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“Having PyxisCare help our employees takes a huge burden off their minds and allows them to be healthier and more engaged for work. It’s a win-win.”

–Barbie Barta, CEO, Business Centric Technology (BCT).

How has PyxisCare has provided value to BCT?

I appreciate the service that PyxisCare provides because it is such a needed benefit. Nearly all of us at some time in our lives need the support and expertise of PyxisCare. They have helped quite a few of our team, with services ranging from disability support, to navigating insurance red tape for a child with a serious health condition, and others with elder care support options. Having PyxisCare help my employees takes a huge
burden off their mind and allows them to be healthier and more engaged for work. It’s a win-win.

What advice would you give to other business owners who want to support their employees and maintain business continuity?

If you’re looking for ways to better leverage benefits and support your team, you should consider PyxisCare. They provide a unique and needed benefit for your team. It’s hard to narrow down which services are the most valuable because each person’s need is so unique. I think all their needs are important. The team at PyxisCare really cares, and they want to help. I’m an expert in my area of business, but I know when we need support in the areas they cover.

How has covid affected your business and what’s your outlook for small/medium sized businesses?

My business definitely took a hit with COVID from a revenue and bottom-line standpoint. However, we took care of our employees and our customers and made sure they knew we were there to support them. We made that our focus and business is picking back up.

I believe small and medium size businesses understand struggle and they have a strong drive to survive and thrive. I know some may not make it, but it may be that they must find the next opportunity, and COVID has actually created new opportunities in the market.

Making Decisions with Aging Parents: Clay’s Story

“Before engaging PyxisCare, our family was lost in a maze – attempting to make critical and emotionally draining decisions regarding the care for my parents.  When I saw the comprehensive assessment that they conducted, I knew we had made the right decision to choose PyxisCare Management.”
–Clay K.     (Son and caregiver for aging parents; business owner; husband)

Like many, my family struggled with the challenges of providing the best care for aging parents. My father had just had a significant surgery and he needed a place to recover safely. The facility the hospital referred him to was not right for him and we were all unhappy with the situation.

I was introduced to Mindy Jones and PyxisCare by my accountant, who knew I needed help with making a new plan that helped our family.  We contacted Mindy and within hours, we had a thorough evaluation of my father’s full needs.  We were able to review several options and chose a facility that met all of our requirements for keeping him safe and would also be a place he would enjoy.  We didn’t know at the time that he would spend the last months of his life there and we were so grateful that we had the expertise to improve his situation.

A few years later, my mother’s failing health, complicated by dementia, required that we find a good fit for her very specialized needs. Once again, we called PyxisCare and after an evaluation, we found just the right place for her and for us.

When you’re coming into decisions about your parents, it tough and you want to make the right decisions. In thinking about our relationship with PyxisCare, the following words come to mind: compassionate, caring, professional, practiced, transparent, patient, helpful, flexible, helpful, diligent, communicative and affordable.

I want to formally thank Mindy and her team for the care and expertise shown to our family during this difficult transitional time of my parent’s lives.

Finding Resources for a Disabled Child: Kathy’s Story

My son has been blind from an early age. Fortunately, Ben is very independent, healthy and mobile, though he carries a cane for support. He and his brother Chris have been my life; I raised them as a single mother, managing well through so many challenges.

Over the years, I had often looked for support to make sure we had the resources to manage his and our needs. But the three of us had a wonderful network and seemed to make our schedules work with appointments, errands and even travel for the business I was building.

Tragically, we lost Chris in a devastating accident a few years ago. We were back in crisis again. I had lost my emotional and physical support and we hit a tipping point for both of us. I knew we needed help quickly. Fortunately, a financial advisor saw that we were struggling and introduced me to Mindy at PyxisCare.

 I didn’t have anything left to give and was afraid that I would miss something or make a poor decision for him. How can a person advocate for their child if they don’t know the rules?

This was what I had been looking for, for many, many years. Everyone was worried about me, but they couldn’t see what I saw – that Ben was suffering too, and wasn’t getting what he needed. I was frightened for Ben. I didn’t have anything left to give and was afraid that I would miss something or make a poor decision for him. How can a person advocate for their child if they don’t know the rules?

“Holding it together” is not the same thing as ongoing and structured support. There were so many things I had given up on in our lives; I didn’t even know what resources were out there. PyxisCare created a plan for us to both gain independence and better emotional and physical health.

