Who We Are: Goals / Objectives / Vision / Mission

KIDS OFF THE BLOCK, INC. (KOB) is a non-profit 501©3 community based organization founded by Diane Latiker in 2003. She started the program in her home.

AT-RISK YOUTH ARE THE TARGET POPULATION OF KOB. Services are focused on “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area, a low-to-moderate income community located on the far south side of Chicago. The Community Area includes part of three political wards, Roseland, West Pullman, and Pullman. • 94.8% of the population is African-American; • 12.5% have a college degree; • 20.2% have not completed high school; • 43.1% are unemployed; • 37.5% of the population lives below the poverty level; • Women head 26.3% of the families.

Behind these bulleted demographic statistics lurks a minefield of factors that militate towards the development of “at-risk” youth in the Pullman Community Area. For a youth living in a home below the poverty level, in a family headed by a woman, and with no employed or minimally employed adult almost guarantees the youngster’s designation as “at-risk.

The home and family life of “at-risk” youth are often disrupted by the harsh realities of hard poverty. Often there are issues of “serial fathers” who are resented by older male youth or a possible threat to young girls. Domestic violence becomes a constant in the experiences of these families. Drug use is often the resort of depressed and overwhelmed parents. Family events and celebrations exist only by imperiling the household budget for the balance of the month.

To offset these budget crunches mothers may attempt employment. Decent paying jobs are few and far between. If they do exist they are located in distant neighborhoods at an hour and a half or more from the home. If an extended family is not available, the youth are pressed into taking care of younger children. Especially for the young men in these homes there exists no teacher, no mentor, and no reliable role model. The youth rebels against his mother and sets out to find his own source of income and a coterie of friends that will provide him with a sort of safety on the streets.

Un-doctored statistics suggest that upwards of 76% of these youth drop out of high school or are “no-shows” for high school after grade school graduation. The streets are a “finishing school” for them. To fulfill the need for some sort of safety and structure, and to feel a sense of belonging “at-risk” youth often turn to gangs. Gangs lead to the drug trade and often to drug use and other crime. At the same time, gang rivalry leads to the dangers of being shot on the streets. Shootings occur on a regular if not daily basis. Robbery is a daily occurrence. Burglary is rampant.

The systems such as Grammar Schools, Park Districts, and High Schools in the immediate neighborhoods of Pullman Community Area offer a rather bare menu of services for youngsters. Most of the “at-risk” youth have rarely if ever left the environment of their community. They would be lost in the hustle and bustle of the Loop. Cultural events that happen in many of the Wards of the city are none-existent in their community. If events do occur safe transportation to and from the events becomes an issue. The school system cannot afford the effort to maintain youth in school. Many of the teenage youth cannot read at a sixth grade level. The High Schools consider expulsion as the best solution to many problematic behaviors. Gang rivalry and “clicks” (groups of youth from various gangs who work together to intimidate non-committed youngsters) are an additional challenge to any youth with an interest in education.

FAITHFUL TO ITS MISSION, THIS YOUNG AGENCY HAS COBBLED TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF SERVICES WITHIN A SAFE PLACE WHERE ADOLESCENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO DEVELOP AND TO GROW INTO SUCCESSFUL ADULTS. The goal of KOB is social change – Our mission is to involve these youth in alternatives to gang violence, drugs sales/usage, school truancy and the juvenile justice system. KOB’s work with youth emphasizes self-development that leads to change. Through individual meetings and group discussions new recruits are encouraged to assess their current situation and identify skills and a knowledge base needed to achieve the goals they have targeted. Young people are actively involved in all operations of KOB from program planning and design to actual implementation.

The “at-risk” youth are involved in Health Workshops, Cultural Events, Educational Tutoring and celebrations in their honor for achievements and participation. The density and variety of programming invites these youngsters to come “off the streets” and become engaged in events that are conducted in a safe and caring environment.

THE ORGANIZATION’S KEY OBJECTIVES ARE:

 To create a positive environment where youth can feel free to be creative;  To provide exposure to other cultures, ethnic groups, communities, and activities;  To work with each youth as an individual to promote continued positive development;  To cultivate skills and meet the needs of the young people we serve;  To celebrate their accomplishments.

The organization reaches out to the most “at-risk” youth in the area to provide them with access to a path that leads away from self-destruction and economic impoverishment. In order to achieve its Mission, KOB provides a multi-service youth program which focuses on those aspects of young people’s lives, which promote good health, educational achievement, and personal and social growth. The organization describes itself as a “holistic care center for prevention, personal growth and empowerment.” KOB provides a safe place “off the block” especially for those young people who do not feel welcomed by traditional youth programs.

Activities / Recognitions

2007

o Partnered with the City of Chicago in the After School Matters Program o Participated in MLK Day with Service for Peace o KOB hosted new program “Hip Hop Light Plates” o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts “Clean & Green Day” in conjunction with Global Youth Service Day o KOB receives new and used computers, printers to start a computer lab for youth o Curtis Elementary School offers space to KOB to house it’s Tutoring/Mentoring programs o Music studio is upgraded from donations of new equipment o KOB hosts it’s 4th Annual Basketball Championship at Curtis School o KOB “Village Leaders” hosts Speak up, Speak out rally in honor of Blair Holt o KOB “Teens against Violence” March with CAPS, Ceasefire, and block clubs. o Six KOB youth are featured in CLTV special “Deadly Lessons” with News Anchor Tonya Francisco o 25 KOB teens graduate from across the city, 4 from high school that went on to college o CEO of KIDS OFF THE BLOCK is Honored by Ebony Magazine o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Marches with The Black Star Project in downtown Chicago o Columbia College Partners with KIDS OFF THE BLOCK and Youth Communications for the Promise Program (teaching youth about journalism) o KOB hosts “A Community for Unity Tribute”, honoring all youth killed by violence in Chicago o World Federation of Peace honors KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Executive Director with Ambassador for Peace Award o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured in ABC-7 Special “Keeping Kids Busy, Keeps Then Off The Streets. o KOB CEO & Youth Members Participate in ABC-7 Special “Stopping The Violence”. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts it’s 1st Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB Christmas Party was held at Curtis Elementary School 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK became a coalition member of The Roseland Safety Network / Department of Human Services o KOB held it’s 1st March Against Youth Violence / along with a video shoot to launch our new campaign “Save A Teen / Do Something” o KOB created it’s 1st music video Save A Teen / Do Something o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 2nd Annual Clean and Green Day in April

