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Easy Ways to De-stress for the Holidays

Whether you find yourself looking forward to the end of the year or dreading it, chances are you’re stressed out! Thankfully, there are some quick and simple things you can do to feel energized and power through to the end of 2012!

Keeping your diet balanced can impact your body’s response to stress. Certain foods have a stress-reducing effect. When you’re under stress, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode, releasing a chemical called cortisol. Simply sipping black tea and eating foods high in vitamin C can decrease cortisol levels in your body.

Serotonin is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates to increase serotonin levels. Good sources include oatmeal, whole grain breakfast cereals, breads, and pastas. Complex carbohydrates gradually release serotonin, another benefit.

Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities in Nebraska

In spite of laws that dramatically increased physical access and educational opportunities for people with disabilities, big challenges remain. Unemployment and underemployment is much higher for this group. During the recent recession, Americans with disabilities dropped out of the labor force at five times the rate of workers without disabilities.

It’s been 22 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed. With ADA came accessible buildings, transportation, and telecommunication systems that have increased opportunities for people with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) passed even earlier, 36 years ago – ensuring access to a quality education for all our children with disabilities.

People with disabilities are much more likely to be self employed than their non-disabled counterparts. Innovative and creative people with disabilities have used self employment, especially home-based business ownership, when traditional employment was unavailable to them. Some are REAP clients, and REAP staff frequently refer them to me for help. I want to share my sources with you.

REAP Staff Conferencing to Learn How to Serve You Better

Opportunity Finance Network Conference
Several REAP staff and a Center for Rural Affairs board member attended the Opportunity Finance Network Conference at San Antonio, Texas, from Oct. 15-18, 2012. The network is the main trade association for the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry.

Remembering National Rural Health Day

Thursday, November 15th, was National Rural Health Day. Rural America is a wonderful place to live and work, which is why nearly 60 million people make their homes there. That’s why the nation honors the health of rural America every third Thursday of November. As we do so, each of us should pause to remember the unique healthcare challenges and the crucial state and federal healthcare decisions rural America faces in the coming weeks and months.

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