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CSR Grows in 2016 as Companies Embrace Employees' Values

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.15.2016 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it." - Maya Angelou So many conversations I have with friends, family and colle...

The Power Of Partnerships: How Community Organizations Collaborate To Create Change

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 10.19.2016 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Non-profit organizations across the country work every day to improve their communities in inspiring and innovative ways, but large scale progress doe...

5 Tips To Keep Families Physically And Emotionally Healthy This School Year

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 09.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

With warm temperatures and an abundance of unstructured free time, summer is often when kids fall off the health wagon, resulting in increased weight ...

The Art of Revitalization

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Linda Novick O'Keefe

The power of art can lift people up, bring them together, teach them their own value, and revive an entire community.

Make Your Health a Priority

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Whether the perfect balance exists or not, one thing is clear: it is all part of the journey. Decide what is most important to you and make it the priority. For me, balance happens when I am present; when I am having fun while still striving, and when I am able to marry my priorities with my passions.

Combating Latino Health Disparities Through Nutrition Education & Cooking

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Social determinants of health (SDOH), as identified by the CDC, are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.

Heart Health -- Love, Happiness, Gratitude, and Learning

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Regardless of sector, race, or age, we all want the same things for our families and ourselves: as my mother says, "health, happiness, safety, the strength to cope with anything that comes our way." Here are six practices that help me get a little closer to whole heart health.

Beyond Bono: Music and Philanthropy

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.28.2016 | Entertainment
Linda Novick O'Keefe

I wish I could sing, and belt out every feeling like Nina Simone or sing a love letter to my daughter like Paul Simon. I love music and have long been impressed with the artists that enrich our world in so many ways.

Nutrition Panel Tells All: Fueling the Future

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.19.2016 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

According to an article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review, "No single organization has the ability to solve any major social problem at scale b...

The Business of Volunteerism

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.08.2016 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

All of the volunteers I have crossed paths with in my role at Common Threads, the nonprofit organization that I co-founded, have one thing in common -- passion. When individuals have an opportunity to advance a cause they are passionate about, it is a powerful thing.

My Foodie Friends Dish On The Ingredients That Make Up Their Food Memories

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 10.08.2016 | Taste
Linda Novick O'Keefe

We all have memories that are tied to the foods, people, and traditions that we hold close. I sat down with some of my favorite chefs (and friends) to get an inside peek at some of their favorite memories with loved ones in the kitchen.

Treating Stress and Trauma With Mindfulness

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 09.16.2016 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Mindfulness is a committed, concerted, targeted practice -- a life skill. While pausing for a few deep breaths may make you feel better in the moment, practicing and training regularly will allow you to achieve long lasting results, brain health, and that calmer, less reactive place of being.

A Chef's Guide To Cooking At Home

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 07.24.2016 | Taste
Linda Novick O'Keefe

There is something so satisfying about cooking and baking for the people I love, passing on good vibes and creating a treasure chest of food memories to have forever.

Bridging the Gap Between Summer & Hunger

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

When we think about summer, many of us think about baseball games, BBQs and family vacations. For some families, summer can also be a time of uncertainty and hunger. Feeding and taking care of the people that need help in our own country, in our own communities, has always been important to me.

Nutrition Matters: How Miami-Dade Schools Are Leading the Way in Food and Nutrition Literacy

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.21.2016 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Currently, one in three kids are obese or overweight. If kiddos are obese and overweight at age 10-17 years old, they have an 80% chance of being an overweight or obese adult. Sadly, if current trends continue, by 2030, 86.3 % of adults will be overweight or obese.

5 Surefire Tips for Being a Healthy Road Warrior

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Over the last several years I have found that there are some things I can do in order to make healthier choices and stay closer to my everyday routine. Here are my tips and tricks for trying to stay healthy on the road.

Collaboration Creates Health-Focused, Healing Menu Options for Oncology Patients

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Coming together to start the discussion is the first step. Hospitals, doctors, registered dietitians, chefs, patients, and family members all need to be involved. Progress will follow and hopefully programs like these will become the new normal.

5 Surefire Tips for Eating Healthy

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Over the years, I have found some surefire tricks, shortcuts and general guidelines that make staying on track much easier to do.

Former CEO Inspires Change and Gives Back in Retirement

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Last summer, I received a call asking if I would be interested in being mentored by a former CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. A trusted colleague of mine had a friend who was starting a business called My Next Season, designed to transition executives and CEOs out of their corporate positions and into a meaningful retirement phase.

Can Nonprofit Organizations Compete in the War for Talent?

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

As the leader of a nonprofit organization that is experiencing rapid growth, I have strived to create a culture of accountability in order to improve our performance to achieve the organization's mission.

Doing Good Is Good for Business -- Corporate Social Responsibility in 2015

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer an obligation that corporations feel they need to take on, but has become central to the operations of many of the best companies today.

Meatless Monday: Discovering Common Threads

Ellen Kanner | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Common Threads imparts to students the joy of cooking. What the students have taught Bernstein -- and me -- is the joy in discovery -- joy in discovering how to cut corn off the cob, delight in tasting tahini for the very first time.

Prevent Kids From 'Sliding' Over the Summer

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Just the other day my neighbor casually mentioned an upcoming camp registration deadline for her kids. For next summer! I was completely caught off gu...

Chicago's Top Chefs at the Screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.28.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The success of the movie, produced by Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake and Oprah Winfrey, is that it serves to remind us of the joy of eating together and the connection that food can bring to families, communities and love affairs.

Meatless Monday -- Bite into Real Food For Food Day

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The Congressional decision to cut SNAP dollars (formerly known as food stamps) starting November 1 makes Halloween especially scary this year. The gov...