Friday, January 29, 2016

Understanding Foster Care and Adoption

Cliff Davis has a long history of supporting children’s services and programs, primarily foster care and adoption. These services are crucial to the well-being of our future generations. In order to strengthen society as a whole, we must raise strong children. It is safe to assert that most kids in the foster care system are at a disadvantage and need immense love and support. Adoption provides an alternative solution for mothers who are unable to care for their children. In both circumstances, raising children in happy, healthy, loving homes is the goal. There are some important differences between foster care and adoption. It is helpful to understand these distinctions.

The most notable difference between these two services is that foster care is temporary and adoption is permanent. Foster care aims to get children back into a permanent home as quickly as possible. Typically, this means returning the child to their parents or legal guardian. However, sometimes kids in foster care become available for adoption. Adoption is permanent. Once an adoption is final, the adoptive parents are forever that child’s legal guardians.

From a legal standpoint, there is also an important distinction between these two services. In a foster care situation, the birth parents retain parental rights. This means a foster parent cannot make major parenting decisions that require legal guardianship. This may include medical decisions, signing specific forms, changing the child’s name or religion and so on. Adoption on the other hand provides the adoptive parents with full legal parental rights. The birth parents cease to have any parental rights, giving all of those rights to the adoptive parents.

Both of these services provide significant building blocks in the lives of many children. The importance of these programs cannot be overstated. If you are interested in becoming a foster care parent, contact your local child welfare department. If you are considering adoption, as a birth parent or as an adoptive parent, Cliff recommends Destiny adoption agency.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why Eat Kale?

Because health is important to Cliff, he has implemented kale into his regular diet. Typically, he drinks a kale smoothie every morning for breakfast. Kale has enormous health benefits. Here are just a few reasons to consider adding this nutrient rich food into your diet.

The Basics
  1. Low calories - 1 cup = 36 cal.
  2. High-fiber - 1 cup = 5 g of fiber.
  3. No fat - Kale has zero fat.

kale is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.
Vitamin K - Kale is high in vitamin K. This important nutrient assists with bone and blood health.
Iron - kale has more iron per calorie than beef. This is great for vegetarians or those who prefer avoiding red meats.
Vitamin A - High in vitamin A, kale is great for your vision and skin.
Vitamin C - This vitamin is excellent for boosting your immune system and metabolism.
Antioxidants - Antioxidants are a powerful method for preventing a variety of illnesses.
Lowers cholesterol - Because of the cardiovascular support provided, kale can help lower your cholesterol.

Kale is an easy food to add to your regular diet. It can simply be put into a salad or used to garnish a main course. You can also juice it or  include it as a smoothie ingredient. There are a number of tasty kale recipes available. The food we eat has a great impact on the function of our bodies. Consider eating kale regularly to enjoy these great health benefits.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kids and Sports

Cliff encourages his children to stay active and healthy. Getting kids involved in team sports is a great way to accomplish this. Below is a photo of Cliff’s son at a recent end of season football banquet. Football is one of the many sports Cliff played throughout his life. He is still a huge fan of the sport and gets great enjoyment out of watching his son play.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tampa, FL luxury estate

Cliff Davis purchased an abandoned home in 2010. It was partially built and had structural damage. He completed the construction and turned it into a gorgeous European inspired modern castle. It is an enormous estate located in South Tampa, FL.  The video shows the amazing completed project.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Exercise and Productivity

Cliff Davis is a busy professional based in Tampa, FL. In addition to a full work schedule, he has four children and an active social life. He is what many would consider a “highly productive individual.” He attributes much of his productivity levels to a regular exercise routine. By making physical health a priority, it improves all areas of his life. Here are a few ways that exercise can improve your productivity and overall well-being.

  • Energy - Exercise increases blood flow to the brain. This improves alertness and energy. Energy plays a vital role in your productivity. A regular cardio workout is a great way to maintain optimal energy levels.
  • Physical health - An active life requires your body to be in top physical condition. Exercise helps to keep your body at a reasonable weight and gives you more stamina to take on the tasks at hand. It also decreases your risk of injury and illness. Few things will slow you down more than being hurt or sick.
  • Mental health - Exercise can play a significant role in your mental health. The brain releases serotonin during exercise, which improves overall mood. Mental health professionals often recommend exercise for those struggling with anxiety and depression. Having a positive attitude helps you stay productive.

Consider implementing a regular exercise routine into your life. Not only will it increase productivity, but it can have positive effects that reach into all areas of your life. It is difficult to perform at your best when your body is not in shape to handle the requirements of a full life.

2015 St Anthony’s Olympic Triathlon

Cliff participated in the 2015  St Anthony’s Olympic Triathlon held in St. Petersburg, FL. This event took place through the scenic downtown area. It started with a waterfront swim, then a flat and fast  bicycle route and ended with a running course known as a favorite to many professional athletes.Below are some photos of Cliff participating in the event.

Protecting Hospice

For the past several years, Cliff Davis has worked to provide high-quality living facilities for the elderly. As part of his involvement, he has come to realize the importance of hospice care. With recent budget cuts to hospice programs, the need for support is now crucial. Hospice programs are experiencing an increasing need for both financial support and volunteers. Here are just a few of the primary reasons we need to support and protect hospice care programs.

The Numbers
The estimated number of people living with at least one chronic illness by the year 2020 is 157 million. Currently, 7 out of 10 americans die from a chronic disease. The cost of caring for these individuals is exceedingly high. Hospital bills can be overwhelming for a family. Hospice relieves some of the financial burden.

Comprehensive Care
Hospice care provides a comprehensive plan for the patient. A team of healthcare professionals work together to create the most comfortable circumstance for the patient. There is heavy focus on comfort and pain relief. Hospice workers include the family and address their emotional anxieties as well.

The Patient
The most important part of hospice is that it allows the patient to be in a calm, quiet, and familiar environment. The patient’s wishes are top priority. In our final days, we all deserve this level of care and respect.

Cliff and his family encourage you to support hospice programs in any way possible. The recent budget cuts to these programs have been devastating. To learn more about how you can help, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Kenner Assisted Living Center

Windermere Senior Care Facility.

These are aerial photos of Windermere Senior Care Facility under construction. It is a facility located in Orlando, FL. When completed, it will provide 128 rooms and 150 beds.

Completed Project

 This is a completed assisted living facility in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. It has 127 rooms and 150 beds.