2008

o Featured on Fox News in April o Featured in Citizen’s Newspapers in May o Featured in Chicago Tribune Magazine in June 2008 o CEO featured in Chicago Sun-Times in August as 1 of 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place o CEO of KOB was a panelist on Chicago Center’s forum about Youth Violence o CEO of KOB was a guest on “Eight Forty Eight” radio show with Host Richard Steele o KOB, along with community partners, hosted The Roseland Youth Festival in September o KOB, along with community partners hosted The Peace Fest in Harvey, IL o CEO of KOB was featured on WYCC Channel 20 TV about Youth Violence o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the Voorkant newspapers in the Netherlands (Holland) o KOB is featured in The Gospel Tribune in October o KOB receives award from the State’s Attorney Office for Victim Service o KOB receives award from The Pastor’s Network of Illinois o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was honored with a fundraiser at Percy L. Julian High School by the Honors Society and was featured in their school newspaper o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the fall issue of The Residents Journal 2008 Fall Issue o Founder/President Diane Latiker received the Roseland Business Council Community Service Award in November 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosted it’s 2nd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o KOB was featured on Fox News (Feed A Teen) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured in the BET Special “Heart of the City” Chicago’s War on Violence / December 7, 2008 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Partnered with Curtis Elementary School to offer Tutoring Program for grades 3rd thru 8th o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Hosts 3rd Annual Christmas Party in 2008 o KOB was featured on WGN-Channel 9, and CLTV News

2009

o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK travels to Washington for the Inauguration o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Magazine in January 2009 (twice) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder has been chosen for the Lewis Hines Award o St. John Baptist Church Hosts KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Day in February 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured in Time Online Magazine in February 2009 o KOB Partners with Public Allies to offer 25 youth community organizing workshops o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Founder Diane Latiker receives Parent Hall of Fame Award o Organization featured on NBC-5 regarding Youth Violence in March 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Memorial Tribute to youth killed by violence featured on front page of the Chicago Defender Newspaper. o KOB became a coalition partner in the Roseland Community Collaborative (RCC) to combat recidivism among youth returning from the juvenile justice system. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK CEO and family traveled to New York to receive the Lewis Hine Award in March 2009. o KOB received it’s certificate to become a “Promise Place” through America’s Promise Alliance (Founders: Mr. and Mrs. Colin Powell) o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosts Candle Lighting Ceremony for families of Youth Killed at KOB Memorial Tribute site in April 2009 o KOB featured in Sun-Times Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, and on ABC-7 News, CLTV, WGN, and NBC-5. o KOB featured on CNN “Children Killed in Chicago” in May 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK featured on Anderson Cooper 360 in May 2009 o Diane Latiker featured on CNN’s Don Lemon in May 2009 o KOB Teens Create Safe Sex Ringtone “Strapless” for Aids Foundation of Chicago’s New Campaign “With Me Comes A Cure” o KOB interviewed by AL-Jazeera TV in May 2009 o KOB featured in Guardian News Magazine/TV special in June 2009 o KOB starts it’s summer jobs program for 53 youth in June 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gets approved for Summer Nutrition Program in June 2009. o KOB attends rally at Thompson Center to protest cuts to human service programs in June 2009 o KOB is part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield, IL to rally against cuts to service programs in June 2009 o KOB youth attend three day camp at O’Hare Airport with CAPS and Tuskegee Airman to learn about careers in Aviation o KOB girls/young women (15) attended workshop at UIC about Women in Corporate Leadership sponsored by the McDonalds and the WNBA Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Team, they also got to attend the game. o KOB youth attended the Black Women’s Expo at McCormick Place in July 2009 o KOB participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s (9th Ward) 10th Back to School Parade 8-22-09 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK attended the HBCU and Nation of Islam “Anti-Violence Rally on 8-29-09 o KOB was featured on Fox News and CBS concerning youth violence in September 2009 o KOB along with Safety Networks presented a Youth Town Hall Meeting to address the violence in Roseland in October 2009 o KOB won the Nike Back Your Block Grant in October 2009 o Diane Latiker was a panelist for Hip Hop Detox on Youth Violence in November 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 100 Pastors “Stop the Violence” Forum in November 2009 o KOB participated in the American Bar Association Panel Discussion “Time to Deliver” at Chicago State University in November 2009 o KOB youth participated in Youth Voices Against Violence Friday Night HIV/AIDS Awareness Forum in November 2009 o KOB hosted it’s 3rd Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner in November 2009 o KOB was featured on CBS 2 for “Feed A Teen” 2009 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK gave Christmas gifts to six needy families (coats, hats, shoes, games and monetary donation) December 2009 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK started it’s program at Fenger High School to serve 160 students at Fenger and 40 students at the Feeder Schools in January

