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First Source Goes Blue to Raise Awareness For Autism

April 2, 2014


First Source Federal Credit Union will be going blue to raise awareness for Autism on Wednesday, April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day. First Source is joining the autism awareness movement to, “Light It Up Blue.” In celebration, the branches will be decorated in blue and employees will be wearing blue to support the cause. As well, the First Source New Hartford Branch exterior will be lit up with blue lights.

Autism prevalence has increased 78% in 5 years and unfortunately continues to rise according to the Autism Speaks organization.

“At First Source Federal Credit Union we are committed to raising awareness of the devastating effects the diagnosis of autism has on an individual and their family,” said Mike Parsons, President and CEO of First Source. “With the rate of occurrence of autism now at 1 in 50 children, it is of paramount importance to not only find the causes but also support the programs and services that support local individuals and families dealing with autism.”

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

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Dan Haggerty’s Go Red Corporate Challenge Goals

April 13, 2013

Dan Haggerty – Senior Underwriter

Why did you sign up for the Challenge?
To carry on the good practices I’ve learned from our past Challenges and to learn new practices. Great to share in the positive energy we have too!

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
Eating heart healthy!

What do you hope to accomplish?
Striving to be the best I can be for those around me, and to set a positive example for my family!

Posted in: Challenge, Corporate, Go, Red

Brenda Rogowski’s Goals for the Go Red Corporate Challenge

April 9, 2013

brendarogowskiWhy did you sign up for the Challenge?
I signed up because good nutrition and health are very important to me.   I want to set a good example for my daughter who is 5 years old so that she starts off life with healthy eating and exercise habits.

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
I ate a pretty healthy diet before the challenge.  I am a vegetarian and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains already, but I don’t make time to exercise as often as I’d like to.  I am trying to do more at home but I am also entertaining the possibility of joining a gym or taking group exercise classes.

I’m not sure if you would see it as related to this challenge, but I have set a goal to floss at least once a day and follow with Listerine rinse.  I have never had a strong flossing habit, and I have heard that it can impact heart health.  I want to do it to prevent cavities, as a heart health preventative and to set a better example for my daughter.

What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope create a daily flossing habit and find a way to build cardio workouts into my exercise routine on a regular basis.

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Alisa Longo talks about the Go Red Corporate Challenge

March 21, 2013

Alisa Longo, First Source Member Service Representative

Our Member Service Representative Alisa Longo sits down to talk about what the Go Red Corporate Challenge means to her, as well as what her expectations are for the next eight weeks and beyond.

Why did you sign up for the Challenge?
I Signed up for the challenge so I really had motivation
to push myself to start eating a little better and also to motivate
myself to go to the gym every single day. Now that our whole branch
is a part of the challenge we all motivate each other so that’s really helpful.

What do you plan to focus on in the next 8 weeks?
During this 8 weeks I plan to focus mostly on what I eat. We constantly
have fruit in the branch (and I love fruit!) so I have been eating at least 3
servings of fruit every day. Also, vegetables were never a big part of my daily
diet, but when I see it written down on paper I looked at it and I was like wow,
I really need more vegetables in my diet! I am also focusing on drinking a lot
of water, I constantly have a cup with me all day long and sometimes I add a
little lemon to it. Also, going to the gym has always been a part of my daily
routine, but every now and then I have my lazy days, or even lazy weeks…
tracking this on paper for anyone to see is good motivation to really force
myself to get there every day, even after my longest days.

What do you hope to accomplish?
After this challenge is over what I hope to accomplish is to start being
more conscious of the food I am eating every day, and make sure that my body
is getting everything it needs to be as healthy as possible. I am hoping to turn
this challenge into more than a competition, I hope to turn this into a lifestyle.
And I am very happy with the results I’ve been seeing from going to the gym every day, so I’m going to do my best to keep that up!

Posted in: Challenge, Corporate, Go, Red

First Source Committed to Go Red For Women

May 6, 2010

May 5th was the Go Red For Women Luncheon. 9 First Source employees attended the luncheon including Kristy Nole, AVP of Marketing, who spoke to a crowd of around 400 about First Source’s commitment to the overall well-being of those we serve in our community and how honored we are to partner with such a worthy organization as the American Heart Association.

“Prevention is about choices. First Source chooses to make a difference.”

Many personal, heartwarming stories were shared by women personally affected by heart disease & those participating in the Go Red Heart Healthy Lifestyle challenge. Onsite check-ups were also conducted.

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