Archive for November, 2013

Rituals of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Brooke Kuecker studies health sciences and works part time as an office manager for a cosmetic sales organization. As an involved member of her community, Brooke Kuecker is a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Established in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW works to support U.S. veterans in honor of the sacrifices they have made. The organization offers scholarships, teaches patriotism and American heritage, and supports cancer research.

The group has a number of rituals. The following is a guide to understanding several Ladies Auxiliary VFW traditions:
1.) Members place their right hands over their hearts in a salute when the flag enters or leaves the room and during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.
2.) Different gavel raps indicate signs for members to come to attention (one rap), rise (two raps), and be seated (three raps).
3.) The area between the president’s station and the altar are considered sacred, and members must not cross unless ritual directs.


How to Avoid Injuries While Exercising

Brooke Kuecker has maintained an active lifestyle for most of her life. In high school, she was a member of the basketball and softball teams and also participated in gymnastics training. As a former dental assistant and current college student, Brooke Kuecker continues to champion physical fitness and exercise to this day.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid injuries while exercising.

Be aware of the body’s limitations — Knowing one’s body is key to avoiding injuries while exercising. Individuals who experience back or knee problems should take special precautions when engaging in exercises that involve these areas, or avoid them altogether.

Increase activity gradually — When starting an exercise program, especially for those who have not exercised in a while, it is best to start out slowly and increase activity gradually. Experts recommend increasing activity by no more than 2 percent until each new goal is met.

Vary the routine — Rather than concentrating on one form of exercise, it is best to vary the routine and try different forms of exercises such as biking, swimming, or walking. This type of cross-training helps to prevent the misuse or overuse of certain muscles and areas of the body.