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ROANOKE, Va., Dec. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Joshua Rhodes and Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness are partnering with three organizations this holiday season: Heifer International, TOYS FOR TOTS in Roanoke, and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre. Donations of toys and fundraising efforts to support these three local non-profits are part of the tradition at Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness of giving back to the community. Patients and residents around Roanoke can support the holiday drives at Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness and continue the tradition. Heifer International has operated for almost 70 years to help people change their lives. Their work is devoted to working with communities to end world hunger and poverty.  Dr. Rhodes will be doubling all donations of money made to Heifer International. The TOYS FOR TOTS Roanoke program accepts donations of toys or financial support for needy children and their families. Donate new, unwrapped gifts to the Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness office’s drop site. Dr. Joshua Rhodes and his patients have continued their four-year tradition and again have donated two overflowing boxes of toys to this charity. The Roanoke Ballet Theatre is the only professional ballet company in the Roanoke, VA area, providing four shows this year. Roanoke Ballet Theatre brings the art and beauty of dance to the area and could not operate without generous contributions of local Roanoke businesses. Dr. Josh is proud to be among those who give back to these ballerinas. “Every year we give back to our community and support local non-profits,” said Dr. Joshua Rhodes. “I love my hometown and want to do all that I can to improve the lives of those in the valley and support their health and happiness. We appreciate the continued support that many of our patients have given to the charities we sponsor. A big thank you to all who help keep our tradition of charitable giving alive in Roanoke.” Dr. Joshua Rhodes of Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness serves Roanoke and the surrounding communities. Their experienced chiropractor and team were voted Platinum as the Best Chiropractor in Roanoke for 2016 The Roanoker Magazine. Patients can choose from a range of effective services and techniques to rehabilitate from injury or chronic pain conditions. These services include chiropractic adjustment, spinal decompression, the Graston Technique, massage therapy, supportive services, and corrective exercises. Dr. Rhodes is the only chiropractor in Roanoke to offer true non-surgical spinal decompression therapy and is the only chiropractor in Southern Virginia to be certified in the Graston Technique. Call (540) 526-7479 to find out more about the holiday charity drives at Peak Performance Chiropractic & Wellness and how to get involved or visit http://www.peakperformanceroanoke.com/ for more details.


PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo announced today that it is providing the Haitian Ministry of Health - through the NGOs, Partners in Health and Heifer International - 200,000 bottles of Gatorade, a sports drink which includes electrolytes and carbohydrates, for...


