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Why We Care: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and ABLE

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Why We Care: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and ABLE

Every year, E.A. Sween Company and its product lines are thrilled to support organizations that do so much good work in their communities. In 2020, we’re introducing you to them, and hope you’ll find them as inspirational as we do!

Earlier this year, we talked about the Animal Humane Society. Now we’d like to tell you about Courage Kenny and its ABLE (Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise) program.

The work being done at Courage Kenny is nothing short of amazing and is absolutely life-changing. The many areas Courage Kenny works in include sports and orthopedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, cancer and stroke survivors, neuromuscular conditions, chronic pain, children and young adults on the autism spectrum and people who have been disabled since birth.

The services they provide to these people include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, health and wellness services, assisting with assistive technology and even job services. The ABLE program is an intensive fitness approach for people with paralysis or other neurological conditions. Using state-of-the-art fitness equipment, ABLE works with patients to improve and increase their physical stability and strength, along with heart and lung health, bone density and regulation of blood pressure.

“At E.A. Sween, we’re proud to support the kind of work that enables people to live to their full potential,” said Tom H. Sween, E.A. Sween’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Courage Kenny’s ABLE program is an innovative example of the work being done. They really make a difference in their patients’ quality of life.”

Learn more about ABLE through Rob’s story. Rob sustained a spinal cord injury in a diving accident that left him in a wheelchair with little free mobility. But through ABLE, he began to rebuild his muscles and ability to control and direct his body:

Courage Kenny’s ABLE program is one of only six Community Fitness and Wellness facilities of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network. Every day, these talented professionals work hard for the best outcomes for their patients. And that’s why E.A. Sween cares about Courage Kenny.

 

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National Superheroes Day

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National Superheros Day

It’s National Superheroes Day. Normally this would be a fun day to pay tribute to our favorite imaginary superhero—Superman is mine—but the extraordinary circumstances of the recent weeks/months have made it clear there are real superheroes in our midst, and they’re doing monumental tasks that comic book superheroes never imagined having to do. So today, let’s celebrate the real heroes in our communities.

Those heroes include people on the pandemic’s front lines: Doctors, nurses and every medical worker whose work life has collided with COVID-19. They continue to show up for work, day after day, facing unimaginable situations and having to quarantine from their own families. Yet, even knowing the risks they face, they still come to work. That is the very definition of courage and heroism. You have our deepest, most profound thanks and gratitude.

We also offer thanks and deep gratitude to first responders and law enforcement, who are dealing with unprecedented conditions and unknown risks as they work to keep people across the U.S. safe. They too are running up against the pandemic as they respond to legal and safety issues.

You may not know that as a food supplier, E.A. Sween is an essential services business. Today I need to thank every employee across the country as they continue working together to safely get our products into the hands of people who need them. Every worker, every delivery person, every employee working from home, is a hero. We cannot thank you enough for your work keeping our plants open and our trucks on their delivery routes. And our thanks to all the store owners and employees who keep their retail businesses open to sell these products, and all of our supplier and distribution partners who help us get products to those retailers. We’re always grateful to them, but perhaps never more than now.

We’re proud to provide extra financial compensation and extraordinary safety protocols for the front-line employees for the risks they take every day. We salute everyone within the E.A. Sween family. We couldn’t do it without you. Today—and everyday—you are superheroes.

E.A. Sween Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Tom H. Sween

 

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Why We Care: the Animal Humane Society

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We love the Animal Humane Society!

Every year, E.A. Sween Company and its product lines are thrilled to support organizations that do so much good work in their communities. In 2020, we’re going to introduce you to them, and hope you’ll find them as inspirational as we do!

First up: the Animal Humane Society. We’re a long-time sponsor of the Walk for Animals. Our support for the Animal Humane Society comes right from the top: Chief Executive Officer Tom H. Sween, who recently told us about his family’s history with—and love of—four-legged friends, and why supporting the Society represents a key E.A. Sween/Deli Express value.