I’d say the most fascinating part for me was the initial assessment. It takes you out of your comfort zone, but you look at everything differently from that point. It helps to have someone come in and physically review how you’re living with your challenges.

The most comforting piece is having other qualified adults working with me. I trust our care coordinator and she is always a phone call or email away. She even found apps that have helped Ben and me communicate and manage his needs!

I’d say the most fascinating part for me was the initial assessment. It takes you out of your comfort zone, but you look at everything differently from that point.

At one point, we had an independently contracted home heath service that was not keeping up with our wishes. PyxisCare intervened and was able to change our staffing, so we now have a person that we like and trust with him, when necessary.

I will never forget how it felt to be out of control and without a place to turn for real help. It hurt and I was overwhelmed all the time. I felt so much guilt for having to work while I was supposed to be looking after my child. There was a long time when we didn’t laugh.

But everything is lighter now, and so good for both of us. I can travel and he has meaningful work and reliable support. Having a plan, resources and support has changed our relationship for the better.

Working Mom Caregiving for an Aging Parent: Laura’s Story

For years, I’ve referred clients to Mindy Jones and her company, PyxisCare. They specialize in healthcare navigation and planning for serious illness, as well as preventative wellness. I’m an attorney and I first met Mindy through a referral from another professional advisor. I saw first-hand how she and PyxisCare brought great quality of care, as well as peace of mind, to our shared clients. While I have always valued the services that Mindy and her team provide, and have seen the positive impact on our shared clients, I had not actively considered that her team would be able to step into my family dynamic in a very strategic and focused manner.

My mother has had rheumatoid arthritis for years now. Because she was younger and healthy when diagnosed, she was able to manage her needs really well. About five years ago, she had a setback that caused her to become depressed. Her health and quality of life quickly degenerated.

The entire family noticed that Mom wasn’t doing as well, but she wouldn’t accept any help and we feared she was heading toward a downward health spiral. While my brother and I were busy raising small children and dealing with geographical constraints, our biggest concern was our lack of understanding about her medical needs and what services may be available to her. Something was going to fall through the cracks, and I came to the realization that it might be my mother’s health. And that just wasn’t acceptable.

Something was going to fall through the cracks, and I came to the realization that it might be my mother’s health. And that just wasn’t acceptable.

I called PyxisCare for help. We started with an overall assessment of my mother’s medical health, state of mind, home environment, insurance and financial obligations. She had been declining for years and, while my brother and I had an idea of how far she had come, she didn’t have that same awareness, and didn’t know what she could accomplish with her “new normal.” I look back on that assessment as the turning point to get my mother back on the road to self-sufficiency.

PyxisCare stepped in and worked directly with my mother to identify a qualified and appropriate care team of doctors that specialized in her chronic conditions. The most valuable service as far as “savings” has been identifying medical and personal care services that she qualified for – services we didn’t know were available to her.

We worked with PyxisCare for six months, and during that time my mother was able to stabilize her health, find a strong care team and reap the long-term benefits that we should have been using all along.

Today, Mom is a different person—it’s been an amazing transformation. She wasn’t just a dollar sign to her nurse and support team; they cared for her like she was family. More importantly, they gave Mom back her sense of empowerment over herself and her care.

Today, Mom is a different person—it’s been an amazing transformation. She wasn’t just a dollar sign to her nurse and support team; they cared for her like she was family. More importantly, they gave Mom back her sense of empowerment over herself and her care.

Knowing Mom was taken care of and on a path to recovery made all the difference, especially for my brother’s and my peace of mind. Even my employer benefitted, because I stayed focused when I was at work. I didn’t need to leave for new doctor appointments or to get prescriptions, since Mom’s care team was very hands-on.

PyxisCare put all the critical pieces together so we could understand all of our risks, empower Mom to make good decisions and formulate a plan to handle any situation.

It’s hard to put a value on the peace of mind and quality of care that PyxisCare provided to our family.


It’s critical that clients be proactive in planning ahead and seeking out care management before they’re in the middle of a healthcare crisis.”

— SABINA BRAMLETT, Partner; Dallas office of FOX ROTHSCHILD, LLP

How does legal planning impact the healthcare experience?

