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Chompies presents a check to Playworks Arizona to help prevent bullying in Arizona schools

Chompie’s Donates $11,282 to Playworks Arizona

October is anti-bullying month and Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York Deli, is doing its part to help keep recess yards at Phoenix area schools safe.  On October 24th, Chompie’s presented a check to Playworks Arizona totaling $11,282 through its “Chompie’s Cares” program.

Playworks Arizona is a non-profit organization that transforms recess by placing full time coaches at schools to teach the kids how to play together, resolve conflicts through rock-paper-scissors, and how to be inclusive.  The results are amazing, as bullying decreases, students feel safer and healthier, and students return to class ready to learn.

This past March, Chompie’s and Playworks collaborated to create a new kids menu for Chompie’s that helps teach kids how to solve conflicts and promote inclusion within schools and on the recess yard. For every kids meal purchased from the new kids menu, as well as for every Chompie’s brand water bottle sold at the restaurant and deli, Chompie’s makes a donation to Playworks to help schools run much needed programs that teach kids to be inclusive and boost self-confidence.

The first donation from kids meal purchases and water bottles equaled $11,282.  Additional donations from Chompie’s will be made at regular intervals based on future purchases from the kids menu and water bottles.

The interactive and educational kids menu at Chompie’s offers 19 different breakfast, lunch and dinner kids meals and introduces a new gluten-free friendly section with menu items such as waffles, macaroni and cheese and flatbread cheese pizza. The regular kids meals include all-time favorites like chicken fingers, French toast and cheeseburgers, plus a selection of sliders. The new menu also includes fun interactive learning games that teach sharing, inclusion and conflict resolution.

“This partnership with Chompie’s is the first of its kind in the nation for our organization,” said Chuck Warshaver, Executive Director of Playworks Arizona. “Chompie’s not only is making a donation for each kids meal purchased, but they allowed us to help design the menus to include games and activities focused on our core values of inclusion. We couldn’t ask for a more effective partnership to talk to kids and parents to help reduce bullying, increase teaching time and increase physical activity in our schools.”

“We visited some of the schools using the Playworks program and were overwhelmed by the response from principals, teachers and students as to how successful the program is at reducing bullying and increasing teaching time for teachers thanks to fewer students being sent to the office for bad behavior and how the transition from recess to class time dramatically improved,” said Neal Borenstein, owner of Chompie’s. “We sought to create a new kids menu that encompassed the core values that Playworks teaches on the recess yard, and based on early responses from our guests we know we succeeded.  We’re very proud of this partnership and our ability to make this donation to Playworks Arizona to reduce bullying in schools.”

A survey of teachers and administrators from the seven Phoenix area schools that participated in the program during the 2012-2013 academic school year credit Playworks Arizona for:

·         A 90% reduction in disciplinary incidents
·         A 68% increase in academic success
·         A 95% improvement in overall school climate
·         16 hours of recovered teaching time

To view the Chompie’s Kids menu and activities online visit: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/chompies/FullKidsMenu.pdf

For more information about Chompie’s Cares and Playworks go to http://chompies.com/ccares.php

bullying

How to Detect and Protect Against Workplace Bullying

Stories of workplace bullying are commonplace throughout the United States.

Some real-life examples:

Mavis: “When I started there, I was told that someone had been acting in the position and had expected to get the job. This person continually undermined me and turned other staff against me. I endured 12 months of hell, and felt as if I was sinking in quicksand.”

A male employee at a different company: “The misery took over my whole life. I turned nasty and bitter and treated my wife and kids like whipping posts. After many visits to a psychologist, I was able to think of all the positive things in my life. Now I look back and think I wouldn’t want to go through that experience again.”

In general, there are no legal repercussions for non-physical bullying except in specific cases, such as sexual harassment. In fact, bullying is a character trait that tends to be condoned in American society. Consider our national obsession — football. The object of this celebrated game is to get the ball to the other player’s goal, no matter what it takes: trampling, hitting, pushing, screaming. If football is a metaphor for American society, then the winner is the person who pushes others out of the way and wins no matter the cost.

