Please check out the latest segment of “Living Smarter with Councilmember Aaron Watson” that features our local farmers markets.
http://www.vimeo.com/26270966. It is currently airing throughout the day on ATL26, the city’s government access station through the end of July.
Change can be hard, but usually always worth it. Studies show that a healthier life means a longer life. I’m pretty sure we can all agree, we’d enjoy that. Of course there’s a catch. One can’t just snap his fingers and be healthy. Like everything, it takes hard work and time.
The first step is changing one’s diet. Now this doesn’t mean nibble on lettuce day and night, but to make decisions that will benefit your body. Vegetable and fruit are amazing natural sources of the vitamins we need to survive. You don’t have to limit yourself to them, though. Just make sure your intake of them is sufficient. The protein found in meat is still needed, and eating it on a smaller scale is good for you. But if you are a vegetarian, beans and fish also provide the protein needed. Healthy foods have been added to the menu, but now it’s time to subtract the junk. A snack or dessert is okay occasionally, but when eaten excessively, you are only causing damage. Limit and control yourself.
When your body has enough nutrients and sugars to operate, the leftovers are stored away in pockets of fat. The more that’s added, the larger they become. This is why eating habits aren’t the only areas in your life needing change. That’s right, movement is essential. In other words GET UP! It’s easy to forget to exercise from being tired from work, watching your favorite program all day (while snacking of course!), or just being too tired and going straight to sleep. People need at least half an hour of physical challenge per day. This is bound to keep your body in shape.
These minor changes have major results, and are the stepping stones to a healthier lifestyle. For more information visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/HealthyLivingIndex/HealthyLivingIndex.
By Cassia Preston
Date: Now- 2/2011
This is the perfect opportunity to experience Atlanta’s art scene inside and out! Take a self-guided tour of galleries, with no beginning or ending point, and move at your own pace as you soak up some fabulous contemporary Southern art. With its growth, First Thursdays has become more than just an arts walk. It’s an event where singles can meet, business people can unwind, and couples can enjoy the beauty of downtown Atlanta’s landscape.
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Development Authority (ADA) is partnering with the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) and HomeFree-USA during the month of October for “Fall into Homeownership” Month. Buyers who meet all eligibility requirements and obtain lender loan approval may qualify to receive down payment assistance from ADA and AHA. ADA has $25 million in first-mortgage capital in addition to several programs designed to help assist in-town buyers with down payment and closing costs.
Based on the geographic location of the property to be purchased, the ADA downpayment assistance can be used in conjunction with the AHA downpayment assistance. By combining these programs, buyers who qualify may be eligible to receive up to $40,000 in downpayment assistance. A series of events is scheduled for the month of October that will teach interested homeowners about the downpayment assistance programs available to them and highlight the housing developments that are eligible for homeownership incentives.
While the maximum household income limit can be as high as $82,000, the average household income of a program participant is $46,600. The average sales price of a home is $157,880.
Schedule of Fall into Homeownership Month events:
Fall Into Homeownership Celebration
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
RSVP by calling 404.614.8306 on or after October 17
Network with ADA, AHA, and City of Atlanta developers, lenders, realtors and homebuyer education providers.
Fall Into Homeownership Celebration
Ten years ago, Jay Shafer downsized to an 89-square-foot house and reinvented both his lifestyle and career in the process.
Internet analytic site Hitwise identified these top 10 search terms in May:
· apartments for rent
· real estate
· century 21
· unclaimed money
· houses for rent
· houses for sale
Realtor.com accounted for 1.8 percent of search terms that led to a real estate category site. Each of the rest of the terms accounted for fewer than 1 percent of visits.
Source: Inman News (06/11/2010)
The FBI says it will renew its efforts to end mortgage fraud. A spokesman said last week that the FBI anticipates arresting hundreds in crackdowns scheduled over the coming weeks.
Offenses agents expect to find range from schemes that encourage borrowers to lie about their incomes to scams that rely on falsifying foreclosure information.
The FBI has set up 23 fraud task forces across the U.S. to carry out the anticipated sweep.
Source: Financial Times (06/11/2010)