Sixth annual job and entrepreneurship fair this Thursday
I wanted to remind you that area residents are invited to my sixth annual job and entrepreneurship fair, which will be held from
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Thursday, Oct. 6 at Yeadon Borough Hall, 600 Church Lane, Yeadon.
Invited employers include: the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, SEPTA, Community Transit, Philadelphia Police
Department, U.S. Postal Service, Goodwill Job Center, Pennsylvania
CareerLink, branches of the armed services and many more.
We are expecting nearly 50 exhibitors to be in attendance.
Please come to the job fair equipped with copies of your resume and dressed for success.
On-site resources will include mock
interviews, interviewing tips and panel presentations on strategies to
employment and tips for entrepreneurs.
Onions are one of those foods that people tend to avoid when they’re heading to a business meeting or going on a date. Personally, I can’t get enough of them. I happily devour them, whichever way they’re served — raw, sauteed or pickled. Not only do onions offer a punch of flavor to any dish, they also offer incredible health benefits.
An onion a day…
Perhaps the old saying about apples should be changed to “an onion a day keeps the doctor away,” according to a number of published studies. Onions are packed with anti-cancer chemicals, particularly effective against liver and colon cancer cells — and that is just the beginning.
Onions have healing power, helping your body heal in times of need. In the early 1900s, onions were used to fight off the plague. Onions were used for centuries for fevers, coughs and the flu. Onions are a powerful detoxifying element, rich in sulfur-containing compounds.
Onions are also one of the richest sources of the antioxidant quercetin. This is a flavonoidthat helps reduce your risk of blood clots, lowers cholesterol, fights off symptoms of asthma, reduces your risk of infection and may even inhibit certain types of cancer. With anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibiotic properties, onions cover all the bases.
While studying onions, researchers found that regular consumption may significantly reduce your risk of cancer. A study in theAmerican Society for Clinical Nutritionfoundthat both onion and garlic reduce risk of oral, esophageal, colorectal, laryngeal, breast, prostate, renal and ovarian cancer. Even onion powder improves health, combatting potentially harmful carcinogens.
In 2012, researchers published a studyin theJournal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry. When adding onion powder to heat-processed meat, carcinogen formation decreased by 94.3 percent. It concluded that plant compounds, including onion, may prevent foodborne infections and carcinogenic exposure.
Consuming onions regularly can ward off chronic disease, and this pungent vegetable can also combat chronic pain. One studyreported the analgesic properties of fresh onion juice, comparing its effects to morphine. Turns out that fresh onion juice can combat both acute and chronic pain, with a strong effect towards inflammation.
Are some onions better than others?
Before we compare onion varieties, it’s important to note that white, yellow and red onions all offer key health-boosting properties. There are some key differences, however. All beinglow on the glycemic index,all onions offer beneficial amounts of vitamin C. Although white onions contain slightly more fiber and sulfur, yellow and red onions offer a higher concentration of nutrients.
For instance, red onions are the most beneficial in terms of antioxidants, ahead of yellow and white. Yielding their deep, rich color, red onions also contain at least 25 different types of anthocyanins. Based on higher antioxidant properties, red onions appear to be the most beneficial when aiming to fight free radicals and chronic disease.
When studied at Cornell University, food science researchers focused on 10 different onion and shallot varieties. What they found was that this pungent vegetable offers potent antioxidants, as well as anti-proliferation effects — meaning, onions appear to inhibit cancer cell growth.
The more phytochemicals, such as phenolics and flavonoids an onion has, the stronger its effect. Researchers found that shallots had six times the phenolic content of Vidalia — the onion with the lowest content. Western yellow onions had 11 times more flavonoids, in comparison to Western whites — the variety with the fewest flavonoids.
Onions, in general, offer one of the richest sources of flavonoids available in the human diet. The consumption of flavonoids not only offers anti-cancer effects, but also antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties. Generally, the darker and more pungent onion varieties are the healthiest.
Consume a variety of onions
When consuming an onion, it’s important that you do not over peel. Perhaps you have noticed when peeling a red onion that the color is much more vibrant within the outer layers. Based on a key study, when peeling back the first two layers, you remove up to 75 percent of the antioxidant anthocyanins mentioned above.
Consume a variety of onions in order to maintain your health. Have at least one full red onion and three onions overall each week. Be sure that some of your intake is raw, increasing organic sulfur intake. Of course, the beneficial effects of onion will be further enhanced when consuming a balanced, nutrient-rich diet.
