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‘H2O-PBJ Project’ Begins!

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It’s pretty hard to make peanut butter and jelly flashy and exciting, but most of us can conjure up a fond memory or two of PB&J sandwiches from when we were kids. Today, PB&J is still alive and well – almost a classic American delicacy! What you may not know is that PB&J has become a mainstay staple offered by food pantries to help fend off hunger for families in need.

Here in Gwinnett County, Duluth Cooperative Ministry supplies approximately 100 jars each of PB&J to local families in need each month. Per Mary Roberts, Director of the Cooperative, “We can use as much peanut butter and jelly as we can get; these items tide families over in crisis situations.”

Earlier this year Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute (GNLI) Basic Needs Team rolled out the “H2O Project” (Help To Others) to supply needed water to local food pantries. In January, the Team successfully distributed over 150 cases of water to several Gwinnett County locations. However the Team quickly recognized the even greater need for PB&J, and the “H2O Project” quickly evolved into the “H2O-PB&J Project.”

Expected participants for the “H2O-PB&J Project” are community minded businesses, charitable organizations and local municipalities willing to supply water and PB&J, while Positive Public Image, Inc. (yours truly!) will supply the needed promotional and publicity support for project sustainability. Initial recipient for the donated items is the Duluth Cooperative Ministry; and as the project grows, other local food pantries will also be included.

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This week marked the official “H2O-PB&J Project” rollout, and what better time than the eve of National Peanut Butter Day! With Bill a member of the GNLI Team, we presented the “H2O-PB&J Project” to fellow members of Duluth Business Association Tuesday evening, and  collected the PB&J we requested in advance members bring to the meeting. Mary Roberts of the Duluth Cooperative was on hand to receive the donations.

The meeting was hosted by the City of Duluth, and we were happy to find that our project rollout was aligning with efforts by City of Duluth and Mayor Nancy Harris to collect and donate PB&J to Duluth Cooperative Ministry on National Peanut Butter Day.

We (PPI) stepped up and pledged to the Duluth Cooperative Ministry to provide 5 cases of water, 20 jars of peanut butter and 20 jars of jelly each quarter for the next year. We are busy encouraging other local businesses and organizations to join us at each quarterly delivery and match our contribution. We will be on hand each time to provide promotional support and recognize the businesses and organizations for their contributions.

First delivery is scheduled for Friday April 25th from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Duluth Cooperative Ministry, 3395 Fox St. Building 101, Duluth, GA. 30096. Any organization wishing to participate and be recognized for their contribution to this community focused project, please come with H2O and PB&J in hand! Cameras roll @ 10:45 AM! We look forward to seeing you there!  Positively speaking, singing and dancing, Sheri & Bill Eppright, Positive Public Image, Inc.

As photojournalists, Sheri and Bill of Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion Healthy Aging and Active Positive Lifestyles. As musicians and entertainers (and part of their Active Positive Lifestyle), Sheri and Bill share their love of music and dance with folks of all ages. Call 678-672-7310, or contact us by email: Contact Us!

 

Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute Class of 2014 Graduation

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This year’s learning journey included participation in the 2014 Class for the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, a program under the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.

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The GNLI program “trains, empowers and supports everyday citizens and community leaders to promote positive changes in their neighborhoods and communities,…with  focus on providing better insight into the workings and opportunities within our community.”

This was definitely a great 8 month adventure, connecting with others and learning about all the positive potential for the future of Gwinnett County!

Positively speaking, singing and dancing, Sheri & Bill Eppright

As photojournalists and ambassadors of Active Senior Lifestyles, Sheri and Bill Eppright, as Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion the value of seniors in America.

As entertainers, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage active lifestyles and connect with fellow Boomers and Active Seniors. Contact us at 678-672-7310 or by email: Contact Us!

 

Purpose With Passion Leads The Way

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Participating in the 2014 Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute Class provided us with the perfect opportunity to meet up with Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash this month.  Chairman Nash wanted to find out more about our passion at Positive Public Image to encourage seniors to live Active Positive Lifestyles; we wanted to establish a solid connection with Chairman Nash and get firsthand information about the future of Gwinnett County. All of us wanted to find out where our skills and passion could overlap and be applied toward Gwinnett County Success.

