Did You Know…?

Each February, NHLBI and The Heart Truth® celebrate American Heart Month. It is a month to celebrate not only life but also a way to motivate Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles. American Heart Month is a great time to think about reducing your cardiovascular disease risk. Start the Seven days of self-care this week and start the road to preventing heart disease.

Want to learn more about American Heart Month? Visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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January has been National Blood Donor Month since 1970. President Richard Nixon proclaimed January 1970 as the first National Blood Donor Month to pay tribute to voluntary blood donors and encourage new donors to join and get more comfortable with donating blood.

Want to learn more about National Blood Donor Month? Visit American Blood Center.

Did You Know…?

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service?  Each year Americans across the country use MLK Day of Service as an opportunity to volunteer and improve their communities. Want to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service, visit United We Serve.

Important Reminder: January 16, VNFA offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Some people are not drinking champagne, setting off fireworks, or kissing their spouse at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Instead, some have a unique tradition of eating twelve green grapes in the last twelve seconds of the countdown. This tradition is done to ward off bad luck in the new year. Twelve lucky grapes are supposed to be a way to bring 12 wishes to completion in the next year.

Will you be getting green grapes this New Year’s Eve? Read more on New Year’s Twelve grapes.

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Christmas has many interesting facts:

  1. Christmas wasn’t always on December 25.
  2. “Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song.
  3. The Dutch gave us the idea to leave cookies and milk.
  4. Coca-Cola played a part in Santa’s image.
  5. Hanging stockings started by accident.
  6. Celebrating Christmas used to be illegal.
  7. Candy canes originated in Germany.
  8. Santa has his own Canadian postal code.

Want to read more interesting facts about Christmas, visit 35 Interesting Christmas Facts.

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Facts about Hanukkah

  1. The word Hanukkah means “dedication.”
  2. Hanukkah lasts for eight nights, to commemorate how long the holy light burned.
  3. A Menorah is lit each night of the holiday.
  4. Gifts were not always given for Hanukkah.
  5. Hanukkah dishes are fried for a reason.

Want to know more about Hanukkah?

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Today is Giving Tuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement encouraging giving and the celebration of generosity. Giving Tuesday was originally created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good, but that idea has grown into more than just one day. Learn more about giving Tuesday, visit the Giving Tuesday website to get more information.

Veterans Day Interesting Facts of The Week

Do you know why Veterans Day is always on the 11th day of November every year? That’s because it is meant to honor the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”

Want to read more facts about Veterans Day, visit history.com

According to History.com, Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Do you know why Veterans Day is always on the 11th day of November every year? That’s because it is meant to honor the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”

Want to read more facts about Veterans Day, visit history.com

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

According to The Alzheimer’s Association financial planning often gets pushed aside when a person is dealing with the stress of their diagnose. Here are four steps that will help you when planning.

  1. Knowing where to begin.
  2. What care cost?
  3. How will you pay for care?
  4. What professional assistance is available?

Want to dive into “Financial Planning” read the full article by The Alzheimer’s Association on what steps to take for your financial future.

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month AND Financial Planning Month

Safe Senders and Ransomware 
By Rob Ziobro, AVP Technology
Did you know that you can add our domain to your Safe Senders list? Due to the nature of our business, we need to discuss finances through e-mail at times. For obvious reasons, spam filters don’t always like that, and we may be mistakenly categorized as “Junk.” The easiest way to keep receiving the emails we send is to add your Service Team’s email addresses to your e-mail “Whitelist.” If you are available to whitelist our full domain, even better. 

The last topic for the month that I would like to discuss is the dreaded pop-up and ransomware. If you ever see a pop-up on your computer telling you to call Microsoft right now, to fix an issue or your computer will explode, please do not fall for their scare tactics. Immediately shutdown your computer by holding the power button or by pulling the plug. Usually, a website will be hijacked to display these false claims. Once they are clicked, bad things can start happening. Don’t waste time trying to read pop-ups or clicking to perform a proper shutdown. The quicker you end the process before it can do harm, the better. 

Listen to a recent recording of “Your Financial Choices” radio from WDIY 88.1FM when Rob was a guest discussing Cybersecurity Awareness and the hot topics that everyone should know to stay safe. Cybersecurity – Your Financial Choices Radio


What is a Financial Plan?
According to Charles Schwab, there are eight major components to a good financial plan:

  1. Financial goals
  2. Net worth statement
  3. Budget and cash flow planning
  4. Debt management plan
  5. Retirement plan
  6. Emergency funds
  7. Insurance coverage
  8. Estate plan

Want to dive in to these “8 Components of a Good Financial Plan,” read the full article by Charles SCHWAB or ask one of our professionals about VNFA’s Financial Roadmap.