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LEARNING + TRAVEL: THE SECRETS TO LONG LIFE?

New Survey Reveals Belief that Travel Plus a Passion for Learning are Key

We’ve all heard the theories that exercise, healthy diet and challenging mind games can help a person live longer with greater mental acuity, but it seems that travel (particularly travel with an educational focus) should be added to that list as well. Road Scholar, the nation’s non-profit leader in educational travel for Boomers and beyond, conducted an online national survey of more than 1,000 men and women, age 55 and older, and found that an overwhelming 85 percent of them believe travel actually can help extend their life. As for the main reason for travel, 43 percent said they travel to learn about other cultures and places. In fact, 26 percent described themselves as lifelong learners. In addition, a full 74 percent of respondents said travel was “important” or “very important” as a way to maintain mental acuity. Road Scholar was built on the belief that learning is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life, and a large number of their survey respondents seem to agree.

“We hear over and over how important learning, coupled with a travel component, is in the lives of Road Scholar participants, but it was fascinating to discover that so many of the people surveyed view travel and learning as synergistic, and the best way to learn about the world,” stated Road Scholar’s President and CEO, Jim Moses. “Road Scholar has always focused on learning, and our educational adventures combine the best of both education and travel.”

Of course, the findings also reflect a shift in current thinking about the role of learning in our lives, particularly as we age, noted Moses. “The concept of learning as an age-based activity for children and young adults is being replaced by a philosophy of the benefits of lifelong learning – an approach to learning that is not just school-based, but experiential, social and intellectual and continuing throughout the course of a person’s life. For many, travel is an ideal way to continue learning new things no matter their age,” he said.

“I definitely think that travel enhances and may contribute to longer life,” said Debbie S., a 65-year-old avid traveler who divides her time between Arlington TX and Presque Isle, WI. “It keeps your brain working. It’s also been proven that if you have passions that you tend to live longer.”

Maxine T., a 73-year-old woman from Walnut Creek, CA, agrees in the power of travel, saying “Each trip leaves us hungry for the next adventure so, I guess we’ll have to live a very long time. There sure is a lot of world to see!”

In addition to longevity, the survey asked respondents to list all the ways they keep their brains active and engaged and gave them a list of methods that included reading/book club, crossword puzzles, continuing education classes, travel, museum visits and attending lectures.

Travel was cited more frequently than any other category, by 69 percent of respondents. Reading and book clubs were a close second at 66 percent, followed by crossword puzzles at 49 percent and museum visits at 42 percent.  Continuing education and attending lectures were checked by 36 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

About Road Scholar

Road Scholar is the nation’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. It offers 5,500 programs in 150 countries and 50 states and financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the world leader in educational travel since 1975. Learn more at roadscholar.org

Survey Methodology Details

This survey was conducted by Survata, an independent research firm in San Francisco. Survata interviewed 1000 online respondents between April 22, 2019 and April 28, 2019. Respondents were reached across the Survata publisher network, where they take a survey to unlock premium content, like articles and ebooks. Respondents received no cash compensation for their participation. More information on Survata’s methodology can be found at survata.com/methodology.

6 Trips to Broaden Your Kids’ Minds This Summer

Now that school’s out for summer, enroll the whole family in a crash course on nature and wildlife with Natural Habitat Adventures

Summer vacation may mean “no more pencils and no more books,” but it can also be a great opportunity for the whole family to learn something new together. Natural Habitat Adventures, the world leader in eco-friendly wildlife-focused expeditions around the globe, offers nature-centric trips designed to get explorers of all ages trading their tablets and phones for GoPros and binoculars. From sailing “Darwin’s Laboratory” in the Galapagos on a private ship to taking moonlit treks through the jungles of Costa Rica, Nat Hab’s family adventure trips are designed around conservation, curiosity and quality time – all disguised as a vacation.

