ICC Enrichment Program for Adults and Kids

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In today’s competitive, dynamic and multifaceted world, extracurricular activities and classes are becoming crucial aspects for all-round development of children and adults. The growing importance for versatility even in mainstream, conventional careers – has made it inevitable to take classes that help you widen your horizon and explore interests outside of the conventional fields of study.

India Community Center’s new Enrichment Program – consists of myriad options of classes to develop creative, imaginative and out-of-the-box style of thinking. 

ICC Enrichment Classes such as Coding with Python, Chess, Lego Robotics help in acquiring problem-solving skills, raises the I.Q of children by exercising both sides of their brains and develops logical thinking.

Speech writing, Public Speaking & Debate and Youth Theater Program help in improving communication skills – which make children more confident, become tolerant of other’s thoughts and get rid off stage fear.

Hindi classes connect Indian-American kids to their roots and give an insight Indian culture through poems and stories. Kathak dance classes offers a great opportunity to learn Indian heritage and maintain an active lifestyle. Art and Craft classes provide an outlet to be creative and improve motor coordination.

 

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Why Financial Education Must Start Early?

financialliteracyFood, Shelter and Clothing are considered basic human needs over thousands of years of human existence. Over time we have evolved into needing education and healthcare also as two additional basic human needs.

Ability to buy food, shelter and clothing as well as to pay for healthcare and education needs is essential for our survival. If we don’t have enough money to do so, our well being suffers.

Unfortunately, most Americans lack proper education and training to manage the basic financial needs and lack the knowledge needed to provide lifelong wellbeing for themselves and their families.

Here are quotes from Time Magazines on the extent of the problem. “A number of surveys illustrate the extent of the problem, showing that a substantial proportion of American population fail the basic financial literacy tests. In a study conducted by fellows of the TIAA-CREF Institute, Americans over 50 were asked three questions. To answer them correctly, they needed to understand interest rates, the effects of inflation, and the concept of risk diversification. Only one-third of the respondents were able to correctly answer all three questions.”

“The problem is likely to become worse as Generations X and Y head into middle age: A recent survey from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) found that young Americans were less likely to be financially capable than older Americans. However, that’s hardly surprising. Even though financial decision-making is more complex today than ever before, 26 states have no financial literacy requirements at all in their K-12 education systems. Only four states mandate that students take a personal finance class in high school.” “Minorities, along with women, have some of the lowest financial literacy rates in the nation”. “People who have a lower degree of financial literacy tend to borrow more, accumulate less wealth, and pay more in fees for financial products. They are less likely to invest, more likely to have trouble with debt, and less likely to know the terms of their mortgages and other loans.”

Financial education must start early. Like reading and math, financial education must become part of the core curriculum in our schools. Likewise, parents should engage in regular, constructive conversations about money matters to give kids a solid foundation for financial well being. Teaching our kids to be financially savvy is a gift – one that will keep on giving throughout the course of their lives. Help your children develop positive financial habits and teaching them early!

Author: Bala Joshi

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Dream, Explore, Discover Yellow Stone National Park with GlobeRouter!

 

  1. What is the best time to Visit?              The best season to visit is the spring and the summer, as you get the best views comparatively to winters. Best months are April – May & July – September.
  1. What are the best places to see?          You must see the Old Faithful Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and more…
  1. Where can you stay?                                                                                                             There are various options for stay most popular are the cabins & the camp grounds which has to be booked way in advance due to its popularity and the other option is the hotels.
  1. What can you wear?                                                                                                        Pack for multiple layers even in summers because temperatures drop at nights. Carry    comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot to see the best of the park.

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Why You Should Keep Your Elders’ Air Clean!

is-there-a-connection-between-dementia-and-dirty-airCaring for the elderly is important, as you’ll be making sure that they are comfortable in old age and can pass on their stories and wisdom to the next generation.

Just one way of doing this is by making sure the elders in your community are able to breath clean air. Scientists believe there may be a link between high levels of magnetite in the air and the elevated levels found in the brains of those who are suffering from dementia. To clean the air in the homes of older people, make sure that you bring them a portable air purifier, and put it by their bed. Upgrading the filters in their HVAC to be a higher quality helps to reduce particles in the air, too.

Take a look at this guide to find out how polluted air could be related to dementia, and help keep your elders healthy.

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Treat the Flu Naturally – Try These Ayurvedic Remedies

screw-the-flu-3-belly-blog-talia-zenleaSore throat, cough & cold although considered to be minor ailments can take a toll on your body. Whether you are at work, home, shopping complexes or recreational spots – during the flu season, it is hard to steer clear of the flu virus.  

According to Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, “Fewer than half in the USA get flu shots” Despite vaccines being available more widely than ever – including                        supermarkets, drugstores and workplaces.

A holistic approach to fight flu could be Ayurvedic home made potions. Ayurveda, which means “Knowledge of life” has a history of 5000 years. These home remedies are most effective when used at the initial signs of flu (Scratchy throat, body aches)

ICC_Milpitas_AyurvedaGinger Tea: An old Indian proverb states that “Everything good is found in ginger” which is why Ayurveda recommends ginger as the universal medicine. Both India and China produce the world’s largest amount of Ginger – as it grows best in warm and damp areas. Ginger helps sweat out toxins, which is helpful when you have a cold or flu.

ICC_MilpitasLemon concoction: Lemon is a perfect antidote for cold. “A lemon a day, keeps the cold away” – Mix the juice of two lemons in 2½ cups of boiling water sweetened with honey. Take this at bed time. It is a very effective remedy for bad cold.


turmeric-milk-3Turmeric Milk:
Popularly known as “Turmeric latte” in the US, turmeric milk comes with multitude benefits. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a promising complementary therapy for cancer-prevention.

