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Jul
08

Shatter the silence with 13 WTHR

Posted By · July 8, 2010 at 12:44 am

For the eighth consecutive year, 13 WTHR is shattering the silence on all forms of abuse.  One in four American families suffers from abuse – sometimes physical, sometimes verbal, mental, emotional or sexual abuse.  Do you know someone who has been abused or are you in an abusive relationship?  If so, you can call 2-1-1 for help.  Or you can click here to learn more about how you can join us in shattering the silence.

I brought the idea to shattering the silence on domestic abuse to the station when I first took the job as Community Affairs Director eight years ago.  I thought we would do this campaign for just one summer, but I am proud to work at a station that has stayed committed to ‘shattering the silence’ now for eight years.  If the problem doesn’t end, why should our campaign end?  I felt compelled to launch this campaign because this is ultimately about our future – our children.  If children live in homes filled with abuse, they are bound to repeat the cycle of abuse for future generations.  We love our children.  Let’s do what we can to give them their best life.  Model the kind of relationships that they can emulate successfully. 

Many families don’t want to be abusive.  They are just repeating behaviors that they experienced as children.  You can heal your family by reaching out for help.  There are dozens of Central Indiana domestic abuse service agencies that can help teach families how to have healthy relationships.  Again, just call 2-1-1, the Connect-2-Help line, and ask operators to guide you to an agency that can address your particular needs.

In the meantime, 13 WTHR will be broadcasting news series profiling various forms of abuse in July and August.  If you have any thoughts you would like to share about surviving an unhealthy relationship – and advice for others on how to find healing – please let us k now.  Or if you have a story idea for “Shattering the Silence”, please share that as well.

I will also be profiling domestic abuse issues and service agencies on the Noon Focus interview segment that I host Monday through Friday.  If you have any issues or organizations that you think we should profile in those segments, please let me know.  We may choose your idea and talk about it on Focus.  And if you have questions about abusive relationships, click here to ask Carol the Coach, a marriage and family therapist, who visits our Focus segment once a month.  She may answer your question on air, but she will keep your anonymity.

Please join us in shattering the silence.  There are many ways you can help.  And you can shatter the silence by helping your family, such as teaching your children about healthy relationships.  Read more about all of this on wthr.com.

You will hear more details about the campaign in the days ahead.

Take care,

Angela Cain

 

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Hello,

Hope you are finding some great ways to explore Indiana this Spring and Summer.   I have the coolest job because I get to help promote a lot of the community events going on around Central Indiana.  I also get to profile some of our crucial community service organizations and community issues in the WTHR Cares Noon Focus segment Monday through Friday.  My background is news anchoring and reporting until I took this Community Affairs Director job in 2002.  I loved reporting the news, but I also love profiling more of the good news – telling you how to enjoy your community and/or get involved in serving others or agencies in your community.

If you have any community events, community organizations or community issues that you think we should help promote, send your ideas my way.  We may choose your suggestion and promote it in a Noon Focus segment or on our daily Community Calendar announcements.  This is your community, so we would love to hear from you!  You can blog with me or e-mail me at acain@wthr.com.

Right now, my Community Affairs producers and I are gearing up for our eighth annual Shattering the Silence campaign against domestic abuse.  We will be delving into the issues of child abuse, the impact of abuse on children, teen dating abuse, and spouse/partner abuse.  If you have any thoughts or story ideas that you think we should tell, please let me know.  The goal of this campaign is to bring the issue of domestic abuse ‘out of the shadows’ and direct abuse victims to resources for help and healing.  We will be shattering the silence this summer, in July and August, but we talk about the issue of domestic abuse year-round.

WTHR Channel 13 is also busy promoting and sponsoring several community campaigns in May and June.  We have been promoting the 40th annual  Broad Ripple Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 15th and 16th; the 500 Festival Kids Day  and Rookie Run at Monument Circle on Sunday, May 23rd; the Miracle Ride motorcycle fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children, with a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, June 4th – 6th; the Asian Fest at Garfield Park on Saturday, June 5th; the Indianapolis Air Show June 11th – June 13th, and the Walk for Wishes  on June 12th at Fort Harrison State Park. 

You can hear more about all of these events on our daily WTHR Cares Community Calendar announcements on Channel 13 or on our Noon Focus community interview segment, Monday through Friday.

Let us know what is on your mind, when it comes to the community.  Hope to hear from you.

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Apr
22

What was it like? The “Race for the Cure?”