Expand your family’s horizons with these summer experiences:

1. Go exploring in “Darwin’s Laboratory”

Come face-to-face with an outstanding array of wildlife, including sea lions, marine iguanas and giant tortoises on Nat Hab’s 10-day Family Galapagos Adventure. Made famous by evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin, the Galapagos archipelago is the very best place for young explorers to learn about evolution, natural selection and how animals adapt to micro-environments. Sail aboard the National Geographic Islander, a family-friendly ship with a specialty research- and adventure-focused kids’ program on board. Record wildlife sightings in your field notebook, listen for underwater life via the ship’s hydrophone and stretch out in special family cabins designed to sleep up to three. Off-ship, don a wetsuit for snorkeling, paddleboarding and Zodiac adventures with your naturalist Expedition Leader, where you can come mask-to-nose with penguins, turtles and seals.
Priced from $7,650
Dates: July 20 & 27, 2019; July 4, 8, 18, 23, 2020; Aug 1 & 6, 2020

2. Seek out lions after sunset in the Maasai Mara

Make conservation the centre of the conversation on the Family Kenya Adventure, an 8-day, custom-crafted itinerary featuring the Maasai Mara’s charismatic creatures whose futures may be at risk. Learn about poaching and pachyderm rescue during a visit to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and make friends in high places at the Giraffe Center before heading along the Great Rift Valley into open grasslands. Stretch out in an unfenced luxury tented camp set in the middle of a Maasai Mara private conservancy, and go for guided walks under a sprawling blue sky while keeping your eyes peeled for zebra, hippo and elephant. Later, as evening falls, head out on a sunset game drive in search of lions and other predators to discover life on the plains after dark.
Priced from $7,995
Trip arranged upon request

3. Journey to Peru’s lost Incan Empire

Immerse your family in the emerald-colored jungles and incredible ancient ruins of the Peruvian Andes on a 7-day Custom Family Machu Picchu Adventure. Witness amazing feats of centuries-old civil and hydraulic engineering and learn about Incan astronomy and architecture while exploring the Sacred Valley between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Meet with local Quechua people in Pisac and learn about advocacy conservation projects from the students of Tikapata School. Stay in private stone casitas along the Urubamba River, and experience 15th-century life in Machu Picchu with tales from your private Peruvian guide. Later, compare ancient civilizations with natural Amazonian marvels in the world’s largest tropical forest basin, where kids will take riverboat tours in search of pink river dolphins, or go ashore to scout for the scarlet and green-winged macaws, howler monkeys and leaf-cutter ants that call the Amazon home.
Priced from $4,495
Trip arranged upon request

4. Safari closer to home in Yellowstone National Park

Embark on an unforgettable wildlife adventure without leaving the continent on Nat Hab’s 7-day Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari. Learn how this North American ecosystem works, understanding the importance of ecological balance between predators and prey, and follow naturalist Expedition Leaders into lesser-known areas of the park where bison, bighorn sheep, bears and wolves live largely undisturbed by tourist crowds. See the secret lives of Lamar Valley wolves using a high-powered spotting scope and talk fire ecology—how nature recovers from the ravages of wildfires—with your guide. In an extraordinary natural setting selected for conservation by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1872, guests can engage in enlightening conversations about how hunting along Yellowstone’s perimeter affects the ecosystem inside the park, and why competing political interests threaten the park’s apex predators even to this day.
Priced from $5,295
Dates: August 27 & 29, 2019

5. Scout for sloths on horseback

With its neon-billed toucans, jungle-fringed rivers, mist-cloaked cloud forests and towering volcanoes, Costa Rica is like something out of a child’s imagination. Encounter geothermal phenomena and extraordinary tropical wildlife in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth on this Custom Family Costa Rica Adventure. Join scientists and conservationists at ecological research centers for some interactive exploration of the country’s rain forest ecosystem and discover how cacao beans are transformed into tasty treats with chocolate-making lessons. Soar above the forest canopy on a zip line, search for sloths while on horseback, brave a nighttime bat walk at the 850-acre Tirimbina Rainforest Center and take in the views at the Arenal Observatory Lodge, adjacent to the country’s most famous volcano.
Priced from $5,095
Trip arranged upon request

6. Dog sled across the Arctic tundra

No time for a summer excursion? Surprise the kids with a mid-term getaway to the planet’s “living laboratory” when it comes to climate change in the North. The Arctic tundra around Churchill, Manitoba is one of the nature’s last great frontiers—for now. Learn about its delicate ecosystem and the impact of a warming world on Nat Hab’s 6-day Churchill Arctic Family Adventure, where naturalist Expedition Leaders lead a family-focused adventure that’s all about pairing environmental awe with conservation awareness. Helicopter over frozen Hudson Bay in search of polar bears, race through the boreal forest on an authentic sled dog ride, and climb aboard Nat Hab’s special Polar Rover, a monster-sized truck specially designed for up-close wildlife observation—look for caribou and Arctic fox. In evenings, take in the stunning night sky—and if you’re lucky, the northern lights.
Priced from $5,995
Dates: Nov 16 & 18, 2019

For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, visit www.nathab.com.

