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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 2/22/2011

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Southeast Asia, anyone? Singapore Airlines, one of our favorites because of its superb customer service, is having a sale on roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York to twenty-six major southeast destinations including: Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon and more. The price? Around $949 if booked by March 2 for departures from March 1 through May 18. (Via Frommer’s) According to Travel + Leisure, “a ski trip to the spectacular Italian Dolomites is…as affordable as a trip to the Rockies” with the World on Skis package. Starting at $1095 per person, this special includes roundtrip airfare between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Venice, roundtrip airport transfers between Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo (a mountain town located two hours by car from Venice), seven nights’ hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. Book by April 9, 2011 for travel between March 19 and April 9. (Via Travel + Leisure) Want to visit all four major Hawaiian islands? The bad news is that inter-island airfare will run you at least $100 per person per island. The good news is the Cruise Experts are offering a  cut-rate price from $762 to $794 per person for a seven-night cruise

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Prominent Doctor Recommends Swine Flu Vaccine, Esp. For Travellers


Introducing Dr. Enoch Choi, a Family Medicine partner in urgent care at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In his spare time, Enoch is a prolific blogger, a clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, a volunteer at the Community Pregnancy Center of Mountain View, a member on various boards including the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Medical Missions, an advisor for venture firms, a doting father, a dedicated husband, and a fantastic karaoke singer. This is far from an exhaustive list of all the things that make up Dr. Enoch Choi. That’s why “Renaissance Man” is an apt description for him. Recently, Dr. Choi spoke about the H1N1 virus (“swine flu”), emphasizing the importance of getting vaccinated. Even if you rarely get sick and don’t usually get the flu shot, he says, this year is the time to do it. People who are most vulnerable to H1N1? Pregnant women, those with already compromised immune systems, young children, and travelers. That’s right, you globetrotters! Even if you’re as healthy as a horse, get vaccinated because on the road, you’re exposed to a considerable amount of germs, including H1N1. To listen to Dr. Choi’s entire chat, please click here. Meanwhile, we delved into