We loved seeing the passion and the realistic manner in which Chairman Nash approaches her work!  She pointed out to us that as she works through the very specific tasks that need to be addressed within Gwinnett County (e.g., strengthening ethics ordinances, balancing the budget, land acquisition policy, water management, and rebuilding how the Board works together building trust within the community), she is continually challenged with time management. We agree: when one is passionate about what he or she is doing, there are just never enough hours in a day!

We also love this community, and will continually encourage the quickly growing senior population to stay active and personally involved. As Chairman Nash stated, “We have it within our power to determine the future of Gwinnett County for good or for bad—it is our choice.”

We know each other’s passions and resources a bit better now, and will reach out when we see there is mutual interest and benefit. It was a pleasure meeting with Chairman Nash, and we appreciate getting a tiny glimpse of the “working” and “personal” sides of this Gwinnett County Leader!

Positively speaking, singing and dancing, Sheri & Bill Eppright, Positive Public Image, Inc.

PickleBall at the J M Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA!

This week the J M Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA started their Wednesday and Friday morning PickleBall program…ah, right down our alley–or should we say “court”!

At the Wednesday morning Grand Opening, we happily greeted friends and made new friends, while enjoying some social and competitive Pickleball.

One of our favorite things about Pickleball is that it is a great inter-generational sport—folks of all ages love playing! Please come join us – we know you will love it too!

Positively speaking, singing and dancing, Sheri & Bill Eppright Positive Public Image, Inc.

 

Valentine’s Day … with “Help from Our Friends”

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Valentine’s Day seems to drop off the radar just as quickly as it arrives. But maybe Valentine’s Day should be more than just one day!  While it’s here, we love to take advantage of that small moment in time to encourage folks to further connect with those they care about, as part of their active positive lifestyle.  Hmmm… thanks to the Beatles, “All you need is Love?”

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This year we decided to share our day and love of music with fellow seniors at George Pierce Park Community Center for a Valentine’s Day Breakfast love song performance.

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Not only is music a great way to connect with others (nothing like the memory of a shared song to put a smile on your face!), its health benefits are numerous: it reduces stress, relieves symptoms of depression, improves cognitive performance and makes us smile, just to name a few.  As we like to say, “Healthy aging is music to our ears!”

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The morning was filled with music, greeting old friends, meeting new friends and lots of hugs. We plan to see everyone again very soon–maybe even at our next event: at the F.A.B. (Duluth’s “Fifty And Beyond” senior organization) Spring Fling.  The event will be held Friday evening 5-7pm, March 28t at Duluth Festival Center (Call 770-814-6981 to register).  With dinner, casino games, and our performance of Broadway/Show tunes, as well as a dance with some dance performances, we are looking for a fun event..see you there?

Positively speaking, singing and dancing, Sheri and Bill Eppright

As photojournalists and ambassadors of Active Senior Lifestyles, Sheri and Bill Eppright, as Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion the value of seniors in America.

As entertainers, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage active lifestyles and connect with fellow Boomers and Active Seniors. Contact us at 678-672-7310 or by email: Contact Us!

 

Sheri and Bill Featured in the Guide to Gwinnett 2014 Edition!

It was a privilege to be interviewed by Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce for a feature article on Senior Living in  “The Guide to GWINNETT 2014 Edition”  

The Guide to Gwinnett is available in hard copy and on line.  Click here for on line version.  We hope you will join us on your healthy aging path through an Active Positive Lifestyle!

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We hope you will join us on your healthy aging path through an Active Positive Lifestyle!

Positively speaking, singing, and dancing, Sheri & Bill Eppright, Positive Public Image, Inc.

As photojournalists and ambassadors of Active Senior Lifestyles, Sheri and Bill Eppright, as Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion the value of seniors in America.As entertainers, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage active lifestyles and connect with fellow Boomers and Active Seniors. 

Contact us at 678-672-7310 or by email: Email Sheri and Bill!

A “FAB” View from the Firetruck at Duluth Festival Parade!

Fun morning at the Duluth Fall Festival Parade…who doesn’t love a parade!

As this year’s Chairman of Duluth’s FAB (Fifty and Beyond) Advisory Board, I joined other active FAB members (including Bill!) in riding in the Parade in an antique fire truck owned by  Margo and Doug Monahan.  Weather was perfect and company even better!  Check out below how the parade looked from our view on the fire truck.

