Good morning, everybody and welcome to The
Balancing Act. We’re so glad you joined us. I’m Julie Moran.
And I’m Olga Villaverde. You know, some days are for laughing, some
for celebrating, and some for inspiration, transformation, and change.
Today, we’re doing option #3. In fact, I feel the call to Be The Change coming on. Am I
right? You are so right. There are some initiatives
that are personal, some that are local, some that are international, and then there are
some that are mind-blowing in their potential and their outreach.
We’ve got all of those bases covered today starting with something that seems like a
small thing until you really really need it. Yeah. We’re talking about man’s best friend
and the need to protect our pets so that if anything happens, they won’t ever ever be
far away from safety. This is a great segment. The Balancing Act
starts… Right now.
(music). They’re your four-legged family members. They’re
literally like your children. You couldn’t dream of living without them. That’s why you
need to do everything, everything, you can to protect them. Thanks to technology there
are powerful tools to help us do just that. For our kids, for example, it’s called an
Amber Alert. For our pets, it’s called a microchip. And here with some vital important information
on microchips for all your pet parents out there is Veterinarian Christine Royal. Good
morning, Doctor. How are you? Good morning. Very good.
You know, I think it can happen to anyone. We have a little Ruby, and one day, you know,
we didn’t find her. It was 30 seconds of panic. She was down a few doors from the home. It
happens. It’s easy. And pet owners don’t always realize
that it only takes a couple of seconds for a pet out an open door, or for the kids to
be playing in the backyard and the gate comes open, or to have a service man over to the
house and they forget to put the lock on the gate.
And how many, I don’t know if you have this number, do go missing?
It’s one out of every three pets will become lost at some point in their lifetime.
And how many are actually found? Greater than 90% of pets that do not have
a microchip will never be reunited with their family.
And that microchip has the information needed? It is a, basically, a forever bond or a permanent
link from that pet to that pet family. The big key is that once the microchip is implanted,
the pet owner needs to go home and register that microchip in the database.
Let’s talk more about how it’s done. Ruby is not, she does not have a microchip. I’m
going to tell you right now because the first instinct I get is, “Oh my gosh, is it going
to hurt her? Is it difficult?” So, you tell me it’s simple. Show me.
I hope that maybe after this… After this, I’m going to put one in Ruby.
Absolutely. Have you taken Ruby to go get vaccinations at the veterinary clinic before?
All the time. Okay. So, it’s very simple, very similar to
what you would do with a vaccine except this is actually placed in between the shoulder
blades. It doesn’t require any sedation, any anesthesia. It’s not a procedure. What your
veterinarian will do, we’ll just lift the skin in between the shoulder blades, implant
the chip. It takes a matter of seconds. And then the veterinarian will give you, as a
pet owner, this card. This card is going to have to microchip number of what is in your
animal. And then on the back is directions for registration of the microchip.
Which would be your information, phone number, things that someone needs to know to get in
touch with you. It’s going to have your address, your email
address, your phone number. And the key here is that you want to make sure that information
stays up to date all the time. So, if you happen to move or your contact information
changes, then you need to go into the database and make sure it’s up to date.
And I wanted to show our viewers, and I’m going to by using my nail, look how tiny this
is. I mean, I was expecting a little bit more. Explain this to me.
So, the microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. And that’s why whenever it comes
to implanting the microchip, it’s so easy. It only takes a couple of seconds.
So, Doctor, if a pet goes missing, let’s say and God forbid, but if it does and somebody
finds the pet. Then what? They should take the pet to the closest animal
control area, shelter, or veterinary clinic. One of the staff members will simply scan
the animal. A 15 digit code will come up. They can tell go to HomeAgain.com, enter in
the chip number. They can then contact the pet owner, and through that number you’re
able to reunite the pet with the pet family. It’s so easy.
It is. And to date, we’ve had over 1 million reunions.
Wow. Now, again, I told you Ruby’s not microchipped…I just made it a verb. Is she too old?
