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Distracted driving may not be what you think

Distracted driving may not be what you think

By Ellen Margulies

When I first considered blogging about this particular topic, I have to admit to feeling the tiniest bit smug.

I mean, really, it’s not as if I were some bubble-headed teenager driving and texting — I can barely text on dry land. But I had a thought-provoking drive after work recently.

As I exit my office parking garage, the driver in front of me sits there as one, two, three chances to turn right come and go. I tap my horn with the heel of my hand, not in a “move your expletive car, you expletive […] Read More

Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire

Please join us for this year’s annual Women Who Inspire Celebration! We will be hosting a silent auction as well as a wine tasting courtesy of Red Spirits and Wine. All proceeds will go to All About Women to fund free health fairs and the Inspiring Women Scholarship program. You can purchase a single ticket for the event, or you can become a sponsor starting at $100. Click here for more information about sponsorship.

 

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Affordable Online Education

Affordable Online Education

by Dr. Kimberly K.  Estep

Are you considering going back to school to complete a degree? Whether you hope to kick off a new career or advance in your current one, online education is overflowing with opportunities, flexibility, and convenience for the 21st century student.

A host of colleges and universities offer online degree programs, but not all are created equal. Affordability is a priority for just about everyone; many online programs are costly, and some can even saddle students with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Here are some tips for navigating your choices:
Tuition and Fees
It […] Read More

Feast on new nutrition labels

Feast on new nutrition labels

By Ellen Margulies

On a road trip recently, I bought a medium-sized bag of chips to share with my sister when we stopped to refuel. It was about twice the size of the little bags you pack for a lunch.

We shared the chips while driving, and after the bag was emptied, I was folding it up to dispose of it when I glanced at the label. Number of servings: 3.5. Seriously?? We were supposed to share that with 1½ other people? Instead of being an adequate, albeit unhealthy, snack, it would have been just enough of a taste to miff everyone. […] Read More

AAW Health Fair on March 22nd!

AAW Health Fair on March 22nd!

 

Join us for our first annual AAW Health Fair! There will be almost thirty different service providers in attendance, and they all want to help YOU! So come out on Saturday for a foot massage, hearing tests, food, and much more. We have tons of door prizes to give away, so make sure your name is in the running! […] Read More

Apply Now for the Inspiring Women Scholarship!

Apply Now for the Inspiring Women Scholarship!

Do you want to be healthier, but don’t have the resources to reach your goal?
 

For the second year in a row, All About Women is launching the Inspiring Women Scholarship! Last year the scholarship went to the Tied Together Smoking Cessation Program, and empowered a group of women to fight against their tobacco addictions. AAW is proud to announce that there are even more funds available for deserving groups of women in 2014. This year we will be giving out three scholarships – two for $2,000 and one for $1,000.
The “Inspiring Women” Scholarship was created to honor AAW founder Sally Smallwood for […] Read More

Self-Acceptance, the Pre-Requisite for Change

Self-Acceptance, the Pre-Requisite for Change

by Tash Weddle

The New Year is upon us and if you’re like most people, you’ve probably set some kind of resolution to get healthier, decrease body fat, or just feel better physically.  I commend you on your desire for healthy change. Unfortunately, if you’re like most people you won’t be sticking to your new found behaviors even into February.

Why is it that so few can hold onto their conviction long enough to see their New Year’s resolutions come to fruition?

I have a couple of theories:
1) Paralysis by analysis.
Sometimes people get so caught up in finding the perfect plan and the […] Read More

Post-holiday Financial Hangover

Post-holiday Financial Hangover

by Pam Coyle

Inability to get into your skinny jeans after too many slices of pie is one thing. But think of the post-holiday financial hangover as a wake-up call for financial fitness.
Take a hard look at your discretionary spending.
Discretionary income is considered what is left for spending, investing or saving after taking care of personal necessities (food, utilities, rent or mortgage payments), insurance and taxes. Money spent on non-essential items such as vacations, concerts, another pair of knee-high boots is discretionary.

Most of us blur the line between what is essential and what is a luxury. Grabbing take-out for dinner rather […] Read More

The unbarfed-on rug isn’t really worth having

The unbarfed-on rug isn’t really worth having

By Ellen Margulies

I made the decision a long time ago that couches with unclawed arms and rugs that had never been barfed on were for suckers.

I don’t know what else you’d call someone who would pass up a chance at a lifetime of unconditional love with a being who is literally always happy to see you, doesn’t care how often you bathe and never judges you, no matter how badly you stumble. That really only scratches the surface (see what I did there?) of the many beautiful reasons there are to have pets, but they’re among my favorites.

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The Fog of Illiteracy

The Fog of Illiteracy

By Ellen Margulies

This is what the first line of this blog post might look like if you couldn’t read:

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Pretty confusing. Pretty unimaginable for anyone actually reading these words. Yet the statistics about literacy in one of the world’s wealthiest and most educated countries are staggering. Consider the following from dosomething.org:

Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a […] Read More