Refreshing Communities Through Outdoor Gardens

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Most Americans believe that before Europeans settled the New World, the continents were largely uninhabited. But when Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492 there were at least 56 million people living here.
Over 90 percent of the indigenous population was decimated within two generations from disease and war. But the Native American “Indians” left behind over 200,000 incredible pyramid-shaped mounds, complex earthworks (the largest in the world) and walled cities. Today, fewer than 1,000 major mound sites remain.
“America’s Mound Builders created massive earth formations and mounds, and Native American earthworks are actually the biggest and most complex in the world. It’s an archaeological treasure that goes largely unrecognized by the public. One mound complex in Illinois has a pyramid mound over 110 feet high, and its base is larger than the Great Pyramid in Egypt,” stated Dr. Greg Little, author of “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks.”
“There’s a mystery there,” Little continued. “There is a massive stone chamber inside it that has never been excavated.”
The oldest known mound in the U.S. is in Louisiana, dating back to 3,700 B.C., but all along the Atlantic coast are massive shell mound complexes nearly as old.
“It’s highly likely that there are older mounds hidden in shallow water along the coast that were inundated at the end of the last Ice Age,” Little said. “The Native Americans were building pyramid-shaped mounds more than a thousand years before the Egyptians were, and they can be found in nearly every state.”
In today’s economy Little says that people should consider family vacation trips to the larger archaeological parks and museums that have been established at these major mound sites. Most of these parks and museums have a nominal charge or none at all.
“It’s a way to engage children in our lost or forgotten history and is a great way to teach children about indigenous cultures. Almost every state has a couple major sites,” Little added.
For more information, visit www.apmagazine.info.

Know What to Expect From Your Diabetes for Better Care

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects many Western New Yorkers. Just look at the numbers: adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for those who don’t have the condition. Finally, $12.8 billion was spent in 2006 on medical costs and lost productivity related to diabetes in the state of New York.

Long Term Care Industry Ranks as Nation’s 10th Largest Employer

(NewsUSA) – As Washington considers reworking Medicaid — the healthcare program for the poor — a crucial fact remains ignored: For every $45 billion spent in Medicaid every year by federal and state governments, long term care facilities are able to generate $529 billion in total economic activity, support and create over 5.4 million jobs, and return over $60 billion in taxes back to federal and state coffers."In this economic engine that is the American economy, long term care is one of the pistons, consistently firing even in the worst of hardships," stated Governor Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).According to a national economic impact analysis compiled by AHCA using Impact Analysis for Planning (IMPLAN) data software, the long term care profession ranks as the nation’s 10th largest employer, above merchandise retail, food retail and both military and non-military federal government personnel. In 2010, these companies created 63,000 jobs while many other businesses struggled to stay afloat. Long term care facilities support industries and sectors statewide, from food services to private hospitals to insurance carriers.The report underscores the important role nursing facilities play in the U.S. economy. Parkinson hopes the report will convince lawmakers to protect the funding streams that ensure these facilities can continue to play an important role in the national economy, saying, "If states cut Medicaid, that will have direct and drastic implications on not only our profession, but more importantly our ability to serve the greatest generation. The potential for increased job growth — a priority of every lawmaker in this country — is huge. Our profession must receive the appropriate funding needed for us to meet the demand of baby boomers in the coming years."For more information, visit www.ahcancal.org.

Archaeological Wonders In Your Neighborhood

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What do Newark, Ohio, Epps, La., Marquette, Iowa and the state of Illinois have in common? They are all sites of some of the most impressive archaeological wonders found anywhere in the world — and most seasoned tourists have no idea.
Native American mounds and earthworks are some of the more underappreciated archaeological treasures in the world, but a new “Top 10” list is now highlighting these attractions. The list of America’s Indian mounds and earthworks was formed from the authoritative book “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Native American Mounds & Earthworks” and has been widely quoted by travel sites.
Still, few people are aware of the existence of these incredible wonders. The encyclopedia is packed with over 500 photos, and details 1,000 sites that can be visited in 41 states.
American mound building began 5,800 years ago, long before the pyramids of Egypt were even conceived. The number-one site is a massive set of geometric earthworks and mounds centered in Newark, Ohio. It is the largest set of earthworks in the entire world. One part of the site has a large circular wall that encloses 30 acres in downtown Newark.
The Newark site is in pristine condition, and it oddly serves as America’s most unique golf course. It’s an unusual vacation spot and was built 2,500 years ago.
The earthen ridges near Epps, La., are 6 feet high and 80 feet wide and served as platforms for houses and thousands of people. Many of the most impressive sites are found in huge parks with museums, tours and displays. Some mound sites even conduct Native American dances and ceremonies that are open to the public.
Illinois is home to Monk’s Mound, concealing a huge stone chamber that’s never been opened. This massive pyramid is the tallest mound, standing at 100 feet with a base larger than the Great Pyramid in Egypt. Near Marquette, Iowa, is Effigy Mounds National Monument with 200 mounds shaped into the forms of animals. Check out www.apmagazine.info for more details.