About Natural Habitat Adventures
Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between. For more information, visit nathab.com.

Gentle Monster Launches Kids Capsule Line

Featuring Instagram Phenomenon from Tokyo, Coco @ coco_pinkprincess

This month, Gentle Monster introduces its expression of infinite possibilities and dreams through its first Kids Collection. Inspired by the dreams and ambitions of a new breed of creators, the Gentle Monster Kids Collection takes you on a journey envisioned by Luca Mastroianni and reenacted by 8-year-old Tokyo Instagram phenomenon Coco.

Experience each of the surreal worlds with unique personas through their lens. Gentle Monster downsized six of its iconic frames, from the futuristic Ribbon style to the fashion-forward, Chapssal.

The Gentle Monster Kids Collection comes in special bespoke packaging in bright colored logo design.

Available at all Gentle Monster Flagship locations and at gentlemonster.com from this month.

The Gentle Monster Kids collection features the following six styles:

Ribbon (Kids) 02 – $270.00 / Peggy (Kids) CB1 – $280.00 / Newturtle (Kids) GR1 -$270.00 / Newturtle (Kids) R1 – $270.00 / Eastmoon (Kids) 01 – $209.00 /Jackbye (Kids) 01 – $199.00 and Chapssal (Kids) 033 – $184.00

Zeitz mocca, south Africa, Cape town, 360 MAGAZINE

What’s on at Zeitz MOCAA in June

WOZA FRIDAY MUSIC, DRAWING, DRINKS, AND MORE… 7 JUNE 2019 | THROUGHOUT MUSEUM | 4PM – 9PM

Zeitz MOCAA is open late every First Friday. Join us this month for DJ sets by Future Nostalgia and Gerald Machona, an artist who also features in the exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday…

Guests will also get an opportunity to join in for adult drawing or embark on an interactive scavenger-hunt of our current exhibitions with Discover MOCAA between 5 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Participants will follow clues and questions to discover key works of art and themes and stand a chance to win prizes.

There will also be a cash bar going, while Zeitz MOCAA Food will be running a special menu on Level 6. RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here and here for the restaurant.

CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMME 17 – 28 JUNE 2019 | CENTRE FOR ART EDUCATION | 10AM – 1.30PM

Join us this winter school holiday for a variety of engaging and exhilarating workshops at our Centre for Art Education for children between ages 6 and 12. They will be encouraged to explore a range of different mediums in a creative and nurturing space.

Booking is essential, as space is limited. RSVP here.

Programme

17 June 2019

“Rain sticks” Drawing and 3D construction

10 a.m. – 1 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

18 June 2019

“Kites” Construction

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

19 June 2019

“Flags” Fabric paint resist

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

20 June 2019

“Totems” Clay

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

21 June 2019

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Age 8 – 12 I “Towers”

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Age 13 – 18 I “Wire workshop”

24 June 2019

“Frames” Mixed Media

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

25 June 2019

“Masks” Constructions

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

26 June 2019

“Vessels” Clay

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

27 June 2019

“Buildings” Painting

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Age 6 – 8

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Age 9 – 12

28 June 2019

“Badges”

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. I Age 8 – 12

Guardians with museum membership enjoy free admission. Normal museum admission prices apply for non-member guardians. Purchase your membership which includes a year’s unlimited access to the museum, here

STILL HERE TOMORROW TO HIGH FIVE YOU YESTERDAY CURATOR-LED TOUR | 8 JUNE 2019 | LEVEL 2 | 11AM – 12 PM

Join Curatorial Assistant, Precious Mhone, for a walk-through of the second iteration of Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday… The walk-about will unpack the various themes in Chapter Two and how the works selected allow for multiple readings of the space.

