Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fitness for Non-profit professionals

This is the email I got from ynpn mailing list and I thought it can be helpful to someone.
They offer reduced price class for non-profit professionals and teachers, and have fitness programs for obese children.
I would love to do a training in the park but Brooklyn is just too far...
But training sesh (instead of study sesh? lol) and farmer's market on Saturday morning sounds very appealing!

Are you a Non-Profit Professional or Teacher looking for a fun, budget-friendly way to get into shape?

Our Fit 4 Life NYC Fitness Boot Camp is the go-to place for the busy New York City Non-Profit Professional or Teacher who wants to get fit and healthy.

What you will receive:
Classes designed for all levels of fitness.
Lose weight and inches off the waist, thighs and hips.
Tons of variety including our popular Kickboxing Calorie Burn class.
Increase your strength while toning and sculpting your body.
Boost your energy to get you through those long days.
Reduce stress!
Supportive, small group environment.
Convenient Morning and Evening classes
Try out one of our complimentary classes:
Monday, September 29th
7-8 a.m. (Fort Greene park)
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Studio

Thursday, October 2nd
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Studio)

Saturday, October 4th
10-11 a.m. (Fort Greene Park - check out the Farmer's Market after class)

Studio Location: 310 Atlantic Avenue b/t Hoyt and Smith Streets
By Train: F or G to Bergen; 2 or 3 to Hoyt; A or C to Hoyt/Schermerhorn; 4 or 5 to Borough Hall

Fort Greene Park: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
By Train: B, Q, R to Dekalb Ave.; G to Fulton; C to Lafayette; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins

To take advantage of the complimentary classes or to register for the 4-Week October Slim-Down Boot Camp please contact us at 718-210-3374, email to fit4lifebootcamp@gmail.com or visit www.fit4lifenyc.com.
What Non-profit Professionals & Teachers are saying about the program:
"This is the first time in years I put on my summer clothes and they weren't tight!" - Alicia, Teacher
"The boot camp class for me is a fun alternative to the gym and I can feel muscles getting stronger." - Laura, Manhattan - Non-profit arts and education Program Coordinator
"The Boot Camp classes are so different from regular workouts because they are challenging and fun. I really look forward to them all day and feel great afterwards." - Kelly, Non-profit Program Associate
"I have lost a few pounds after only a few weeks. More importantly, I feel so much better." - Gerry, Brooklyn - Non-profit Development Associate
"The community and positive atmosphere make it enjoyable. It's not isolating like a gym." - Jackie, Manhattan - Non-profit Media Organization
"Boot Camp is the best thing since sliced bread." Tahira, Bronx - Afterschool Program Coordinator
Have a Happy & Healthy Day.
Emil Ramnarine, FounderFit 4 Life NYCFit 4 Life Kids718-210-3374 fit4lifenyc@gmail.com www.fit4lifenyc.com

Cheap Bus Options

Here's an article from nytimes about cheap buses that are cleaner and less sketchy than chinatown buses.


Monday, September 29, 2008

Preparing for Rising Energy Costs

I ran into a social worker who was training at DFTA and she sent me the info for this free conference:
"Managing Energy Costs? Use the power of action."
October 15, 2008
8:30am to 11:30am
National Grid Auditorium
One MetroTech Center, Brooklyn NY 11201
RSVP by October 9th

Topics to be addressed include:

  • What's on a gas bill? For instance, what exactly is a “Gas Delivery Charge”?
  • How do rising energy costs impact National Grid bills and customers?
  • How can we all use “The power of action” to do something about it?
  • How can customers access important resources, like HEAP?
  • Are there any National Grid programs might be able to help with energy and cost management?
You’ll get answers to these questions and more. Attendees will also have an opportunity to pose questions to our panel of experts, including a representative from HRA - HEAP!

Our goal is to leave you better able to assist energy consumers - from understanding the bill, to lowering it, and getting help to pay for it when necessary.

This FREE event is open to all. Please see the attached flyer for details, and feel free to distribute it widely. Don't miss the opportunity to take home free giveaways and maybe win our raffle drawing for a "Green" gift basket! To RSVP, please reply to Karla.Ayala@us.ngrid.com or Renee.McClure@us.ngrid.com.

If you have any questions or wish to be excluded from future National Grid Consumer Advocacy Department communications, please respond to this email.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Nicole D'Anna
Consumer Advocate
National Grid
1 MetroTech Center, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 718-403-2095
Fax: 718-403-2818
Email: Nicole.DAnna@us.ngrid.com



Saturday, September 27, 2008

LMSW Study Sesh: October 11

Hey! So, our next study session will be:

Date: Saturday, October 11
Time: 11:30am
Location: Barnes and Noble (Union Square) cafe on the 3rd floor

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Food Bank for New York City

Last weekend I was at the Last Supper Festival and met some representatives from the Food Bank for New York City. Apparently they have programs for school-aged children and seniors (and I asked about regular ole' adults and the person I spoke with said they work with everyone).

Anyway, I was told that they educate people on how to eat healthy and how to use their food stamps in the best way possible.


After exploring the website I also found that they offer free tax assistance too!

Here's a little more information about their "CookShop for Adults" educational program:

"CookShop for Adults focuses on two groups: adult food stamp recipients and seniors.

The CookShop for Adults food stamp recipient initiative provides monthly workshops that improve the ability of participants to prepare home-cooked, nutritious meals for themselves and their families. Program participants learn how to best find, store and cook fresh, in-season food as well as the benefits of a healthy diet based on whole, minimally processed food — with a special emphasis on locally grown produce."

Free Yoga

Lauren Taylor recommended I get in touch with a woman who offers free yoga "to those among us whose spirit has been challenged by illness, abuse, neglect, addiction and other life obstacles."

She has trained people and is apparently looking for sites to place her trainees at. I have not spoken with her yet so I can't say much about my experience, but definitely check out the website.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Coalition for Debtor Education

Hi Everyone:)

Courtney was asking if anyone had ideas for potential seminars for her students. I sent her this info by e-mail, but I thought it was a good opportunity to post a resource.

The Coalition for Debtor Eduation "is a not-for-profit organization whose continuing mission is to assist consumers, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations, in understanding and improving their ability to manage their financial affairs."


Being a social worker paying off columbia loans I'm sure I could benefit from some of this info as well;) Hope the information is helpful!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Oh and . . .

OK, so I know I tried something like this on Facebook, but it hasn't really taken off. Hopefully this format will work better for everyone. Please bookmark the blog and contribute as often as possible, because if each of us does not contribute we'll have a sittin' blog!



Today I was talking with several social work gals and we decided that as new social workers we need a place to share resources for our clients and ourselves.

If you need something or want to share something that could help your fellow social workers you can do that here!