In estate planning, a significant area of focus is planning for a potential incapacity, including healthcare decisions. A typical legal estate plan includes a medical power of attorney – which authorizes an agent to make health care decisions when you are incapable of do so; a living will, known as a directive to physicians in Texas, – which expresses your wishes in a life-support situation; and a HIPAA authorization – which names the people you wish to authorize to receive your health and medical information.

What is the biggest surprise to clients about the intersection of medical and legal?

The typical legal documents – a medical power of attorney, living will and HIPAA authorization only cover a small portion of the considerations of a person’s healthcare and medical needs. We have in-depth conversations with clients about all aspects of their wishes.

Which document do you think is the most difficult to work on with clients?

The living will is the most difficult and always raises the most questions, both because it is uncomfortable to consider the scenario of needing to make a life-support decision, and because the language in the statutory form is a bit convoluted and difficult to understand. Legal counsel can make this an easier process.

What is the role of care coordination with lawyers and the legal process?

An individual’s healthcare needs are often expansive and very personal, requiring a high level of expertise and experienced care management skills. Care coordination fills in the gaps between the typical legal documents and the much broader healthcare needs of a person.

Tell us about your experience with PyxisCare and care management teams.

Clients and attorneys who have worked with care management teams are very grateful to have care coordination and experience on their side when navigating the complex world of health and wellness.


COVID-19, its associated mental stressors, and the day-to-day challenges of living with the virus, means suicide prevention is needed in our communities now more than ever.”

Christina Judge, Executive Director; The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation

 2020 was a difficult year, and 2021 promises to bring challenges.  How does your agency bring awareness of suicide prevention and what services do you provide? 

The mission of The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation (The JEHF) is to eradicate suicide by funding depression research, creating awareness through education, erasing stigma, and providing hope to those struggling in silence.  COVID 19, its associated mental stressors, and the day-to-day challenges of living with the virus, means suicide prevention is needed in our communities now more than ever.

The JEHF is fortunate to have the capacity to offer programs and trainings in a safe virtual environment:

  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training – 60-minute evidence-based suicide prevention trainings, open to the public. These classes are free and give trainees the tools needed to help identify and talk to someone who is suicidal or having a mental health crisis.
  • Hope Squad – A nationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention program for children, now in 89 North Texas schools.
  • Unite for Light – Train the trainer partnerships with local nonprofits, faith-based entities, municipal agencies and academic institutions to provide QPR certifications to staff members.
  • Depression Research Funding – Partnerships with entities performing depression research.

How did COVID-19 affect demand for your services? 

The JEHF was able to take in-person service delivery challenges and turn them into virtual opportunities.  We were able to expand training and outreach services geographically using technology. By doing this, we were able to provide QPR suicide prevention training to more than 4,000 people and provide access to suicide prevention services to 81,000 school children.

What are some warning signs of suicide that we can all be aware of?

Talking about suicide can be scary, and many people believe if they bring the subject up, it will put the idea in someone’s head.  This is a myth.  Research shows that talking about suicide with someone at risk can give that person the information they need to determine if they are suicidal.

Suicide risk factors to be aware of:

  • Verbalized intentions – feelings of hopelessness, pain, perceiving they are a burden
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Signs that someone is looking for a means to kill oneself – buying a gun, computer searches online
  • Substance misuse
  • Giving personal belongs away
  • History of mental illness and/or trauma

If someone is feeling suicidal, what are resources to get help?

  • For immediate emergency help, dial 9-1-1.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 in English, or 1-888-628-9454 in Spanish.
  • The Crisis Text Line is text HELLO to 741741.
  • Please also visit The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation’s website for national and local North Texas resources:

If you want to learn more about helping someone who may be suicidal, please consider attending one of The JEHF’s QPR suicide prevention trainings in 2021.  There are 24 dates to choose from this year, and those dates and times can be accessed by visiting The JEHF website,



    “Navigating the complex maze of eldercare is a challenge, even for those of us in the industry.  For families thrown into a situation of caring for their elders, it can be like learning a whole new language, overnight.”                                                              

                                                       — Sandi Greenberg, Director of Nursing; Manchester Care Homes

 Some people may not think about how their home environment affects their health. Explain how the right environment contributes to long-term health and wellness.