RSVP is essential as space is limited and Zeitz MOCAA members get priority booking access. To book your spot, click here.

CHILDREN’S TOUR | MOCAA MAPPING THE WORLD | 1 + 8 JUNE 2019 | RECEPTION AREA | 11AM – 12.30PM

Children between the ages of 9 and 12 are invited to join us for a morning of fun-filled discovery. As they move from one work to another, they will fill in a blank map of the world, using symbols, drawings or words recording their findings about each artwork as well as their reactions to, and opinions about the artworks. Children and guardians will be met by an education staff member at the front desk/reception area.

Booking is essential as space is limited. Click here to register.

ZEITZ MOCAA FOOD | POP-UP DINNERS | 13 JUNE 2019 | LEVEL 6 | FROM 6PM

Zeitz MOCAA Food will be warming up Cape Town this winter with its new pop-up dinners starting in June, each its own bespoke menu. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the last booking will be taken at 8.30 p.m. Zeitz MOCAA members get priority booking for this event. There will also be a members-only guided tour of the new chapter of the exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday…

Click here to see the menu or for other further information, email info@zeitzmocaafood.com. Bookings can be made via email or here.

FAMILY LEARNING PROGRAMME | 1 JUNE 2019 | CENTRE FOR ART EDUCATION | 11AM – 1PM

Children between 3 and 8 years old are invited to our child-led, family learning workshop on 1 June. This open-ended, lively visual arts learning event will start with a story and will encourage families to make 3D and 2D objects. Children with physical and learning disabilities are also encouraged to join.

RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here.

OPEN STUDIO FOR PARENTS AND CHILDREN | EVERY WEDNESDAY | CENTRE FOR ART EDUCATION | 10AM -1PM

Every Wednesday, the Centre for Art Education is open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., offering children and parents practical-making activities inspired by themes or works in the exhibitions. The activities will be facilitated by our staff but will not take the form of a structured formal art lesson. Parents with their children can enter that space during these times to participate in fun workshop activities.

To reserve your spot, click here.

Please note that there is no Open Studio on the 19th and 26th of June because of the Holiday Programme.

INTRODUCING THE ZEITZ MOCAA INSTA-MAP | WANT TO GET LOST?

The Zeitz MOCAA Insta-map is a fun and engaging new way to get lost (and found!) in and around the museum. The map is a useful guide for those looking for the most Instagrammable spot, or who don’t have much time to spare and want a quick guide on where to find which exhibitions.

Follow zeitzmocaa.map on Instagram to find out more.

STILL HERE TOMORROW TO HIGH FIVE YOU YESTERDAY | SUE WILLIAMSON LECTURE | 22 JUNE 2019 | LEVEL 2 | 11AM – 12PM

Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday… Chapter Two, continues its exploration into notions of progress and utopia. With a focus on politics, history and pertinent global issues as they relate to contemporary African sensibilities, Sue Williamson will be discussing her immersive installation A Few South Africans.The series was made at a time when South Africa was still firmly under the grip of apartheid, and attempted to make visible the history of women involved in the struggle for freedom.

RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here.

V&A WATERFRONT MUSEUM NIGHT | 27 JUNE 2019 | AFTER HOURS

Join us as we celebrate the V&A Museum Night with free access for student card-holders and under 18s, and half price admission for all others, throughout the whole evening. V&A Museum Night is a multi-institution after hours cultural experience. For one night the public is invited to explore the precinct’s cultural institutions after-hours at reduced rates.  Zeitz MOCAA Food will also be celebrating Museum Night with a special Zeitz MOCAA ‘Food is art’ inspired dinner with live music. See the special menu here. Keep an eye on our platforms for further updates.

STILL HERE TOMORROW TO HIGH FIVE YOU YESTERDAY DISCUSSION | 28 JUNE 2019 | SCHERYN ARENA | 11AM – 12.30PM

Join us for a discussion between Curator, Azu Nwagbogu, and art critic and writer, Antwaun Sargent, as they look at a selection of artists from the exhibition Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday… whose work reflects a black vanguard.

The artists selected use photography and video-based work to create connections between art and fashion. Sargent has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice and has also written essays for multiple museum publications.