Tom says: The Sween family has been surrounded by dogs for generations. They’re truly part of our families. That’s one of the reasons we’re excited to support the Animal Humane Society. As a company, it’s a critically important to us to partner with great causes that focus on an important need, especially causes that help others, whether it’s people or animals.

This is not just a Sween family desire. We want the company to support organizations our employees align with as well. We also want to align with partners who share the same passions we do: The power of working as one team with a common goal. The Animal Humane Society definitely shares that passion, and the work they do to help animals is amazing.

Animals add so much to our lives. They’re an amazing way to connect with a creature who genuinely wants to hang out with you and is always willing to experience life with 100% enthusiasm. Plus, they’re great listeners—which I need with 6 girls at home!

Currently, our dog Mac is an important part of our family who loves to be by my side. A couple of years ago, I had just returned from a very long flight and was terribly jetlagged. But I had to leave the very next day for a trade show in Las Vegas. As often happens when someone’s tired and jetlagged, it was hard to sleep. That morning, I had to get the kids on the bus and drop Mac off at the dogsitter on my way to the airport. Mac absolutely loves car rides, so he jumped right in the third row of my truck and snuggled down. I was on the phone before leaving town and the next thing I knew, I was at the airport. At the first stoplight there, Mac sat up and I saw him in the rear-view mirror. I admit I let loose with some choice words when I realized I’d forgotten to drop him off. I turned right around. He snuggled back down and enjoyed the extra ride while I was sweating bullets about making my overbooked flight with no option to change. I ran about as fast as I ever have through the airport and just made it onto the plane before they shut the door. But I made it, and Mac got a great ride that morning.

Have the Best of Holidays!

Have the best of holidays!

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5 Tips to Help Lessen Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving came and went, and now we’re heading straight into that crazy-making month: December. No matter which holidays you celebrate, the pressure is on. We have some suggestions to help you manage this season and hopefully make it cheery and bright.

  1. Cut back. Will the holiday be miserable if you don’t serve an 8-course dinner? What if the adults in your family draw names and just buy one gift, rather than gifts for everyone? Instead of decorating the house until it’s something Clark Griswold would envy, go low-key: a smaller tree, lights just around the front door rather than across the whole exterior of the house. Do you have someone in your life telling you that “everyone” must attend certain events? Let them go on your behalf.
  2. Make sure everyone gets some “me” time. Mom, Dad, kids—everyone needs a bit of down time. Instead of saying yes to every holiday invitation that comes along, set a maximum—no more than one event per weekend. Then carve out time for everyone to relax.
  3. Ask for help. You don’t have to do everything yourself. Ask your spouse, your parents, your kids as they get old enough to pitch in. Holiday gifts don’t have to be perfectly wrapped; let your kids help, even if it’s messy. Your parents might be more than willing to take on side dishes for the holiday meal. And when dinner is over, everyone needs to help clean up. It’ll go much faster, be less stressful—and it might even be fun.
  4. Let go of the idea that things must be perfect. Every smiling family on holiday commercials on TV seem to say: “Be perfect!” But in the end, people aren’t going to remember if your house was spotless or your table perfectly set. They’re going to remember laughter, togetherness and joy. No amount of dust bunnies can disrupt that.
  5. Take shortcuts. You’ve got the next 11 months out of the year to put homemade meals on the table, show up for every piano lesson, or make homemade outfits for the kids to wear in holiday photos. In December? Order outfits online, cancel a few piano lessons (your piano teacher will likely thank you), and don’t hesitate to bring home the family’s favorite Deli Express sandwiches for dinner. Put some carrots and dip on the side, and you’re good to go.
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The History of Hot to Go

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We Came a Long Way to Bring You Hot to Go!

This month on our Facebook page (and if you haven’t already, come over to Facebook and like us!), we’ve been highlighting some of our many Hot-to-Go Sandwiches. Deli Express, along with our parent company E.A. Sween, has a long, fun history with providing hot sandwiches for people on the go.

