I would consider myself pretty healthy. I’m 37 years old 5’5” 160lbs, I don’t smoke, do drug, drink occasionally and exercise a few times a week. I don’t do anything considered extreme by any means. But lately (last 2 years to be exact) my body fat percentage has been rising. For my height and age the normal body weight percentage is should be 25-31% as acceptable. Body Fat Percentage Categories Classification Women (% Fat) Men (% Fat) Athletes 14-20% 6-13% Fitness 21-24% 14-17% Acceptable 25-31% 18-25% Obese 32% + 25% + Last year I was 28% body fat and this year I was at 29%Read More →

On Thursday, November 20, IEA welcomed fifty guests to The Barder House in Pasadena, California, for our Autumn Benefit. The heartwarming sense of community along with an intellectually stimulating lecture created an amazing evening. Thank you to all who joined us. Here are a few of the event highlights. After an opening reception featuring cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by Matt Roman, attendees enjoyed a guest lecture by IEA parent and friend Dr. Steve Hindle. Dr. Hindle presented a comparative talk on the English and American Civil Wars, making parallels between the takeover of the British monarchy by Oliver Cromwell and the leadership ofRead More →

By Jennifer Kennedy Jennifer is IEA’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She has been working to spread the word about IEA and the needs of gifted children for the past three years and, in the process, has learned a great deal about herself and the gifted children in her life. As many of you did, I spent Thanksgiving week thinking a great deal about gratitude. There are a multitude of things for which I am truly grateful – my family, friends, my wonderful job, and the comfort in which I am able to live – but they seem to fall into the category of Thanksgiving clichés.Read More →

An investment is a good way to increase your earnings and secure your future. However, before you pour capital into a business, you need to do a risk assessment to make sure that the investment is worth it. For example, if you want to invest in a paper writing company, you need to make sure that your investment is going to yield returns by learning as much as you can about the business before you make your move. This article will help you make an informed decision when you want to invest in a writing company or start a writing business. Some factors to considerRead More →

By Louise Hindle, IEA Program Manager It’s that time of year when we rack our minds to recall, imagine, or anticipate the ‘perfect’ gift. Whether that perfect gift is for a holiday party, for Christmas, for Hanukkah – it just is, unrelentingly, ‘that’ time of year. Trying to answer why we give is perhaps more complicated. We may give because there is an expectation, arguably enforced upon us by the commercial world in which we live and struggle to escape or hide from; we may give because we feel obliged to do so; but most of all, I’d like to think most of us giveRead More →

Every year at IEA, we choose a theme to incorporate across all of our programs. This year’s theme was “The Common Good.” At IEA, we believe it is important to inspire and encourage children to make a difference in the world, to pursue the common good. On December 10, the Nobel Peace Prize was presented to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Malala is the youngest recipient of the prestigious award. After being named the winner, she thanked her father “for not clipping my wings, forRead More →

The easiest ways to make money are often not very lucrative, and the most lucrative gigs usually aren’t very easy. Hark, a middle ground: getting paid for everyday activities. Walking, eating, watching TV and even sleeping can be monetized. Individually, the apps or side jobs that pay you to do these things may not pay much, but we are complex creatures capable of pairing up these tasks — and gaming the system. That’s right. You can be getting paid to walk your neighbor’s dog while racking up miles for a step-counter app and getting paid for listening to a podcast, all at the same time.Read More →

2014 was another eventful year at IEA! Here are just a few of the highlights from the year. We dedicated and named our new home, The Barder House, in honor of Sarah D. Barder, whose generosity and vision have greatly impacted the Institute for Educational Advancement and our nation’s brightest youth. Ms. Barder’s family and more than 150 members of the IEA community were in attendance. More than 100 campers attended Yunasa and Yunasa West this year, where they learned to balance the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of their lives. We had the tremendous opportunity to host three Academy sessions at TheRead More →