At the end of the day, onions aren’t something to cry over. Celebrate and enjoy these layered bulbs. To one-up the health benefits of an onion, try your hand at lacto-fermentation. That is, making pickled red onionsthat are irresistible and rich in probiotics.
system in your body depends on water, so it’s imperative to stay
hydrated. But if you want to up your game, why not add these seven
ingredients to your water for the ultimate detox? You’ll not only stay
hydrated, but you’ll be energized, flush toxins out, lose weight, reduce
fatigue, aid digestion, keep your organs healthy and improve your mood.
Now that’s a mouthful!
Let’s face it, your present state of
health is the result of many years of chemical and toxin exposure, plus
the choices you’ve made for your body, mind and spirit. As a result, you
need gentle detoxification and rejuvenation from pollutants,
prescription drugs and food preservatives. Detoxification cleans out the
digestive system, encourages wellness and is important in the treatment
of disease and health maintenance. The benefits of detoxification
include better digestion and elimination, weight loss, improved immune
system, improved skin tone and mental alertness.
the ultimate detox, choose organic products and consume enough water to
stay properly hydrated. For some, that may mean drinking six to eight
glasses of filtered or healthy spring water daily. But generally, you
should drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and your urine
is colorless or light yellow.Here are the top seven ingredients for a detox:
Not only is watermelon low in
calories and incredibly hydrating for the body, but it also fights
inflammation and free radical damage while providing anti-aging vitamins
A and B. Watermelon also contains a high amount of lycopene, which is a
certain type of carotenoid that’s responsible for watermelon’s deep red
or pink color — and it’s also a powerful antioxidant. Studies show that lycopene may help prevent chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Watermelon also provides potassium
and magnesium, both important for detoxification, managing blood flow
and hydration levels in the body. One of the more interesting features
of watermelon is its rich supply of the amino acid citrulline.
Citrulline is also great for the detoxification process because it helps
the liver and kidneys filter out ammonia, a by-product of protein that
damages the cells.
Lemon contains ascorbic acid, which
helps to detoxify the body, aid digestion and keeps skin glowing. It’s
also an excellent source of vitamin C, which stimulates white blood cell
production and boosts immune system function, says Dr. Josh Axe.
Adding lemon to your detox water rejuvenates the skin, heals the body
and boosts energy. It may also help you lose weight thanks to pectin, a
type of fiber that helps you to feel full longer, according to research
by the University of Southern California’s Department of Medicine.
Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and then add a few more slices to give
your detox water a little extra vitamin C. Fresh, organic lemons are
critical, as they are known to provide the most enzymes for body’s
Cucumbers are one of the great
detoxifying foods because they support the digestive tract, including
helping to cleanse the liver. The liver is the body’s main detoxifying
organ, and cucumbers can help remove accumulated toxins and waste from
the blood and gut. They’re also a natural diuretic food, which means
they can help the body produce more urine to flush out toxins and waste,
according to research. The end result is reduced bloating and uncomfortable water retention.
3. Apple cider vinegar
Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria, according to research
by the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine. But it also
helps increase the metabolism and speeds up weight loss. In fact, ACV
contains an organic acid called acetic acid that is shown to improve the
metabolism. It also supports digestive function, thanks to enzymes and
probiotics that also help fights acid reflux naturally. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your water
to cleanse your liver and lymphatic system. It helps balance your
body’s pH, and if your pH is out of whack, you could be experiencing
heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, weight gain, sluggish metabolism,
mineral deficiencies, constipation, fatigue, brain fog, frequent
urination, hypoglycemia, hormonal imbalances and sore muscles, saysThe Center For Advanced Heath.
The medicinal benefits of ginger come
from gingerol, the pungent oily resin that contains highly potent
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. For centuries, ginger has
been the go-to herb for digestion troubles, nausea, flu and even the
common cold. Ginger may also help lower the risk of infections and
inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria, making it
effective against respiratory infections and inflammatory diseases in
the gums such gingivitis and periodontitis. Ginger may also effectively
manage pain. In fact, according to research, people with osteoarthritis
of the knee who take ginger extract have less pain and require less pain
medication. Adding ginger to your detox water has
many other benefits as well. Ginger warms the body, breaking down the
accumulation of toxins in the organs. Additionally, a study
published by researchers at the Institute for Human Nutrition at
Columbia University found that ginger made participants feel fuller
after a meal and less likely to eat more later. Ginger also enhances
thermogenesis and reduces feelings of hunger, meaning that ginger may
play a significant role in weight management.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is a spicy powerhouse
when it comes to detoxing your body, since heating the body makes the
detoxification process more efficient. In fact, by simply adding cayenne
to your detox water you can stimulate circulation and sweat out toxins.