Posted By · April 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hello,

It has been a busy month overseeing some of our station community campaigns.  I also took off time for Spring Break and nearly three weeks later, I am still behind:).   How does that happen?  You go on vacation and feel punished on your return, with all of the catching up you have to do… (smiles).

Channel 13 just finished promoting one of the biggest campaigns that we help sponsor – the “Race for the Cure”.  It was a wonderful success, once again.  The race against breast cancer, for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is one of the biggest Komen races in the country.  This year more than 41,000 people registered and raised more than two million dollars for breast cancer treatment, education and research right here in Central Indiana.  Hoosiers are some of the best volunteers in the country!  Thank you to all of you who walked, ran, or just showed up downtown for the race on Saturday, April 17th, to support breast cancer survivors or pay tribute to those who have died.  The atmosphere at the “Race for the Cure” is always so emotional and compassionate.  I love watching tens of thousands of people reaching out to others – some holding hands, many crying, most wearing banners with the names of loved ones fighting this disease.  Channel 13 had a team of employees and viewers, so thank you to all who joined our team.  Many of us at Channel 13 were walking in honor of our News Director Carolyn Williams who has been courageously fighting breast cancer.  She is a great lady and an inspiration to us all.  

If you were a part of the Race this year, feel free to share some of your insights about it with us.  Tell us why you joined the race, what it means to you and what you think of the event.

This is a busy season for Channel 13 campaigns.  My Community Affairs staff and I have also been helping to promote several other community events in April on our Noon Focus segment and Community Calendars.  Among them? Community Shred Day, to help protect you from identity theft, taking place in Channel 13′s parking lot and some area police departments, on Saturday, April 24th; the Coburn Place “Blue Breakfast” – a successful fundraiser earlier this month at the Indianapolis Colts complex for Coburn, which provides transitional housing for abuse victims; “Talk, Walk, Run“,  a fundraising event  on May 1st, for Hear Indiana which serves children who have hearing problems; and “Dining Out for Life“, a fundraiser on Thursday, April 29th, for the Damien Center, which helps prevent the spread of HIV/Aids and serves patients with he disease.  For this one-day fundraiser, all that you have to do is go out to dinner at participating area restaurants that will give a portion of your bill to the Damien Center.

We have several things we will help promote in May and June as well, such as the Broad Ripple Art Fair, the 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run, the Indianapolis Air Show, and the Miracle Ride motorcycle fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.

You can hear more about all of these events on our daily WTHR Cares Community Calendar announcements on Channel 13 or on our Noon Focus community interview segment, Monday through Friday.

And, don’t forget.  If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on our Noon segments or on our Community Calendars, let me know.  Blog with me or e-mail me at acain@wthr.com.

We would love to hear from you!

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Mar
24

Please register for a race to save lives!

Posted By · March 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Hello,

Channel 13 has been a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for several years now.  It is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots breast cancer movement by breast cancer survivors.  Hoosiers have such big hearts that the Indianapolis race is one of the top-ten biggest Race for the Cure events in the nation.  More than 40,000 people walk or run in the annual Race for the Cure in downtown Indianapolis.  This year it takes place on Saturday, April 17th, around the IUPUI campus. 

I was talking to Dana Curish, the Executive Director of Komen’s Indianapolis Chapter, and she told me that she is concerned that this year’s race registration is down a bit.  If you have never taken part in this race, please consider doing it this year.  This is a race you will never forget.  It is a compassionate atmosphere, filled with the triumphant spirit of breast cancer survivors and those who support them.  This race attracts people of all ages and genders – some walking alongside a surviving family member; some walking in honor of someone who lost their life to the disease; and some simply coming out to walk or run to help fund research that could some day lead to a cure. 

You will see the heartwarming and emotional ‘Pink Parade of Survivors” and many more touching moments at the Race for the Cure.  Komen hopes to raise more than two million dollars this year with the majority of that money spent right here in Indianapolis to fund breast cancer treatment, education and research.  Komen is encouraging people in the race to ask ten people to donate ten dollars.  If everyone in the race did that, Komen could possibly double its’ fundraising goal.

Right now, Komen just needs more people to register and join this fight against a devastating disease.  One in eight women will have cancer in her lifetime.  Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with the disease and every 13 minutes a woman dies.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure has spent 1.5 billion dollars paying for education and research to fund better treatments and search for a cure.  Komen has prompted major advancements in the breast cancer fight with more people surviving the disease than they ever did before Komen was formed 27 years ago.

