WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to reports that former Senator John Glenn passed away:
“Today, we lost a true American hero with the passing of former Senator John Glenn. He was the first NASA astronaut to orbit the Earth and a true public servant. A pioneer in every sense of the word, Senator Glenn was always eager to explore uncharted territory and reach for the heavens. He is in the heavens now. Our prayers go out to his family, may he rest in peace.”
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In preparation for its grand opening on Feb. 1, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., will be hosting a job fair on Dec. 2-3 for approximately 130 full-time and part-time positions. Openings are available in membership, healthy living, aquatics, group exercise, personal training, wellness, childcare and welcome desk staff. For detailed job descriptions, please visit: https://www.ymcahouston.org/events/11549/. The Dec. 2 job fair will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at The Fellowship, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy. in Katy. The Dec. 3 job fair will be held from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the same location. Applicants should bring a resume and a list of references. Group exercise instructor auditions will take place from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Pkwy. in Katy. Applicants must bring copies of their certifications.
Auditions will be divided into five categories:
• Dance-based exercise: Zumba, Night Club Cardio, Body Jam, Latin Dance
• Les Mills trademarked classes: Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Step, Body Flow, Body Attack, GRIT, CX Workx, Body Jam
• Cycle-based exercise: RPM, Sprint, group cycling
• Yoga, pilates, tai-chi
• General aerobics: step, boot camp, muscle conditioning
Applicants who cannot attend the job fair can create a profile online and apply for a position by visiting www.ymcahouston.org and clicking on “job opportunities” at the bottom of the page. Positions are open to all.
Announcement to fast track coverage made in November, Diabetes Awareness Month
HOUSTON – After results of a government-funded study revealed that the YMCA’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could save the federal government a substantial amount of money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that it wants to fast track the process of establishing medical coverage for the program – including in the Katy area. Coverage could come as early as 2018.
This is the first time a preventative service pilot funded by the CMS’s Innovation Center has proven to reduce cost and lower cases of Type 2 diabetes.
Nearly 7,000 Medicare beneficiaries who were at high risk for developing diabetes participated in the pilot that tracked their progress in the YMCA’s DPP from 2013-2015. The average weight loss per person was 11.7 pounds one year after participation – a clinically significant loss of weight, according to the CMS. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that Medicare could save an average of $2,650 for each person who participates in the program.
The American Diabetes Association reports that $1 of every $3 Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes care. People with diabetes and prediabetes cost the country $322 billion a year.
While most recent statistics show that 29 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, 86 million adults, including at least 22 million people ages 65 and older, are prediabetic. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that programs such as the YMCA’s DPP can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent overall, and by 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.
The YMCA’s DPP, which was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NIH, is the largest provider in the nation. It is offered at approximately 1,000 YMCAs – eight in the Houston area – and has helped Americans lose an average of 5 percent of their body weight, significantly reducing their chances of becoming diabetic, according to the CMS.
As of February, the YMCA’s DPP has served more than 42,000 people across the country.
Some insurance carriers currently cover the YMCA’s DPP, which can vary in cost. Participants learn how to cook healthy foods in a variety of sumptuous ways and how to create a balanced plate, among other helpful lessons. The program’s ultimate goal is to help participants reduce their body weight by 7 percent and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week.
Qualified participants in the YMCA’s DPP at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch must be at least 18 years old and have a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater or 22 for Asians. In addition, participants must qualify with a blood glucose level in the prediabetes range, a prediabetes diagnosis from a physician, or a self-assessed score calculated from risk quiz that can be accessed at the following link: www.ymcahouston.org/links/ydppquestionnaire.pdf.
It was only a matter of time for Carrie Felder Stokes. The 56-year-old retiree was overweight, battled high blood pressure, and her bloodwork showed she was quickly on her way to becoming diabetic.
Most recent statistics show that 29 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An estimated 86 million have prediabetes, and Stokes is one of them.
Having spent more than $7,000 on various diet programs and special foods over the years, Stokes all but gave up on efforts to improve her health. “I knew that I needed to do something, but I just had a hard time getting motivated,” she said.
After coming across a flier about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Stokes signed up last year for the 25-session program.
The YMCA is the largest provider of this evidence-based program, which was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now one of approximately 42,000 people in the nation who have completed the program, Stokes has lost 20 pounds, her blood pressure has dropped from 140/100 to 124/76, and her Hemoglobin A1C values – which determine a person’s risk for Type 2 diabetes – are now significantly lower.
“I made friends with people who had similar concerns and we were able to exercise together and encourage each other to remain healthy,” said Stokes, who has participated in a 5K race, a golf tournament, organized a neighborhood walking group and has gotten hooked on Zumba classes offered at the YMCA.
The YMCA began offering the program, which is taught in Spanish at some locations, in 2011 to help reduce diabetes in communities across the country, said Lharissa Jacobs, director of Community Health for the YMCA of Greater Houston.
The program is available at eight YMCAs in the Greater Houston area. It is open to the public and financial assistance is available.
“The YMCA’s DPP is a community-based lifestyle improvement program. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes,” Jacobs said.
DID YOU KNOW?
Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years or older have prediabetes.