When our senses begin to fail us—including knowledge of where we are—we tend to fall back on our long-term memory of safe environments as well as falling back on our basic senses, including how things look, smell and feel. The very purpose of residential care homes is to offer residents the sense that they are ‘home.’ Waking up in our bedroom among our own furniture, having meals in a family dining room and spending our day in a living room offers comfort to us all. Anxieties are lessened and quality of life is heightened. All of this adds to our long-term health and wellness.

What’s the most important thing in making a resident feel comfortable in their new home? 

We strive to address two immediate concerns during any move-in—personal items and engagement. We arrange furniture and belongings so there is immediate familiarity with one’s surroundings, then encourage family to visit often so there are familiar faces around their loved ones.  Our caregivers engage with residents to develop trusting relationships. In some instances, we ask a trusted caregiver to come to the home every day to help with the transition for the first couple weeks. An experienced team will do everything they can to make residents feel at home!

How often do you suggest re-evaluating a loved one’s environment for risks and dangers?

When a person has a fall, is noticeably unsteady or in physical decline, it is time to reassess the environment! We generally don’t like to acknowledge when our loved ones are declining, and so we may tend to rationalize why a fall happened. Instead, use this time to reassess the environment to limit tripping and fall risks; consider hiring professionals to do an assessment for you. Other times to consider an environmental reassessment would be if a loved one is returning from a hospital or a rehabilitation clinic, which usually denote some level of environmental transition.

What tips do you give to families dealing with changes in their loved one’s ability to live independently?

Spending less time with friends is usually a clear sign that our loved ones are less capable of living alone. This is usually due to cognitive decline or lack of mobility. Either way, families should know that they have options to consider including contracting for in-home care on a full or part-time basis. Family members can also provide caregiving but may not have the skills or availability. When in-home care is not an option, families can consider whether their loved one would benefit by moving to an ‘over 55’ community, independent or assisted living, or even moving in with family members.

“Aging in Place” is often seen as the best option, for as long as possible. How can this be achieved?

If one can afford to age in place at home, in-home care firms like Cambridge Caregivers can support. For those needing a more affordable option, there are many ‘aging in place’ alternatives. Larger institutional providers may offer a continuum of care where your loved one starts in independent living, and then moves to either assisted living or skilled nursing as needs change. Residential care homes are usually the last stop for their residents since they can age in place even as they decline mentally and/or physically. Residents at care homes like Manchester are rarely moved out to other providers, so residents are able to safely age in place.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? 

Navigating the complex maze of eldercare is a challenge, even for those of us in the industry.  For families thrown into a situation of caring for their elders, it can be like learning a whole new language overnight.  Research is imperative, as knowledge is power, and these are big decisions to make.  Research the terms (elder care lexicon is on our website at, know advanced directives, powers of attorney, finances/budgets and have a plan. Without a plan, it’s hard to execute!

Be sure to watch the Manchester Living Podcast for show topics that might relate to you at:

If you are considering private-duty in-home service providers, you can follow the link to our website to see a list of pertinent questions to ask of the provider:

Sandi Greenberg, RN, is the Director of Nursing for Manchester Care Homes. Sandi graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1987. She graduated from nursing school in 1993 and has been a practicing RN at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for the past 15 years. Sandi has worked in a variety of settings including pediatric orthopedics, neurology, developmental disabilities and overall nursing education.  Sandi thoroughly enjoys being a part Manchester’s medical team and enjoys working with the caregivers,  residents and their families.

While working on her MSN, much of her time is spent conducting research and writing papers for school.

Sandi has three grown children whom she loves spending time with. Sandi is passionate about health and wellness and starts every day with either barre or yoga.



I want everyone to perform at their peak.  Consistent routines in sleep and nutrition are paramount.”        

Mark Chassay, MD, MBA, Senior Vice Provost, Clinical Affairs & Healthcare Partnerships; The University of North Texas, Health Science Center


Tell us why you chose medicine as your professional calling?

My mother had multiple sclerosis before I was born. She struggled with endurance and physical activity all her life.  As a child, her challenge was impressionable.  I became interested in health and gravitated to medicine.  I come from a close-knit community in the Houston area, and I wanted to focus on family and sports medicine and to provide care to the whole family.

How do overall wellness and health work together with medical practice?

A practice must have margin for the wellness mission. We must quantify and qualify outcomes for wellness for our patients.  As provider burnout reaches unprecedented levels, it is important to note that collaborating with people to regain and maintain their health is a primary driver of provider satisfaction.