2010

o KOB was awarded a 2010 CDBG grant for it’s Summer Basketball and Cultural Arts Program in January o KOB participated in the CAPS “Stop the Violence” Rally with Mayor Daley in January 2010 o KOB launched its No Snitching “Keeping it 100 / Enough is Enough” Billboard Campaign. 2-6-2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK partnered with Moody Bible Institute in February for the Family Food Give-A-Way. We gave 50 bags of groceries to 50 families. o Founder Diane Latiker was 1 of 3 people honored on Anderson Cooper (CNN) for Black History Month. o Founder Diane Latiker featured in CNN story on the Gun Ban in Illinois. February 2010 o KOB honored with banner in Nike Factory store on 84th Cottage Grove. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK Featured on Chicago Tonight / Channel 11 o KOB hosted it’s 2nd Leaders In Training ( L.I.T.) workshop in March 2010 o KOB took 10 youth from Fenger High School and Curtis Elementary to Atlanta to visit the King Center. o KOB was honored at the Fox News Celebration of the “Peabody Award” by Darlene Hill o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in the 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” with the Youth Peace Center of Roseland o KOB hosted it’s 1st Annual “Safe Summer Bar-B-Que on June 12th at Palmer Park o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK moved into it’s new center in July of 2010 o KOB held a 2 Day Celebration for it’s 7th Year Anniversary in July 2010 o The 3rd Community for Unity Event was held in honor of slain youth. KOB released butterflies and balloons. o Diane Latiker received the Ephraim Bahar Community Service Award in July 2010 o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK hosted the “Legacy” Management training series in partnership with GSA for young adults in KOB. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK was featured on PBS Broadcasting for their “Need to Know” TV series in August 2010. o KOB was a partner in the 3rd Annual “Peace Fest” at Olive Harvey College in August of 2010. o KIDS OFF THE BLOCK participated in Alderman Anthony Beale’s “Back to School Parade with Roseland Safety Networks. o KOB participated in the “All I Do Is Win” Back to School Festival at South Side Help Center in August 2010 o KOB was featured in the documentary “On the Frontlines” at the Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2010 o Diane and Aisha Latiker were featured on WVON 1390 radio show in August 2010 o Diane Latiker was invited to Washington, DC to participate in a panel discussion on Youth Violence with Congressman Bobby Rush. o Kids Off The Block participated in the Walk for Peace with ICARE and St. Sabina Church. o Kids Off The Block featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block honored by The Chicago Community Trust at their 95th Anniversary Celebration o Kids Off The Block was featured in the Chicago Defender in October 2010 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 4th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner o Kids Off The Block and Wal-mart partnered together and fed over 900 people in December 2010 • 2011 • o KOB hosted MLK Day with Mellenium High School teachers and students on 1-17-2011 o KOB hosted two Lunchroom Takeovers at Fenger High School (Outreach Events) 2-2011 o KOB began Health/Nutrition and Fitness Classes at Fenger High School o KOB began Entertainment class at Fenger High School o KOB began Basketball / Mentoring Program at Songhai Elementary o KOB was featured on WCIU Channel 26 (The U) o KOB Youth were honored by The Hinsdale Unitarian Church in Downer’s Grove, IL o Kids Off The Block Founder Diane Latiker was honored with the Black Heritage Award (Marion N’Zinga Stamps) o KOB began Line Dancing Classes for Youth

2011

o KOB hosted 25 youth for Movie/Dinner Night o KOB was featured on the Michael Baisden Show 4-2011 o KOB Founder was CNN Hero of the week 4-2011 o KOB attended tour of Ace Tech Alternative School o KOB youth participated in the Marcus Hendricks Foundation Event o Kids Off The Block took over 30 youth to Washington, DC to march in the rally for jobs and education with Congressman Bobby Rush in May 2011 o KOB and SEIU partnered for two months on outreach activities in Roseland o KOB was a part of Roseland Safety Networks trip to Springfield to meet with Senator Emil Jones 111 and Governor Pat Quinn o Kids Off The Block hosted New CPS Chief Claude Brizzard with Community Leaders of Roseland 6-2011 o CEO Diane Latiker was honored with a Special Youth Activist Award by Fenger High School Principal Elizabeth Dozier in June 2011 o Kids Off The Block hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Summer Bar-B-Q at Palmer Park o KOB participated in The 2nd Annual “Peace Walk” o KOB Youth Advisor Aisha Latiker was featured on You and Me in the Morning Channel 26/The U in July 2007 o KOB participated a Mock Townhall Meeting with SEIU for jobs, and education o Chicago Youth Centers visited KOB with over 30 young people from all over the country o Kids Off The Block hosted a meeting with New Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission Jodie Weis in July 2011 o Kids Off The Block was awarded a grant for 20 jobs for local youth by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources 7-2011 o The Dwayne Wade Foundation with the “Keepers of the Village” Award honors founder of KOB Diane Latiker. 8-2011 o Founder/President Diane Latiker named CNN Top 10 Hero 2011 9-22-2011 o Donor builds KOB Basketball Court on Memorial Lot o Diane Latiker featured in the Chicago Crusader Newspaper o Diane Latiker featured in Tom Joyner’s Black American Web Newspaper 10-2011 o KOB Founder received the Civic Advocacy Award from the Illinois Against Handgun Violence organization October 2011 o Diane Latiker was invited to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Festival of Thinkers 2011 Conference. November 2011 o KOB Founder receives award from Dubai Minister of Justice November 2011 o Diane Latiker receives recognition from the 97th Senate of Illinois November 2011 o KOB Youth Leaders travel to St. Louis, MO to meet with the City Council November 2011 o Diane Latiker and family went to LA to receive her CNN Top 10 Award 12-11-2011 o Diane Latiker received the Community Leader Award from the Roseland Hospital Foundation Board 12-16-2011 o Diane Latiker was featured in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper “Remarkable Woman” in December 2011 o Kids Off The Block receives a donation (1 2010 Van, 10 HP Computers, and a printer) 12-30-2011 •