Of those 86 million Americans, 89 percent have no idea they are at risk for diabetes.
More than 3-thousand veterans and their families from across the Houston and Gulf Coast region will descend on Minute Maid Park to take part in the largest veterans-focused hiring event in the area.
Hiring Red, White & You is part of a state-wide multi-city effort offering our brave men and women the opportunity to meet, network, and interview with more than 150 local employers who want to put their skills and knowledge to work.
“Texas veterans are well-educated, dedicated and highly-trained individuals who have the technical and professional skills needed by Texas employers,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.
To take part in the event, employers must meet several criteria including offering minimum base pay of $12.00/hour and have at least ten job openings the day of the event. These employers represent a broad range of industries from healthcare, banking & finance, to construction services, and state/local governments & school districts.
WHAT: Hiring Red, White & You Veterans Hiring Event
WHEN: Thursday, November 10 8:30am – 1:00pm
8:30 am Opening Ceremonies featuring presentation of the colors by Heights High School JROTC, and display of Marine Corps League McLemore Detachment ceremonial battle jeep in honor of the U.S. Marine Corps’ birthday.
9:00 am Hiring event begins
WHERE: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford
WHO: Veterans & their families, employers, & veteran service organizations.
The multi-city event is designed to assist veterans, service members and their spouses as they seek their next career opportunity. Employers participation is at no cost and are encouraged to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for more information. Over the past four years, Hiring Red, White & You! has connected more than 42,000 veterans with over 6,400 employers.
The Texas Veterans Commission is preparing veterans for these hiring fairs with workshops assisting them with applications and résumés, interviewing techniques, as well as one-on-one counseling services.
Information on how employers and job seekers can participate in Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fairs may be found at www.texasworkforce.org/hrwy. Please note that some fair locations may have changed since last year. For information on all veteran workforce services available in Texas, visit www.texasworkforce.org/veterans.
Local Job Fair will be held at
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Recently, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses at Texas Children’s Hospital were celebrated for the care they provide to the hospital’s tiniest and most critically-ill babies. The nurses wore “bad pants” decorated with bright, colorful adornments in the spirit of the Bad Pants Open, an annual golf tournament that raises funds to support research and advanced education for NICU providers at Texas Children’s. Houston media personalities acted as “bad pants” judges, checking out each nurse’s bad pants and awarding the top three designs with hand-painted commemorative plates created by hospital patients.
The colorful celebration also included remarks from Becca and Mike Schiff, whose twins Elliot and Jonah were born at just 24 weeks gestation, weighing 1 pound, 6 ounces each. They were given a 25% chance of survival, but against the odds—and thanks to the specialized care they received in the NICU—Jonah and Elliott continued to grow stronger and are now thriving 2 year olds. Texas Children’s Hospital has the largest NICU in the nation and cares for more than 2,500 premature or critically-ill babies per year.
Proceeds from the 19th annual Bad Pants Open golf tournament will support continued innovation and excellence in the research, treatment and care of critically ill and premature infants at Texas Children’s Newborn Center. At the Bad Pants Open, the best prizes are awarded for how “bad” players look, not just how well they play! Presented by RBC Wealth Management/Capital Markets, this light-hearted annual golf tournament staged at the Clubs of Kingwood helps improve outcomes for infants by raising funds to support critical research, patient care and education initiatives. This year’s tournament is chaired by Rob Cooksey, vice president of Texas Aromatics.
Photo credit: Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas—October 6, 2016. More than 1,000 people attended the NAM/BJM Fall 2016 Career Fair organized by Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) and Between Jobs Ministry (BJM).
The event was held at Northwest Bible Church in Spring, Texas, on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Jobseekers met with more than 35 different employers from oil and gas, law enforcement, finance and other industries, as well as with representatives from various non-profit and veteran organizations in the area.
“It was a great event and the feedback we received from employers and jobseekers alike was very positive,” explained Mary Silbert, Director of NAM’s Learning Center. “Jobseekers loved the mix of companies that were at the Career Fair and they especially enjoyed the presentation from Bill Proctor on emotional intelligence and job search,” Silbert explained.
Jobseekers like Aron Benton were extremely pleased with this year’s NAM/BJM Fall Career Fair. Benton recently relocated to Houston from Tennessee and he said having a career fair of this size was of great help for anyone looking for a job. “Events like this let the community know that there is someone trying to help you if you just take advantage of it. All you have to do is show up!” Benton said.
This was the third annual NAM/BJM Fall Career Fair and they’ll be back next year with more opportunities for jobseekers in the area.
The Learning Center at NAM provides adult students with the vocational training they need to start a new career. During this fiscal year, the Learning Center provided 61 clients with vocational training scholarships, and assisted 48 clients to obtain jobs. The Learning Center also provided GED and ESL classes to more than 250 students. The NAM/BJM Fall 2015 Career Fair was attended by 700 job seekers with 40 employers and non-profit exhibitors participating in the Fair.
Northwest Assistance Ministries is a non-profit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness. During our last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 127,000 people through its many programs and services.
For more information about the NAM/BJM Fall 2016 Career Fair, please contact Mary Silbert, Learning Center Director at (281) 885-4616 or visit www.namonline.org.
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