You have always been a proponent of physical health and preventative medicine. What habits should individuals develop to ensure they maintain optimal health for as long as possible?

Yes, I am. Most family medicine physicians are, and I am also a sports medicine physician. I want everyone to perform at their peak.  Consistent routines in sleep and nutrition are paramount. Outdoor time is a necessity, especially during a pandemic when we can all use the fresh air.

Tell us about the work that HSC does in the community to encourage better health.

There are several important initiatives we are leading.  I’ll focus on three of the most impactful. FitWorth is a movement intended to inspire a community wide culture shift to improve health in and around Fort Worth.  FitSteps for Life® is the pioneer and leader in cancer exercise treatment; prescribing individualized and structured exercise treatment specifically for cancer patients.  Finally, our teams are expanding real science with reversing diabetes. Through a deeper understanding of how the disease progresses, our team can intervene long before any changes in glucose.

What do you see as the most important elements of long-term health?

Movement, minimizing processed foods and laughter!

When Financial & Physical Wellness Intersect             

Physical wellness and financial wellness can intersect when health needs arise, when buying life insurance, and even when drafting wills.  It is important to know details about your physical health when making financial decisions because that will determine your needs and wants.”     

Tamara Berley, Partner and Certified Public Accountant, Saville

How did you choose accounting as a career and how does that help you guide clients into making better decisions about their future?  

I loved my 6th grade math class and teacher Mrs. Cary.  She was strict but helped me see how math affects every aspect of our lives.  This viewpoint informs my approach when working with clients to plan for the big picture, beyond taxes.  There needs to be purpose and reason behind decisions.  I ask them what they want their legacy to be, what are their goals at 3, 5, and 10 years into the future.

How do you approach the concept of “financial wellness” from a tax and planning standpoint?

I think the tax tail should not wag the dog, meaning all of your decisions should not be driven by tax savings.  Financial wellness means having an emergency fund, monitoring debt, making investment decisions that fit your risk profile and your interests, and having important documents taken care of.

How do you guide clients in planning for medical and future health expense?

First, they need to have medical powers of attorney and physician’s directives in place and reviewed every couple of years.  Don’t prepare the documents once, throw them in a drawer, and never look at them again.  It is important to keep them up to date and relevant.  Then we work through how they would pay for in home care or institutional care if needed later in life.  Most people underestimate the amount of money needed to fund assisted living expenses so putting real numbers together and looking at them is very important.  Then make a plan and stick to the plan.

Although people often just think about taxes once a year, how can they best maximize their relationship with a CPA?

So many times, clients make business or personal decisions without consulting their CPA before the decision is made.  There are so many ways a good CPA can help clients.  Things like, evaluating how assets are held for estate purposes, life insurance needs, structures of trusts for children or spouses, business structures to maximize cash flow and minimize taxes, generational wealth transfer planning, philanthropic goals, and many more.

Tell us more about the intersection of physical wellness and financial wellness. 

Physical wellness and financial wellness can intersect when health needs arise, when buying life insurance, and even when drafting wills.  It is important to know details about your physical health when making financial decisions because that will determine your needs and wants.

What tips or thoughts would you like to share regarding financial wellness?

One thing I think everyone should do, regardless of their level of wealth, is an annual personal financial statement.  It is very beneficial to see if you are moving in the direction you want to go, to identify assets that are not always top of mind, (like life insurance or IRA accounts) and to analyze your spending levels.  Also, make a list of all of your assets and liabilities with account numbers, contact information and values.  If something were to suddenly happen to you, this list is very valuable to the people left behind and can make sure assets are not forgotten.




It occurred to me that helping patients treat and manage mental health conditions at an early age could change the course of many lives. At that moment, I was hooked.”     

Kelly Robinson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatry at Therapeutic Partners

 What first attracted you to practicing with adolescents?

Early in my career, a colleague encouraged me to get certified to work with children and adolescents. We discussed the population, their needs, and the ways we could make a difference. It then occurred to me that helping patients treat and manage mental health conditions at an early age could change the course of many lives. At that moment, I was hooked.

 How do mental health issues differ between adolescents and adults?