Please join Channel 13 in the Race for the Cure.  You can register by clicking here.  You can even join the Channel 13 team, if you’d like, or form a team of your own.

Each one of us can make an impact.  I have always believed that one of the reasons we were created is to help each other and to care about each other.  Joining the Race for the Cure will make you feel good and it will help breast cancer survivors realize that they are not alone.  We are here for them.

Hope to see you at the race!  If you have been to the Race, share your experiences with others on this blog. 

Also.. please watch the half-hour Race for the Cure: Bringing Hope to Millions special on Channel 13 on Saturday, April 10th, at 7:30 p.m.  You will learn important information about breast cancer, meet breast cancer survivors, and learn more about the impact of  the Komen organization.

And, don’t foget.  If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on our Noon Focus interview segments or on our Community Calendar, let me know.  Blog with me or e-mail me at acain@wthr.com.

We always like to hear from you! 

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Hello,

Have you been to the 52nd annual Indiana Flower and Patio show at the State Fairgrounds yet?   If you are still fighting the winter blues, this is a great way to step into Spring and lift your spirits.  We will take you there for a sneak peek of the show on my Noon Focus  Segment Tuesday.  I also got an “up-close” look at the show just a few days before “Opening Day” last week.  It is really a cool event.  You can get tips and information for all garden budgets from more than 250 outdoor living experts.  You will also see 29 different ‘Showcase Gardens’ from dozens of landscape artists.  These gardens are so beautiful and this year the gardens’ theme is “A Novel Idea”.  It is a nod to Indy Reads, a program that provides free tutoring to functionally illiterate adults.  You can donate books at collection bins at the Show, including K-6 student workbooks or teacher’s manuals, copies of the classics, children’s books bins, and all appropriate titles.   One of the gardens that I saw ‘in the making’ is so creative!  Its’ theme is the Wizard of Oz and you have to see how the landscape artists have incorporated the theme through their version of the yellow brick road, the Wicked Witch and Dorothy’s home – tossed around by a tornado – all in one little space.  It will be a show favorite. 

If you are like me, you will need all the help you can get if you are planning to make the outside of your home pretty this Spring and Summer.  I am known to kill even artificial plants:)  (How is that possible? Probably too much dust on them… smiles. )  I love to decorate the inside of my home and have done a lot of that on my own, but anytime I have headed outside to ‘decorate’, nothing survives:(.  How about you?  Do you have a green thumb?  If so, do you have any tips for keeping plants alive?  Which plants are most hardy?  What are the best perennials - something I wouldn’t have to plant every year?  Share some of your thoughts with people, who like me, can’t keep plants alive.  In the meantime, I am sure the Indiana Flower and Patio show experts could give all of us some great advice for being successful with landscaping and gardening.   The event runs through Sunday the 21stClick here for more information.

Also this week on our Noon Focus segment, you can get some tips Wednesday on improving self-esteem – for you and your children – from “Carol the Coach”.  She’s a Life Coach and Marriage and Family Therapist who visits us monthly with great tips on various topics.  Thursday on Focus, see one of Israel’s premiere dance companies.  The world-class  Kibbutz Contemporary Dance company will perform in our studios.  We’ll tell you why they are in town and where you can see them perform for free.  And on Friday, find out how donating daffodils is helping fight cancer.

If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on Focus segments or on our Community Calendar, let me know.  Blog with me or e-mail me at acain@wthr.com.

Channel 13 is constantly involved in sponsoring various community campaigns.  We are a part of you and we want to do what we can to serve our community.  Right now, we are sponsoring a couple of big events that will fight cancer.  Do you know someone who has cancer or are you battling this sometimes devastating disease?  You might want to register for a Relay for Life event near you.  These are 24-hour walking vigils that remind people that cancer never sleeps.  You can form a team, raise money through pledges, and take turns walking around an area track.  This is the premiere worldwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  There will be more than 30 Relay for Life events in Central Indiana running from March through June. Consider walking in honor of someone you love with cancer or you can walk simply because you care.

WTHR Community Affairs has also been busy promoting one of the top-ten biggest Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” events in the nation.  More than 40,000 people walk or run in the annual “Race for the Cure” in downtown Indianapolis.  This is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest, grass roots breast cancer movement.  It is an amazing ‘sea of humanity’ – men, women and children – taking to the downtown streets to help end breast cancer forever.  When you walk, you raise money for breast cancer treatment, education and research here in Central Indiana and around the nation.  This year’s “Race for the Cure” takes place on Saturday, April 17th.  Click here to register to walk or run or volunteer.