And that’s another important process of detoxification.
But it not only cleanses your body, cayenne also provides health
benefits that include aiding digestion, calming an upset stomach,
soothing intestinal gas and stomach pain, and helping alleviate diarrhea
and cramps. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some studies even suggest that cayenne may help you lose weight
and keep you satiated. However, more research is needed. Capsaicin is
also being studied for the treatment of irregular heart rhythm and
circulatory problems that relate to the heart. Capsaicin may even play a
role in the treatment of certain cancers including colon, prostate and
7. Aloe vera gel
Most people know aloe for its skin
healing and beautifying benefits. Others use it exclusively for treating
burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores. But did you know
you can actually consume aloe vera? There is so much more you can do
with this plant including treating osteoarthritis, bowel diseases,
fever, itching and inflammation. Aloe vera produces two healing
elements. The first is the gel, which comes from cells in the center of
the leaf. The second is the latex that comes from the cells just beneath
the leaf skin. It may also work as a natural remedy for asthma, stomach
ulcers and diabetes. Use aloe latex as a natural treatment for
depression, constipation, asthma and diabetes. Aloe vera gel also has laxative and
anti-inflammatory properties that help aid digestion, normalize pH
balance, lessen yeast formation and encourage digestive bacteria,
suggests Dr. Josh Axe.
The enzymes present in aloe vera also help break down proteins into
amino acids, fueling every cell in the body. This not only allows the
cells to work properly but also boosts overall health. Adding aloe vera
to detox drinks helps reduce inflammation, aid digestion and promote
skin health. — Katherine Marko
time someone sticks their tongue out at you, grab it and take a good
long look. Not only will this scare the heck out of them, you’ll be
getting an up-close and personal transcript of their health records. A
growing body of evidence suggests that not only are our tongues good for
tasting, moving bits of food around our mouths and projecting our
disdain or defiance to the world, they’re also an efficient way to get a
heads-up on what’s ailing you.
There’s probably been at least a few
occasions in your life where you’ve seen something weird on your tongue
while brushing your teeth before bed. Chances are you took a good long
look, thought “that’s weird, I wonder what caused that,” shrugged, and
thought nothing more of it.
far from being just an inconsequential curiosity, variations in the
color and texture of your tongue can actually provide an important
glimpse into the state of your health. When you know what to look for,
these variations can provide a clue as to whether you’re healthy or
suffering from a serious condition which needs to be addressed. Such
conditions can include diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, tooth or gum
decay, or yeast infections.We’ve put together the seven most important signs to look out for on your tongue, and what they mean in tongue-talk.
1. Lumpy white tongue
If it looks like your tongue has a
cottage cheese-like coating, you could have a yeast infection. This
could mean anything from thrush to an oral yeast infection to a Candida albicans overgrowth in your gut. Yeast infections or overgrowths are
often linked to things like antibiotics, chronic stress, too much sugar
and contraceptives. Antibiotics are particularly troublesome, with
repeated use killing off not only the bad bacteria in your body, but the
beneficial bacteria as well. With your beneficial bacteria populations
wiped out in your gut and mouth, harmful bacteria can move in and take
up residence. Candida is perhaps the most famous
opportunist following a bout of antibiotics, too much stress, an
overload of sugar or continued contraceptive use. Candida is a naturally
in your gut, and under normal conditions actually provides important
functioning to your body like nutrient absorption and immune support.
Antibiotics kill off bacteria but are often unable to affect candida,
meaning it now has an expansive estate at its disposal to grow and put
down roots throughout your gut. This results in autoimmune issues,
constant sugar cravings, weight gain, hormonal imbalance and often a
“cottage cheese tongue.”
2. Small white tongue patches
While we’re on the topic of weird
white patterns on your tongue, keep your eye out for this one. Small
white patches on the top or underside of your tongue could mean that
something is directly irritating the inside of your mouth. These patches
(provided they are painless) are caused by an excess growth of cells on
your tongue and are often associated with smokers. If you find yourself
within this group, look out! Those patches have a strong chance of
developing into cancer. The solution? Stop smoking! If you’re not a smoker, small white
patches on your tongue could simply be due to your teeth rubbing against
the surface of your tongue, or perhaps eating too much abrasive food
3. Bright red tongue
This one has probably got you
worried, considering it looks like you’ve eaten a whole punnet of
strawberries or perhaps five beets in a row. A glossy, bright red tongue
often signifies a vitamin deficiency, in particular iron or vitamin B12.