2012

o Kids Off The Block hosted its 2nd Annual “Speak Up, Peace Out” event with 32 students from Gwendolyn Brooks High School on MLK Day. 1-16-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke at CICS Prairie Charter school to over 200 students, grades 6th through 8th on 1-25-2012 o Diane Latiker spoke to 120 Sophomores at Carver Military Academy on 2-1-2012 o Kids Off The Block hosted 20 youth for a Night of Fun (bowling and skating) on 2-1-2012 o Diane Latiker was nominated for the DVF Award on 2-2-2012. o Diane Latiker was interviewed by DreamBig Magazine in Seoul, South Korea on 2-3-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak to over 250 incarcerated women in Atlanta on 2-23-2012 o Diane Latiker has been invited to speak at Harvard University to the Black Lawyers Student Association 3-3-2012 o Diane Latiker was guest panelist on “Taking Back Our Streets” at Apostolic Faith Church on 210-12 o Diane Latiker was guest speaker at Development School for Youth in February 2012. o KOB “Tha Movement” and Diane Latiker went to Toronto, Canada to complete their album. March 2012 o Kids Off The Block was featured in Hometown Heroes with Ty Pennington in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was featured on 2nd Chance Radio with Kenny Anderson in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a guest speaker at Harvard University for the Black Law Students Spring Event. May 2012 o KOB “Tha Movement” featured in What’s Da Bizniz magazine in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at the ETA Theatre in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was a featured speaker at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to over 400 students in May 2012 o Diane Latiker was on CNN speaking about the violence on June 11, 2012 o On Sunday, July 1, 2012, Kids Off The Block will be one of the featured organizations on ABC’s Secret Millionaire. o Diane Latiker spoke at ELCA Convention in New Orleans, LA at the Superdome to 35,000 students from across the country o Kids Off The Block hosts “Labor Day Tournament / Peace in the Hood” 9-3-2012 o Kids Off The Block partners with Chicago Excel 9-4-12 o Kids Off The Block joins H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Endure) a initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CARE Project 9-8-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at All Star Project’s conversation about afterschool event. 1-26-12 o US Customs and Border Protection Team lays wreath at foot of Memorial Tribute to honor fallen youth. 11-9-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5th Annual “Feed A Teen” Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted “HIV & AIDS Awareness for Youth event with Center for Community Health and Vitality. 12-1-12 o Diane Latiker was a panelist at Columbia Links Town Hall meeting “Don’t Shoot I Want to Grow Up”. 11-15-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a News One article about “Feed A Teen Thanksgiving Day Dinner”. 11-16-12 o Kids Off The Block participated in an Anti-Youth Violence video with Mid C Media to bring attention to the violence in Chicago. 12-5-12 o Kids Off The Block was featured in a CNN video to update its viewers about the work of the organization. 12-3-12 o Kids Off The Block hosted its 5rd Annual “Toy Giveaway” at Fenger High School. 12-15-12 •

2013

o Diane Latiker was featured in Black America Web. 1-5-13 o Diane Latiker was featured in “The WIP” online newspaper. 1-7-13 o Diane Latiker placed a full-page ad and wrote a letter to President Obama. 1-7-13 o Met Jonny Imerman of Imerman Angels / 2012 CNN Hero 1-8-13 o Dorothy Brown Clerk of the Circuit

Tree Pruning: What You Need to Know

Although deadwood overlooked, tree care is also a thing. There are comprehensive steps involved while taking care of trees that you should have thorough knowledge about. Among all these steps there is one very important step that you should know about, and that is tree pruning. This article will help you learn all there is to know about tree pruning.

Pruning is basically the activity which involves the removal of deadwood in order to keep the trees from dying and keeping them healthy and growing. There is no specific time at which you can perform pruning, however, the pruning technique depends on the purpose. Tree pruning can be done in winters as well as summers, although the common practice is to do tree pruning in winters. Winter pruning results in a healthy growth when spring season arrives. Although it is to wait until the coldest part of the winters pass before you prune the trees. Usually pruning in summers is done to correct any past mistakes as in summers the tree branches can be seen clearly.

The only time that you should not prune is in fall when fall comes to cause the fungi which cause decays comes as well so it is advised to not prune your trees in fall. Pruning in spring is also possible, however, it should the in mind that pruning in spring should only until once the flowers blooming on the tree fade away. And the trees with flowers that bloom throughout summers should only be pruned in winters only so as to not disturb the blooming phase of the flowers.

By following all the steps regarding pruning mentioned above you should be able to keep your trees growing and healthy throughout the year.

Choosing a Dentist

Getting good quality dental is an important part of good oral hygiene. This is why you should put in a little bit of thought about who your dentist is going to be. The decision goes way deeper than who is going to be cleaning your teeth. It is making the decision about who will be in charge of taking care of a major part of your general health. So in today’s article we will be talking about how you can choose which dentist you will be going to.

So the first few things you should be considering are the basics. You want a good dentist but more than that, whether you admit it to yourself or not, you will want a dentist that is convenient above all else. So make sure that you find a dentist that is in or close to your area so that getting and keeping appointments is easy. Having a dentist close by, like dentist Camberwell, helps a lot. The next few things you should look for are convenient timings for your own schedule, and how much they charge and the reviews they have gotten for their work. After that you should focus on if they are easy to communicate with and how they respond to your queries. You do not need a medical professional who discounts what you have to say.

Once you have got this down, you are ready for a search to begin. Making sure the dentist is certified with a local body will help your search. Many cities have a local body that compile medical professional information and makes it easily accessible to any person looking for a specific type of doctor. This also brings a bit of trust and culpability and generally helps makes patients feel a lot more at ease.

Losing Weight The First Time

If you have never had to control your diet, workout or do anything to try to lose weight before, the act of trying to do it can seem daunting, especially as you grow older. While there is nothing wrong with not having a “perfect body,” being overweight can become a problem if it is making you vulnerable to a number of different health risks, and if it is making you uncomfortable in your own skin. Now, you might be tempted to just completely cut out sugars, carbs, and just start eating proteins and vegetables, but cutting everything out suddenly one day is only going to end up making you aversive to dieting.

The key to weight loss, at least to proper weight loss is not eliminating, rather it is proportioning. Instead of cutting out carbs in your diet entirely, have them just once a day but decrease them my 2/3rd of what you would normally have. Similarly having cheat days once a week is perfectly normal because it allows you to still indulge yourself somewhat so that you do not lose control to cravings during the days when you are dieting.

