Ana Ben boasts military training, certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, degrees in holistic nutrition and naturopathy, and plenty of group fitness teaching experience. But, like many, she didn't begin her life in perfect shape. She struggled for a long time to lose weight and feel healthy, and the experience of overcoming those challenges informs the way she teaches. As the owner and head instructor of Fit by Ana Ben, she offers not only exercise routines, but nutritional and lifestyle advice to help students make permanent changes.
West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC) rose from the need for shelter housing. A group of women's service organizations and the John F. Long Foundation formed opened residential homes in 1986 and 1988 for children who were victims of domestic violence or neglect. Today WVCCC helps to find foster care and adoptive homes for children who were removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. In addition, the organization's birth-parent program teaches pregnant women about their options and ability to place their children with loving families, and the community-outreach program raises awareness about child-welfare issues.
Self-confidence comes from within, but that doesn’t mean that it can't get some help from outside. At Vitality Aesthetics Institute, medical director Dr. Charles Ben Evans and Sarah Vogt, MSN—a certified medical injector, laser technician, and aesthetician—use cutting-edge medspa technology to give clients that extra boost in confidence by delivering dramatic cosmetic changes. CoolSculpting procedures help eliminate hard-to-lose fat deposits without resorting to invasive surgery. The center's Cutera cosmetic laser systems revitalize skin tone and texture by zapping unwanted stubble or by minimizing any signs of age spots and large pores. For a youth-infused visage, Botox and Juvederm injections smooth out the wrinkles and frown lines that appear on aging skin.
Last year, AFFCF funded nearly $14,000 in awards so 107 children in foster care could participate in sports such as basketball, soccer, and Little League. More than half of children are placed in foster care because they've been neglected, and 33 percent have been abused. Playing sports allows them to make positive connections with adults, improve their self-esteem and health, and enjoy a sense of camaraderie with other children.
Though there is a team of specialists at Phoenix Natural Medicine, that's not who most patrons will be working with at first. For many patients, their experience will begin with a comprehensive interview with a physician, who will learn about their diet, past illnesses, lifestyle, and more. One member of the team, Dr. Cho Long Kim has experience in everything from naturopathy and pharmacology to nutrition and surgery. The background she gets from patients allows the entire team to provide more useful treatment.
Those treatments may work to improve metabolism, fix digestive issues, and ward off a range of illnesses. Those goals are met with the clinic's wide range of equipment, which include infrared saunas, acupuncture needles, and more. There are also shelves lined with everything from beet-derived vitamin C to helpful digestive bacteria.
The CoffeePledge Against Cancer's CoffeeWeek, running September 5–11, pours out coffee for inspiration and fuel during a week of anticancer fundraising. Social media spurs coffee pledgers along on their journey, coordinating tweets, pics, check-ins, and donations on interactive digital displays manned by the many-tentacled CoffeeWeek HQ. Portions of all Phoenix proceeds during the week fly directly to cancer treatments at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, powering the struggle against the disease.