 

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Explore New Ways to Teach Your Kids About Diwali!

diwali_diyaIndian culture is like a box of assorted chocolates. It is built with intricate layers of values, wisdom and tradition. And just like you relish chocolates in their wholeness, Indian culture is also incomplete without savoring every aspect of it.

The most awaited time of the year is around the corner! We are very close to one of the biggest Indian festivals “Diwali”, popularly known as “Festival of lights”. The excitement is soaring high – preparations have started in full swing in the Indo-American community.

Diwali party planning is on all our minds, menu planning, sweet preparations, festive shopping for diyas, lights, clothes has also begun. Amidst of all of this, what we tend to forget is understanding the philosophy behind celebrating Diwali – Sometimes even if we know, we find it hard to explain to our kids, why diwali is an imperative aspect of Indian culture.

Diwali, the festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.

While Halloween, known as fire festival, also celebrated by lighting lamps is simplified with  an easy “Trick or Treat” tradition. The Di-wali-cious Kaju Katlis, laddoos, gujiyas are heavenly to eat, but understanding the significance behind making and distributing these sweets – is a bit tricky for kids to comprehend!

Manasi Dharane, ICC Preschool/Afterschool Director has come up with some fun ways to teach kids the significance of Diwali, which will widen their horizon and help them learn the importance to celebrating Diwali


93112Teach Math with diyas
: Lighting lamps is an integral aspect of celebrating Diwali. It is a symbol of brightness and positivism. Including diyas, in learning math, will get them accustomed to the objects that are related to the festival. Kids will not feel alien to the concept of the festival.

 

 

unnamedUsing Apps for story narration: There are several apps tailor-made for kids learn the importance of celebrating festivals. “Diwali Festival Kids Activity” is one such app that helps kids can play virtual fireworks show, play memory matching game, have fun coloring diwali festival related pictures. Kids get to learn about diwali with an animated story taught by our animated character Hasini. To make this useful to all language speaking Indians, English language is used in all audio clip. “Diwali Stories” is another app.

37caffe484bbf3dcc79d2b5d3dcf7132Rangoli art activity: Kids can be involved in making rangoli designs using sand. This will enhance the creative side of their personalities. The traditional motifs used is making rangolis, have history, it is important for kids to know about their origin. Art has no boundaries, this is a great way to help kids learn about the importance of the festival.

 

diwali-greeting-card-ideas-2016Diwali greeting cards: Help your kids make personalized diwali greeting cards for close friends and family, with hand-written festive wishes. By writing wishes, kids will realize the importance of celebrating diwali.

 

 

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Fitness Tips to Survive Weekend Social Events

 By: Shelly Rojas, ICC Fitness Manager

Don’t Starve, Don’t Binge! Just Eat Right, Exercise and You Will Get There!

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Tip #1: Eat before you go to an event

If you’re going to an event all starved you are more likely to overindulge in comfort foods. Eating before stepping out for your party, will help you control portion sizes of your meals!

 

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Tip #2: Drink a glass of water before your meal

Your body cannot distinguish the difference between dehydration and hunger. As per an article on livestrong.com, “When you do not drink enough water, your body receives mixed signals on hunger”So, drink a glass of water before your meal and that will help                                                                                           you control your meal sizes.

 

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Tip #3: Take your time and eat slow

It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to tell your stomach that it is full and you can pack a lot of food in 20 minutes if you eat fast. Take your time when eating so you can also enjoy your meal! 

The team of fitness instructors at India Community Center’s Fitness Center is unmatched! If you wish to start a fitness regime, become a member at ICC today! Click here

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Happy Feet: Why Bollywood Dancing is Good for Your Body!

9998Who ever imagined that Bhangra, Hip-Hop and many other forms of fusion Bollywood dancing would become the essence of Indo-American celebrations! The beats of Bollywood songs are so catchy that hands and legs move without much hesitation. The feel of the rhythm is such that, one can never say, “I have two-left                                                                                             feet” 

dsc_2261Each time you go to a party and dance your way to Bollywood hit numbers, you realize it is extremely stress-relieving. There are several hobbies people develop to engage their minds and facilitate brain development. Some are into artistic activities like crocheting, painting, sketching, others prefer activities that involve physical exertion, for many, it is                                                                                             Bollywood Dancing!

It involves both creative talent and physical fitness. Which is why Bollywood dancing styles are on high demand in both Indian dance academies as well as Western fitness studios in the US. Bombay Jam is one of the most popular fitness class in the US. However, Bollywood classes offered in fitness studios are only the tip of the ice berg, when it comes to learning Bollywood dancing!

Bollywood Dancing comes with a multitude of health benefits! So, what are they?

  1. Improves concentration: Bollywood dancing entails coordination of all the body parts, from eyes to toes. Changing facial expressions, moving hands and legs according to the beats is a key aspect in Indian forms of dancing
  2. Full Body Fun Workout: One needs to move upper and lower body at the same time, which will help you shed extra weight. Dance forms like bhangra, hiphop, raas garba and folk are high-intensity styles
  3. Tones the Body: Indian dance movements help tone key muscle groups like calves and the core and makes Bollywood dancing a fun way to get lean!
  4. Connects you to Indian roots:Bollywood dancing is a dance form that owes its style to Indian culture. Most expressions and movements are derived from traditional classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak and several folk styles.

To benefit from the health benefits of real Bollywood dancing, you must enroll into

ICC Bollywood with Arya International

 

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