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Hope to see you at next year’s event!  Positively Speaking, Singing & Dancing, Sheri & Eppright

 

As photojournalists, Sheri and Bill of Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion Healthy Aging, and the value of seniors in America.

As entertainers and ambassadors of Healthy Aging, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage an Active Positive Lifestyle and connect with fellow Seniors.    Contact us at 678-672-7310, or by email: Contact Us!

 

Senior Adults: A Positive Influence

In April 1963 President John F Kennedy designated May as “Senior Citizen Month.” Then in 1980, President Jimmy Carter changed the name to “Older Americans Month.” This year’s theme is “Unleash the Power of Age”…and we say “amen!” to that!

If you are 50 years or older today, you are already a senior adult. 15 years from now, you’ll be 65, I’ll be 81…and my wife will still be my beautiful young bride! We don’t need a crystal ball to view our world in 2030: Your children will be approaching 50, and one out of every five of us will be 65 or older. Seniors will control the market place, and direct our resources; there will be more seniors than teenagers, and more Viagra than acne cream! And hopefully, the many Seniors will be viewed as productive leaders and influencers, helping the world to be a better place, rather than a drain to otherwise limited resources.

So here’s the question: What can we seniors do to be a positive influence, and a productive member of society? We want the world to see we are proud of seniors, and that we are proud to be seniors …actively “making the rest of our lives the best of our lives”, while encouraging others to be the best they can be.

We have the potential for becoming the most influential senior population ever. Staying healthy, active, and connected will give senior adults the strong base we need to continue creating value far beyond what was once traditional retirement age. Now we “retire to” something, as well as “retire from” something.

In our article “Charge – The Boomers Are Coming” we stated “we are a knowledgeable experienced army of motivated, dependable citizens with formal education, guided by classic moral values. We are full of street smarts. We appreciate a job well done, individual merit and teamwork! We have hope for our future, passion to achieve, and compassion to help.

Our positive activity becomes a silver lining to our current economy! Many senior Adults have already begun pursuing more satisfying career paths, part time jobs, or volunteer positions. This means that smart business owners and organizations will be able to tap into the most well trained workforce ever to hit a job market.”

Well guess what, the future is already here! Seniors are leading by example, and creating value. According to the Corporation for National And Community Service, senior volunteerism is at 10 year high. 20 million Seniors volunteered nearly 3 billion hours, valued at $67 billion! “For generations, seniors have been making a powerful impact in their communities, and their service is more important now than ever,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “With so many people in need, senior volunteers are making a difference in the lives of children, veterans, elderly, and disaster survivors.”

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This past week we were privileged to be a part of the Gwinnett Council For Seniors 27th Annual Awards Luncheon, an event dedicated to honoring seniors who have volunteered their time and efforts throughout our own community.

The leaders of the 35 + senior clubs and organizations that are members of GCFS had the opportunity to bring special recognition to their key volunteer of the year. Some of the volunteers had donated incredible numbers of hours during the year and all had provided invaluable service to their club or organization.

We also were honored to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from GCFS for our support and service this year…But truthfully, we could have given a certificate of appreciation to GCFS for the opportunity it afforded us to create value and  make a difference in our community.

Per Dr. Erwin Tan, Director of Senior Corps at CNCS, “Volunteering helps Americans by keeping them active, healthy, and engaged. As our nation’s older population rapidly grows, we have a tremendous opportunity to unleash the power of older volunteers on our most pressing problems.”

We would love to hear about seniors you know who have made a difference in our community!

Positively speaking, singing and dancing, Sheri & Bill Eppright

As photojournalists, Sheri and Bill of Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion Healthy Aging, and the value of seniors in America.

As entertainers and ambassadors of Healthy Aging, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage an Active Positive Lifestyle and connect with fellow Seniors. Contact us at 678-672-7310, or by email: Contact Us!

Happy & Healthy at the 2013 Gwinnett Senior Golden Games!

For the past 7 weeks, we have played with and photographed fellow seniors ages 50 to 98, competing in the daily events at the 2013 Gwinnett Senior Golden Games. FYI, the initial Games were held in 2000, with just 76 Seniors competing in 15 events. Fast forward to today, and the Games have grown to 35 events and over 300 Seniors!

