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Patriot Day: Helping Others in Need

on Tuesday, 06 September 2016. Posted in Doctor of Fitness, Giving Back

Patriot Day, also known as The National Day of Service, is a day for honoring those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, by doing at least one good deed. Even if you’re new to the area, or community service has never really been “your thing”, there are plenty of ways to get involved.

Look on websites like eventful.com and eventbrite.com (search for “volunteer”) for places and events in your area that appeal to you. Contact the venues and inquire if there is anything that you can do to help out.

Think about your normal activities and interests and see if they don't naturally suggest a way you can help someone out.

  • Good at woodworking? Build flower boxes or bird houses for the local park, homeless shelter, Habitat for Humanity, etc.
  • Social media is your expertise? Think of all the collection drives you could do for your area by reaching out to the people in your network—food, blankets, coats, shoes, baby clothing, sporting equipment, school supplies, books, board games, old phones, unused cosmetics, pet food and more.
  • Do you have a special skill? Offer to demonstrate at a local women's shelter, at a PTA meeting, a fundraising event, the library, the museum, or a nursing home.

Young people can find volunteer campaigns to “make the world suck less” at DoSomething.org. There are also opportunities for scholarships.

Spend a little while today finding some way to help others in need, and do it! It's a great way to remember the fallen, and it's a wonderful gift.

Beware charity scammers

on Tuesday, 11 December 2012. Posted in Giving Back

The holiday season is a time for giving. We often give to our families, our friends, and to strangers in need.
 
A flyer in the mail, a phone call, a personalized email — everyone receives requests for donations in one form or another.  Many legitimate charities use telemarketing, direct mail, email and online ads to ask for contributions.
 
Unfortunately, scam artists also use these techniques to pocket your money.  If someone asks for a donation, take your time and familiarize yourself with the charity:
  • Ask for the charity’s name, address, and phone number, and written information about its programs.
  • Ask whether the person contacting you is a professional fundraiser and how much of your contribution will go to fundraising costs.
  • Check the history of the organization with the office that regulates charities in your state.  For a list of state offices, visit the National Association of State Charity Officials.
You should also know the warning signs of a scam:
  • High pressure pitches. Reject them: It’s okay to hang up.
  • A thank you for a pledge you don't remember making.  Be skeptical; scam artists will lie to get your money.
  • Requests for cash.  Avoid giving cash donations. 
  • Charities that offer to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect your money.
  • Charities that guarantee sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution.
  • Charities that spring up overnight, especially those that involve current events like natural disasters, or those that claim to be for police officers, veterans, or firefighters.  They probably don't have the infrastructure to get your donations to the affected area or people.
Seniors are especially popular targets for scam artists. If you have seniors in your family, help them understand how to spot a scammer early, and what to do.
 
 
Sharing what you have with people who really need it is truly a generous, kind-hearted thing to do. Just make sure they are really getting what you give.

(Limited source: United States Federal Trade Commission, www.ftc.gov)

Father's Day

on Tuesday, 12 June 2012. Posted in Doctor of Fitness, Giving Back

Giving Thanks To Dad

Father’s Day is this Sunday...and we hope you’ve found a way to honor the dear old Dad in your life.

The interesting fact is that, even though this is a long established holiday in America, it almost didn’t make it onto the national calendar.  Why?  Frankly…no offense, guys…people thought it was a joke!

Mother’s Day had already become an established event when attempts to promote Father’s Day faltered left and right in the 1910’s and 20’s.  Newspaper editorials made fun of the proposed day for Dad and public proposals for it were greeted with outright laughter.

Why?  Many saw it as the first step to a slew of other artificial and commercialized calendar events, such as Maiden Aunty’s Day and Household Pet Day (which, in light of such other modern observances as Grandparent’s Day and Secretary’s Day, held a ring of truth).  

There was also, in the media of the time, a tradition of portraying pop as an irresponsible loafer.  One popular song was entitled “Everybody Works But Father.” 

And finally, there was the problem of dispensing the sentimentality common to Mother’s Day to…a guy.  Heaping loving presents and flowery sappiness to big, burly Dad seemed comical to most.  And also a practical problem; “Mannish-looking cards are hard to design,” said one greeting card manufacturer of the time.

Even though the first bill to make Father’s Day a national holiday was introduced in 1913, it took until 1972 for it to become the law of the land when President Nixon signed a proclamation finally making it official. 

Mother’s Day, in contrast, became legal in 1914. 

Dads, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, get no respect.

Doctor of Fitness Charity For June

on Tuesday, 12 June 2012. Posted in Giving Back

Supporting Local Athletic Program

From now until July 4th Doctor of Fitness will donate $0.50 to the Shrewsbury High School Booster's Association for every person that likes the Doctor of Fitness Facebook page - www.facebook.com/doctoroffitness
 
Up to a maximum donation of $1000!
 
So if you are a parent, a coach, or an athlete in the Shrewsbury school system this is your chance to help out Shrewsbury Athletics!  
 
Simply go to the Doctor of Fitness Facebook page and click LIKE - it's as simple as that!

Memorial Day

on Tuesday, 22 May 2012. Posted in Giving Back

In a few days, we'll be observing Memorial Day again, when we honor those who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

We think it's important to remember that our veterans have been crucial eyewitnesses to history.  In that regard, we are losing a precious commodity at an alarming rate: our World War II veterans.   It's estimated that we're losing 740 from this group every single day - and over 200,000 a year.

Fortunately, modern technology allows us to effectively capture the memories of those who fought in the 20th Century's greatest conflict - through audio and video interviews that are easily accessed through the internet.  And not just YouTube.

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS), back in 2007, compiled over 3000 interviews with World War II vets throughout the country, through local PBS stations.  Those interviews, part of The Veterans History Project, are accessible online at  http://www.pbs.org/thewar/vet_hist_project.htm.

These veterans were also able to share photographs along with their personal stories through a PBS online story collection tool called PBS StoryShare.  You can search through this extensive array of remembrances by PBS station, location or branch of service, or by using a relevant keyword.  You'll find almost every aspect of the war represented in this massive database.

But we shouldn't forget our other veterans' service and sacrifice - and their incredible experiences either.  Fortunately, the Veterans History Project was expanded beyond its original World War II mission by the Library of Congress to include interviews with veterans representing all of the past 100 years, including World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.  You can find out more (including how to participate if you're a veteran) at http://www.loc.gov/vets.

It's worth looking back at these amazing stories, even as we hopefully look forward towards peace.

Giving back is an honor

Written by Dr. Lee Mancini on Friday, 02 December 2011. Posted in Giving Back

At Doctor of Fitness, we strongly believe in giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate.

It is our honor to contribute a portion of our revenue to local, regional, national, and international charities.

Some of the diverse charities we have supported in the past are listed below. If you have a favorite charity you'd like to suggest, we'd be happy to consider it.

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.”

~~ Mahatma Gandhi ~~

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Worcester County Food Bank
star2 blue National Park Foundation
star2 blue Celiac Disease Foundation
star2 blue Dana Farber Cancer Institute
star2 blue National Association for Down Syndrome
star2 blue American Red Cross