Mental health issues differ in adolescents and adults because the human brain is not completely developed until 25 years of age. The brain develops from back to front leaving the frontal cortex as the last section of the brain to mature. The frontal cortex is responsible for executive functioning, which includes capacity to plan, organize, initiate, self-control, problem solve, memory, emotion, and motor function. Thus, adolescents have an immature frontal cortex which may not always excuse – but at least explains – their behaviors and thought processes. Adolescence includes puberty, which incorporates physical, emotional, and mental changes and is often when the onset mental illnesses occur. Because of this vulnerability, it is crucial for parents, caregivers, and teens to be familiar with signs of mental illness and their presentation in adolescence.

How has the pandemic impacted the mental health of our youth?

The pandemic uncovered mental health signs that were hidden in many youths, while exacerbating symptoms for those with existing disorders and conditions. It caused isolation and limited or shut off communication with friends, family, and acquaintances. It produced educational encounters that challenged self-confidence, learning skills, attention, and maturity. Lastly, it reduced and redefined resources many youths depend on for socialization, learning, recreation, and health care.

Can you name some warning flags to look for around adolescents?

  • Increased or Sudden irritability or defiance
  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiousness/Nervousness (which may display as physical symptoms such as ongoing nausea, upset stomach, chest pains, sweating, increased heartbeats, trouble breathing and jitteriness)
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Changes in sleep and appetite
  • Giving possessions away
  • Statements of self-harm

Contact your family doctor, pediatrician, or a mental health professional if concerned about your teen.

Any tips to help teens or families with teens?

  • Communicate feelings and thoughts. Poor communication leads to misunderstandings and can create a snowball effect.
  • Listen more. Stop to listen to others to gather information, learn, and effectively communicate.
  • Always Assess Attitude. Attitude is everything and can be the difference between a conversation and an ordeal.
  • Take breaks from social media and electronic devices. Research shows video games lead to poor social skills, decreased concentration, reading less, obesity, and influence aggressive thoughts and behaviors.
  • Get sleep. Sleep is the time your brain stores new information, rids itself of toxins and communicates with your body to repair and restore you.
  • Eat healthy. Fuel the brain and the body with foods that provide adequate nutrition to fight medical and mental health conditions.
  • Spend time for family and friends. Eat, play, adventure with others. Do not get so busy that you forget to enjoy life.
  • Learn or enhance coping skills to manage stress.
  • Seek advice when concerned or in need of help. Know support resources and share with teens and families of teens:
  1. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  2. Call 800-442-HOPE (4673)
  3. Text “HELLO” to 741741 (
  4. 911

Any ways to use the summer season constructively?

With states easing or eliminating mandates, parents and guardians can help their teens by searching their local area for constructive ideas to add to the summer calendar. Examples include:

Summer camps: Although some summer camps can be expensive, there are affordable or free camps in your area that may interest your teen. Some examples include:

  • Your local park and recreational center
  • The YMCA
  • Places of worship
  • The Council for the Arts or City’s Art Association
  • The Salvation Army
  • STEM programs, especially those hosted by different organizations (i.e., National Society of Black Engineers SEEK program).

 Youth programs: Programs and classes given by local schools, parks and recreational centers or businesses can offer exploration into particular interests such as:

  • fashion
  • languages
  • music/dance/art
  • photography
  • cooking
  • career interests

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to constructively use summertime and get physically fit in the process. Some examples include:

  • Planet Fitness’ Teen Summer Challenge where teens ages 15-18 can sign up to work out for free during the summer.
  • The YMCA offers student membership rates. Financial assistance may be available to assist students and families with YMCA membership(s) because the YMCA is non-profit organization whose mission is to make membership affordable for everyone so that health can be a priority.
  • Your local recreational center for sports, exercise, meditation, or yoga classes.

Volunteering: Volunteering can be an excellent learning tool for developing personal responsibility, altruism and confidence, while keeping them busy during summer months. Some volunteer opportunities include:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Food Bank/Food Shelters
  • The Animal Shelter
  • Place of Worship
  • Mom/Dad’s place of work or business
  • Helping a neighbor

DIY Summer: Constructing your own summer experience can be enjoyable and affordable. Some examples include:

  • Exercise: walking or bike riding, bowling, swimming, skating, and exercising at home or in the local park.
  • Day trips: zoo, museum, or the library, attending free concerts in the park, playing tourist in your city.
  • Home activities: building something (bird house, cat sanctuary, etc.), reading a book (summer reading assignment or pleasure), family game/movie night, starting a garden, or home projects.
  • Part-time job or internship
  • Volunteering