If you still find yourself at a loss and are struggling to get a proper workout and diet regiment in place, then you can make use of the many weight loss programs that are happening throughout the city. These programs usually help to create your meal plan for you, and you go and exercise with them while being watched over by professional instructors that will not only lead the workout but also keep you motivated and make sure that your form is correct. This way you will be under professional guidance and you will find yourself losing weight, all the while eating and staying healthy too.

What Are The Uses of Tradelines?

The main reason tradelines are used is to calculate the total credit score of an individual. To assess your credit worthiness, money lenders do not simply depend on a credit score and would also look into tradelines to know your actual credit worth.

The tradelines are also referred to by the lenders when they notice you are not making timely payments on your existing accounts to see how long a certain account has been open and delinquent. If you have a high usage on your card compared to the existing balance, you may be declared a credit risk. There are many websites which help find more personal tradelines that you could add to your accounts.

If you are existing on someone’s account as an authorized user and for some reason, your name gets removed from their card, this could potentially put a red flag on your credit report since now you will not have the benefit of a healthy credit score.

However, you also have the option to remove tradelines that you do not need or you believe they weren’t issued with your willingness or consent. By staying vigilant and looking into your credit report from time to time, you could save yourself a lot of trouble by removing a bad tradeline which could have been impacting your bad credit for a while without your knowledge. It is a decision that needs proper consideration and planning. You do not wish to get yourself involved in a scam or to have your credit score go from bad to worse by getting involved with an un-reputed non-genuine lender.

You could ask your credit bureau to provide one free credit report that you are eligible for per year. This report would give you a detailed look at your existing accounts and the pertaining tradelines.

What is a Healthy Lifestyle?

In today’s world, the perception of good health and wellbeing is something quite different from what it actually means. Being healthy is considered to be synonymous with junk food, no exercise, and a lazy routine.

However, this lifestyle choice is quite toxic. Our bodies demand an actually healthy routine to cleanse itself of all pollutants which are found in the world. This can only be achieved by a healthy and nutritional diet, body care, grooming, and exercises.

Let’s take a quick review at some aspects which constitute a healthy lifestyle:

  • Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is necessary to keep our bodily functions up and running. Only through good food, and a timely dieting plan will our bodies relieve the gunk and give opportunity to healthier cells.

There are dozens of diet plans which you can follow right away. Some follow a low-carb technique while others focus on fats, and some on a mixed diet plan. CICO and Ketogenic diets are the most famous in this regard.

Not only are these diets effective, but they are amazing at losing weight. So, if you’re looking forward to switching things up and focusing on a good diet plan, you can follow any one of these.

Apart from these, a fine mix of vitamins and supplements is also necessary and can help you get to the end goal easily.

  • Fitness And Exercises

Surely, portion control and a healthy diet is a key to a healthier lifestyle. But, 30% of a successful regime follow struggle at the gym for an hour of two a day to get bulkier muscles and get fitter.

Exercises amp up the heart and are quite effective at keeping your body in shape. Exercises can be as simple as a push up or lunges. Or, you could join the gym, maybe life weights or run the treadmills for a nice touch.

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Tips to Help You Unwind During a Massage

Going for a massage every month is perhaps the only reason why we look forward to the end of another week. As weekends pass and the time for getting a massage comes closer, you might be tempted to cancel or make your way out of the appointment. Whether you’re unsure about the treatment or don’t want to pay a hefty sum for your massage, try not to cancel your appointment. The first times of any therapeutic treatment might take its toll on you, but you’re here to relax – so lie on your back and relax.

If your massage therapist is anything like Gian Franco of https://www.gianfranco.com.au, then walk into that clinic or spa with sheer confidence. A prime massage therapist will not only understand the reason why you’re here, but will also make sure that you leave the spa much better. Mentioned below are a couple of general tips that you should know before going to your first massage therapy.

Don’t Eat or Shower Before Your Massage Therapy

Don’t just walk into the massage therapy clinic as if you’re expecting to go in a cocktail party. Eating and working out right before getting a massage are highly irregular. You might feel uncomfortable, lightheaded, and nauseous if you lie on a full stomach. Try to drink a lot of water and don’t hesitate to use the restroom, even if you are aroused.

Lie Down And Relax During Your Massage Therapy

If you don’t want to undress fully, then it is completely alright to take a few items of clothing off as per your comfort level. We’ll advise against using your phone or listening to music, as this is the only time when you’ll have complete body autonomy to yourself.

If your massage therapist is exerting too much pressure, then speak up, but make sure not to indulge in a conversation as it will not help you relax. If there are any health concerns that your massage therapist should know, for instance, back acne or allergy to oil, then it is better to convey beforehand.

Are Business Cards Still as Effective

Although most of the business-related activities and exchange of information today has gone digital, but business cards are one thing that has aged well, and no technology has yet been able to overtake this cheapest yet effective way of marketing.

Many people take the word “old” as “outdated”, but this isn’t true in the case of business cards, as they’ve aged well with time. Here are some reasons on why the business cards are still worth putting your money in.

A Good Way to Start The Conversation

Business cards are effective primarily because they allow you to start the conversation. Two businessmen can also exchange cards and begin talking about their own businesses with each other, this allows different businesses to mutually benefit from each other and develop long-lasting business relationships.

It is a Professional Way

Marketing Is all about making professional moves to expand your business in as little amount of time as possible. It is an elegant way too because writing down tour contact on a paper or a napkin and handing it over to someone isn’t the desirable way.

If you’re running a business of any scale, then you’ll need to be prepared at all times to promote your business. One of the best approaches is to keep some cards in your pocket, and hand it over to your prospects wherever the opportunity arises.

Well Made Cards Get Shared

If you choose the right design, shape and material for your business cards, you can make an ever-lasting impression on the mind of your potential customers.

