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Diet Resolution Week

Losing weight is always one of the top New Year’s Resolutions made by individuals each year. It’s only fitting that January 1st thru 7th, is “Diet Resolution Week”. While shedding unwanted pounds is a great goal to have, be sure that you are focused on getting fit. It is much better to be healthy than to simply be skinny. HR Strategies is proud to partner with Humana Vitality as our wellness program. Below are two simple and main tips from the Vitality program, which can not only aide you in shedding pounds, but increase your energy and overall well-being.

  1. Start a food journal.

Knowing what you are actually consuming, can lead to healthier choices. A 2008 National Institutes of Health (NIH) study shows that keeping a food diary can double a person’s weight loss.

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  1. Eat right for weight loss.

There is no magic formula, weight loss simply comes down to using more calories than you are consuming.

Shedding those extra pounds, and increasing your overall well-being, will pay off in all aspects of your life, including your job performance!

For more tips from Humana Vitality visit https://www.humana.com/learning-center/health-and-wellbeing/healthy-living/.

Civil Rights Act Passed Only 56 Years Ago

Fifty-six years ago on September 9th, our nation passed the original Civil Rights Act of 1957, primarily a voting rights bill. This was one of the cornerstones of the Civil Rights movement. On June 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy called for a new bill during his televised civil rights speech; by this time, the Civil Rights movement was in full swing.

Recently, the 50th celebration of the March on Washington was held to commemorate the event that was actually entitled “The March on Washington for JOBS and Freedom”. Though all of the Civil Rights Acts that were passed during the Civil Rights movement were about equality; a major proponent in the March on Washington was for equality in the workplace, aiming for a law that barred discrimination in public and private hiring.

While Kennedy’s televised civil rights speech and the March on Washington may have helped propel the movement, it was President Lyndon B. Johnson who aided the passageway of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, making racial discrimination and segregation illegal. As a result, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was formed and could/can prosecute employers that discriminate in opposition of applicants or employees.

According to the EEOC – Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

(a) Employer practices: It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer –

(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or

(2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

During the recent 50th celebration of the March on Washington, Georgia’s very own and the only surviving speaker from the 1963 march, Rep. John Lewis, said the harshest days of the civil rights struggle “for the most part are gone.” But, that the struggle for a more perfect America goes on. Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, said “Our focus has broadened to include the cause of women, of Latinos, of Asian Americans, of lesbians, of gays, of people with disabilities. And of countless others across this great country who still yearn for equality…”

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Personal & Economic Patriotism

As we come to an end of our patriotic themed posts, having taken a look at the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and voting rights; we would like to leave you with some thoughts to encourage you take remain patriotic (not only your daily personal life, but also in your business) throughout the year, not just on the 4th of July…

  • “Economic Patriotism is doing what is right for American businesses, for American workers, for American consumers, and for America. Each of these entities is dependent upon each other doing the right thing for the other. It is not possible for one entity to abandon another without harm resulting to all entities. The American worker and the American consumer are tightly related, and often one in the same. It is simply not possible to adversely affect the American worker without also adversely affecting the American consumer.” http:www.americanreformation.org/AJCoalition/EconomicPatriotism.htm
  • Veterans having served in our National Forces continue to look for work. Don’t we, at the very least, owe them the opportunity to work when they return from serving their country? “Veterans are a very strong talent pool. They possess skills and qualities that are immeasurable – such as leadership, pride, teamwork, and dedication,”- recruiter Danielle Micek.
  • “Whenever a Guardsman or Reservist leaves for training, they are coming back to their companies with better skills, better training, and they are an asset to a company every time they leave.” – Barbara O’Reilly, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Don’t just feel patriotic watching the fireworks on the 4th of July, when you hear the Star Spangled Banner at a ballgame, or when you enter the voting booth. Carry your patriotism and pride in America throughout the year. Americans took a risk on July 4th, 1776, and we are reaping the benefits every day.

We the People

The Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776, was the first step in creating our nation. The second step was brought by the U.S. Constitution, which is still our governing document of laws.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Read the entire original constitution at this website.

Some interesting facts about the U.S. Constitution and its construction:

  • Seventy-four delegates were appointed to the Federal Convention, of which 55 actually attended sessions, held in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.
  • The sessions of the convention were held in secret—no reporters or visitors were permitted.
  • On June 29, 1787, the convention approved a resolution establishing population as the basis for representation in the House of Representatives, thus favoring the larger states. On a subsequent small-state proposal that the states have equal representation in the Senate, the vote resulted in a tie.
  • On Monday August 6, 1787, the convention accepted the first draft of the Constitution. Here was the article-by-article model from which the final document would result some 5 weeks later.
  • On August 21, 1787 the debate over the issue of commerce became very closely linked to another explosive issue—slavery.
  • One of the last major unresolved problems was the method of electing the executive; the result was the Electoral College.
  • On September 8, 1787 the convention was ready to turn the Constitution over to a Committee of Style and Arrangement.
  • The Constitution was presented to the convention on September 12, 1787 and the delegates methodically began to consider each section. Although close votes followed on several articles, it was clear that the grueling work of the convention in the historic summer of 1787 was reaching its end.
  • Before the final vote on the Constitution on September 15, 1787 late in the afternoon the roll of the states was called on the Constitution and from every delegation the word was “Aye.”
  • On September 17, 1787 the members met for the last time, and delegates in the hall formally signed the Constitution, and the convention adjourned at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
  • The Constitution, remains in excellent physical condition after more than 200 years.
  • On December 15, 1952, President Harry Truman declared at a formal ceremony in the Archives Exhibition Hall, “We are engaged here today in a symbolic act. We are enshrining these documents for future ages. This magnificent hall has been constructed to exhibit them, and the vault beneath, that we have built to protect them, is as safe from destruction as anything that the wit of modern man can devise. All this is an honorable effort, based upon reverence for the great past, and our generation can take just pride in it.” Click here to read more.

Independence Day is Next Week

How will you celebrate next week?

Clients: HR Strategies will be closed on Thursday, July 4, 2013 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. In addition, banks and delivery services will also be closed on Thursday. HR Strategies will also be closing at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Due to the bank holiday on Thursday, July 4th, direct deposits will NOT be processed on that day. Please contact your payroll specialist if you need to make any special arrangements. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call at 770.339.0000 option 1 or Contact Us Today!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you! -Your HR Strategies Payroll Team

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