Feeding America Provides Meals for Children in Alabama

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Feeding America
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Leading over 800 employees, Ramon Arias serves as president of Bravo Corporation, a flourishing pizza franchise headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Ramon Arias is also involved in charitable undertakings and has donated more than 300,000 meals to food banks in his locality through the Feeding America initiative in Alabama.

The largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, Feeding America sources food donation from national food manufacturers, growers, packers, government agencies, retailers, and others, and then transports donated food and other items to member food banks. Over 4 billion meals were served last year to over 46 million people in need in a country that, ironically, annually wastes food measured in the billions of pounds.

In the state of Alabama, 1 in 5 individuals struggle with hunger. The state is served by five Feeding America food banks, including the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham, which distributes over 10 million meals across 12 counties each year. The Central Alabama chapter also maintains programs such as the Weekenders Backpack Program, which delivers more than 16,000 meals per week to children via a backpack.


Three Things You Don’t Know About the 1959 Film Ben-Hur



Ramon Arias, Birmingham, Alabama business owner, is responsible for a thriving restaurant franchise under the Bravo Corporation. When he is not tending to his many restaurants, Ramon Arias enjoys watching historical films in his Birmingham, Alabama home. His favorite movie is the classic Ben-Hur.

The 1959 film Ben-Hur, starring Charleston Heston, was a highly popular film in its day, and widely considered to be a great classic in modern times. The story of the movie’s making is popular in Hollywood, but fans may not know the following unusual facts from the great film’s creation.

1. Director William Wyler did not want to take on the project at first, as he considered the script to be weak. He reconsidered partially because he wanted to one-up Hollywood nemesis Cecil B. DeMille, who had just finished the Ten Commandments, and partially because MGM offered him a record-breaking salary.

2. In the film, Jesus was portrayed by opera singer Claude Heater. Mr. Heater’s face was not shown, and he was not credited for his role, out of religious reverence.

3. The set for the iconic chariot race was the largest set in history at the time. It was a historically accurate duplicate of a real Roman stadium, which required 40,000 tons of white sand and covered 18 acres.

SECU Extends Dr. Pepper Education Abroad Awards to 28 Students


Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Southeastern Conference (SEC)

President of Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, since 2002, Ramon Arias manages more than 800 employees. A football and soccer enthusiast, Birmingham’s Ramon Arias has a keen interest in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

In 2005, the SEC established SECU, an academic initiative with a focus on study abroad. Recently, SECU announced the 2016-17 recipients of its Dr. Pepper Education Abroad Awards.

More than two dozen students from SEC universities, such as the University of Alabama and Mississippi State University, are being given the opportunity to study abroad in faculty-led programs during the 2016-17 academic school year, thanks to a large contribution from the Dr. Pepper company. To qualify for the award, students must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to academic success.

This year’s winners are studying in an array of countries, including Italy, France, Ghana, Jamaica, and South Korea. To learn more about SECU’s academic programs, visit the official website at TheSECU.com.

Distinguishing between Virgin and Extra Virgin Olive Oils

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Olive Oils
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A respected Birmingham, Alabama, entrepreneur, Ramon Arias leads Bravo Corporation. He oversees a restaurant franchise operation with an extensive footprint throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area. Ramon Arias has a longstanding interest in food and the way it is sourced from areas spanning the globe. With products labeled “extra virgin” recognized as of the highest quality, olive oil is one of the most distinctive products of the Mediterranean.

To receive the “virgin” label, olive oil must be made through simple pressing, without any of the modern industrial processes used. In particular, the use of high temperatures and solvents in the manufacturing process is not allowed. These are common in the production of refined cooking oil from ingredients such as soybeans and sunflowers.

The difference between “virgin” and “extra virgin” primarily has to do with taste. The latter is higher in natural minerals and vitamins and lower in oleic acid, which helps preserve more of its true olive taste. Lacking sensory flaws, the extra virgin product should have a color in the golden-green range and feature a finish on the palate that is slightly peppery.

The Exciting 2016 Alabama Football Inside Linebacker Lineup

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Alabama Football
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Since 2002, Ramon Arias has served as the president of Birmingham, Alabama’s Bravo Corporation. A resident of Birmingham, Ramon Arias is proud of Alabama Football and looking forward to an excellent 2016 season. Under coach Nick Saban, the inside linebacker position has been especially strong with names like Rolando McClain, C.J. Moseley, Reggie Ragland, and Dont’a Hightower all drafted in the top two rounds. The coming 2016 season may have the best inside linebacker lineup yet.

The star of the 2016 lineup is Reuben Foster, who will inherent Reggie Ragland’s spot from last season. Last summer, he was voted the hardest hitter on the team and he showed remarkable improvement in speed and coverage awareness during the 2015 season. Other team members in the top rotation include Shaun Hamilton, who has been a hard-hitter since his freshman year, and Rashaan Evans, a former outside edge rusher who is distinguished by his speed.

The 2016 season also brings one promising newcomer. Ben Davis has become one of the most hyped recruits. He is a smart player who is slated to become a top backup by the end of the season. Unfortunately, the other new recruit, Shawn Jennings, will likely not play at all this season due to an injury.

How to Join the Fight Against Hunger in Alabama

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Feeding America
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For more than a decade, Ramon Arias has led Bravo Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama, as its president. When not involved in his responsibilities for work, Ramon Arias seeks to help individuals in need in the greater Birmingham, Alabama, community. One of the organizations that he supports is Feeding America, through which he has helped provide more than 300,000 meals to area food banks.

Individuals can support Feeding America in a number of ways. One important initiative that Feeding America has created to help fight hunger is Set the Table, a program that allows individuals to create personal fundraisers. Through Set the Table, individuals can invite their friends and family to support the important work of Feeding America. However, donations are not the only form of support. Volunteering time is just as important and critical to ensuring that people in need have consistent access to quality foods.

Another way to fight hunger is to serve as an advocate. Feeding Hunger works hard to educate elected officials about the needs of the community and individuals can help by writing to their representatives and pushing for better legislation. Ending hunger involves talking about the issues and raising awareness in local communities as much as possible.

Supporting Children with Parental Involvement in Youth Sports


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Youth Sports

A resident of Birmingham, Alabama, Ramon Arias serves as the president of Bravo Corporation, a company also based in Birmingham, Alabama. When not tending to his duties at Bravo Corporation, Ramon Arias enjoys spending time with his children, and has been especially involved with youth soccer, which his children played as they were growing up.

Parental involvement in youth sports is important in creating a positive experience for children. However, parents can be involved both positively and negatively. Providing verbal encouragement, being present at games, and giving children autonomy in choosing a sport is viewed as positive involvement. On the other hand, putting pressure on children to win or to perform according to certain standards is considered negative involvement.

Research has shown a direct correlation between positive parent involvement and a child’s level of both enjoyment and success in youth sports. In addition, researchers have suggested a moderate level of involvement, explaining that over-involvement could put pressure on a child, which would diminish enjoyment. Ultimately, parents should ask their children about expectations. Children should set the bar for how much or how little they want the parent to be involved.