No, animals are never too young or too old to be microchipped.
So a puppy, even an elder dog that’s maybe even 10?
Absolutely. Do you have a website for our viewers who’d
like more information? It’s HomeAgain.com.
HomeAgain.com. Thank you so much. I am going to put one on Ruby. I do appreciate it because
it really does make the difference. Thank you, Doctor.
Thank you. And if you’d like more information, again,
it is HomeAgain.com or just go to our website, TheBalancingAct.com.
There was a time when our educational foundation was defined by language and literature, arts,
and traditional sciences. But in today’s world, having computer science skills is equally
critical for success later in life. Problem is only one in four high schools here in the
U.S. actually teach computer science. And that leaves millions of young people at a
disadvantage. Thankfully, Microsoft is out to change that. Yvonne Thomas is the Director
of Global Programs for Microsoft Philanthropies and leads Youth Spark. I want to welcome you
to the show. It’s so great to have you here. Thanks for having me.
So, why is it so important for young people to have computer science skills in today’s
world? Well, as we know, most young people today
are digital natives, which means they know how to use technology. One of the things many
of them are not getting the opportunity to do is learn why technology works the way it
does and most importantly how to create with technology. We know that even if a young person
gets the opportunity to try computer science, they build really important skills like computational
thinking and problem solving that any employer is going to want them to have no matter what
industry they decide to go into. And then if they do choose that computer science is
something that they want to pursue, there’s lots of opportunities out there for them.
There’s about 1.2 million expected job openings by 2020 in computing, but only about 40% of
American graduates will be able to fill those jobs. So there’s going to be a huge demand.
Well, when Microsoft looked at access to computer science technology, who was underserved and
why? What we saw was that even though women are
representative of about 56% of professional careers, professional occupations, in the
U.S., they represent only about 26% of computing occupations.
Wow. And as you start to look at women of color,
those numbers are even smaller, almost always in single digits in the computing industry.
This isn’t just an American reality, it’s a worldwide reality, correct?
That is correct. Depending on the country, some of the pieces vary, but women are underrepresented
across the industry. Tell us about Youth Spark and how this all
came about. Youth Spark was created in 2012, and we looked
at what we could do as a technology company to make sure that young people around the
world were getting access to the skills that we know are most important. And the last year
we’ve really focused that on computer science education. Not only do we want all kids to
get that opportunity to really learn some of those skills, learn how technology works.
We want them to get some of the really important skills that come by learning computer science,
things like computational thinking, problem solving. And then if young people decided
that they wanted to pursue computer science as a career, that’s great, but that isn’t
sort of our only goal. We want to make sure that this becomes as broad as something like
Biology. So what kinds of opportunities and programs
does Youth Spark offer here in the U.S. and internationally?
We do a number of things through Youth Spark, some of them we run on our own. There’s a
program called TEALS where we bring technology industry experts into classrooms and they
team-teach computer science around the U.S. Cool! Yeah.
We partner with leading nonprofit organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs, City Year, Year Up,
Code.Org, and Girls Who Code, who work in local communities to bring computer science
education to students in school and out of school. And we also have some online resources.
Tell us how Youth Spark is addressing those gender based challenges.
One of the unfortunate things we know about why women don’t go into technology is because
of the perception challenges. Who belongs in technology? What kind of jobs exist? And
women often don’t see themselves there and can’t imagine that. So one of the things that
we’ve done and we’re most excited about is a program that was started by a Microsoft
employee. It’s called DigiGirlz. Very cool! DigiGirlz.
She started it as a volunteer activity during women’s history month, and it’s grown. It’s
now a program that the company runs to help girls get excited about what careers could
look like. They’re hosted at Microsoft offices. So, we bring in girls to Microsoft offices
and they spend a day with women at Microsoft understanding what their jobs looks like,
who they are, and what it could be like to work in a technology company.