A well made business card (like a Metal business card made by Metal Kards) will symbolize the quality of your products by its elegant design and quality. People also share quality cards with each other, so that’s free marketing right there for you.

Meeting Customer Needs

In order to run a business, you need to have a list of potential customers. This you can only get if you treat them well and cater to their expectations. When it comes to roof construction, customers want to work with a company that they can trust. This is because the task is expensive and they, themselves, cannot assess the condition of their roof.

So, for you to be able to meet your client’s needs there are some things that can be done. The first thing to keep in mind is that there are a set of categories for customers; there are the potential customers and then the loyal customers. The latter are those who have repeated hired your team for work. You need to take special care of this type of customers, as they trust you. You can do so by sending them personalized emails and giving them some extra services like, free consultations. Other than this, for the potential customers, you need to advertise yourself in an honest manner.

There are a lot of popular roofing companies, who have all reached this point with effort. Take Southern Maryland roof repair as an example; they are efficient and good at their job, which improves their customer reviews.

Other than getting an efficient and reliable job done, clients expect to be treated nicely by your team. Since roofing is complicated and hard to understand, it is part of the employees’ job to inform the customers about how their roof is doing and what needs to be fixed. This type of communication builds trust and makes the clients feel good about spending money on their roof.

So remember that the needs of your customers are your top priority. They do not just expect you to do a good job at fixing their roof, but to communicate with them and reassure them.

Blockchain And Businesses

If you’re the kind of person who’s always looking for new ways they can improve their business then this page might be of some interest to you. Did you know that businesses in multiple industries including healthcare and financial services are using the blockchain now? This would have sounded absurd a little more than half a decade back but as the needs for privacy and lower costs continue to rise, people need to find a way to adapt and using blockchain might be the answer.

In fact, by using blockchain, businesses are totally disrupting the traditional business models that we know of but the benefits they get from doing so are very hard to pass. Some of the businesses that use the blockchain technology include industry giants like Uber and Airbnb. Thanks to media partners of businesses like Proof Systems, the blockchain is accessible to any small business that wants to make use of it. Here are some of the benefits of using blockchain for your business.

Consistently Accurate Transaction Data

The blockchain is a sort of a shared ledger. What this means is that the participants share the same documentation instead of distributing multiple copies of a block of information. Thanks to this, if something needs to be changed, the subsequent records will need to be changed as well. This can be used to keep data on the blockchain very accurate.

More Security

If hackers are your greatest worry when it comes to transactions, then you’re going to love this. Before transactions can happen on the blockchain, they must be approved and agreed upon by all participants. Since the information is stored across a network of computers instead of a single server, it’s very difficult for hackers to tap into transactional data.

Tips For Buying a Condo

When you decide to purchase a condominium, you would be required to take different approach compared to that of buying a single-family house. The environment and community around a condo has to be properly evaluated by the homeowners because it can have a direct impact on the standard of your lifestyle. The facilities provided to condo residents are highly useful, which includes fitness center, swimming pool, and other amenities. You would also be able to get away with the responsibility of maintaining the building, as you would be able required to pay the monthly maintenance charges – which cover all the water and power backup costs.

Condos are very similar in terms of structure to that of apartment-style complexes, where a large community of people can purchase separate units. This type of dwelling is highly preferred by homeowners who want to live with their family members in a highly safe environment without having to worry about maintaining the building. Unlike apartments, where the dwellers can run their property without any rules, when it comes to living in condominiums, the residents are required to follow standard regulations set by a centralized authority. This means that the tenants would be obligated to pay a specific amount of maintenance cost, which is the same amount that the other surrounding neighbors would be paying. If you are looking for high-quality construction projects, then make sure to check out the website of Linx Condo now.

It is also highly advised to stay in touch with the local condo associated to address related issues, so that you can get solutions from a neutral third party. You should get recommendations from your realtor so that you can get deep insights about the particular neighborhood in which you are planning to move out in with your family.

Reasons Why Getting an Inverter Generator is The Smart Thing to Do

With so many generators to choose from in the market, the one thing that you must know is whenever you are looking for a generator, do look at the inverter generator. These generators are slowly taking over the mainstream market and for all the right reasons. They are smaller, lighter, and are much great when it comes to efficiency, as well. So, you are not really going to go through many issues when you go for these generators.

For anyone who’s considering inverter generators, too. You are not going to regret your decision at all. Right now, we want to mention a few reasons that should be enough to convince you towards these generators so you can have an easier and smoother time, as well.

You Want Lower Carbon Emission

If you are looking for lower carbon emission, these generators are great. Simply because these generators do not burn through a lot of fuel, which results in lower emission, and greater efficiency. This is great and will certainly help you have the best possible experience too. I can assure you that you will not run into any issues.

You Want to Reduce The Running Cost

Another thing is that if you are looking to reduce the running cost, going for such a generator is definitely going to help you with it. You will not have to stress over spending a lot of money here because once you do go with inverter generator, you will be spending less money on fuel. A factor that most people overlook rather easily.

Keeping all these things in mind, it is best if you are being as careful as possible so you do not run into any issues.

Importance of a Clean Exterior

Having a clean presentable home is a very important aspect of being a homeowner considering that it is what will be seen as a representation of you and the way you live your life. Making it extremely vital to ensure that your home has a clean, fresh and well-rounded outlook, especially when it comes to the exterior.

The outside of your house is first and maybe the only part of your house most people will see and judge you by. it is also the part of the house that takes the most its from the elements, be id rain, dust storm or the extreme sun, which can result in a lot of wear and tear and build up.

The best way to get all of that off is to hire a pressure wash service. If you are worried about which one to get, this yelp review might help you out yelp.com/biz/ecotek-power-washing-and-roof-cleaning-of-northern-virginia-arlington. A pressure wash is the best way to ensure that your house gets the proper cleaning that it needs. This is because it is the most convenient and easy way to get everything out from the deep nooks and crevices of walls and floors. This is especially applicable if you have textured flooring or roofs. The high pressure gets into even the smallest of spaces and removes all the buildup from the inside which results in a thoroughly clean look.