We always like to hear from you! 

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Hello,

Hope your New Year is going very well, as I get back to ‘blogging’ again.  I hope to hear from you in this New Year.  We are busy with several WTHR community campaigns right now – promoting events you can attend or events for which you can volunteer.   Please join with us in serving the community and making a difference in 2010. 

During Black History Month in February, we have been airing a weekly Noon Focus interview segment on African-American events, organizations or issues and we have produced special news series profiling the achievements of African-Americans locally and nationally.  Click here to go to our special Black History Month page which includes some of the stories, a list of celebrations and events you can attend in Central Indiana, and a host of sites profiling African-American achievements nationally.  

We are also helping promote a couple of big events that will fight cancer.  Do you know someone who has cancer or are you battling this sometimes devastating disease?  You might want to register for a Relay for Life event near you.  These are 24-hour walking vigils that remind people that cancer never sleeps.  You can form a team, raise money through pledges, and take turns walking around an area track.  This is the premiere worldwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  There will be more than 30 Relay for Life events in Central Indiana running from March through June. Consider walking in honor of someone you love with cancer or you can walk simply because you care.

WTHR Community Affairs has also been busy promoting one of the top-ten biggest Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” events in the nation.  More than 40,000 people walk or run in the annual “Race for the Cure” in downtown Indianapolis.  This is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest, grass roots breast cancer movement.  It is an amazing ‘sea of humanity’ – men, women and children – taking to the downtown streets to help end breast cancer forever.  When you walk, you raise money for breast cancer treatment, education and research here in Central Indiana and around the nation.  This year’s “Race for the Cure” takes place on Saturday, April 17th.  Click here to register to walk or run or volunteer.

Also, when you get a chance, join us Monday through Friday for our weekly Noon Focus interview segment which profiles community issues, events, and organizations.  If you have a community issue, event or organiztion that you think we should be talking about on Focus, please let us know!  We might pick your idea and do a Focus segment on it.

We have also started something new this year – the WTHR Cares Community Conversation.  We will feature a question or issue of the week and ask for your feedback.  We just want to start a conversation with our community, so that we can learn more about what matters to you on a host of topics – some just for ‘fun’, some more issues-oriented.  Click here to see this week’s question about the Olympics.

And do you have some questions about how to have a healthy relationship in the New Year?  Last month we invited Carol Juergensen-Sheets, a Marriage and Family Therapist and Personal Life Coach, to share some relationship advice for the New Year on our Noon Focus segment.  Our relationships with people we love are one of the most important things in our lives.   As I close today, hope you will listen to this advice from “Carol the Coach.”  And feel free to share with us what you do to make your relationships work.

Take care!

Angela Cain

TIPS FROM ‘CAROL THE COACH’ ON DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS:
Healthy relationships don’t just happen.  They require that you constantly invest your time, energy and effort into them. People often take their relationships for granted—until a problem occurs or until it’s too late.  As you look at your relationships, do you cultivate them? Some of my clients are proactive and look for ways to improve them.  However, more often I see clients who are discouraged because they have waited too long.  Take a look at these five characteristics for a healthy relationship to decide if you are working in the right areas:

ADMIRATION AND APPRECIATION: Do you verbalize your appreciation of your loved ones?  Do you identify daily at least one characteristic that you appreciate or admire?  People will enjoy their relationships with you if you recognize their strengths.  Make a point to compliment  those you care about daily. 

RESPECT: Everyone has different values and beliefs about people and about life.  Understandably, values come from your family of origin, religiosity or spirituality, educational structure, and political background.  Partners often marry because they complement each other, which can increase the likelihood of different values.  Teenagers often take on different values as a natural vehicle for the needed separation process.  It is important to find a common ground with others and respect their differences, even if you don’t agree with their basic values.  If you don’t respect your loved ones, it will lead to contempt.  Contempt is the number one behavior that leads to estrangement. 

COMMUNICATION: Is your communication positive or negative?  Do you spend a lot of time criticizing or affirming your family?  If you have a teenager or spouse, it is easy to get caught up in fear-based conversations that make you look controlling, argumentative or needy?  Everyone wants to be acknowledged for their thoughts, beliefs and values.   Basically, they want to be understood.  Communication infers speaking, but it is really about listening.  The next time you’re with a loved one, spend 75% of the time listening and reflecting back what you heard.  It will open up their desire to talk to you. 

