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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thanks to a partnership that was first conceived of by United Way of Treasure Valley, we’ve been able to work alongside a local after-school program for the past 10 years to provide healthy food to low income children, many of whom are food insecure. The after-school program has both an Ada county and Canyon county location.   This partnership began with the Ada location providing the Canyon location with free healthy snacks each day after school.    In 2017, the partnership greatly expanded when the Ada location began providing the Canyon...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Original article here.   Bad behavior in children has a variety of causes, although dietary factors may play a larger role than traditionally thought. In addition to food allergies and negative reactions to food additives, blood sugar levels can have a dramatic impact on mood and behavior. Low blood sugar can be caused by not eating enough food or eating too much sugar at a time, which triggers inappropriate insulin secretion from the pancreas gland. Consult with your doctor about how dietary factors can affect children's behavior.   Low Blood...
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

At United Way of Treasure Valley, we understand children are born learning, and that the early years of life are critical for healthy cognitive and social development. Research indicates that children who start school unprepared are less likely to be reading at grade level in 3rd grade, and subsequently less likely to complete school, graduate from high school, or pursue post-secondary educational opportunities that enable them to live financially independent lives.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Campaign season is coming right up and we are full of ideas, anticipation, and energy! Every year we hope to set new records, reach new goals, and create even more impact than the year before. Because we know what the importance of having access to healthcare, quality education, being financially stable, and having basic needs met means for all people here in the valley; it means thriving over surviving. It means succeeding over succumbing. It means having a quality of life that everyone deserves. 

We are so fortunate to have State...

Thursday, May 2, 2019

From United Way of Treasure Valley CEO & President, Nora Carpenter...

I have been thinking a lot about the idea of influence. Social influence. Political influence. Personal influence. I have become very aware of how often the word ‘influence’ is used, and how casually we use it. The idea of influence is on my mind because I have the very recent honor to be named one of Idaho Business Review's 2019 CEOs of Influence. It is humbling recognition and one which caused me to ponder just what it means to “influence” something or...

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Our team was thrilled and a bit overwhelmed to see TWO PALLETS of boots arrive at our office on Tuesday morning (which, for the record, is only about half the shipment we're expecting). It was freezing outside but that didn’t stop us from making about twenty trips each to unload both pallets. We certainly got our steps in that day!   It was a bit of a shock to see the mountain of boots piled up in our office. In fact, it really brought out the kid in our CEO & President, Nora Carpenter (see picture above). Who needs a pile of leaves when...
Monday, April 29, 2019
Lucy and Frank are like any other couple you might imagine after almost 50 years of marriage. They enjoy being together in the comfort of the home they’ve built together, and love spending time with their kids and grandkids in their small Nampa neighborhood.   Frank had open heart surgery in February of 2017. It was at the hospital rehab facility where Lucy saw an advertisement for a free community cooking class offered by one of United Way’s funded partners. Up until then, Frank’s diet consisted of mainly steak and greasy potatoes.    We know...
Monday, April 29, 2019

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Ingredients   2 small sweet potatoes (1 lb.) 2 tbsp. olive oil 2 tsp. chili powder, divided 1/2 tsp. salt 1 lb. ground turkey breast 2 cloves garlic, pressed 1/2 c. Chopped cilantro 1/2 avocado, plus more for serving 2 tsp. lime juice 4 toasted whole-grain sandwich thins tomato, for serving cucumber, for serving Lettuce, for serving sprouts, for serving   Directions   Cut sweet potatoes into 1/4-inch-wide sticks; toss, on large rimmed baking sheet, with olive oil, 1 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt....
Monday, April 29, 2019

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Improving your diet lowers your risk for heart disease in many ways, including helping to lower high cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as preventing obesity and improving the function of your heart and blood vessels.   If you are watching your heart health, the following foods should not make it onto your meal plan very often. In fact, if you can cut them out of your diet, your heart will be healthier for it.   Processed meats   How much to eat:...
Monday, April 29, 2019
We are still half floating on clouds/half crashing at our desks in the aftermath of the 5th Annual United Way Children's Book Drive. We just cannot get over how many books were donated this year! 109,322 to be exact. That's incredible! We weren't sure we'd get to our goal of 100,000, but we certainly never dreamed we'd SURPASS our goal. Especially by over 10K!    It takes a lot of hands and hearts coming together to pull something of this magnitude off. The entire staff at United Way of Treasure Valley is honored to put this event on every...

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