Karen P. Lim-Smith Recognized as a Professional of the Year for Three Consecutive Years by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication Flower Mound, TX, December 24, 2016 --( About Karen P. Lim-Smith Karen Lim-Smith manages Music Starz Studios, a music studio providing music education in violin, viola and piano lessons. She is a performer and teacher. She performed frequently with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has toured with Andrea Bocelli and Diana Ross and the Supremes throughout the U.S. She has made six CD’s with her husband Jay Smith. Lim-Smith won first prize at the Mozart National String Competition. Music Starz Studios raised money from 2011-2014 at Grapevine Mills Mall for: Buckner International Orphan Care, Pass on the Gift – Heifer International to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth, Captain Hope’s Kids, Feeding America and Food for the Poor. Lim-Smith and her students devote much of their time and effort to providing free concert performances for hospice patients in affiliation with Good Shepherd Hospice and Hospice Compassus (2013 – 2014). Her music students are winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program and have been certified for the Prudential Spirit Community Awards. During her spare time, she performs with her music students free concerts for hospice patients at: Hollymead – Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center – Flower Mound The Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Flower Mound Flower Mound Assisted Living Rosewood Assisted Living - Flower Mound Lewisville Estates Assisted Living & Retirement Living – Lewisville Evergreen at Vista Ridge Senior Living – Lewisville Rambling Oaks Courtyard Extensive Community Care and Assisted Living – Highland Village From 2013 – 2014, Lim-Smith and her students have performed free hospice concerts for the following areas: Greenfield Residences of Arlington Villages on MacArthur – Skilled Care and Memory Care – Irving Town Of Flower Mound Senior Center Woodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – Grapevine Kindred Transitional Care - Grapevine Grapevine Senior Center – Grapevine Autumn Leaves - Grapevine Dancing River Assisted Living – Grapevine Stoneybrook Memory Care – Grapevine Meadwood Assisted Living - Grapevine River Oaks Assisted Living – Coppell Good Shepherd Hospice in Irving The Northgate Plaza – Irving Prairie Estates Nursing Home - Frisco The Plaza (nursing home) - Richardson Heritage House – Keller Mustang Creek – Keller Keller Oaks - Keller Lake Lodge Nursing - Fort Worth North Hills Hospital - North Richland Hills Sterling House – Watauga Ms. Lim-Smith obtained a M.A. in Music and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas. She is affiliated with the Denton Music Teachers Association, Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the International Women’s Leadership Association, National Association of Distinguished Professionals and the Continental Who’s Who. For further information, please contact www.musicstarzstudios.com. About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Flower Mound, TX, December 24, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Karen P. Lim-Smith of Flower Mound, Texas has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and early admission for 2017, by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 20 years in the fields of music education, entertainment and music.About Karen P. Lim-SmithKaren Lim-Smith manages Music Starz Studios, a music studio providing music education in violin, viola and piano lessons. She is a performer and teacher. She performed frequently with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and has toured with Andrea Bocelli and Diana Ross and the Supremes throughout the U.S. She has made six CD’s with her husband Jay Smith. Lim-Smith won first prize at the Mozart National String Competition.Music Starz Studios raised money from 2011-2014 at Grapevine Mills Mall for: Buckner International Orphan Care, Pass on the Gift – Heifer International to end world hunger and poverty and care for the Earth, Captain Hope’s Kids, Feeding America and Food for the Poor. Lim-Smith and her students devote much of their time and effort to providing free concert performances for hospice patients in affiliation with Good Shepherd Hospice and Hospice Compassus (2013 – 2014).Her music students are winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program and have been certified for the Prudential Spirit Community Awards.During her spare time, she performs with her music students free concerts for hospice patients at:Hollymead – Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center – Flower MoundThe Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Flower MoundFlower Mound Assisted LivingRosewood Assisted Living - Flower MoundLewisville Estates Assisted Living & Retirement Living – LewisvilleEvergreen at Vista Ridge Senior Living – LewisvilleRambling Oaks Courtyard Extensive Community Care and Assisted Living –Highland VillageFrom 2013 – 2014, Lim-Smith and her students have performed free hospice concerts for the following areas:Greenfield Residences of ArlingtonVillages on MacArthur – Skilled Care and Memory Care – IrvingTown Of Flower Mound Senior CenterWoodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center – GrapevineKindred Transitional Care - GrapevineGrapevine Senior Center – GrapevineAutumn Leaves - GrapevineDancing River Assisted Living – GrapevineStoneybrook Memory Care – GrapevineMeadwood Assisted Living - GrapevineRiver Oaks Assisted Living – CoppellGood Shepherd Hospice in IrvingThe Northgate Plaza – IrvingPrairie Estates Nursing Home - FriscoThe Plaza (nursing home) - RichardsonHeritage House – KellerMustang Creek – KellerKeller Oaks - KellerLake Lodge Nursing - Fort WorthNorth Hills Hospital - North Richland HillsSterling House – WataugaMs. Lim-Smith obtained a M.A. in Music and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas. She is affiliated with the Denton Music Teachers Association, Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the International Women’s Leadership Association, National Association of Distinguished Professionals and the Continental Who’s Who.For further information, please contact www.musicstarzstudios.com.About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide


Byker C.,Montana State University | Clark S.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | Enoch J.R.,University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Montgomery T.,Heifer International | Serrano E.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition | Year: 2012

This study examines Heifer International's alternative break and its impact on dietary and sustainable food system change for participants. The program teaches college participants about ending poverty and hunger while caring for the earth through incorporating sustainable practices into daily life. Although increases in local/organic foods were observed, there were no significant changes in dietary quality. Significant increases in local/organic food consumption for individuals who consumed less than 50% of their calories from sustainable foods at baseline were observed, based upon paired t-tests (P <.05). Dietary changes varied in significance based upon previous sustainable food consumption exposure and habits. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Ayza A.,Madawalabu University | Yilma Z.,Heifer International | Nurfeta A.,Hawassa University
Livestock Research for Rural Development | Year: 2013

The study was conducted in and around Boditti town, Southern Ethiopia with the objective of characterizing milk production systems in the area. A total of 120 households were randomly selected from four Kebeles, two in Boditti town and the rest from surrounding. Two major dairy production systems, namely urban and rural or mixed crop/livestock production systems were identified. Average cattle holding per household in the area was 3.4 with 1.1 lactating cows. Husbandry practices such as feeding, watering, housing, breeding, milking, calf rearing, waste management, and record keeping were different in the two production systems. Overall, about 3.25 liters of milk was produced daily per household. Major constraints for dairy development in the area include: animal feeds, land and water scarcity, discouraging market, low rate of genetic improvement, etc. Rapid urbanization coupled with increase in human population and standard of living of the urban dwellers and conducive climate of the area can be considered as an opportunity for the development of dairy in the area. Therefore, market opportunity and linkages are the major issues for smallholder dairy development in addition to provision of the required services and resources, provision of credit, extension and training.