And I know our viewers and especially their daughters and my daughters would love to get
a feel for what it’s like to be part of Youth Spark’s initiative for girls. So let’s do
that right now. Check this out. We’re here today at a Microsoft Youth Spark
event that I actually started out at a few years ago. I wanted to come back today because
I felt it was important to pay it forward and get involved with the next generation
of coders and future technologists. Coding’s meant a lot to me. It means that
I get to take an idea and I get to really work it out and solve a problem. Technology
can change the world because it’s not just making phones and applications. It’s about
solving global warming, it’s about solving the gas fuel problems, battery problems, problems
that can save the world in the future. Coding is imagination.
Coding changes lives. Coding is the future.
I want to know, is there a way to assess the success of the program and its global impact
yet? One of the things that we have accomplished
is in the last three years worked with nonprofit organizations in more than 100 countries.
Wow. And helped more than 300 million young people
find opportunities for employment, education, and entrepreneurship.
It was so great to have you here. Thank you so much for having me.
Thank you so much. And now if you’re a teacher, a student, a young person who wants to get
involved in computer science, just head straight to Microsoft.com/YouthSparkHub, and you can
also find Youth Spark events at your local Microsoft store. Or simply logon to TheBalancingAct.com
so you can Be The Change. (music). (music).
We now continue our 12 part series, Reclaim Your Life. Addiction can affect anyone in
life including the people who dedicate their lives to protecting us. But specialized programs
are available to help them overcome their addiction as I found out when I visited Transformations
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Delray Beach, Florida and met the people behind their
First Responder’s Program. (music).
The First Responders that come here come from all walks of life. They are First Responders
who are still active, there are First Responders who are retired, and there are First Responders
who unfortunately have created an incredible mess in their lives. We are exposed to so
many things that, at the time, we feel that it’s not really hurting us. That’s okay. But
in the long run, this cumulative effect of exposure to all these horrific things that
we see and experience, they do take a toll. No question about it. We either hit the bottle
or hit other drugs, and we just die in silence because we don’t want anyone to know that
we cannot handle it. The problem is that not every First Responder is willing and able
to say, “Hey, I’ve got a problem. I need some help.” What makes this program unique here
at Transformation is that the kind of approach that we have. We have this holistic complete
approach. It is put together and run by a First Responder for First Responders.
As a Master’s level therapist who is also a First Responder himself, Carlos Farina is
head of the First Responder Program at Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Delray
Beach, Florida. He knows only too well how the physical and emotional impact of being
a First Responder can drag a person into a life of addition.
I understand what they do every day is difficult, and that’s what I want to hear. What is it
that you’re helping them through? We’re helping these men and women be able
to live fruitful lives, to let them know that they’re not alone. As a First Responder, we
normally don’t come in contact with a lot of happy people. They’re usually in need of
help and sometimes the scenes are very very traumatic and very descriptive, horrific in
the sense that it’s a job that we’ve got to perform. And so no matter what it is that
we’re exposed to, we are asked to perform. I am diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder, and during my time in the military there was a lot of stress overseas. You never
know what’s going to happen. I was in active combat zones during two deployments. It carried
over when I came out of the military, and I had difficulty adjusting to civilian life
and I battled with Post Traumatic Stress now. And I got caught up in the spider web of drugs
and alcohol and addiction that I didn’t know existed. I didn’t know this world at all.
And before it was too late, I was stuck. Carlos, how typical is Brett’s story? And
how do you help Brett and other clients like him move forward in this journey of healing?
Well, that’s our goal, our aim, with every single one of them. It is to allow them to
move forward and get healed. When they walk in through this door of my office, I want
them to know that I understand what they’re going through. I’ve been there.
Over the treatment period, each professional at Transformations is focused on one goal,
to guide and support First Responders on their quest for longterm recovery. Carlos, here
at Transformations, there’s also specialized programs for your clients. Tell me more about
them. Well, we have, for example, the EMDR which
is the Eye Movement Reprocessing. How does that help?
Well, what is does is that through a series of movement of the eye with the fingers, it
reprocesses different thoughts or different traumas and have the individual verbalize
so it’s not only just the eye movement. It is the verbal presentation and it’s also the
mind reprocessing. Another one that I personally use with the First Responders is hypnosis.
