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Page 12 The Region News mtzionregionnews@comcast.net Wednesday, August 12, 2015 ,i 80 Years Of Social Security By Gerald Tilley Social Security District Manager in Decatur, IL millions of people every day -- online, on the phone, and in our network of field offices across Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years, and despite our age, we're far from retiring! As the Social Security program celebrates its historic birthday this August, we're reflecting on our diverse history, our current strengths, and ways we can continue to improve our services to you. On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. In doing so, he promised the law would protect "the average citizen and his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age." Today, we continue to provide financial security for our country's most vulnerable citizens. In fact, Social Security provides world-class service to the country. As we celebrate 80 years, we're proud to present our "Celebratiug the Past and Building the Future" anniversary website. There, you can read 80 interesting facts about an agency that touches everyone's life at some point or another! For example, did you know the original name of the Social Security Act was the Economic Security Act? The anniversary website also includes a timeline of our history. It begins with the signing of the Act in 1935 and ends with this year's announcement of Vision 2025, our bold vision that will guide the agency as we work to meet the future customer service needs of the public. A memorable spot on the timeline is November 2, 2000, the date when we started taking retirement claims online. Since our agency's beginning, we've relied on our passionate and hard-working employees to face challenges and provide exceptional service. Throughout the 80 days leading up to our anniversary, we've been posting employee testimonials that answer the question, "Why do you serve?" We also invited you to share your story with us. You can tell us how Social Security has made a difference in your life and/or the lives of your family and friends. We would love to hear from you, the people we serve every day. When the Social Security program started 80 years ago, our goal was to provide an economic lifeline for people in need. Today, Social Security continues to protect millions of people. Join us in commemorating this significant milestone ! Visit www.socialsecurity. gov/80thanniversary. 4 tips for taming back-to-school stress Do you or your child have the back-to-school blues? If so, you're not the only ones. Saying goodbye to slower summer days can be difficult. For almost three months, you have felt free from the structure of the classroom and the accompanying homework. When the upcoming school year rolls around, it's common to feel some sadness. For children who suffer from anxiety, this stress may be harder to handle, and it may stem from more than just pop quizzes and earlier bedtimes. These children need extra attention as the new school year draws near. The best thing you can do to prepare your child is to give the gift of your time and attention. Instead of dwelling on things like tests and homework, talk about how to make the transition into the exciting new school year the best it can be. Lauren Zimet, director of the Early Insights Healthy Foundations ,Program, is a mother herself and has 'pinpointed the top four back- to-school tips and tricks to make the transition easier. These tips will help reduce the stress and tension felt by you and your child, not only for the first weeks of school (the hardest time to adjust) but throughout the year as well. 1. Connected communication. Engage in a conversation with your child and ask what he or she is excited and concerned about for the upcoming school year. Give your child the freedom to speak openly and avoid asking too many questions at once. You'll know you are connecting when he starts volunteering information. When you listen to your child, and he can see the genuine interest and attention in your eyes and through your body language, he will feel more comfortable discussing the upcoming year. 2. Creative calendars. Planning ahead makes adults feel prepared, which is a huge de-stressor. The same goes for your child. Younger children only ~ a ~Oy or tWO to look forward to their big day. Older children may benefit from discussing the year weeks before the first day, especially if those conversations include working on things like organization, planning, prioritizing, and sequencing (those important executive functions of the brain). 3. Visualize the goal. Get specific and help your child visualize the first day of school. Have your child tell you or draw out the sequence of the day, from waking up in the morning, to dressing in an outfit chosen the night before, to what she'll be enjoying as her brain-boosting energy breakfast. The more your child can visualize her routine(s), the more she will be at ease when the big day finally arrives. 4. Load up on brain food. Breakfast is coined "the most important meal of the day:' and rightly so! Food is the fuel for the brain and body, and the quality of the fuel matters. Whatever you choose to give YOur body and brain each morning will N I gust I from I am to 2 pm Prizes For Everyone ! Thank You For Making These Past 10 Years Great! \ ! 100 W. Debby Drive, Mt. Zion 217-864-9888 "POP IN FOR A SMELL, TAKE HOME A TASTE" 4 School Menus For The Week Of August 17-21 Grades K-3 : : : L August 1% No School August 18-Half Day August 19-Walking taco, refried beans, strawberry kiwi slushie, milk-variety, turkey/cheese wrap August 20- Boneless wings, broccoli w/dressing, mandarin oranges, Cheese it crackers, milk-variety, chef salad August 21- Shrimp poppers, mini carrots w/ranch dressing, applesauce, milk-variety, yogurt/graham crackers Grades 4-6 August 17- No School August 18-Half Day August 19- Walking taco, refried beans, pineapple,strawberry kiwi slushie, milk-variety,hamburger on bun August 20- Boneless wings, broccoli w/dressing, mandarin oranges, fruit juice, Cheese it crackers, milk- variety, chef salad August 21- Shrimp poppers, carrots, applesauce, fruit juice, milk-variety, hot ham and cheese Grades 7-12 August 17- No School August 18-Half Day August 19- Walking taco, refried beans, pineapple, strawberry kiwi slushie, milk-variety, hamburger on bun August 20- Boneless wings, broccoli w/ranch dressing, mandarin oranges, fruit juice, milk-variety, Cheezit crackers, cheese pizza August 21- Shrimp poppers, mini carrots w/ranch dressing, applesauce, fruit juice, milk-variety, hot ham and cheese Majestic Hall Senior Menus for August 17-21 August 17- Spaghetti w/meat sauce, lettuce salad, green beans, breadstick, mandarin oranges August 18-Chicken Caesar salad, cottage cheese, asparagus, trail mix, grapes August 19- Low sodium ham, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, slaw, brownie August 20- Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, lima beans, 7 layer salad, apricots August 21- Pulled pork on bun, baked beans, broccoli/cauliflower salad, pudding, orange Please call the DMCOC office at 428-4148 to make your 24 hour in advance reservation. A $3.00 donation for ages 60 and over is appreciated. Participants under the age of 60 will be required to contribute $5.21 (congregate) and $6.51 home meal. LINK cards are accepted--please call the Nutrition Office to set up. enable you to do a certain level of thinking. American breakfasts are often unbalanced, heavily favoring carbs, which are only a tiny part of the good-breakfast equation. Encourage your child to pick a protein each morning, as well as fruit, veggie, and healthy fat and carb options. From there, complement his or her diet with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement from a reputable fish oil company like Nordic Naturals. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help soothe anxious brains as well as support the entire nervous system, so don't miss out on this simple improvement- opportunity. Research on omega-3 fatty acids can be found at www.omega- research .com. The new school year is on its way and while this time of year may cause some children to feel xiou , there are things you do to help. Employ any of the suggestions above to help your child start feeling more excited about the new school year with each passing day. Order To School (Continued From Page 11) Tube. The start of another school year always adds a bit more hus- tle to your normal routine, but a little extra planning can help. By using the tips above and get- ring your kids onboard, you'll be able to pass the first tests of this school year with ease. Editor's Note: To enter the Entenmann's Little Bites "Life of a Lunchbox" sweeps, running from August 1 - September 25, and for official rules, visit the Little Bites Facebook Page. No purchase necessary. Know someone who has a birthday coming up ? Surprise them with a happy ad! For more info and rates call 864-4212. SPECTACULAR 65 E CR 1175 N. - Atwood -- Justa mile north of the fire stationI mI~m,i I I Everyone who donates ! 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