 ENCOURAGEMENT: Do you encourage your loved ones?  Do you notice the effort and not the outcome?  This characteristic builds good self-esteem and is essential in promoting healthy relationships.  As you assess your family, find an area they are working on but haven’t yet perfected, and then notice their effort.  That means to verbally acknowledge that you know they are making progress.  It will enhance their feelings for you because it enhances their own sense of well-being. 

NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE: In all relationships, the art of developing good partnerships with people is the ability to negotiate and compromise.  You have to give a little to get a little. Evaluate your style and decide how well you practice this life skill.  People who have to have their way all of the time are no fun to be with.  If you are surrounded by this type of personality it’s time for you to learn assertiveness.  If you are this type of personality, it’s time to practice the art of give-and-take.  This may require that you seek the help of a mental health professional.

There are some great tools to help develop these characteristics further.  The more you put into your relationships, the more you will get out of them.  We all know that relationships are the essence of life!

Get more advice on various topics from “Carol the Coach” (Carol Juergensen Sheets) by clicking here.

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Nov
24

Holiday eating tips!! How to prevent weight gain.

Posted By · November 24, 2009 at 5:14 pm

It is one of the hardest things to maintain during the holidays…. our weight:).  Some studies have shown that we gain an average of 5 to 7 pounds during the holiday season.  How do you fight the battle of the bulge when you are eating at all of the office parties, family gatherings and holiday events?

On my Noon Focus interview segment, I received some tips from Jill Frame – a registered dietitian with the St. Francis Weight Loss Center.  The Center offers 12 ways to watch your waistline, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas. 

1. Take the focus off food. Instead of baking cookies with your children, create non-edible projects like wreaths, dough art decorations or a gingerbread house.

 2. Plan to maintain your weight over the holidays. Decide which treat is worth the calories, take a smaller portion, and savor every single bite.

3. Think ahead to make mealtimes less hurried. On a cold, wintery night, few things say comfort like a bowl of hot soup, paired with crusty, whole-grain bread. Start a pot simmering on the stove or in the slow cooker while you spend the day decorating the tree, addressing cards or doing any other holiday preparations. Add a piece of fruit and a cup of milk, and you have a well-balanced meal.

4. Experiment with seasonal produce to lighten up your meals. Consider chutneys as an accompaniment to meats, slices of pears or oranges in your salad, cranberries or dried fruits in rice pilaf, or apple sauce substituted for some of the fats in your baking. A little creativity can go a long way toward heightening taste and sneaking in your produce needs in your diet.

5. Plan for parties. Don’t starve yourself the day of the party so you can fill up on food that evening. If you eat normally throughout the day, you’re much less likely to overeat at the party.

6. Lighten up. Substitute spices and fresh herbs for seasoning rather than fat and salt.

7. Make exercise time play time. Enjoy an afternoon of football, sledding, ice skating or playing in the snow. Or even enjoy the holiday lights while taking a long evening walk.

8. Discover different dips. Who says dips have to be high-fat and joined by chips? Replace cream cheese with silken tofu, or experiment with dips made with nonfat cream cheese or sour cream. Pair with vegetable spears or baked pita chips.

9. Watch your appetizers. Limit high-fat choices such as fried chicken wings, miniature sausages and most cheeses. Choose fruits and vegetables instead.

10. Enjoy the mall. While shopping, stretch your legs and squeeze in some exercise in a warm, dry environment.

11. Be a happy host. Balance your famous cookies with healthier options. Grab a fruit or vegetable tray from the store. Be sure to send your leftovers home with guests.

12. Have a healthy holiday spirit. Cocktails, “real” eggnog and other holiday drinks quickly add up in calories. Alternatives include sparkling or hot apple cider, light eggnog or seltzer mixed with fruit juices.

With a little creativity, you can start the new year without quite as many pounds to lose come Jan. 1 – and might just find a new tradition in the process.

Now, if you have some holiday eating tips, share them with me.  We might even be able to share some of them on our air and give you credit, if you leave your name and location.

Also, if you have any community issues, events or organizations that you think we should profile on our Focus interview segment at Noon, please let me know.  We love to hear from you.

And join with Channel 13 this year to support the United Christmas Service campaign from United Way.  You can donate money, ‘adopt a family’ or buy a Channel 13 Sunrise Cookbook at any area Marsh or O’Malia’s store.  All proceeds benefit the United Christmas Service which gives money to families in need so that their children can enjoy the holidays.  Click here for more information.

Happy Holidays!!!