Some of the games were pure fun, while others needed focused energy and skill. We volunteered to manage the 3 days of tennis events and participated in just a few of the other games. We wanted to be available to photograph the events and then create images capturing the spirit of this annual event, held throughout the Gwinnett County Parks and a few other local venues.

Two reoccurring themes became obvious and consistent. Camaraderie flourished between the 300 plus participants as they made new friends and re-established previous friendships. Dedication and positive attitudes flowed from the event managers and their teams who volunteered their time and efforts to make the 2013 Gwinnett Senior Golden Games a success! With connecting and creating value both as key factors in achieving a successful healthy aging process, the annual Games are a pleasurable “must” for Seniors in our community!

The 19 collage images we created and included in this article graphically tell the story. And as promised in our previous article “Spring Is Here – Let the Games Begin!” we included one of this year’s Torchbearer, Louise Howington. As you may recall, she is the 98 year old Loganville resident who is the avid bowler who still bowls every week…we want to be her when we grow up!

For our full “picture story” here is the link to 2013 Gwinnett Sr Golden Games Album  containing the  135 collage images we created from the 2013 Games.  With over 300 participants, there is a good possibility you may recognize a neighbor, friend or family member. We hope to see your smiling faces at the 2014 Games next spring! Positively speaking and SINGING, Sheri & Bill Eppright

As photojournalists, Sheri and Bill of Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion Healthy Aging, and the value of seniors in America.

As entertainers and ambassadors of Healthy Aging, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage an Active Positive Lifestyle and connect with fellow Seniors. Hire us for your next event! Contact us at 678-672-7310, or by email: Contact Us!

Healthy Aging With a ‘Spoonful of Sugar’

Over the past few weeks with guitar and keyboard in hand, we took our “Sheri and Bill Show” on the road.  As part of our healthy aging path, “Side By Side” became our current theme song. We visited with folks at adult living communities, tennis team parties, and senior organizations, where we played music and sang, enjoyed Healthy Aging Trivia, danced, and had fun with several hundred of our newest friends.

Our songs included Americana, folk, love and patriotic favorites. We had just enough variety to spark a few memories, get feet tapping and raise voices in song. It became just the spoonful of “sugar” we needed to help our Healthy Aging “medicine” go down.

Most of us already know the elements to healthy aging: good nutrition, stay fit, stimulate your mind, connect with others and create value…everyone just needs a “nudge” now and then, and we are the perfect duo to share a nudge! Our light-hearted trivia bundle of current information, newest health tips, and common sense was a fun way to think in a positive way about lifestyle choices. And of course the prizes were appreciated too!

Preparing for our performances is part of our personal healthy aging path: We learn new songs, create harmonies, play our instruments, align our songs in ways that tell and share stories, and do the necessary research to set up our trivia questions…so many aspects of learning help stimulate our brains too! The result is just plain fun as we share it with others! Remember this one: “You don’t stop playing because you get old; you get old because you stop playing!

At our last performance, we threw in a bit more “sugar.” We invited some of our senior friends to join us with a few dance demos to pleasure our audience. We then encouraged everyone to join us on the dance floor. Yes, seniors can Sing and Dance! It was happy time for us and our audience, and we plan to do this again soon!

Dance, a highly social activity…improves flexibility, strength, endurance and mood, just to name a few healthy aging benefits! Per the American Council on Exercise, dancing “provides cardiovascular conditioning, which lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, in addition to aiding in weight control. Since dance involves weight bearing, it boosts bone density, along with muscle strength and coordination.”

It seems that both singing and dancing have a positive effect on dementia: In our “Healthy Aging Is Music To Our Ears” we noted that singing even helps dementia patients connect to long forgotten memories. Now, during our recent trivia question research we discovered that dance can actually help prevent dementia because of the mental challenge coupled with physical exercise. More evidence that we should all consider music as part of our healthy aging lifestyle…Healthy Aging Is Music To Our Ears!

Positively singing and dancing,
Sheri & Bill Eppright.

As Photojournalists, Sheri and Bill of Positive Public Image, Inc. publish engaging articles, and colorful images, that champion Healthy Aging, and the value of seniors in America. 

As entertainers and ambassadors of Healthy Aging, Sheri and Bill interact with their audiences using music, dance and multimedia presentations to encourage an Active Positive Lifestyle and connect with fellow Seniors. Please hire us for your next event!  Call 678-672-7310, or by email: Contact Us!