is right off Edgewood Road between Alameda and Highway 280. There is a formal park entrance with a parking lot but you can also park just immediately west of the 280 overpass at Edgewood
Utilizing a BOSU helps to engage a number of muscles that might get overlooked in a normal workout. Standing on the BOSU requires balance which works your core. Add in the squats to work your upper legs while giving your core a good workout.
This fitness tip is presented by PJCC Personal Trainer Cynthia Newman.
Like the 10 commandments, the passover seder menu can seem like it’s written in stone. Passed down through generations and laden with family tradition, it feels almost sacrilegious to deviate from what our grandparents served their guests. But it’s that very menu, with all the starch, fats and sugar coated desserts (most often eaten for two nights in a row) which can make you feel as if you actually at the stone tablets of the commandments for dinner.
Don’t let the tradition of the seder weigh on you. This year start your own traditions with a lighter and healthier version of two seder classics–Matzo Ball Soup and Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake.