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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 28~ 2012 51] t d spirit / n ving all r lon Q: We are so bombarded with reminders each Thanks- giving that we should give thanks every day for the blessings in our life. Do you have any thoughts on how we can put that sentiment into action throughout the year? A: You raise an essential sentiment and an important question. It reminded me of a recent blog I read in Examin- er.cam that advised us that if we are to get the most joy out of family holiday gatherings such as Thanksgiving, we should look at the food we share as only "a tangible'sign that we live in a great coun- try at a great time in history, with ample blessings and amazing opportunity." As true as it may be that we continue to live in a land ofopportunity, it is hard to count your blessings if a friend or loved one at the table is out of work or strug- gling financially. It is harder still when we think of the growing ranks of the home- less and the hungry in our country. According to a Sep- tember study released by the C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS info@creators.com U.S. Department of Agricul- ture, one in five children in our own nation will go hun- gry today and the days that follow. For them, food is a constant worry. Kate Atwood is the execu- tive director of the Arby's Foundation, a nonprofit group that is part of a public- private partnership with a mission to end childhood hunger in America and en- sure that children have ac- cess to wholesome food every day. In 2011, the Arby's Foun- dation pledged $1 million to- ward that effort. Its cus- tomers added more than $1.8 million last year. In a recent blog posting (m.good.is/posts/a-place-at- fession: "I know how hard it fall behind in class. the-table-for-childhood- is, and I know how much aFuturist Alvin Toffler once hunger-in-america), Atwood child's instinct is to keep it a predicted that "the illiterate reminds us of the scope and secret." of the 21st century will not be consequences of this prob- "Hunger exists in every those who cannot read and lem. While it is happening community, and the fight to write, but those who cannot "in our own backyards," it is end it looks differently in learn, unlearn and relearn." sometimes difficult for people every neighborhood," At- In addition to a future to see. She talks about how, wood reminds us. "This cri- workforce issue,, hunger and fresh on the job, she had diffi- sis is not just an appetite is- poor nutrition may well be culty understanding what sue. It's an education issue; a contributing to problems childhood hunger looks like health issue; a future work- with the current one. With in America, the land of plen- force issue." each passing day, it is becom- ty. It clearly was not analo- The idea that nutrition af- ing more and more obvious gous to the images of starva- fects children's ability to that, as a nation, millions of tion we are all too familiar learn is not new, as an Octo- America's young people en- with from around the globe, bet 2002 article in Pediatrics tering the workforce are in- For her, it took a letter magazine (Volume 110, Num- adequately prepared. A testa- from a childhood friend con- ber 4) reminds us. Hungerment to this failure can be fessing her own struggles and poor nutrition are direct- found in stagnant standard- with hunger that provided ly linked to cognitive devel- ized test scores and low high the insight she needed, opment and academic perfor- school graduation rates. "Here was a person with mance. It is hard to imagine that a whom I walked the halls One study cited by Pedi- habitual problem of poor nu- every day in middle school atrics found that among trition and hunger is not a and high school, and I had no fourth-grade students, those factor. Yes, no child should idea -- no clue she was starv- who had the least protein in- be left behind in relation to ing," says Atwood. "In her take in their diets had the opportunities to get a good letter, she wrote about the lowest achievement scores, education and in living a most vulnerable and scary Children who are hungry or prosperous life. And no child times of her youth, going undernourished also have should go hungry. days with no more than a more difficulty fighting infec- The Arby's Foundation, slice of toast." Her friend tion and are more likely to working closely with the No closed the letter with the con- become sick, miss school and Kid Hungry Campaign, is just one example of someone within the food industry step- ping up to join the efforts to end childhood hunger in America. Supporting such ef- forts is one way to help year- round. Another way is to find your local food bank and discover what you can do to help in your own community, espe- cially during the holidays, when school is out and the needs can be greater. You can do this by visiting the Feed- ing America website at feedingameri- Ca.org/foodbank. There is a wonderful anonymous quote that says, "If you continually give, you will continually have." It is a message that rings true year- round. My wife, Gena, and I wish all of you a healthy and happy holiday season. May your hearts and lives be full. Write to Chuck Norris (tu- fa@creators.cam) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.cam Veterans ho hiring full ran f Many have traveled long distances and relocated sev- eral times over the past decade as they search for work. Finally, with the pass- ing of legislation and fund- ing, a couple of places for the state are actively recruiting workers. Here's some infor- mation: The California Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) veterans homes in Fresno and Redding have be- gun recruiting to fill a wide VET Tmax MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services variety of staff positions throughout 2013. Positions will be available in nursing, medical, pharmacy, mental health, social service, food service, plant operations,of these homes and for pro- cants to first establish em- job openings at CalVet's grounds keeping, human re- viding the funding that made ployment eligibility by suc- Fresno and Redding homes sources, medical billing, this recruitment effort possi- cessfully completing an ex- and at other CalVet loca- clerical, IT management and ble." amination for each job clas- tions, go to cal- other categories. The Fresno and Redding sification for which theyvet.ca.gov/AboutUs/ The CalVet secretary, Pe- homes have scheduled a re- wish to apply. CalVet staff Jobs/JobAnnouncements ter J. Gravett, said, "We're cruitment workshop/hiringwill offer examination and .aspx. very excited about being fair at each home to promote job application information This is a good opportunity able to begin the process of the positions being offered, at the Fresno and Reddingfor job seekers to look into staffing our new homes. The Fresno event is sched- events to assist those who the career possibilities and We've waited a long time for Uled for Jan. 23, 2013, and the are unfamiliar with the prepare for the job fairs. Cre- this, and so have our veter- Redding event is scheduled process. Information on how ate an online account now ans. We're grateful to the for Jan. 30, 2013. to get a state job is also avail- and take advantage! These governor and the Legislature The state Civil service hir- able at jobs.ca.gov, events are just around the for their continued support ing process requires appli- To view a list of currentcorner. 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