Fullerton T.M.,University of Texas at El Paso | Resendez I.M.,Heifer International | Walke A.G.,University of Texas at El Paso
International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy | Year: 2015

This study analyzes residential electricity demand in the state of Arkansas using an error-correction approach that examines both long-run and short-run dynamics. As in prior studies, results indicate that higher electricity prices reduce consumption in the long-run, but not in the short-run. With respect to variations in household income, residential electricity is treated as a normal good. The long-run income elasticity estimate is about twice as large as the short-run estimate. It is suggested that the muted short-run responses to price and income variables may reflect limited capacity to adjust the stock of electricity-consuming household devices over the short-term. More surprisingly, households are found to treat electricity as a normal good in the short-run, but have an upward sloping demand curve associated with it. The overall results suggest that increasing generating capacity in Arkansas will be feasible using the standard approach of incremental rate increases. © 2015, Econjournals. All rights reserved.


Miller L.C.,Tufts University | Joshi N.,Heifer Nepal | Lohani M.,Heifer International | Rogers B.,Tufts University | And 4 more authors.
Food and Nutrition Bulletin | Year: 2014

Background. More than 50% of children in Nepal are malnourished. Economic growth and poverty reduction are not always sufficient to improve the health and nutritional status of children. Heifer Nepal uses livestock training as a tool for community development and poverty alleviation but does not directly address child health and nutrition. Objective. To systematically assess the effects of Heifer activities on child health and nutrition. Methods. The study was a 2-year, longitudinal, randomized, controlled trial in six communities in Nepal (both Terai and hills), pair-matched for specific characteristics, randomly assigned to receive Heifer community development activities at baseline (intervention) or 1 year (control). At 6-month intervals over a period of 2 years, child anthropometric and comprehensive household surveys were performed. Results. Four hundred fifteen households were enrolled containing 607 children 6 months to 5 years of age. The intervention and control communities were equivalent for baseline socioeconomic status, household size, ownership of land and animals, and child nutrition and health. At 12 months (prior to animal donations), the Terai intervention group had improved child weight (p =.04), improved child height (p =.05), and reduced sick days (p =.03), as well as increased household income (p =.004), increased ownership of animals (p =.04) and land (p =.04), and improved sanitation practices (p <.01). In all districts, longer participation in Heifer activities corresponded to more improvement in child height-for-age z-scores. Conclusions. Heifer interventions resulted in improved socioeconomic status and household income per family member. Children under 60 months of age in the intervention group had greater incremental improvement in height-for-age and weight-for-age z-scores than children in the control group, and longer participation in Heifer activities was associated with better growth. Poverty alleviation programs, such as Heifer, may indirectly benefit child growth. © 2014, The Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.


Bhandari D.P.,Heifer International | Wollen T.S.,Heifer International | Lohani M.N.,Heifer International
Tropical Animal Health and Production | Year: 2011

Poultry is an integral part of the rural livelihoods in Cambodia, with more than half of the households keeping poultry in their small-scale, traditional, and extensive backyards. More than 20 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks have been reported since 2004 with deaths of over 21,000 birds. During the HPAI outbreaks, some of the flocks in the rural areas were culled without compensation and producers were not allowed to sell outside of the community. Heifer International worked with 2,000 rural families through local project partners in the target communities to develop an effective intervention mechanism to mitigate the impact of the HPAI crisis. Heifer International provided training, public education, and networking as well as promoting model farms based on improved scavenging poultry management. Each community selected one farm family to serve as a model farm. They were trained in Heifer's working approach and committed to practicing integrated farming systems based on scavenging poultry management. One Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) in each community participated during the project implementation, playing a key role in the information exchange and the interaction between the communities and the avian influenza experts. Formal and informal trainings were conducted for all project partners and project recipients through experts and VAHWs, respectively. There have been no outbreaks reported in the communities in the project areas. Farmers have started using appropriate techniques to maintain biosecurity. They are passing on the knowledge and the skills to the surrounding communities. This participatory approach in educating rural farmers can serve as a model to mitigate HPAI in the developing countries around the world. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