Did you know:

Earl August Sween started a Stewart Sandwich franchise in Bloomington, MN in 1954. Eventually he left Stewart and created a company bearing his name.

There was a big development in the 1970s that changed the Deli Express future: Microwaves began appearing in gas stations as those stations began to evolve into convenience stores. Now customers could buy a refrigerated sandwich, heat it up immediately and have “hot to go”! (Fun fact—Deli Express also offered microwave popcorn then, followed by the first lite microwave popcorn!)

In 1998, we solidified our vision of being able to provide all Americans “on the go” with a Deli Express sandwich, and to this day, we want to do everything to make sure you’re good to go!

 

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It’s Winter

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5 Ways to Dodge the Doldrums

The holiday season is past, and winter is upon us, for better or for worse. For many, it’s for worse; the winter doldrums can make this time of year dreary and difficult. Take heart: Though the days are short now, they are getting a little bit longer every day. In the meantime, here are some ways to battle the winter blues.

  1. Let there be light. The long nights and short days of winter are hard for so many people. Add to that stretches of time when the skies are gray, and it’s no wonder you’re feeling blah. You may need more light. Not just any light or lamp, but specially designed light therapy boxes that give you a sense of bright outdoor light.
  2. Move. Not to another city, state or country, but move your body. The doldrums can make you feel tired. But getting up and moving, whether it’s going outside for a brisk walk or skiing, or inside to a swimming pool or even mall walking, will re-energize you. Exercise helps your body release endorphins, which are hormones that can help you feel better.
  3. Change things up. Maybe you have hobbies you usually enjoy, but they’re just not doing it for you right now. It might be time to find some new hobbies, or find ways to change up the current ones. If you love to bake, try a different type of cooking, or take a cooking class that’s not about baking. Instead of crossword puzzles, try jigsaw puzzles. And whatever you choose, invite friends and family to join you. Which leads us to:
  4. Be social. It’s all too easy to hunker down and stay inside. But getting out and seeing close friends and family can do a tremendous amount of good. It’s tempting to cancel that coffee or lunch invite, but don’t. Put on the boots and the coat and enjoy the change of scenery.
  5. Have a winter party. Yell “Fie upon thee, winter!” by inviting friends over for an anti-winter gathering. Or, if you have young children, have a winter camp-out in your family room. Build a tent out of blankets, make hot cocoa and heat up some Chuckwagons in your make-believe campfire (otherwise known as a microwave). If you can’t beat winter, celebrate it.

Note: If your winter blues are making it hard for you to function in your daily life, it would be a good idea to visit your family doctor to check for any physical issues or deeper depression.

Make Breakfast Easy!

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5 Options for Satisfying Breakfasts on Even the Most Hectic Mornings

Mornings are great—if it’s a Saturday morning when you don’t have to be at the ice rink for hockey practice at 7 a.m. Otherwise? Oof—getting kids to school, daycare or sports, adults off to the adult part of the day, dogs to doggie daycare—it’s a rush that often seems crazy-making. Take advantage of our Hot-to-Go Breakfast Sandwiches to make the start of your day a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable, with something for everyone in your household.

  1. Don’t wait in a long line at a bagel shop when you can grab a Deli Express Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel. All the deliciousness in a fraction of the time.
  2. Or maybe there’s someone who needs some firing up. Our Chorizo Sausage, Jalapeno Egg, Cheese and Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich will make their eyes pop wide open! Bonus—extra water consumption. (Milk is also known for being a good foil to heat.)
  3. Feeling the need for a lighter bite? Try the Egg White, Ham & Cheese on an English Muffin. All the flavor and protein without the cholesterol of the egg yolk. Pair with some fresh fruit or fruit juice, and feel good.
  4. Go back to basics: The Sausage Biscuit or Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches give you delicious, hearty meat in a flaky pastry. Add some yogurt or fruit juice to round off that first meal of the day.
  5. Some days may feel like there’s just not enough breakfast in the world to get you going. But we’ve got you covered: Our Mega Omelet Sandwich with two sausage patties, cheese and bacon on a giant bun will fill that appetite. Finish that off, and you’re ready for anything the day can throw at you. (But you might have to double the order if you have athletic teenagers in the mix.)
Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year

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Make Promises, Not Resolutions!

