Monthly Archives: January 2016

Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2015, Jonathan Doring, Platinum Award

Each January, Publix associates and customers team up to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics, an organization focused on empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities. You have most likely already heard of this amazing organization, but there’s more to their story than meets the eye. Take a look at these interesting facts about Special Olympics!

Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2015, Jonathan Doring, Platinum Award

Special Olympics Florida Summer Games 2015, Jonathan Doring, Platinum Award

  • The Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the late 1950s.
  • The first Special Olympics Summer Games were held in 1968. More than 1,000 people with intellectual disabilities participated.
  • The first Special Olympics Winter Games weren’t held until 1977.
  • Barbra Streisand performed live at the Special Olympics Gala held in 1975.
  • In 1987, A Very Special Christmas was released as a benefit album for the organization. It sold more than two million copies that year and continues to impact the organization with sales today. It is the most successful benefit recording series in music history.
  • Special Olympics offers more than 1.4 million free health examinations to athletes in more than 120 countries.
  • Athletes compete in virtually every Olympic event, including Sailing, Bocce, and Floorball.
  • Special Olympics is one of only two organizations authorized to use the name “Olympics.”
  • Special Olympics educates others about people with intellectual disabilities. You can read more on their website.
  • Publix was inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • The first Special Olympics World Games held outside of the United States were hosted in Salzburg and Schladming, Austria.
  • People with intellectual disabilities began serving as officials in the games in 1995.
  • Special Olympics released the most comprehensive global study on how people around the world view those with intellectual disabilities in 2003. The study was called, “The Multinational Study of Attitudes toward Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.”
  • “The Ringer,” a 2005 movie starring Johnny Knoxville, has appearances from over 150 Special Olympics athletes.
  • As of 2014, Special Olympics includes more than 4.4 million athletes worldwide.
  • Publix has been an active Special Olympics partner for more than 40 years.

 

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Here’s to a truly special organization and all they stand for. Find out more about Special Olympics and how you can donate and volunteer for the cause at www.specialolympics.org. Also, ask your cashier next time you’re shopping with us how you can give back with Publix!

 

Has your life been positively impacted by Special Olympics in some way? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

 

 

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Hello 2017! It’s a new year, and we all have another set of resolutions. These are often promises we make, that unfortunately become hard to keep. Truth be told, many of us kiss our resolutions goodbye before Valentine’s day even rolls around.

Rather than rattling off a to-do list, we’ve got a few suggestions of what not to do this year. No matter what you pledge to complete in 2017, try avoiding these common mistakes to help bring your goals to reality.

Setting Unrealistic Resolutions

New year, new me! We’ve all heard this expression before, maybe we’re even guilty of uttering these words ourselves. As exciting as it may be to embark on a new journey, it’s important to set attainable goals. You may hope to run a marathon by March, but if you’re just beginning, that bar may be set too high. It can also be trouble when you goal binge. This common mistake of making too many goals at once is hazardous to a successful year. To avoid spreading yourself too thin, pick one task to focus on. Goals take time. Creating too many or vowing to complete something too difficult can cause you to lose focus. Don’t fall short of your goals—be realistic.

Not Creating a Plan

Take the time to put thought into your objective and how you will attain it. Whether you set daily, weekly, or monthly plans, it’s important to stick to them. Knowing what you need to do each day to reach your goal will make you more successful. Holding yourself accountable is key to achieving your desires.

Giving in to Temptation

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Avoiding temptation is much easier said than done, right? Don’t let old habits sneak back into your life. Having a plan or timeline will help you avoid falling back into old routines. Temptations will arise, but how you handle them is important. As much as you want to splurge and buy “that dress” in your favorite store, think of how happy you’ll be when you’re that much closer to reaching your savings goal! Change is a process, and you’re just starting—don’t stress if you give in. Regretting a lapse in judgement will only make things worse. Simply brush it off, jump back on the train and focus on the outcome.

Not Tracking Your Progress

As imperative as it is to create a plan, it’s also important to track your progress. The “real world” will most likely come into play, but if you’ve been tracking your progress you will be able to see what is needed to complete your goal. Even if it’s a small success in the grand scheme of your final plan, it’s still important! You should recognize yourself no matter how big or small the feat.

Keeping Your Goals a Secret

Scream, yell, shout it from the rooftop! Well maybe not literally, but we do encourage you to tell those around you what you hope to achieve in 2017. Your loved ones will help hold you accountable for your actions (or lack thereof). You might be tempted to eat that jelly-filled donut, but your co-workers will be there to hand you an apple instead! Friends and family often have the same goal, which can help you stay on track together.

 

It’s always our goal to provide premier customer service, and we hope to make this year even better! What do you hope to achieve in 2017?