Three of the Easiest Vegetables for New Gardeners

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Vegetables for New Gardeners

With over 19 years of experience in business development, human resources, client support, and operations, Gary Rixson works as Balance Innovations’ Vice President of Business Development. Among the hobbies Gary Rixson keeps himself busy with outside of work is vegetable gardening.

Growing your own vegetables can be a rewarding and healthy way to cut your grocery costs down, but gardening can often be intimidating to the beginner. Here are three of the easiest veggies you can grow at home to add to your dinner table.

1. Summer Squash – Summer squash, like zucchini, grow easily and quickly. They also are not very fussy, so you can plant them in containers or in the ground. While they do prefer a good deal of moisture and warmer soil, this just means you can plant them later in the season.

2. Carrots – Another easy-to-grow vegetable, carrots grow best in deep, well-drained soil, like that of a raised garden bed. If you do not have a raised bed, fret not, you can still grow carrots in a smaller space, or directly in the ground, though they likely will not grow as big.

3. Lettuce – Salads are practically the cornerstone of a healthy diet, and fortunately for you, it is fairly easy to grow. Lettuce does best in the cooler weather of spring and fall, and some varieties can be trimmed multiple times, increasing your harvest. Lettuce does not require much space and can even be grown in containers for gardeners without much room.


Chicago Marathon Runners Invited to Post-Race Festivities

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Chicago Marathon

A Vice President with Balance Innovations, Gary Rixson specializes in reviewing and deploying unique cash management and cash reconciliation solutions for large retailers. In his leisure time, Gary Rixson is an avid runner and completed the Chicago Marathon in 2013.

Chicago Marathon participants are invited to participate in the 27th Mile Post-Race Party, which will be held at Grant’s Park Butler Field. Attendees over 21 years of age will also be able to redeem the tear-off portion of their bib for a free 312 Urban Wheat Ale, and additional food and beverages will also be on hand for purchase.

Also, runners will be able to meet up with their families at the Runner Reunite section of the party, which will be sectioned off alphabetically to help runners and families more easily find one another. Runners should allow for enough time to pick up their belongings from gear check, as well as the time it will take to make their way through the finish area, when making meetup plans with their families.

Runners will be treated to complimentary massages after the race from faculty, students, and alumni of the Cortiva Institute, which will be held at the massage tent, located in the southwest corner of the party area.

Chiefs Place Charles on PUP List

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Kansas City Chiefs


Vice President of Balance Innovations, Gary Rixson possesses more than 20 years of experience working in business development, operations, and various leadership roles. Outside his professional life, Gary Rixson follows the NFL and is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs recently placed star running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list, but head coach Andy Reid says the move is not indicative of any delay in his recovery from an injured knee.

Charles is looking to bounce back from ACL surgery after injuring his knee in a week five loss to the Chicago Bears last season.

Reid says that Charles is on track, but that the team wants to be patient with his recovery. With capable replacements Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware in the backfield, the Chiefs can afford to take a cautious approach with Charles’ return timetable.

The Chiefs are able to remove Charles from the physically unable to perform list when he receives medical clearance from doctors, though it appears that may not happen anytime soon.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Sponsors Team for Chicago Marathon

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Ronald McDonald House Charities

Possessing more than 20 years of experience working in business development, sales, and human resources, Gary Rixson is a business development consultant at Lockton Companies of Kansas City, Missouri. Dedicated to helping others, Gary Rixson supports several philanthropic endeavors, one of which includes the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). He ran the 2012 Chicago Marathon to benefit this charity.

Established in 1974, RMHC helps families by offering them a place to rest and recharge close to hospitals where their children are receiving care. Each year, the organization helps more than six million children and their families around the world.

In 2006, Bob Marshall put a team together to run the Chicago Marathon to raise money for RMHC. During that first year, 32 runners raised $39,000. Since then, Team RMHC has raised more than $5 million dollars, including $1.18 in 2015 alone. For the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, Team RMHC seeks to raise $1.5 million with the help of almost 1,000 racers. Members of the RMHC team receive entry into the marathon, which is $185 for US citizens and $210 for international participants, and a Team RMHC running shirt. On race weekend, they receive a pre-race pasta dinner the night before the race, and access to the Team RMHC hospitality tent with pre- and post-race snacks as well as massages on race day.

Long-Term Support from the Wounded Warrior Project

A consultant with Lockton Companies, Gary Rixson specializes in planning and executing employee benefit communication strategies for major organizations. Outside of his professional work, Gary Rixson supports a number of charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Founded in 2003 by a group of veterans in Virginia, WWP currently counts more than 76,000 alumni and expects to have served 100,000 people by 2017. Focused on helping veterans injured as a result of their military service on or after September 11, 2001, WWP is dedicated to raising public awareness of the needs of injured service members, connecting wounded warriors with people who have had similar experiences, and meeting their needs with a number of programs.

WWP offers two programs for long-term support: the Long-Term Support Trust and the Independence Program. Addressing veterans who lose their long-term caregivers and who may otherwise be placed in an institution, the Trust provides funds for services including home-care transportation, case management, and life-skills training.

Created to help veterans who require family or caregiver assistance as the result of moderate to severe neurological injuries, the Independence Program concentrates on crafting a customized plan for each recipient. If a veteran needs assistance to pursue his or her education or volunteer work, for example, the program works with the veteran and his or her support group to make the goal a reality. It also supports recovery goals ranging from general wellness to recreational and social recovery.

Ronald McDonald House Charities – Focused on Family Support

An MBA graduate of Baker University, Gary Rixson has served as a consultant with Lockton Companies since 2013. Gary Rixson also contributes to a number of nonprofits, including the United Way and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

Dedicated to helping children with critical health needs and their families, Ronald McDonald House Charities is guided by the core values of accountability, child-focused care, diversity, and heritage. Founded in 1974, RMHC offers scholarships and grants in addition to its programs to provide accommodations like care mobiles and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in more than 60 countries. With financial support and volunteers mainly from McDonald’s restaurants, the RMHC is able to fund and expand its programs, including what is perhaps its best-known program, the Ronald McDonald Houses.

Currently, the organization hosts more than 300 Houses throughout the world. Each location allows families to be near their children during medical treatment for little or no cost. Staffed by trained volunteers, they take the day-to-day burden of cleaning and meal-planning off of family members so they can focus on the medical needs of their child. Every Ronald McDonald House provides private bedrooms and play areas, home-cooked meals; while some of them also make educational, recreational, and support services available.

About the Chicago Marathon and Its Requirements

A consultant with Lockton Companies since 2013, Gary Rixson specializes in benefit communication and insourcing. In addition to his professional experience, Gary Rixson is an avid runner, and completed the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Established in 1977, the Chicago Marathon is one of the largest such events in the United States. With a time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes, the marathon now draws some 45,000 participants each year with goals to set personal best times or world records, or raise money for charity. The marathon’s 26.2 mile length is known for its flat, even course through 29 neighborhoods. It attracts almost 2 million spectators.

In order to ensure a safe and fun marathon for everyone involved, participants must meet a number of qualifications, whether they are running individually or as part of a team for an officially selected charity. For instance, participants must be at least 16 years old when they run, and people 17 and younger must have their parents’ permission. Participants must also be able to complete the course within the time limit and follow the orders of officials, while conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Finally, participants can only wear their own bib numbers and timing devices to ensure fair, accurate finish times.