Friday, December 22, 2017

January is National Family Fit Lifestyle Month

Healthy habits, exercising and just getting in fit is on everyone’s mind as the new year approaches.
One of the best ways to welcome 2018 is to create healthy lifestyle habits together with your family or friends. And as luck would have it – January is National Family Fit Lifestyle Month.

So it is time to get off the couch – off the electronics and spend at least 60 minutes a day being physically active.  We are all very busy but that does not mean we cannot also be healthy.

There are many ways to be healthy as an individual and as a family. One of the simplest ways is to go for a walk with your family or playing with your kids – just get up and start moving. Winter is also tv time – who does not love to cuddle in front of the television especially with a fire in the fireplace. You can break up tv time during the commercial breaks and make these commercial breaks into one minute activities. But what about Netflix – there are no commercials on Netflix – your active time could be between episodes. Jump jacks, dancing, sit ups, stretching, and push ups are just a few ideas for your active time. Dancing put everyone in a good mood and burns a ton of calories. So put on the music and start grooving.

Snow is also a great resource for fitness and what is more fun than snow ? Snow angels, building snowmen or an igloo, having a snowball fight or even shoveling the driveway – these are all fantastic fitness activities. And then treat yourself to some yummy and well deserved hot chocolate – perhaps skipping the whip cream.

#GOALS – everyone has them – why not set some family goals. Whether it be sitting down and eating a family meal together at least twice a week, walking over 100,000 steps  together a week or starting a family game night. The key is getting together for healthy, fit and fun activities.

Family Fit Lifestyle Month is also a great time to work together as a family to plan healthy and delicious meals. You always want to plan your meals for the week and why not have the children cook (or depending on age) choose the meal one night a week. Always make a list prior to shopping and remember to never grocery shop on an empty stomach. You will save time and money.

I hope have a wonderful January and 2018. Have fun with your family taking part in the Family Fit Lifestyle Month – I know we will. Keep staying active and those resolutions about being active :)

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday season - Darcy 

Friday, June 24, 2016

OFA Students break Guinness Book of World Records longest Wiffleball Game

I absolutely love living in my small town with its amazing community. This community supports its members in good times and bad times. Everyone does know your name (good for me - bad for my two boys). Good deeds are numerous and never cease to amaze me. And this is also a fun community !

On Wednesday, June 23rd at noon a bunch of determined, talented and wonderful OFA (and one  CV) students decided to attempt to break the Guinness Book record of the longest wiffleball game. on Thursday, June 24th they broke the record !!

This game was played at Stephens field in Apalachin, NY with night time lighting provided by the Apalachin Fire Department. Ice Cream Works of Owego drove their ice cream truck up to give the players sno cones and ice pops. And finally, Whitetails Restaurant of Little Meadows, PA ( a few miles up the road) fed the players dinners.

It is so heartwarming to see a community come together for a such fun and wonderful event.

Congratulations to all the players who played in this Guinness Book Record Breaking Game - I am very proud of you and our community.

Here is the Owego Pennysaver article that goes into a bit more depth about the actual game.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

What used to work ...

Social media changes every day - new apps - new platforms - new trends - everyone is doing it or some are taking a break from it.

It is a challenge to keep up with what is still social and working in social media.

This article written by @ajavuu touches on what used to work, what no longer works and how to make it work again. Thank you Aja.

5 Old School Social Media Tactics That Are No Longer Effective (And What To Do Instead)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Facebook Engagement Tips Part Two

It is officially summer ! Everyone is out of school - our high school finally graduated this past Sunday !

So do you feel your clients - customers - fans are engaging more or less ?

Kim Garst has written a two part series on Facebook Engagement Tips - I posted Part One last month and here is part Two. Enjoy and I hope you this helps your Facebook engagement to be on the rise this summer.

24 Mind Blowing FacebookEngagement Tips Part 2

Thank you Kim Garst of Boom! Social Media Marketing as always for terrific articles.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Is your Facebook Engagement going down on a daily basis ?

Happy Happy Hump Day ! 

Today we are going to get some terrific tips on still the most social platform out there - Facebook ! 

Facebook is changing everyday - some are good changes - some are not so great. Engagement is one of the changes in the gray area - engagement feels like it is alot harder than it used to be. 

Kim Garst of Boom! Social Media Marketing wrote a two part article awhile ago that is still very relevant for small and large businesses. 

Here is Part One 

Thank you Kim Garst as always - fantastic article !