Bullies win by controlling situations and people around them. They crave power and the attention that comes from getting what they want.

Adults have a difficult time performing their jobs effectively when subjected to bullying by a co-worker. It takes a toll physically because of our physiological responses to emotional stress. Typically, victims endure feelings of depression, guilt and shame, and they suffer sleep loss and fatigue.  In some cases, victims begin to believe the bully’s behavior is warranted, and they develop feelings of worthlessness. They cannot complete tasks at the same level as others in their units.

Victims of bullying may suffer from panic disorders, post traumatic stress syndrome, agoraphobia and stress-induced high blood pressure. If they leave the job or are docked because of resulting lowered performance, they face economic issues. Some take their own lives.

The abuse takes a toll on victims in every way imaginable.

Are you a bully?

Being accused of being the bully can be difficult to accept. You may believe your actions were unintentional, or a justified emotional response to provocation. Perhaps, you see yourself as the only one in the office qualified to do anything right.  However, whatever you have said or done, whether purposefully or not, you have created a culture of negativity for at least one person and you need to honestly assess the situation and your role in it.

Symptoms that you may be the bully include:

• Insulting a coworker (remember, one person’s “joke” may be another’s insult).

• Undermining another employee’s work by creating a hostile environment or perhaps by consistently calling their attention to “flaws”. (Bullies focus on a person, while constructive criticism focuses on a task.)

• As an employer, ignoring your employees’ suggestions.

• Humiliating your employee in front of others.

If any of these sound like something that you may be doing, it is important to address this immediately with your victim. You may want to speak with your doctor about getting help, such as counseling, sensitivity training, anger management and other seminars.

It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of a bully in order to help the victim and the victimizer deal with and exterminate the behavior.

If you are a victim, diligently record workplace bullying events. If you choose to make a formal complaint, you will be responsible for providing information should there be charges brought against the bully.

Rakesh Malhotra, founder of Five Global Values, is a world-traveled, values-driven business leader who specializes in organization behavior. Rakesh’s fascination with the connection between human behavior and core values was sparked many years ago. As a result of working, living, and traveling around the world to nearly  40 countries, Rakesh realized that the Five Global Values determine overall  human behavior  across all cultures. He is also the author of Adventures of Tornado Kid: Whirling Back Home Towards Timeless Values.

Fight Ready

Fight Ready To Hold Camps For Kids To Combat Bullying, Obesity

Fight Ready, Arizona’s leading martial arts academy, is holding a two-week-long summer camp for kids between the ages of 8-14 geared towards anti-bullying and building leadership skills while improving confidence and fitness through the martial arts.

Fight Ready will teach children anti-bullying techniques that will reduce their likelihood of attack, in addition to self-defense techniques designed to effectively and safely disengage from physical altercations.

Domonique Moore, Fight Ready rep, says, “Most of the kids in our program are there for the same reason; they were bullied in school or sports. Almost every year, Fight Ready (formerly the Lion’s Den), has offered a martial arts summer camp to our members. This year, I wanted to make a larger impact in the community and reach out to as many children as possible, in an effort to help remove bullying in schools, sports and online.”

Through these methods, Fight Ready aims to teach kids how to recognize, refuse and report bullying, as well as to be assertive and build relationships. Studies have found this youth program reduces the occurrence of bullying by 31 percent, and helps cut down the destructive behavior in kids by 70 percent when compared to the national average.

Empowering kids to harness their inner confidence is what this program is all about, and we are very proud to be able to say we make a difference,” Moore says.

The camp will also include sports conditioning to improve kids’ overall fitness level. This will also give them a competitive advantage in any sport they’re currently involved in, or will become involved with, the following school year.Fight Ready

The martial arts portion will cover the basics of wrestling, grappling, Brazilian jiu- jitsu, boxing, muay Thai and judo throws, giving kids a broad, beginner martial arts base.

Pre-registration is required; each session limited to 20 kids:

Session 1: June 4-8 and 11-15
Session 2: June 9-1 and 16-20
Cost: $250
Location: 2954 N Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Contact: (480) 941-5466

For more information about Fight Ready, visit fightreadymma.com.