PubMed | Heifer International
Type: Evaluation Studies | Journal: Tropical animal health and production | Year: 2011

Poultry is an integral part of the rural livelihoods in Cambodia, with more than half of the households keeping poultry in their small-scale, traditional, and extensive backyards. More than 20 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks have been reported since 2004 with deaths of over 21,000 birds. During the HPAI outbreaks, some of the flocks in the rural areas were culled without compensation and producers were not allowed to sell outside of the community. Heifer International worked with 2,000 rural families through local project partners in the target communities to develop an effective intervention mechanism to mitigate the impact of the HPAI crisis. Heifer International provided training, public education, and networking as well as promoting model farms based on improved scavenging poultry management. Each community selected one farm family to serve as a model farm. They were trained in Heifers working approach and committed to practicing integrated farming systems based on scavenging poultry management. One Village Animal Health Worker (VAHW) in each community participated during the project implementation, playing a key role in the information exchange and the interaction between the communities and the avian influenza experts. Formal and informal trainings were conducted for all project partners and project recipients through experts and VAHWs, respectively. There have been no outbreaks reported in the communities in the project areas. Farmers have started using appropriate techniques to maintain biosecurity. They are passing on the knowledge and the skills to the surrounding communities. This participatory approach in educating rural farmers can serve as a model to mitigate HPAI in the developing countries around the world.


News Article | December 14, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Open Call to Rank 2016's Most Crazy Moments From Bernstein-Rein KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - When it comes to selecting the ultimate craziest moment of 2016, the match up between the Race to the White House vs. JayZ Cheating on Beyoncé are among the 16 different events featured in animated GIF format by Bernstein-Rein in its "Year of Madness Bracket Challenge." Played out in the same fashion as the NCAA March Madness bracket selection, the public has an opportunity to select among a variety of high profile happenings that took place during 2016 and through a bracket process, determine the event that they most hope to put behind them as we head into 2017. The agency will make a donation to the charity who's efforts are sort of the antidote to the craziness occurring in the winning moment, and invite participants to do so too. The "Year of Madness Bracket Challenge" is live at http://yearofmadness.com/ through December 16th. "This is definitely not your typical holiday greeting card," noted Chris Perkins, Managing Director of Bernstein-Rein. "This lets everyone put 2016 in perspective in a fun and engaging way while resetting for 2017 with what we hope will be an uplifting message." The BR creative teams sifted through hundreds of events that search and social channels revealed as the most popular or significant in 2016. They then created emblematic animated GIFs to illustrate the moments and paired each with a real charity that has some relation to the happening. Another first-round match up features an animated Pikachu being flushed down a toilet as representative of the Pokémon Go phenomenon, vs the historic Brexit vote. The connected charity for Pokémon Go is Charity Miles and for Brexit it is Migrant Help. "We found the perfect charity to honor the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and breaking the curse of the billy goat," explained Darren Brickel, Creative Director at BR. "Heifer International gives goats to families in need, primarily in Africa. This is a fun and engaging way to give topical relevance to worthwhile causes." BR will share winning bracket results daily beginning December 19th with the winner being announced January 3rd. Fans can follow along on Twitter (@Bernstein_Rein) to see who wins. Harambe vs. Batman vs. Superman the Movie Chicago Cubs World Series Win vs. Leonardo DiCaprio Winning the Oscar Death of 80's Music Icons vs. Apple Killing the Headphone Jack Kim Kardashian calling out Taylor Swift vs. Passing of Beloved Celebrities The Race to the White House vs. Jay Z Cheating on Beyoncé Pikachu vs. Brexit WikiLeaks Document Releases vs. Ryan Lochte's Robbery Claim Rihanna dabbed at Drake's Love vs. Dylan Winning Nobel Prize for Literature Based in Kansas City, MO, Bernstein-Rein is a connections agency. In developing marketing programs for its clients, BR identifies, develops and creates communications ideas and experiences that authentically represent its clients brands, yet are highly relevant to the right people. This approach yields effective and engaging work that consumers want to connect with and share. BR was founded in 1964 by Bob Bernstein, who was one of the first to harness the power of consumer connections through the creation of the Happy Meal, a mainstay at McDonald's outlets worldwide. And still an agency client. Find out more at www.b-r.com.

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