It’s the end of 2018, the beginning of 2019, and the time when people make resolutions. Here at Deli Express, we have a recommendation for you: Don’t make a resolution.

Just look at that word: Resolutions. It’s so serious and ominous. And it’s all too easy to think you have to make huge, life-changing commitments that you maybe do or don’t want to make. Which is likely at least part of the reason that as many as 80% of resolutions made aren’t kept.

Instead, try this: Make promises to yourself. What kind of promises?

  1. Be kind with yourself. Does your morning often begin with “I should have, why didn’t I, if only I’d…”? You’re human. Cut yourself some slack.
  2. Be kind to others. You may never know how much that scowling person on the street needed a smile from a stranger. That’s OK. If you gave the smile, you were kind.
  3. Take a hard look at family commitments. Anything you can cut out to build in more down time? Being constantly on the run is stressful. Find moments to stop.
  4. Let go of the “perfect” ideas. Your home doesn’t have to be perfectly clean. You don’t have to serve four-course meals every night (or, actually, any night). It’s OK to be good enough.
  5. If you do have concrete things you want to accomplish in 2019, find ways to break them down into small chunks. “Become a master gardener” is a big, big task. “Cut up a little square in the corner of the yard and plant three kinds of vegetables” is much more manageable.
  6. Take a night off now and then. Bring home Deli Express sandwiches for dinner and spend time with the family, rather than scrambling to make a meal.
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Surviving Finals Week

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6 Tips for Surviving College’s Craziest Week

Whether you’re an undergrad or grad student, finals week can loom heavily in your schedule. It’s easy to become overwhelmed at everything you need to study and learn, and let anxiety drive your response. The more you can manage your stress, the better you’ll be prepared when test day arrives. Here are some tips to help you through the lead-up to finals week.

  1. Get some sleep. It seems counterintuitive—sleep, when you have so much studying and writing to do, when people around you are pulling all-nighters? But yes—build sleep into your prep schedule. A good night’s sleep has advantages that are important during finals week: When we don’t get enough sleep, we have trouble concentrating, and may even have difficulty remembering things. Since remembering things is key to finals week, adding sleep to the equation isn’t just a luxury—it’s a necessity.
  2. Break it down and set a schedule. Don’t look at that European history textbook and think, “I have to read 300 pages!” Instead, break it into smaller sections, and put them on your calendar on your phone or tablet, with reminders. Bit by bit, you’ll work through them with less anxiety.
  3. Take a break. Another item to schedule: Breaks. Every person is different; some people need short, frequent breaks, while others need fewer, but longer, distractions. But no matter which is best for you, don’t skip them. Taking a break gives your brain a much-needed rest, and you’ll return with more energy and focus.
  4. But when you’re not on break, turn off the social. It’s an easy temptation: “I’ll just send a quick Snapchat or spend a minute on Instagram.” But a minute or two can quickly spin out of control, and before you know it, you’re way behind on the schedule you carefully set. Better plan: Schedule plenty of down time to happen as soon as finals week is done.
  5. Four-legged therapy.  An increasing number of universities and colleges are bringing in therapy dogs during finals week. Take a break from cramming for a calc final and cuddle a pug or a golden doodle. It will do wonders for your mental health, and it only takes a few minutes. Life is always better with puppy kisses.
  6. Eat.  Don’t skip meals to study. Your body—and your brain—need nourishment. Skipping meals deprives them of what they need most to keep you going. Grab a Deli Express sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a big glass of water. Your body and brain will thank you and be better able to help you during finals week.