A  post pressure wash house looks as good as new immediately after the treatment so you get immediate results. Not only that, it looks so good, it is almost unrecognizable.

So consider your options and make sure your house is fit to make that first impression on anyone who comes bu it.

The Guide to Help You Buy The Desired Keurig Coffee Machine

Every coffee lover has different preferences and therefore need a coffee machine that suits it. While some like their machines to let them take charge for the strength, others look forward for a message by the machine itself to know that it is time to clean. To cater such different preferences, here’s a review of different coffee machines by Keurig to see which one would suit you the best.

Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

This unit is ideal for those who are always on the run. It offers a hot, steaming cup of coffee, that takes little time and also little effort to clean up and probably the best part; it is so simple, everyone can easily operate it. Keurig K15 is a single cup coffee maker and despite its simple design; the machine has a variety of features and one of the most prominent one includes the auto-off setting that turns off the machine automatically after 2 hours of no use. The LED light informs the user that it is time to clean up and a person doesn’t have to wait till the change in test to understand that the machine is asking for maintenance.

Keurig K575 Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

This coffee machine can brew upto 5 cup with less than 1 minute of brewing time. It is versatile, easy-to-operate and renders an impeccable caffeine experience for the coffee lovers. K575 allows the user to customize the strength of their coffee as well as the temperature. Furthermore, it can also be used to brew coffee from one’s own coffee grounds. So whether it is a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea, K575 is the machine you need to kickstart your day.

Keurig K155 Office Pro

Unlike the other coffee machines by Keurig, K155 features a user-friendly control panel and a power-saving option. It also renders a touch-screen menu that allows the user to take full charge of the operation, set-time and the programme for the next time.  It is made easy-to-use due to Keurig’s K-cups and is an efficient upgrade for the rest of the home-line coffee machines.

Questions You Should Ask When Investing in Solar Panels

The process of getting yourself a solar panel should be a fairly simple one. You just do your research, go to the market, and make the purchase. However, the one thing that you need to know is that if you are doing it for the first time, you might have some questions in mind. There is nothing wrong with having questions in mind because they only seem to answer questions for you, and the more answers you have, the better it will be in the end.

For now, let’s just focus on the questions. If you are looking for a hassle-free experience, then https://greenbuildsa.com.au/commercial/ is the way to go as we do provide solar solutions for those who are interested in them.

For now, we want to focus on the questions that you should ask when investing in these panels.

How Often Will I Have to Do Maintenance

First things first, when you are going to install these panels, you will need to know that they do require maintenance after a while. So, you will have to ask the company about the maintenance. If you are going with a good company, they will you about it themselves, and will even offer routine maintenance.

How Much Will I Be Saving

Another important question that you could ask is going to be about the amount of money that you are going to save. This is important because, in most of the situations, you will have a much simpler answer. The thing is that this is going to be a subjective situation. It will largely depend on your usage.

Still, most of the experts who have handled such a situation will be able to answer it for you without any issues that might be a problem. Still, asking this question is a good thing.

Thinking of Doing Something With Your Backyard?

Having some renovation work done in your backyard is always a great idea. You get to utilize all the extra space on your property and do something that add a new breath of life into your home. Also, having your backyard transformed into something useful can add to the overall value of your property. Now, there are a lot of things that you can do with your backyard. You could turn it into a swimming pool, add an additional room to your home, or turn it into an outdoor sitting area.

Having an outdoor sitting area in your home can be great, especially if you live somewhere with good weather. An outdoor sitting area can be incredibly relaxing, it can be the perfect place to sit down, have a drink and unwind after a long day. An ideal outdoor sitting area should have a combination of nature, aesthetics, and creature comfort. You can have a proper garden built around your sitting area. And as for what kind of theme you want to follow, contemporary and minimalistic designs often go hand in hand with outdoor sitting areas.

Nowadays, using concrete in your designs is a popular choice. This is thanks to the fact that there is a large variety of concrete available now. Also, concrete seems to look great in contemporary designs. A concrete pathway meandering through your backdoor sitting area is bound to look great. You can also consider using decorative concrete to build an eye catching patio. A great thing about concrete is the fact that it will last for a long time. You will not have to worry about its maintenance at all. For more information about concrete work, get in touch with the best Indianapolis concrete contractors and start planning out your backyard’s renovation.

Why Cutting Down Trees is Necessary?

They are considered life source. Oxygen bearers and the treasures for future generations. However there are instances in which you need to make the tough decision to bring down a tree. This could be due to recent storm that has made the tree unsafe from the roots and you fear that it may fall any day causing damage to someone or a loss to your property. It could be blocking the essential sunlight from entering your house, the tree could be old and diseased. It could be tangling the overhead lines that may result in a power failure in your neighborhood. In a nutshell, you could be having a hundred reasons to take out a tree from your property, the important thing however is to do it safely and properly with minimal risks.

Remember that removing trees or trimming them down are both essential and necessary given the situation and circumstances. A properly maintained tree or lawn definitely gives you a sight to cherish all year long. Getting a professional tree service provider isn’t difficult these days as there are tons of options to choose from. You could schedule your service with any company that you think are giving the best value for your money and get the job done. While the process is not complicated overall, it does require professional training, knowledge and experience. Not to mention the necessary machinery to take out the heavy timber once the trees are down.

Professional tree service companies usually survey your property to assess the project, tools and workforce required to complete it. These surveys are also necessary to ensure that your property along with the surrounding area should be properly evaluated before the commencement of the job. You do not wish to hire workers that simply start tearing down stuff without the necessary safety precautions. Remember, the project may cause your doorway, lawn, main entrance or even the front door to become inaccessible until the job is fully completed. So it is best to plan ahead and prepare before you bring in the hired help.