RSVP is essential as space is limited. To book your spot, click here.

All events and programmes are free to members. For non-members, standard admission prices apply. Not a member? Join or renew here

MEMBER OFFER

We’re still running our limited editions programme, available exclusively to Zeitz MOCAA members.

Following her successful exhibition last year, This is a True Story: Six Films (1997 – 2017), we are pleased to present this stunning limited edition print from Penny Siopis.

Proceeds from the sale of this print will help to sustain and expand community outreach and access initiatives across the museum.

Enquire here.

ZEITZ MOCAA SCHOOLS’ PROGRAMME | LEARN, LOOK, ENGAGE

As part of our education programme, Zeitz MOCAA offers schools and tertiary groups access to tours, workshops, and other educational programming.

School programmes take place on Mondays, Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pre-booking is essential. Contact education@zeitzmocaa.museum for more information or visit our website.

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE EXHIBITION INSTALLATION

In August, the largest exhibition to be held in Africa by internationally acclaimed artist William Kentridge will open at Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation.

The exhibition, titled Why Should I Hesitate? Putting Drawings To Work, will see the closure of the museum’s Level 3, and some other parts of the museum, to the public as the installation takes place from 1 June.

The exhibition will also feature an exciting and engaging line-up of programming. Be sure not to miss this historic exhibition when it opens on 24 August.

SODY × BULLYING

EVEN POP STARS GET BULLIED – SODY SHARES HER STORY IN NEW SINGLE

Sporting long blonde hair, blue eyes, and pink sweater, SODY is not your conventional victim of bullying and has since turned it into a positive and personal experience by becoming a vocal advocate for anti-bullying in new single “The Bully.”  PRESS HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Featuring a range of unenthusiastic schoolchildren posing for their school photos, “The Bully” presents itself as an ode to anyone picked on or feeling alone. “For my sanity, I needed to try to move on and find the positive in a negative situation to accept what happened and move on,” SODY told Celeb Mix. “I found my way to heal in the lyric ‘I’m glad it happened to me and not to you,’ and I hope it helps others find theirs too.”

Known to speak bluntly and honestly, SODY expresses raw emotion that allows audiences to relate. “It’s always going to be hard to show that vulnerability and be honest about yourself but the more people that show their authentic self, the more people will be confident to do so,” SODY told Thomas Bleach.

With a passion for standing against injustice, bullying and hate crime, SODY is just beginning to use her platforms to highlight the issues she cares about and plans to keep addressing these passions to help make the world a little less mean one song at a time.

Follow SODY: 
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HELP USA helps children

Helping Children Experiencing Homelessness to Succeed in School

At HELP USA, we believe that housing is only the beginning. We do everything we can to ensure that our residents thrive. For our youngest residents, this means making sure they get the best education possible. At HELP Bronx Crotona, a family shelter in the South Bronx, we have dramatically improved school attendance rates for the youth who live there. As a result of a partnership with the NYC school system, over 25% more students have good attendance rates. We’re excited that our young people have made such dramatic progress, and look forward to sharing more about our clients’ successes in the future!

Jon Bon Jovi visits HELP USA!

April is National Volunteer Month, and we’d like to say thank you to the many volunteers that help us accomplish our mission. We recently hosted a very special day of service in Newark, NJ. Students from Rutgers beautified the grounds of JBJ Soul Homes, and Jon Bon Jovi himself even stopped by! Jon Bon Jovi is a longtime friend of HELP USA and partnered with us to build JBJ Soul Homes and other housing developments. To learn more, visit our website.

“HELP was wonderful” – Ivy Lee’s Story

When Ivy Lee’s mother passed away, he found himself without a safe home. So he turned to HELP USA, where he found a new, affordable apartment at HELP Philadelphia V.

Click to hear why he’s grateful to HELP USA.

GIVE TODAY!

Austin Adventures: Family Appreciation Month

Through hard work and dedication to the details, Austin Adventures has grown to be the #1 Family Adventure company in the country. For over 35 years they have been taking families to the national parks of the West as well as special places around the globe. As a two-generation, owned and operated active travel company, family travel is in their DNA.

For the second year in a row, Austin Adventures is dedicating the entire month of March to “Family Appreciation,” with special incentives and giveaways, plus an interactive child & parent “Take a National Park Vacation” webinar that all ages will want to attend.

