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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”

—Dalai Lama

Dear  <<First Name>>,

It’s officially summer! June 21st marked the longest day of the year for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. A change of season is a great reason for change in routine such as a revamped diet and stepped-up fitness regime to suit the weather. I have also been making plans the last few months to make the most of my family’s summer. My goal is to spend as much time as possible with my family. Once my kids go to summer camp, I am going to spend some quality time with my wife, perhaps even take a staycation together. Throughout the school year, we tend to be quite busy so summer time is perfect for prioritizing and creating lasting family memories.

There is nothing quite like being outdoors and enjoying the tranquility of nature. I am also planning to take advantage of the longer days by taking some good hikes. I am hoping to inspire you dear readers to do the same. That’s why I have compiled a list of best hikes in the U.S. Summer is also the right time to target your fitness goals. A key part of being healthy is maintaining a good diet and managing stress. For the first time, I am happy to share our debut recipe inspired by fresh produce grown in our very own Neighborhood Farms USA garden.

To help you prepare for your summer adventures, I have compiled tips on how to make it a happy and healthy time. It is my way of encouraging you to live a positive and healthy life. As always, I hope that you are enjoying my newsletter. Please share it with family and friends and encourage them to sign up!

With hope and positivity,

Moshe Popack


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#Positivity® Stories

Gas station owner in Phoenix lowers prices to help customers

Jaswiendre Singh, who owns a Valero Food Mart, was selling regular gas for $5.19 a gallon, that’s nearly a half dollar less a gallon than other stations in the city as prices across the country hit record highs. Singh has a lot of expenses to cover including thousands of dollars in property taxes, insurance payments, and mortgages for his gas station and home. Despite his own challenges, his Sikh religious values and strong desire to give back to his community by helping those in need have motivated him to keep his gas prices low.

Woman About to be Evicted Was Saved By Neighbors Who Bought the Home For Her

After being threatened with eviction, Linda Taylor, a Minneapolis retiree, was able to buy the house she had rented for two decades after a quarter-million dollars was raised by the community on her behalf. Known for having a heart of gold and a pair of green thumbs, the 70-year-old retiree was often called the “bright star” of the neighborhood. Through a variety of fundraising efforts including an art show, bake sale, and countless small donations, Linda’s neighbors helped her hold onto her home.

Determined to help seniors ward off Alzheimer’s one woman delivered virtual reality to isolated seniors

In 2019, Carleigh Berryman began her virtual reality journey when she started her company, Viva Vita to help seniors cope with loneliness and depression. She would fit goggle headsets on the residents at senior communities, enriching the lives of those who were no longer able to travel safely due to the pandemic. Recent studies have shown that exposing people with Alzheimer's to virtual reality could also trigger certain memories they once lost or help them recall specific senses, like the sound of a family member's voice. Virtual reality not only reduces loneliness and makes seniors happy but also helps brain function.

Good Samaritans step into traffic to save driver after vehicle rolls into intersection

A group of good Samaritans recently saved a driver who lost control of her car after suffering a "medical episode" on the road. Several individuals leaped into action to find a way to stop the car, put it into park and then push it into a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot. The dramatic video footage of the rescue quickly went viral and led to a press conference, which honored each of the eight heroes for their service, quick thinking and courage.

Houston Has Housed 25,000 Homeless People With Apartments of Their Own

Over the last decade, Houston, the fourth-most populated city in the country, has reduced its rate of homelessness by 63%. It has achieved these incredible results with a “housing first” approach that focuses on getting homeless people into one-bedroom apartments quickly, and then concentrating on securing jobs, tackling drug addiction and mental health issues later. Thus far, this method has worked in reducing chronic homelessness as a vast majority of previously homeless Houstonians having been housed for longer than 2 years.

Woman Finds $36K in Free Craigslist Sofa–And Never Considered Keeping Money for Herself

Vicky Umodu from Colton in California, recently found a lump in the cushion of a chair she had received for free on Craigslist. She thought it was a heating pad someone with a bad back had stuffed into it. But when she unzipped the cover, she pulled out a dozen envelopes totaling $36,000. The family that gave away the sofa, believes that their loved one who previously owned it, stashed away cash as a “savings plan.” They rewarded Vicky with $2,200 for her good deed.

Book Recomendation

How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life

By Frank Lipman, MD

How to Be Well provides a guide for lifelong vitality and health through six rings: How to Eat, How to Sleep, How to Move, How to Protect, How to Unwind, and How to Connect. The book by best-selling author and leading health expert Dr. Frank Lipman centers around “The Good Medicine Mandala,” a new map for a new era of medicine. “The Good Medicine Mandala” is illustrated by a circular system of six rings that contain simple steps to what really works to improve general health. Each of these interacts to affect strength, resilience, functioning, and overall health. For anyone interested in health and wellness, this book is a great guide that provides practical everyday tips that are easy for anyone to apply in their own lives to live a better, healthier, and happier life. READ MORE

Things to make you smile

The world’s tallest dog is 7 feet tall on his hind legs: ‘He thinks he’s a lap dog’

Zeus, a 2-year-old Great Dane, enjoys drinking out of the sink and stealing snacks off the counter.

