Mark your calendars hockey fans!! The 13th Annual Goals for Giving is just around the corner. Join us Sunday, March 12th, for Human Services Foundation’s 13th Annual Goals for Giving Hockey Benefit.
Flyers Hall of Famer and NHS Foundation board member, Brian Propp, will once again coach the NHS Blues, now known as the NHS Blue Thunder. His team will face off against the NHS White Lightning, coached by fellow board member and event founder, Chris Dunton, of Lintons Food Service Management. Both teams will be supported by Philadelphia Hockey Celebrities who will lace up their skates to support the mission of NHS and the NHS Human Services Foundation. Those include these hockey legends; Kjell Samuelsson, Todd Fedoruk, John LeClair, Jim Dowd, and Andre Faust. The Official Meet and Greet Reception is a great opportunity to visit with these hockey pros over a beer (or soda), get an autograph, and take a commemorative photo.
Your participation and support of this event makes a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. NHS has developed a unique continuum of care providing services in the areas of mental health, addictive diseases, education, juvenile justice, foster care and permanency, autism, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. – For more ways to help, and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.goalsforgiving.org
How many times have you stopped mid-sentence because your thought disappeared, or wondered around the house trying to find the car keys because you can’t seem to remember where you last placed them?
Studies have shown eating foods high in particular vitamins and minerals have helped to improve memory retention and the speed the brain functions at. While consuming over 20 percent of the nutrients that we eat, just like the rest of the body, the brain requires energy to function properly.
Its primary source of vitamins and minerals effects the brain in different ways from increasing brain activity, improving memory retention and decreasing the risk of chronic diseases.
Recently, Lintons provided lunch for an Alzheimer’s and Dementia in-service held at the AVS Verree Road Campus. The broccoli quinoa salad and pumpkin cinnamon mousse where two of the foods served which included some of the ingredients linked to improving brain health. The first step in securing memory, brain function and offsetting the onset of Dementia is to include the below “brain food” into your diet.
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, bok choy, brussel sprouts and cauliflower, contain folate and have carotenoids, which aids in preventing memory loss.
- Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and collard greens are high in folate and vitamin B9, which is known to improve memory.
- Beans and legumes contain the highest percentage of folate, iron, magnesium and potassium that can help with general body function and brain activity. They also contain the vitamin B choline, a B vitamin that boosts brain connections for memory and retention.
- The whole grains of quinoa and kammut contain manganese and phosphorus, important in growth, development and maintenance of brain tissues.
- Cherries and fruits classified as berries, have anti-inflammatory properties, contain antioxidants and compounds all of which protects the brain from damage-causing free radicals, linked to chronic disease and cancer.
- Pumpkin, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots and beets contain vitamin A, folate and iron which help with improving memory.
- Omega fatty-acid rich diets have been shown to reduce the risk of markers that can cause dementia. You can get your omega fatty acids from fish, flax seeds, olive oil (not safflower) or by taking a good quality omega 3 supplement.
- Almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts and pecans contain omega-3’s, omega-6’s, vitamin E, folate, and magnesium which independently improve brain function and health.
- The spices cinnamon, sage, tumeric and cumin can all help to break up brain plaque and reduce inflammation of the brain which can cause memory issues
While there isn’t a diet for brain health, it is recommended to follow a healthy diet, with a variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. In addition to eating healthy, you’ll want to decrease the risk of illnesses that can make your brain age such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. So remember to feed your brain with the good stuff!
Anyone who has ever attended a hockey game can tell you that when the cool air hits your face and the crowd begins to roar as the payers take the ice… that is all you need to get your heart pounding with excitement and ready for the experience of a lifetime. The annual NHS Goals for Giving Event expels all of these emotions and more.
As the angelic voice of Courtney Dininny’s National Anthem rang through the rink, team members and spectators alike prepared for the exhilaration of the game. Every Year the passionate players of the NHS Blues gear up to take down the Flyers alumni team once and for all. With the recruitment of a few Flyers alumni to the Blues team, the chances for a win were at their peak! Unfortunately Brian Propp, Ray Allison, Kjell Samuelsson, Todd Fedoruk, and Larry Goodenough working with the NHS Blues were not enough for an entire team of their peers.
In the midst of the game’s excitement, over 20 gift baskets were raffled off, autographed memorabilia silent auctions, and our favorite for the kids “Chuck a Puck”, providing entertainment both inside and outside the rink.
The mission of the NHS Foundation is to raise awareness and financial support for the children and adults supported by NHS such as mental health, addictive diseases, education, juvenile justice, foster care and permanency, autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities and to provide NHS staff with the tools and resources necessary to better serve and maximize the potential of all individuals in NHS programs.
Over the past (11) eleven years, the NHS Human Services Foundation Goals for Giving Hockey Benefit has raised approximately $506,000 to support the programs and services of NHS. This year, the goal was to raise $125,000, and through the support of the individuals whom so effortlessly give, that goal was reached and exceeded to upwards of $145,000.