“Between work, school, athletic and social schedules, planning and scheduling a family vacation has never been more challenging, often to the point of missing the opportunity all together to create lasting bonds and memories within the family,” explains Dan Austin, company president and founder. “Austin Adventures is fully committed to helping anyway we can. Our goal is to take the stress out of vacation planning and then deliver an experience second-to-none.”

On Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT Austin Adventures invites kids and parents to a live webinar focused on helping families (especially the kids) with their vacation planning. Anyone considering a small group vacation tour now or in the future is encouraged to attend. For information and to register click here.

The seminar will be hosted by Kasey Austin, Outside Magazine 2014 Family Guide of the Year. Making a cameo appearance will be Dan Austin, company visionary and travel industry legend. Together, The Austin Family has set the bar for family adventure travel for decades, so much so, they are often referred to as “the First Family of Adventure Travel.”

During this informal and informative webinar focused on the younger generation, Kasey will offer tips and insights on planning and visiting America’s National Parks along with other popular family destinations.

As an incentive to register and attend, every family that participates will receive a coupon worth $250 off their next Austin Adventures family vacation. Plus, all participating kids (age 6-12) whose parents end up booking a 2019 family national park adventure will receive a logo-embossed backpack (on Day 1 of the trip) packed full of swag (logo water bottle, trip journal, field guide, hacky sack, stickers and more).

“I had so much fun sharing my passion for our National Parks last year, I couldn’t wait to do it all again this year. Sharing the parks with the next generation of adventurer really is my passion. I am looking forward to sharing what we know and have learned from our 35+ years of taking families deep into our national parks,” said Kasey Austin.

“Dan and I will draw from our own experiences and help families with real time information that can assist them in making the most of a park vacation, whether with us or on their own. There will be a follow-up email survey as well as ample time for questions and answers.”

The webinar will help Austin Adventures kick-off their second annual “Family Appreciation” Month. Dedicated to celebrating and encouraging family vacations worldwide, this observance comes on the heels of the company’s 2nd wildly successful “Alumni Appreciation” month held in December, 2018. Throughout the month there will be dedicated e-newsletters and blogs on family travel, special incentives, travel agent promotions and for extended families, an offer of a free trip for one guest in groups of ten or more booked.

To assist in vacation planning, Austin Adventures also offers a free Insider’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Family Adventure. See: https://www.austinadventures.com/free-family-travel-guide/.

Austin Adventures has led the field when it comes to family adventures (twice being acknowledged by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the #1 Tour and Family Tour Operator in the World). For 2019, there are over 40 family adventures planned across the globe. Here is a sampling of some of the more popular National Park itineraries on the current Austin Adventures roster. All adult rates are per person, double occupancy.

Grand Canyon National Park: 6-days/5-nights from $2,998; children from $2,398.

Alaska- Kenai Fjords National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,698; children from $3,328.

Bryce & Zion National Parks: 6 days/5 nights from $2,798; children from $2,518.

Yellowstone National Park:  6 days/5 nights from $2,898; children from $2,318.

Grand Teton National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,298; children from $2,968.

Yosemite National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,698; children from $2,958.

Glacier National Park: 6 days/5 nights from $3,298; children from $2,638.

South Dakota – Black Hills (Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monuments / Wind Cave NP): 6 days/5 nights from $2,898; children from $2,318.

Banff to Jasper National Parks 6 days/5 nights from $3,098; children from $2,478.

About Austin Adventures
Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent over 35 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multi-sport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. They have been acknowledged twice by Travel + Leisure Magazine with the prestigious World’s Best Awards along with other national media accolades and distinctions. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures on all seven continents, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution, all backed by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee.

Rise in Obesity-Related Cancers

A new analysis, published in the Lancet Public Health, raises the alarm that the rates of obesity-related cancers are rising in younger and younger adults. In the new study, six of twelve types of obesity-related cancers have significantly increased between 1995-2014 and the risk of these cancers is increasing in each successive younger age group. These cancers include colorectal, pancreatic, gallbladder, kidney cancer and multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer). These cancer types are particularly concerning because they are very serious and account for over 150,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.