5 Best Places to Hike in the U.S.


The summer is a great time to explore, especially to take in some scenic hikes in breath taking destinations. I recently came across this list of best places to hike in the U.S. While I don’t live close to these beautiful locations, I am inspired by these hikes and hope to tackle each one someday. They vary in terms of length of time needed and intensity. Hope they inspire you to explore your local trails!

 West Maroon Creek, Colorado: this 10-mile route has some of the most dramatic views in the Rockies.

 Penobscot & Sargent Mountains, Maine: The 5.4-mile loop with panoramic water views is a rewarding hike in Acadia National Park.

 Tillamook Head Trail, Oregan: Follow Lewis and Clark’s tracks along this 6.3-mile trail that goes through forest and mountain ridges.

 Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota: The 18-mile stretch passes through several small lakes, birch groves, and cliffs with scenic views of Lake Superior.

 Nankoweap Trail, Arizona: This 14-mile trail is considered one of the most challenging hikes in the Grand Canyon.

Spreading #Positivity®

Thank you, readers, for sending us your photos with your comments. We are so excited that you are helping spread a positive message everywhere you go!  Let’s keep spreading #Positivity® together! Send us your photos and we will feature them in the next newsletter and on Facebook.

Inspired by a bounty of freshly grown vegetables and herbs in our Neighborhood Farms USA garden at Palo Verde, we are excited to share our first healthy, easy to make, and delicious recipe with you. A special thank you to Henya Lazar, a holistic nutritionist, who used vegetables and herbs from our Neighborhood Farms USA garden at Palo Verde to prepare this recipe. View the video of the recipe on our Neighborhood Farms USA Instagram. In the coming weeks, we will share more recipes.
 

Roasted Eggplant Slices Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, washed and cut into half or 3/4-inch rounds
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon organic dried basil
  • Cold pressed organic olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons organic fresh chopped basil

Easy Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place eggplant in a single layer on a parchment lined pan
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper to taste
  4. Sprinkle evenly with dried basil and garlic
  5. Using olive oil in a sprayer (or brush on), evenly distribute olive oil onto slices. Using a sprayer is easy as a little goes a long way!
  6. Place in oven and bake until brown - anywhere from 45 min up to an hour and a half depending on thickness of slices. Tip: It is better to slightly overcook than to undercook the eggplant.
  7. Remove from oven and add fresh basil to serve.
  8. Optional: Drizzle with tahini dressing before adding the fresh basil

Tahini Dressing

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup organic raw tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions for Tahini Dressing

  1. In a food processor, blend all ingredients until smooth. Note: You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl a couple of times.
  2. If it is too thick for your liking, add a little more water, a tablespoon at a time and pulse to blend and check the consistency.
  3. If not using right away, pour into a small mason jar or other airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  4. Note: it will thicken a bit in the fridge and you can add a little more water and stir to thin it before serving

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Having a Healthy and Happy Summer

With its warmer, longer days, summer offers many opportunities for endless fun. It is also a wonderful time to focus on your well-being and that of your family. Make it a family challenge to eat well, sleep soundly, relax regularly, and take advantage of all the down time in the summer. The formula for improving your health and happiness is simple. The key is to enjoy every moment and take one day at a time. With that in mind, I am sharing some of my favorite tips to stay healthy and happy in the summer:

Eat healthy and light: Stay in shape by eating light and healthy meals. In-season produce is not only delicious but also nutritious. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet helps support your health and boost your immune system. Visit your local farmer’s market or take inspiration from our Neighborhood Farms USA garden and grow your own produce!

Move more: Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. Go for a hike, ride your bikes, play beach volleyball, just get moving! Whether you are headed out in the early morning or early evening, be sure to take advantage of the longer days! Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen and limit time outdoors when the weather is scorching.

 Drink plenty of water: Water is critical! Drink plenty of water in the summer to stay hydrated. Heat and sweat in the summer months can really dehydrate the body very quickly leading to fevers and chills.

Treat your eyes well: While you are protecting your skin with sunscreen, don’t forget to take care of your eyes. Wear sunglasses and protect your vision from summer glare as well as ultraviolet rays.

Avoid over-indulging in alcohol and caffeine: Alcohol, sodas, and coffee can leave you dehydrated, so reduce in-take of these beverages in the summer. Instead, opt for plain or flavored water.

 Get some rest: Siesta anyone? Summer is a good time to get some rest. Don’t overdo it in the summer sun and be sure to watch out for heat exhaustion as well as heat stroke. The perfect way is to avoid too much sun exposure is by getting a nap indoors. Lay in that hammock and read a good book if you can.

I hope that these tips help you enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer and to concentrate on your health as well as happiness.  

#Positivity®

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