Springing into Fitness Mode
03/02/2011

The Chico NCALC staff and clients got together March 1st for a healthy dinner and some motivation to get and stay fit. We learned about different kinds of exercise and the benefits of healthy foods. We ate a delicious, hearty, and heart-healthy soup and whole grain bread, along with some grapes. We also had fun catching up on one another’s news, as we enjoyed a number of activities together – we even got in a little dancing!

Kudos to Hannah Williamson and to Mai Lou Lor, who worked all February organizing activities to keep us active. With all those opportunities, we will have plenty of motivation to keep moving through the month of March. All it takes is a little effort, every day, to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

March is Fitness Month at NCALC
02/21/2011

The month of March has been targeted by NCALC-Chico staff as a time to learn about healthy eating and exercises. Hannah Williamson, organizer of the promotion with Mai Lou Lor, says “It’s so important for consumers and staff to incorporate activity into daily life. It’s good for all of us!” The kickoff event will be March 1st at 4:45 pm with a healthy soup early dinner at the NCALC headquarters office on Esplanade. All staff and consumers are welcome! If possible, please bring a healthy food item—for example, a small bag of carrots, a couple of apples, or some other healthy treat.

Happy Birthday Scottie!
02/13/2011

Scott entertained a number of his staff and friends at his home on Sunday, February 13th. The sunny, warm day made barbecuing easy. Josh, the appointed grill master, did a great job cooking the hamburgers and hotdogs… considering he has been vegan for four years. What a good sport! Reggae music played in the background—Scott’s pick—enlivening the festivities, and everyone had a good time. Here’s to you, Scott! May you have many more happy and healthy years ahead.

Tribute to David
01/11/2011

Last December, David Specter, who resided at the Lakeview home, passed away after suffering a seizure. David was well loved by his housemates and staff. Tina Timko, house manager, and her staff arranged a Memorial day on January 9th for David, which was attended by his relatives and many friends. His love of life, of basketball and baseball games, and his friendships were a major theme. Tina says of David that one of his many gifts was his ability to “teach us how I important the little things in life are, and to smile more.” She notes his great sense of humor. During a road trip to Fort Bragg, she put in a cassette tape for him to listen to, as the radio station signals were poor. When it ended, it paused , and just before it started up again, David sighed and said, “Here we go again!” Tina said she laughed, and noting his lack of enthusiasm, changed the tape for him.
David Specter, who added so much to the quality of the lives around him, was also an organ donor. Thanks to this, according to the regional donation center, “David will actually help 50-80 people with his donation.” Even after his time on earth ended, David was giving. And we are so grateful to have been part of his life.

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