“These numbers are worrying but not surprising; the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recently sounded the alarm that having overweight and obesity cause at least 12 types of cancer. However, the younger and younger age bracket in which we see rates increasing is even more troubling and demands a response. We cannot just watch these rates go up and ignore the factors that we know are contributing to these increases,” says Dr. Nigel Brockton, Vice President of Research at AICR.

Disturbingly, over 70% of Americans have overweight or obesity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And AICR maintains that cancer risk increases across each higher category of Body Mass Index (BMI) as an indicator of body fatness (Healthy = 18.5-24.9, Overweight = 25-29.9, and Obesity = 30 and above).

A mere five BMI points (kg/m2) separate the three basic (healthy, overweight, obese) BMI categories. It is important to emphasize that cancer risk is not limited to the extreme category of obesity only, the risk increases for those with overweight too. For example, compared to those having healthy BMI range overweight category face an increased liver cancer risk of 30% and those having obesity of 60%.

The recent AICR Energy Balance and Body Fatness Report presented strong evidence for factors that can reduce risk of having weight gain, overweight and obesity, including walking, aerobic physical activity, food containing fiber and a “Mediterranean-type” diets rich in fruits and vegetables that reduce the risk of weight gain, overweight and obesity. Conversely, sugar-sweetened drinks, fast foods and a “Western type” diet rich in meats and energy-dense proteins are strongly linked to increased weight gain, overweight and obesity.

The Report also points to the evidence that greater screen time is a cause of weight gain, overweight and obesity in children. This is particularly relevant in light of the Lancet study that discussed the onset of cancer at an early age, since children with overweight and obesity are likely to turn into young adults in a similar status. There is enormous opportunity to prevent future cancer cases, if changes can be made to stop and reverse the current trend of increasing overweight and obesity. In addition to helping individuals learn about healthy lifestyle choices, community and national policies play a crucial role in creating living spaces more conducive to physical activity and healthier food choices.

AICR is urging Congress and federal agencies to improve funding for cancer prevention research, ensure that federal nutrition and physical activity guidelines reflect the latest research regarding cancer risk, improve nutrition labeling and improve access to lifestyle interventions.

Native Shoes & Zappos for Good

Native Shoes & Zappos for Good Partner to Turn Recycled Shoes into Playgrounds

Project aims to collect 10,000 shoes by the end of 2018

Native Shoes is excited to announce it’s joining forces with Zappos for Good, the community outreach arm of Zappos.com, the customer service company that just happens to sell shoes, clothing and more, to collect well-loved Native Shoes to be recycled and made into playground matting. The initiative, called The Remix Project, is one of Native Shoes’ programs that aims to have each and every pair of their shoes 100 percent life cycle managed by 2023. Consumers can help build playgrounds by visiting Zappos for Good, requesting a free shipping label, and sending all styles of well-loved Native Shoes to be recycled. The project’s goal is to receive 10,000 recycled shoes by December 31, 2018 and build its first playground in 2019.

“Our customers are always showing us how to keep it lite and have fun when they wear Native Shoes. It seemed like a perfect fit to turn them into something useful, on a playground where communities gather to have fun and play,” said Kyle Housman, President, Native Shoes. “We’re excited to be working with Zappos for Good on this project, what a great opportunity to team up and bring fun to communities.”

“As an advocate for environmental sustainability, joining forces with Native Shoes is an amazing opportunity to help communities do more with less by encouraging an environmental best practice in the retail industry that simultaneously creates a fun space for kids¬–and their imaginations–to run wild,” said Steven Bautista, Head of Zappos for Good at Zappos. “With our overarching goal of delivering happiness, this project’s sustainability efforts allow us to spread smiles on both a national and local level.”

How to Participate in The Remix Project

Recycling Native Shoes is easy:

●Visit the Zappos for Good website

●Select Recycle with Native Shoes – The Remix Project and box up your well-loved Native Shoes (all styles are welcome) in any shipping box

●Login or create a new Zappos.com account and print your special prepaid shipping label

●Attach the label and drop off your box at any UPS Store in the continental United States

To contribute a pair of well-loved Native Shoes today, visit https://zapposforgood.org/recycle/native

For more information or to learn more about The Remix Project, please visit nativeshoes.com