Things You Should Consider When Signing Up For Mobile Subscription

Signing up for a mobile subscription is something that we all have to do at some point. It has, more or less, become a part of the adult or teenage life. However, the thing is that with so many options available in the market, one can only wonder just what they should go with.

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Below, we are shedding light on a few things that you should consider when sighing up for any subscription.

The Type of Users You Are

I think it is always better to look at the type of user you are whenever you are trying to pick a good subscription. You simply do not want to end up paying for something that you are not going to use, as it is only going to complicate your process. The best thing is to consider such factors in order to have a simpler and easier time with the whole situation.

How Much Can You Spend

Another really important thing to consider is just how much you can spend on a monthly basis; that is if you are going for the postpaid. You can also choose prepaid services if you don’t have any issues with the money as when it comes to prepaid, people end up spending more than they require. So, it generally is something that you should keep in mind.

Rest assured, considering these things can lead to you having a much better time with a mobile subscription and there will be no discrepancies involved in the process, either.

How Not to Fail

When it comes to marketing, you have to build a specific strategy to make sure that you reach the right audience. How you market your products had the potential of deciding how well you will succeed in the market. If you are unable to form an effective strategy, it is likely that you won’t be able to get enough traffic to keep your business afloat. If you want an easy effective way to succeed, look into internet marketing, not only is it extremely convenient but if done right, will give you a massive boost.

For reference look into david sharpe marketing strategies so you have a rough outlook of what you need to de to gain success. Keep in mind that there are a lot of directions you can go with internet marketing, you need to know what your target audience is and what they respond to so you know how to take things. Doing your research is always a good idea so you know what you are getting your self into before you get into it.

The best form of internet marketing is social media marketing. This helps you reach a diverse audience all at once. If you choose to use influencers to endorse your product you might end up with more traffic given that these influencers have a lot of people putting their trust in their opinion. If they tell the public something is worth their time, they will believe it, and if your product is good enough to please these influencers, you have hit jackpot.

Be smart about what you are putting out there and how to choose to do it.

How to Choose The Best Headlamp?

When you start shopping you would be surprised at how cheap you could find a headlamp, starting for as low as 8 dollar to 20 dollars. You might get intrigued by the price; however it is not always the best option to go for the cheapest product in the shelf.

Remember that it’s not always worth to buy something extremely cheap as this would mean you are compromising on longevity, performance and overall build quality of the headlamp.  Such products break easily and often times require to be replaced multiple times. So if you are searching for the best camping headlamps, avoid the cheapest options.

These super cheap lamps are usually purchased from China by big retailers for a fraction of the cost and than sold in the U.S marketplace under a different brand name at a much higher price. So other than the reasons stated above, here are some more reasons to stay clear from these cheaper models.

Big Size, Less Light

You may decide to pick one of these up simply be looking at the advertisement or the box and thinking ‘the bigger the better’. This is not the case when it comes to headlamps as the size does not determine the actual output. Infact, the bigger they are, the more difficult it would be to wear them for an extended period of time.

Poor Battery

Since there isn’t a lot of effort and R&D put into them, their energy consumption efficiency is almost nonexistent. This could really put you in harms way when you are in the wilderness and running low on supplies.

Overall Durability And Build Quality

We’ve all heard it a million times, ‘You get what you pay for!”, and it cannot be more true when it comes to these cheap headlamps. The overall quality of the product and the look and feel is not impressive and therefore does not last long when getting bumped around in the wilderness.

Why Hire an Accident Attorney?

Accidents take place every day; they can be related to the road, a hospital, a workplace or a nursing home. Most small accidents with less damages end with some compensation between the involved parties, without any legal action being taken.

However, in cases where people get hurt or the damages are severe, legal action is taken to get proper compensation. For this, you need an attorney, who will guide you through the whole process with their knowledge and skills. There are a lot of people who choose to do nothing as legal action seems like the harder and more time consuming path.

However, this is a misconception. If you hire an attorney, you can get proper results; the perpetrator will receive punishment and the victim will get the compensation they deserve.

There are a lot of law firms open for business now. They gather the best lawyers there are and form teams, who then help their clients in need. Costa Ivone is one of Chicago’s most famous law firms who offer experienced and skilled accident lawyers. Some famous firms, who focus on the quality of their services offer free consultations to potential clients. Thanks to this service, people are able to understand their situation and the type of help they can expect from the attorney.

For each type of case, you can find an attorney that specializes in it. This way, when you hire them, they will use their experience as a weapon in court, so that you can get the outcome you desire. These lawyers do not take a very heavy fee unless the case is complicated, so anyone can hire them.

Conclusively, with their set of skills and experience, accident attorneys can be of great help to you and your situation. They can turn a hopeless scenario into a positive one.

How to Find a High Quality BiPAP Machine

There is nothing more important in this world than maintaining one’s health, and the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of ways in which your health could end up not being quite as robust as you would have liked it to be. Sleep apnea in particular is something that a lot of people have started to suffer from quite a bit, and in order to tackle sleep apnea you need a BiPAP machine.

Since your health is a real priority for you, it’s important to try and find the best BiPAP machine on the market, but since you probably don’t know all that much about BiPAP machines you might not know what to look for when you are out buying one. Hence, the first step would be to ascertain the qualities that you are searching for in your BiPAP machine, and you also need to try and figure out where to find these machines in the first place.

One really great way to ensure that you get a BiPAP machine that would be perfect for you to use in every single way is to read reviews online. These online reviews are an excellent resource because of the fact that they would provide you with the opportunity to actually learn a lot about the kind of activities you are taking part in during your BiPAP machine usage. These reviews will also be crucial in helping you pinpoint which BiPAP machine is perfect for you, as each model will have its own specifications all of which need to be taken into account before you decide to make the final purchase in this regard. Go for highly rated BiPAP machines for a seamless experience.