Take care,

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director

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Hello,

More on ‘how to be happier’ in a moment, but first Channel 13 has wrapped up our longest community service campaign – the 23rd  annual “Bob Gregory Coats for Kids” campaign.  The need was so great this year in a tougher economy, that we worried about running out of coats when we gave them away on Saturday, October 10th, at the State Fairgrounds.  There were people in line who used to give to the “Coats for Kids” campaign.  This year, they were in need because of job losses.  We were blessed to be able to give free coats to most of the children who needed them.  We ran out of some sizes later in the day, but the biggest crowds had already come.   We gave away thousands of coats because of your generosity .   This year, you also helped by donating cash or checks at an Indianapolis Colts Game or online, through the Salvation Army, one of our campaign partners.  Thank you so much, Central Indiana, for caring about our kids.  Please join Tuchman Cleaners, the Salvation Army, Channel 13, and the Indianapolis Colts next year – on Labor Day – when we launch our 24th annual campaign.

This week on Focus, my Noon Community Interview Segment, we  profiled the Empty Bowls Dinner on Monday - a fundraiser at North Central High School for the Ronald McDonald House.  I was honored to emcee a short program for the actual event on Tuesday evening.  This benefit featured more than 1,000 ceramic bowls made by several local high school students, including North Central.  These bowls are beautiful and unique handmade creations.  Attendees at the Empty Bowl Dinner paid seven dollars for each bowl and they received a ticket to eat some soups prepared by North Central chefs.  It was a wonderful way to bring attention to the issue of hunger in our world and to help fill the food pantry of the Ronald McDonald House, which gives families a ‘home away from home’ when they have sick children at Riley Hospital.  I also loved the fact that our young people are learning about charity and how to serve others while they are in high school.  This event is so popular it will be hosted by a different school for the next several years.  If you hear of it next year, consider supporting this event that features our children *helping* children and families at Riley.

On Tuesday’s Focus segment, we profiled the Indianapolis Masked Ball featuring grammy-award singer Al Jarreau.  It is a great night of dinner, dancing and fundraising for the United Negro College Fund which helps send students to college.  The Ball takes place on November 21st.  For more information call 317-283-3920. 

On Focus Wednesday, we interviewed “Carol the Coach”, a personal life coach and marriage and family therapist who visits us monthly.  This week, Carol Juergensen-Sheets talked about some of the “Laws of Happiness” – ways that we can learn to be happier.  I was all ‘ears.’  I will share a few of her thoughts with you.  Carol says happiness is created from within.  It is an attitude and it creates a climate of kindness.  When you feel good about yourself, she says, and your current state of affairs, there is less of a need for competition or people-pleasing. 

One way to increase your happiness:  Reframing.  That’s the ability to take any situation and put a ‘positive’ spin on it.  See what that experience teaches you or how it has made you stronger.  Carol says this will help you drop the victim role and have greater personal strength.  As an example, Carol adds, if you are getting divorced, see it as an opportunity to grow as an individual.  She says you can’t stop the process, so ask yourself what you can do to get through it with integrity.  Another example?  If your family member or friend has a terminal illness, remind yourself that you can make a difference in their life and recognize what differences they have made in your life.  Focus on the moment, she says, instead of the future.  You will experience this person differently when your focus becomes appreciation.

Other ways to increase your happiness?  Train your mind to focus on the positives for one hour at a time, Carol says.  Replace the negative self-talk with a positive statement – retraining your brain – and repeat the positive statement silently to yourself regularly.  She says your attitude will become naturally more joyful and positive.

For more advice from “Carol the Coach” on a variety of topics, click here for her website.

 

On Thursday’s Focus segment, October 21st, you’ll want to check out the “Tomb of Doom” – the Children’s Museum’s 46th annual Haunted House.  Take a tour of the house with me and be prepared to be ‘scared’!  This is an elaborate masterpiece from the Children’s Museum Guild and they put 13-months of preparation work into entertaining children – and adults.  I took the ‘friendly hours’ tour with the ‘lights on’ for scaredy-cats like me… smiles… and your kids can too.  We’ll tell you all about it Thursday.  And on Friday, October 23rd, learn how to protect yourself from identity theft.  Get details of the “Community Shred-It Day” held at Channel 13 and several other locations by Crime Stoppers.  You can shred your old documents and get rid of old prescription medications.  More to come on the Focus segment on Channel 13 at Noon!

If you have community ideas you would like for us to cover, just let me know.  We are always trying to cover the issues, organizations and events that matter to you.  If we use your idea, we’ll mention your name on air.

Have a great week!

Angela Cain

WTHR Community Affairs Director 

 

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