WGU Washington Declares, ‘No Parent Left Behind’

(NewsUSA) – As parents send their kids back to school, it’s likely that the last thing they have time to consider is heading back to school themselves. But, they should ?.Nearly half a million Washington residents, many of them parents, have started but not finished a degree; yet by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs in the state will require at least some college. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can bring career advancement, increase job security, and enhance earning potential, so how can busy parents finish their degrees and avoid being left behind?For busy parents with tight budgets, the prospect of heading back to college can be daunting. While there are a number of college options, few are affordable and flexible enough to meet the needs of working adults.But Washington’s new online university, WGU Washington, washington.wgu.edu, is designed to meet their needs — affordably. Nonprofit and endorsed by the state, WGU Washington offers 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing.WGU Washington’s programs allow students to move quickly through what they already know and to focus on what they still need to learn. Students advance by demonstrating what they know, not by logging time in class. This learning model, which includes the support of a dedicated mentor, is called competency-based education, and it represents a true innovation in higher education.At less than $3,000 per six-month term (and unlimited courses per term), WGU Washington is about half the cost of other online universities and considerably less than most of Washington’s public universities. And, because WGU Washington allows students to work at their own pace, the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is just two-and-a-half years — an average cost of about $15,000.It’s likely that you are already encouraging your kids to plan for college. And, as all good parents know, kids learn best by example. Finishing a degree means more than career advancement and better earning potential — it is a priceless accomplishment that demonstrates the value of education to your children. This back-to-school season, don’t be left behind.       Note to editors: Great for regional use in Washington state.

This Back-to-School Season, WGU Texas Declares, “No Parent Left Behind”

Across the state, parents are buying school supplies, loading backpacks, and packing lunches as their kids head back to school. With carpools, afterschool activities, and homework added to schedules already packed with work and other family responsibilities, the last thing more parents have time to consider is heading back to school themselves. But, they should be….

More than 3 million Texas residents, many of them parents, have started but not finished a college degree; yet by 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some post-secondary education. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can bring career advancement, increase job security and enhance earning potential, so how can busy parents finish their degrees and avoid being left behind?

WGU Washington Declares, "No Parent Left Behind"

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As parents send their kids back to school, it’s likely that the last thing they have time to consider is heading back to school themselves. But, they should ?.
Nearly half a million Washington residents, many of them parents, have started but not finished a degree; yet by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs in the state will require at least some college. A bachelor’s or master’s degree can bring career advancement, increase job security, and enhance earning potential, so how can busy parents finish their degrees and avoid being left behind?
For busy parents with tight budgets, the prospect of heading back to college can be daunting. While there are a number of college options, few are affordable and flexible enough to meet the needs of working adults.
But Washington’s new online university, WGU Washington, washington.wgu.edu, is designed to meet their needs — affordably. Nonprofit and endorsed by the state, WGU Washington offers 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education and health professions, including nursing.
WGU Washington’s programs allow students to move quickly through what they already know and to focus on what they still need to learn. Students advance by demonstrating what they know, not by logging time in class. This learning model, which includes the support of a dedicated mentor, is called competency-based education, and it represents a true innovation in higher education.
At less than $3,000 per six-month term (and unlimited courses per term), WGU Washington is about half the cost of other online universities and considerably less than most of Washington’s public universities. And, because WGU Washington allows students to work at their own pace, the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is just two-and-a-half years — an average cost of about $15,000.
It’s likely that you are already encouraging your kids to plan for college. And, as all good parents know, kids learn best by example. Finishing a degree means more than career advancement and better earning potential — it is a priceless accomplishment that demonstrates the value of education to your children. This back-to-school season, don’t be left behind.

