HeroesHappen.com lauches Public Awareness TV Campaign:
“Find the HERO in YOU.”
“Your Mission – should you choose to accept it – is to get out and volunteer today.”
This site offers a user-friendly “Find Your Match -Volunteer Opportunity Resource Toolkit” for people of all ages interested in helping their communites find engaging, meaningful, and FUN “Volunteer Ops” that will match an indivdual’s special interests and lifesyles.
To get started – simply check out the Volunteer Categories on this page that interest you most - and visit the website links provided there to get a look at some of the great ways you can help your community and help yourself in the process!
- Naturally – one of the best resources for volunteer opportunites going is RedCross.org – where you can enter your zip code to find the American Red Cross Chapter serving your area with their VolunteerMatch Program.
- Campaign Producer and California Living TV Health Expert -Aprilanne Hurley recommends “volunteering” as an important lifestyle choice in her new book “The Party Girl Diet” available on Amazon - so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”
There are a number of wonderful organizations specializing in helping our youth develop into confidant, smart, caring, young adults.
Fire Squirts is a one-week camp experience organized by The Novato Fire Foundation offer Marin County’s at-risk youth a “chance of a lifetime”adventure.
Campers learn teamwork, life building and life saving skills, self confidence, and trust in others.
Get an “INSIDE LOOK” at the Novato Fire Foundation’s Fire Squirts Camp:
For more information on how you or your organization can support the Fire Squirts Program please contact:
Fire Marshall Bill Tyler
95 Rowland Way
Novato, CA 94945
8/26/2011 – San Francisco, California:
San Francisco Bay Area Author and Natural Foods Chef Aprilanne Hurley SFN Joins First Lady Michelle Obama’s Mission to “End Childhood Obesity Within a Generation” as Volunteer Chef with The First Lady’s “Chefs Move to Schools” Initiative.
“The childhood obesity epidemic we are facing in America is no secret,” offers Aprilanne Hurley, published author and Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, “it’s what actions are being taken to cure this epidemic that are the real headline makers – like First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! and “Chefs Move to Schools” programs. These collaborative, community-oriented initiatives were started by The First Lady with the goal of “solving childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.”
For the First Lady’s “Chefs Move to Schools” program – Mrs. Obama calls on chefs to get involved by adopting a participating school to help educate kids about food and nutrition. “It’s a great community ‘match-making’ service and tremendous resource support system for schools and chefs interested in making a difference,” says Hurley. “I am excited to be working with the Nutrition Services Department and students in the Marin County Tamalpais Union High School District this fall with the First Lady’s program,” reports Hurley, adding, “Chefs Moves to Schools gives me the opportunity to share my passion for nutrition and love of cooking with fresh, local ingredients.”
Margan Holloway, Director of Student Nutrition Services at Tamalpais Union High School District is very pleased with the “match” as well. “We have a super health-conscious group of students who want to be involved in our school’s nutrition program,” offers Holloway, “and teaching students the importance of cooking with local, seasonal ingredients is paramount.” Holloway adds, “this ‘way of life’ helps our surrounding communities and local farmers prosper, and offers a healthy, cost effective approach for everyone looking to ‘eat healthy’ within a manageable budget! In Nutrition Services we constantly look at ways we can match the nutritional guidelines for our student’s meals with interesting and tasty dishes – while staying within our budget.”
“My mission is to make learning about nutrition and cooking healthy fun and entertaining for these kids,” adds Hurley, who has recently appeared live on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX to discuss the benefits of her healthy lifestyle plan outlined in her new book “The Party Girl Diet.”
Designed as a 4-part class series to be repeated at different schools each semester, Hurley’s “Mission Eat Right” ~ Teens in The Kitchen Series will teach students how to identify local food resources; cook with fresh, seasonal ingredients; and discover the health benefits of cooking with fresh herbs they will grow themselves. Hurley’s students will engage in a fun hands-on gardening project, and participate in an original “Healthy Teen-Recipe Contest.” “Plus,” Hurley adds, “thanks to Margan Hollway’s support for this program, one of the healthy lunch recipes we create as a class will become an ongoing menu option in the high school’s cafeteria. This way, the entire student body and faculty will have the opportunity to taste and enjoy a healthy recipe we created from fresh, local, seasonal ingredients in this class!”
For more information on Aprilanne Hurley’s “Mission Eat Right” ~ Teens in the Kitchen Series please call Aprilanne directly @ 415.209.0722, or email her @ email@example.com. For more information on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chef’s Move to Schools Program please visit: letsmove.gov/chefs-move-schools
The First Lady’s Let’s Move! ” Campaign “will help to impact the health of children by providing schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.”
“We are going to need everyone’s time and talent to solve the childhood obesity epidemic and our Nation’s chefs have tremendous power as leaders on this issue because of their deep knowledge of food and nutrition and their standing in the community. I want to thank them for joining the Let’s Move! Campaign” – First Lady Michelle Obama.
When it comes to finding satisfying volunteer opportunities - Party Girl Diet author Aprilanne Hurley suggests: “do what you love.”
In Hurley’s new book “The Party Girl Diet” Hurley includes volunteering as an important “lifestyle” choice that provides people with a healthy dose of those “feel good” endorphins – a documented chemical reaction that occurs in our bodies when we do something good and help others.
Dubbed the “Helper’s High” in the volunteer sector, this pleasant “side effect” of doing good is a nice added bonus that has been associated with causing the same chemical reactions in our bodies as when we fall in love!
“Plus,” Aprilanne offers, “in addition to feeling good yourself, you will be helping out others in need, which will be a step in making our world a better place – 1 volunteer hour at a time!”
“If you like working with animals for instance, you can inquire with a local shelter that could use your help caring for abandoned animals. If you enjoy working with people, there are many non-profits that would welcome your time and expertise working with their clients in needs. Nature lovers can enjoy volunteer ops with local or state parks. The key is to identify what type of experience you will enjoy and do a little research to see where you can find volunteer opportunities that will work well with your personal interests.” Hurley adds, “you can also create your own opportunity by offering your specific talents or skills pro-bono to an organization you think you would enjoy working with.”
If you live in Northern California – you can check out the different volunteer categories on this site, of which Hurley has personally worked with each and every one of them in some capacity in her role as a TV news reporter, or as the producer and host of California Living, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trend in food, travel, and healthy living.
Take a few moments to check out the volunteer categories on this site that may best suit your lifestyle and interests – and “Find The Hero in You” by volunteering your time and talents to those in need!
Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, author of The Party Girl Diet, Health Expert for California Living TV, and Natural Foods Chef with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools Campaign. Hurley’s new book, The Party Girl Diet is a healthy, sustainable lifestyle plan combining today’s groundbreaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living to deliver a revolutionary new diet and lifestyle that lets you “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”
Content on this site is provided for educational and informational purposes. It is not intended to cure, treat, or diagnose any disease or illness. Please consult with your health care provider prior to starting any new diet or exercise program.
Another idea is to take a lifesaving class with your local Red Cross Chapter - which will get you closer to “being ready for anything” when the time comes to step in and volunteer to save a life. Aprilanne