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Fifty-two teams, 5,000 people join the cause at Cheer-for-a-Cure
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Monday, 08 March 2010 09:41

Over 52 teams and 5,000 people gathered at Genoa High School for one purpose on Saturday, Feb. 20 ¬– to raise money for the American Cancer Society, in honor of a beloved cheerleading coach who lost a battle with the disease.

When the final cheer was done and the counting completed, the Stella Bertz Memorial Cheer Committee announced that a record $31,000 was raised at the Sixth Annual Cheer-for-a-Cure Championship. 

The annual cheerleading competition raises funds to support the ACS’ ongoing research for the treatment and prevention of cancer. In addition, $3,000 will be donated to the Stella Bertz Memorial Scholarship Fund and $3,000 will be given to the Genoa Comets Cheerleading Program.

Bertz, an enthusiastic Genoa Comet supporter, coached cheerleading in the district for over 10 years. She could be spotted at any Genoa sporting event, come rain or shine, no matter what the game, she just loved supporting the kids, her family said. She succumbed to cancer in February 2003.

Ten ways to be your own Valentine
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Thursday, 04 February 2010 15:35

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, Feb. 14 can be an opportunity to renew your commitment to a healthy lifestyle and enhance your well-being.

Chocolates and sweets may abound, but this Valentine’s Day, incorporate the following 10 tips from TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support organization, for increased peace of mind and tranquility that lasts well beyond the holiday. You may find yourself with a fuller heart and without a wider waistline.

10. Realize how great it is that you are one of a kind. Appreciate your voice, vision, and uniqueness.

9. Write down your many talents and qualities that you like about yourself. They can be as grand as flying an airplane or as simple as frequently leaving a tip at your local coffee shop. Continue being aware, and add to this list for a regular boost of self-esteem.

8. Get enough rest. According to a 2009 report in the “Archives of Internal Medicine,” people who sleep less than seven hours per night appear about three times as likely to develop respiratory illnesses as those who sleep eight hours or more. In addition to improving judgment, problem-solving, and creativity, a well-rested mind and body will have increased energy levels, making it easier to commit to an exercise and healthy eating program.

14 ways to show love for your child this Valentine’s Day
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Thursday, 04 February 2010 15:33

As many parents head out to buy a special card or treat for their kids this Valentine’s Day, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers these 14 tips for showing your children how much you love them on Valentine’s Day and the whole year through:

1. Use plenty of positive words with your child. Try to avoid using sarcasm. Children often don’t understand it, and if they do, it creates a negative interaction.

2. Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs and banish put-downs from your parenting vocabulary. Be available to listen to your child when he/she want to talk with you even if it’s an inconvenient time.

3.  Make an extra effort to set a good example at home and in public. Use words like “I’m sorry,” “please,” and “thank you.”

4. When your child is angry, argumentative or in a bad mood, give him a hug, cuddle, pat, secret sign or other gesture of affection he favors and then talk with him about it when he’s feeling better.

5. Use non-violent forms of discipline. Parents should institute both rewards and restrictions many years before adolescence to help prevent trouble during the teenage years. Allowing children of any age to constantly break important rules without being disciplined only encourages more rule violations.

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