These two vitamins are not only essential for a range of healthy
functions in your body, they’re also required for the maturation of
papillae on your tongue. If you’re lacking in iron or B12, the loss of
those papillae means your tongue takes on a smooth, almost glossy
texture. While you shouldn’t experience any
pain or discomfort, severe iron or B12 deficiency and the resulting
smoothness of the tongue can make eating hot or spicy foods miserable.
Basically, if you’ve got a notably red, smooth tongue, consult your
doctor or get a comprehensive blood test to see whether you’re vitamin
deficient. Vegetarians are particularly at risk, as a lot of our vitamin
B12 and iron intake comes from red meat.
4. Tongue cracks
If you’ve noticed an increasing
amount of “wrinkles” or deep grooves on your tongue, don’t fret. These
tongue wrinkles, which remind me a little of glacial crevasses, are
usually just a manifestation of age. Like your skin, your tongue
degrades with time, and this is simply it’s own way of showing that wear
and tear. That being said, things can get a
little dicey is you don’t keep things clean inside your mouth. Those
same benign fissures can easily develop a fungal infection if you don’t
make oral hygiene a priority, which can then lead to bad breath, pain,
and possibly a burning sensation. All the more reason to brush your
teeth, floss and clean your tongue on a regular basis.
5. Tongue ulcers
We’ve all had them and everyone seems
to have a different theory as to why they appear. Even the experts
don’t know for sure what they are and what specifically causes canker
sores. They suspect, however, that these little devils are viral in
nature and have ties to elevated stress levels. I’ve also long held the
opinion that they spring up on the tongue and cheeks after eating too
much sour fruit, particularly citrus. There are a few things you can do to
treat tongue canker sores, like rubbing baking soda on the affected area
or rinsing your mouth with salty water. Otherwise, they should be gone
within two weeks — any longer and you may have a bigger problem.
6. Permanent tongue lesions
While we’re on the subject of weird
bumps on your tongue, if you see one of these guys, take a quick trip
down to the doctor. Different from canker-sores or ulcers in that they
don’t go away after two weeks, they should be checked immediately. Even
if you’re unsure of whether it’s a canker sore or a potentially
carcinogenic lesion, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and
get an expert opinion.
7. Black tongue fuzz
It sounds a trifle disgusting, and
it’s significance is a little gross as well: a tongue with visible black
or brown hairs (or “fuzz”) means your oral hygiene
leaves a lot to be desired. While it suggests that you should ramp up
your tooth brushing and mouth washing routine a bit, experts state that
it isn’t a cause for concern in and of itself. Other things which can cause a black
and hairy tongue include smoking and drinking a lot of coffee or dark
teas. These can cause the papillae on your tongue to grow bacteria,
which create that discolored look and lead to bad breath or weird
tastes. Ditch the smoking or excessive hot drinks and work on your oral
hygiene routine and it should go away. — Liivi Hess
The Sr. Policy Associateengages key stakeholders at the local, state and national levels
to develop and implement policy approaches to address and influence policy and
political impact on the workforce development system.
This position will be responsible for the following duties:
Conduct research on local regional state and national best
practices pertaining to workforce system related program operations and
polices: make recommendations regarding adoption of appropriate policies
and practices in Philadelphia.
Identify systems, agencies and organizations that Philadelphia
Works should partner with in order to improve system performance; forge
partnerships among these entities to enable the system to better address
Research, track and analyze pertinent legislative and
administrative policies that impact Philadelphia Works; keep leadership
abreast of federal and state policy changes and potential policy changes
and advise on responses.
Identify internal and external operational concerns that can be
remedied by policy clarification and/or development; elaborate policies
and disseminate policy changes.
Serve as a link to the advocacy community and partner with
appropriate advocates to promote policies and practices beneficial to
Philadelphia Works, its subcontractors, clients and employers.
Prepare policy materials including policy reports, action alerts,
talking points, issue briefs, letters, etc.
Archive information pertinent to the development of policy.
Act as a liaison representing Philadelphia Works with various
Collaborate with the Outreach and Engagement Manager in preparing
senior staff who participates in external public policy activities such as
Create and direct opportunities for stakeholders to participate
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Network with other Workforce Investment Boards and affiliated
organizations interested in common issues.
Attend local and regional legislative sessions as necessary.
Perform other related job duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree, Masters preferred, in
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university. Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in legislative or public policy
combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.
of federal , state and local policy and the regulatory environment in the State
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to apply knowledge of workforce system and economic development to legislative
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organizational, analytical and prioritizing skills
to work effectively with representatives from the business community,
government organizations, stakeholders as well as board of directors, Sr.
leadership and management
attention to details
to synthesize information from multiple sources and generate summaries
judgment, solid business acumen and strong diplomacy skills
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