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 Benphoto of people joggingefits of Exercise

Research has proven that the more you exercise the better, and longer, your life will be. No matter what age you start your exercise program, you will benefit from the physical activity.

Just moving for 30 to 60 minutes three to five times a week boosts your health by…

•Lowering your stroke risk.

Protecting against osteoporosis.

Increasing your metabolic rate.

Preventing, and even reducing, high blood pressure.

Alleviating depression.

Reducing your cancer risk.

Lowering your blood sugar.

Reducing your risk of falls.

Get Ready!Get Set! Get Fit!

An easy way to have some fun and get some exercise too is to register for Baltimore County Department of Aging’s (BCDA) ninth annual “Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk / 1 Mile Walk” on Sunday, September 20, 2015. This family-friendly event will be held at the CCBC Essex campus, conveniently located near I 95 and I 695 off of Rossville Boulevard. You can run or walk the 5-kilometer or 1-mile course at your own pace. Your wallet might get some exercise too if you win the “Fitness Pays” Grand Door Prize Drawing of $500, courtesy of Walgreens (must be present to win). Proceeds from the event support BCDA’s programs for seniors.

Every moment spent exercising is time well spent. If you don’t know how to get started exercising, and you are over 60 years of age, the Baltimore County Department of Agingprovides wonderful opportunities to engage in fitness and wellness activities; explore the options.

Information

For more information on the "Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run-Walk/1 Mile Walk”or senior center fitness programming, call 410-887-2040 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/seniorcenters. To register for the Run-Walk, visit www.getreadygetsetgetfit5k.com.

Donna Bilz, Program Specialist, Baltimore County Department of Aging


photo of high school girlsStay on Track

It’s that time of year again: the sun sets a bit earlier, the weather gets a bit cooler, and “back-to-school sale” ads are constantly running on television and in our news feeds online.

School has become the focus for kids and families everywhere, including me, as I start my junior year of high school next week. Stores are packed with shoppers, and students are rushing to complete the homework packets they were supposed to work on all summer long. A little switch turns on inside students and parents alike, making us shift gears from leisure mode to work mode for the next nine months.

Tips for Students

With the new school year comes new ideas, new people, new challenges, and new experiences. Here are my back-to-school tips for students. And actually, most can apply to grownup endeavors too! Head back with a new attitude and challenge yourself with a new routine. Set goals like keeping organized, creating study guides for every test, accepting a few more AP classes, and even expanding your group of friends or challenging the status quo. This can keep your ideas fresh, help you stay on track, and create a sense of accomplishment that will last the whole year.

Suggestions

My suggestions include:    

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Students need lots of rest to stay alert and focused in class. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep a night to help you perform your best each day.
         
  2. Stay organized. Organization is important for having a successful year. Classes can become overwhelming sometimes, but if you keep a neat locker and organized binders, school will flow more smoothly.
        
  3. Set goals. This will keep you on track and focused throughout the year. As American author Earl Nightingale put it, “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” Let your goals be your guide.
       
  4. Manage time effectively. Time management of academic life and social life can be difficult, but it’s the key to good grades and a great school year. In other words, do your homework and limit your daily social activities as needed. Managing your time well helps you meet deadlines and stay on track.
       
  5. Start your daily routine in advance. Going back to school can be a shock to your system after a few relaxing months off. Ease back into things by getting up early and starting your morning routine a few days or even a week before school starts.
        
  6. Remain positive. Writer Anthony J. D’Angelo once said, “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your sunshine.” With intense classes and tons of homework, school can get a little stormy. Everything may not go your way all the time, but staying positive will help you push through the year with confidence and success.
       
  7. Establish a close rapport with your teachers. Participate in class and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Teachers are there to guide you with advice and encourage you to succeed. Also, don’t forget about those all-important colleges recommendations!   
        
  8. Make new friends. High school is the perfect opportunity to form lifelong friendships. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, speak up and reach out to new people. In the words of Italian Renaissance writer Francesco Guicciardini, “Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.”
        
  9. Prepare the night before. Mornings can be hectic. Choose your clothes and pack a lunch the night before for a stress-free start to your day. And of course, make sure to eat a healthy breakfast!
        
  10. Create a homework zone. A well organized, spacious area at home is essential for a getting your homework done. Designate a quiet, well-lit spot to help you do your work thoroughly and efficiently. 

Sure, this time of year can certainly feel like a hassle, but laying down some smart ground rules and challenging yourself with new goals will get you back into the swing of things at school in no time flat. The best part is, you’ll return wearing a confident smile. Now that's how to go back-to-school in style!    

Rashi Pachino, Intern
Baltimore County Office of Communications


Dundalk Spay Neuter Facility and Feral Cat Program 

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the Animal Services Division of the Baltimore County Department of Health has opened a new facility in Dundalk to offer low-cost spaying and neutering procedures for domestic cats and dogs in a location convenient to eastern Baltimore County residents. He also announced a new partnership with the nonprofit Community Cats Maryland, Incorporated (CCMD), through which the County will provide space at this facility for CCMD to provide trap, neuter and return services to help address the overpopulation of local feral and outdoor cats.

“The new Dundalk clinic provides our eastside residents with greatly improved access to spay and neuter their pets, and our partnership with CCMD means that we will over time reduce the population of stray animals in the communities this program serves, ultimately reducing the number that have to be impounded and euthanized,” said Kamenetz.

“This new facility and program is a giant step forward in addressing the population of animals in our communities, as well as bringing a much needed service to pet owners who live in eastern and southeastern Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins.

Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Services for Domestic Cats and Dogs

Baltimore County has opened this satellite spay and neuter center in Dundalk, to greatly reduce travel time for residents, who previously had to take their pets to the County’s main Animal Services facility in Baldwin if they wished to take advantage of the County’s low-cost spay-neuter program.

The newly constructed, custom designed $585,000 Animal Services facility is attached to the Health Department’s existing Dundalk Health Center on Dunmanway, off of Merritt Boulevard. It houses the new Eastside Spay and Neuter Program (ESNP), which offers spay, or neuter services for cats and dogs for the low cost of $20 by appointment only. To encourage responsible pet ownership and decrease overpopulation of unwanted animals, this program includes:

  • Spay and neuter procedure
  • First distemper and rabies shots
  • Deworming
  • A County license
  • Microchip

“My staff and I are delighted with the modern new facility, and the difference it will make for the people and animals on the County’s eastside,” said the County’s Director of Animal Services, Melissa Jones, V.M.D.

Find more information regarding animal restrictions and scheduling appointments. Appointments are available now at the new Spay and Neuter Center located at 7702 Dunmanway in Dundalk, and at the County’s main Animal Services location at 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin. Advance payment by debit or credit card is required. No payment of any type is accepted onsite at the facility.

Community Cats Maryland Partnership

Baltimore County has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CCMD, agreeing to share the space and veterinary staff at the Dundalk facility free of charge, one weekend per month to assist Community Cats Maryland in providing spay and neuter services to feral cats.

“CCMD is excited to have the opportunity to work with Baltimore County as the County implements a vibrant new policy for feral cats. Resident feral cat caretakers will have the opportunity to provide food, shelter and most importantly, obtain free spay neuter services for cats under their care without fear of retaliation, or censorship,” said Peg Nemoff, Director, Community Cats of Maryland.

CCMD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009 and dedicated to providing resource support to individuals, communities and government, who are looking for a means to successfully manage feral cat populations through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). To that end, they run monthly feral cat spay and neuter clinics, monthly seminars on best management practice as well as semi-annual feral cat shelter building workshops.

“The opening of the new facility and this partnership is a public health win-win for the animals and our communities,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services.


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