May's Healthy Tip of the Month from Daina the Dietitian

May is National Egg Month! Eggs are an “eggscelent” and healthy addition to anyone’s daily diet. To celebrate National Egg Month we are going to talk about the benefits of eggs and provide a guide on how to make the perfect hard boiled egg.

Nutrition of an Egg:

Serving: 1 egg

Freezin' for a Reason

As Minnesotans, we have an obligation to do crazy stuff during our wonderful winters, such as, jumping into a frozen lake!  Whether it is done by a dare or by a person's Minneosta blood, there are always those great winter wonderland stories!  Guess what!!!! LEEP has a way for you to live up to the Minnesota Pride standard and it is by joining our 2016 Polar Plunge team!  We are jumping SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 at Hallet's Pond in St. Peter, MN and I am so ready to be FREEZIN' for a REASON!

Dreaded Paperwork

Imagine calling an athlete to inform them they can't participate in their sport's tournament.  I ALWAYS dread making these phone calls, especially when it is such a preventable situation.  The stress and heart-ache it gives the athletes is unnecessary.  The solution is as simple as meeting deadlines.  Meeting these deadlines with the correct paperwor that ensures safet yand participation of the athlete.  Theses froms are not meant to be busy work.

State Bowling

LEEP Bowlers visited the Brunswick Zone in Lakeville for the 2015 State Tournament, and finished the season strong.

The bus, filled with 58 bowlers and 21 coaches returned to Mankato with 7 Gold medals, 6 Silver medals, 7 Bronze medals and 38 Participation Ribbons. It was a competitive tournament, but the LEEP bowlers were very successful.

"It was pretty awesome, I did very well today and everyone did good too!"- Jessica Neumann, LEEP Athlete

Dietitian Daina's January Healthy Living Tips

January is a month most people look at as a month of new beginnings. New Year resolutions are in full swing, we are all moving on from the holidays, and of course tax season is looming over the future months. All of these beginnings signify the ending of a chapter of life. It is important to spend time reflecting on the endings so that we can adequately adjust to the beginnings that are upon us. Below are some tips to do just this:

Daina's Healthy Tip and Recipe for December

The holiday season is upon us and whether you celebrate them or not, they tend to increase the stress, anxiety, and already jam packed schedules. On average America as a society is generally more stressed than the rest of the world.  Add a “holiday” in the mix and we tend to increase the level of stress to atomic levels. This article is going to introduce some great tips to help bring the focus back to what a holiday should be; fun, slow, fulfilling, and experienced.


A Day in my Life as LEEP’s Programmer

Each month we do our best to provide a wide range of exciting programming opportunities for our LEEP members including: crafts/arts, music and karaoke, social hours, movies, games, cooking/baking, healthy living, community inclusion activities, and so much more! My job as a programmer is to come up with those new, fun, and adaptable activities that attract a wide range of interests.

Brace yourself, fundraisers are coming!: Why donor-centric philosophies are casting a shadow on our real priorities.

It seems that every meeting I have attended lately, be it a fundraising committee meeting, community conversation, and every piece of nonprofit marketing propaganda I have read is revolving around new event trends and how to appeal to the masses. Corporate giving, donor-centric cultivation models, prospecting for the up-and-comers, is constantly at the forefront of nonprofits scavaging for the latest and greatest way to give.  As development staff, we are always looking for the connector between our mission and a potential stakeholder in our community.

What's in a miracle?

If you go home this evening and turn on the 5 o'clock news, there's a good chance you will catch a story on Pope Francis and his trek across the east coast impacting hearts, minds, and souls of Americans. I cannot help but bump into stories on the web describing how he stops the 'Pope-mobile' to bless individuals with disabilities... and this story has stuck with me...