Federal Stimulus Review: Infrastructure Opportunities Flourish

Two years after Congress approved investing over $785 billion into a sputtering economy, Americans and businesses alike are re-emerging from the recession.

Infrastructure was the main priority behind Obama’s federal stimulus package. The federal cash was intended to “create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s.” Over $100 billion was set aside for federal infrastructure projects in 2009 — the creation of factories, hospitals, schools and roads, among other projects — providing new opportunities for many construction contractors.

Unused Stimulus Money Builds Infrastructure Opportunities

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Two years after Congress approved investing over $785 billion into a sputtering economy, Americans and businesses alike are re-emerging from the recession.
Infrastructure was the main priority behind Obama’s federal stimulus package. The federal cash was intended to “create millions of jobs by making the single largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the creation of the federal highway system in the 1950s.” Over $100 billion was set aside for federal infrastructure projects in 2009 — the creation of factories, hospitals, schools and roads, among other projects — providing new opportunities for many construction contractors.
It has been estimated that around 70 to 80 percent of the money intended for infrastructure projects has yet to be spent. Many small construction businesses are unable to take advantage of the opportunities created by the stimulus because they lack the balance sheet strength to obtain credit and construction surety bonds that are required for government projects.
According to Gary J. Giulietti, director of Iron Eagle Group, an infrastructure and commercial construction company, “Our Management team has a history of successfully completing large-scale projects, such as power plants, waste water treatment plants, schools, transportation, and historical landmarks such as the renovation of Ellis Island.”
The influx of funded cash for state and federal projects has formed a unique opportunity for agile public companies like Iron Eagle Group (OTCQB:IEAG) to jumpstart the economy. By partnering with multi-billion-dollar prime contractors, companies like Iron Eagle are poised for growth by aggressively bidding and winning federal and state infrastructure projects. The capacity to qualify for larger surety bonds enables them to win where many competitors don’t qualify due to lack of bonding. The company recently acquired Delta Mechanical Contractors LLC, announcing $55 million in projected revenue this year.
Recent studies have found that companies like Iron Eagle have the potential to flourish in a fickle economy. According to the Department of Transportation, for every $1 billion spent in infrastructure under the stimulus package, 27,800 jobs are created.
To learn more, visit www.ironeaglegroup.com.

Free or Low-Cost Health Coverage Helps Kids Get in the Game

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Each fall, school and community athletic fields are filled with four-year-olds taking their first kick at a soccer ball and high-school seniors practicing in hopes of reaching the state championship football game. At every age, children who play sports learn lessons about teamwork and the value of both winning and losing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are part of sports teams have more energy, perform better in school and are successful long after they leave the field.
Approximately 5 million uninsured kids in the U.S. may not experience the benefits of playing on a team. These kids often miss out because they can’t afford the necessary physical or treatment if they get hurt. Jackie, a 13-year-old eager to go out for her school’s track team, was one of those kids until her family learned that health coverage is available through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Across the country CHIP and Medicaid offer free or low-cost health coverage for kids. Generally, a family of four that earns up to $45,000 a year can get their kids covered. Once enrolled, kids can get doctor and dentist visits, vision and hearing care, hospital care, mental health services, regular check-ups and shots, and needed treatment, including prescription drugs.
Upon learning that Jackie did not have health insurance and that her mother had suffered a heart attack before age 50, the school nurse knew Jackie would need more than a general sports physical to be cleared to participate in track. The nurse connected Jackie and her Mom with an outreach worker who helped enroll Jackie in the state’s health coverage program. Within two days, Jackie went to a primary care provider, and tests indicated a potential heart syndrome. She was referred to a cardiologist, who, after further exams, gave Jackie the green light for track.
Learning about available health coverage programs did more than get Jackie on the team, it potentially saved her life — Jackie is covered both on and off the field. Kids with insurance generally have better health throughout their childhood and into their teens. They are sick less often, get the treatment they need when they are not feeling well and are less likely to miss school — or a big game — due to illness.
Families with uninsured children can get connected to the CHIP or Medicaid programs in their states by visiting InsureKidsNow.gov or calling 1-877-KIDS-NOW.