The mind is an incredible piece of machinery, and I think that most people underestimate
the power of the mind. You’ve been there. You know what these people
have been through. Personally, for you, how does it make you feel when you know they’re
saying, “Thanks. I got my life back.” I don’t know if I can find the words for that.
You know, recovery is not about one big bang, one big thing. Recovery, changing someone’s
life, is about a lot of little things, but the little things that matter.
I used to think that I would just ignore what has happened to me that I know is affecting
me, and it would just go away over time. And that’s not the case at all. You gotta process
these things. You have to talk about them, get them out there, and then you can begin
to heal. It’s cliche but there definitely was a transformation.
Transformations offers a way to truly give back to these people who have given so much
of their lives to protect us, and helps them on a road to success. We hope you’ll join
us again in our Reclaim Your Life series as we show you how the unique programs offered
by Transformations Drug and Alcohol Treatment help so many people on their road to recovery.
Next time, we’re going to see how their Intensive Out-Patient Program helps build a foundation
for living a healthy sober lifestyle. Remember, for more information, you can go to TransformationsTreatment.Center
or our website, TheBalancingAct.com. (music). (music).
Welcome to my kitchen. This is Quick Bytes with me, Chef Ralph Pagano. Today, I want
to tell you about an ancient grain that’s grown in the USA and it’s called sorghum.
Lately, it’s been cropping up in a lot more dishes. It has a wonderful neutral taste,
so it tastes great with sweet and savory. It’s non-GMO, gluten free, and packed with
fiber, protein, and iron. It’s lower in glycemic index so it’s suitable for diabetics. It’s
an excellent substitute for wheat, rice, and dare I even say pasta, and so many more things.
It’s versatility brings great variety in the kitchen no matter what kind of cuisine you’re
cooking. Today, right now, I’m going to make Yesterday’s Sorghum Salad. Check it out! You
cook the wonder grain, you bag it up, you freeze it, and you take it out whenever you
need it. And then you can make rice pudding, check, creme brûlée, how about sorghum risotto
with shiitake mushrooms and shaved truffles. That sounds good for your kitchen. It’s pretty
good for mine. And how about this, popcorn. Add a little bit of cheddar cheese puff on
top of that and it’s delicious. We’re going to make first a broken vinaigrette, right?
So you take a little bit of mustard, you drop it into your bowl, drop a little bit of honey
in there to whisk together for some sweet. I’m going to add to that garlic, red wine
vinegar, fresh basil, squeeze of lime, give it a little bite, and then I just grab my
little olive oil and whisk it together so it comes nice. I’m going to season it with
a little bit of salt, a little pepper, and then everybody else is going to come to the
party. Who’s first? Sorghum. Jumping in right there, taking a swim around in that vinaigrette,
soaking up all that flavor, tasting really good. Sorghum holds the flavor, delivers it
to your mouth. Not a lot of calories, but a lot of flavor. In goes the kale, and I think
every day you should probably try to eat every color. What do I mean? I’ve got green in the
bowl already. How about a little bit of red? How about a little bit of yellow? My friend,
fennel comes in, kind of green with envy. And a little red from the onion makes it nice
and bitey. Fold it together. Looks how pretty it looks on the plate. To learn all about
the versatility of this delicious nutrient rich and gluten free sorghum, go to SorghumCheckOff.Com
or visit our website, TheBalancingAct.com. Remember, this has been a Quick Byte, but
chew slowly. (music).
We want to wish each and every one of you who’s trying to beat an addiction, a detrimental
habit, we want to wish you the very best and bravo for making the difficult but important
life changes. Transformation is good. And kudos to all of you who are also out there
making such a difference in our world. Go out and find a way to Be The Change in your
world today. And if you need some inspiration, you know
where to find it. Just logon to TheBalancingAct.Com. And don’t forget to always follow us on Facebook
and Twitter. See you next time.
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