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JANUARY MONTHLY AWARENESS

SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Across the nation, law enforcement and organizations strive to eliminate human trafficking. Join the effort to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking in your community. - National Day Calendar

NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO DONATE BLOOD.

Due to increased seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, donations of blood and platelets decline and demand increases. The American Red Cross and Blood Banks of America encourage everyone who can donate to continue their donations. - National Day Calendar

MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BE A MENTOR.

National Mentoring Month is an annual designation observed in January. This month, focus on how we can all work together to increase the number of mentors to make sure young people in our communities have dependable people to look up to and follow in their footsteps. - National Day Calendar

 
 

FEBRUARY MONTHLY AWARENESS

BLACK HISTORY. CELEBRATING YOUR HISTORY.

Slavery in America started in 1619, when the privateer The White Lion brought 20 African slaves ashore in the British colony of JamestownVirginia. The crew had seized the Africans from the Portugese slave ship Sao Jao Bautista. 

Throughout the 17th century, European settlers in North America turned to African slaves as a cheaper, more plentiful labor source than indentured servants, who were mostly poor Europeans. - History.com

DONATE BLOOD. NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME.

Due to increased seasonal illnesses during the winter months and inclement weather conditions, donations of blood and platelets decline and demand increases. The American Red Cross and Blood Banks of America encourage everyone who can donate to continue their donations. - National Day Calendar

BE A MENTOR. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

National Mentoring Month is an annual designation observed in January. This month, focus on how we can all work together to increase the number of mentors to make sure young people in our communities have dependable people to look up to and follow in their footsteps. - National Day Calendar

 
 

MARCH MONTHLY AWARENESS

Are you an educator and looking for resources to help teach your class about amazing women who have had an impact on our country?

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH FOR THE CLASSROOM

RESOURCES TO HELP STUDENTS EXPLORE WOMEN'S CONTRIBUTION

LESSON PLANS AND ONLINE ACTIVITIES

 
 

APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

This is a topic that pulls at my heart. As a survivor of child abuse, I know how tough it is to need help but not know what to do and where to turn. It is my prayer that these resources will answer questions that gnaw at you. Prayerfully, these resources will point you in the right direction and give you relief, healing, comfort, peace, and hope as you move forward in life. If you need a listening ear or mentoring, please do not hesitate to contact me. - Rhovonda Brown, CEO

CHILD WELFARE

The 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. - Child Welfare Information Gateway

 
 

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH, AMERICAN STROKE AWARENESS, AND NATIONAL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION MONTH

It begins with the right kind of thinking. If our mind is clear and healthy, we can improve in the other areas of our lives. Below are some resources to help you grow mentally and physically. If you need a listening ear or mentoring, please do not hesitate to contact us.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FROM A-Z

Verywell Mind is a trusted and compassionate online resource that provides the guidance you need to improve your mental health and find balance. - VeryWell Mind

STROKE IS THE FIFTH-LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, more than 795,000 people have a stroke. Without oxygen, brain cells and tissue become damaged and begin to die within minutes. - Healthline

TIPS FOR REDUCING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with healthful nutrients that reduce the risk of chronic disease, help with weight control, and even manage blood sugar. - FoodandHealth.com

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION

You can maintain healthy blood pressure by changing your lifestyle or combining lifestyle changes with prescribed medications. - Center for Disease Control and Prevention

 
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JUNE IS MEN'S HEALTH MONTH

Looking for creative and inexpensive ideas to show the special man in your life that you care and appreciate him? We want to help you celebrate the men in your life. Download your FREE "5 Easy Ways to Show Him that You Care"

 

10 TIPS FOR MEN’S HEALTH

Take charge of your eating habits by choosing the types and amounts of foods you need. Make your food choices a priority and be physically active so you can be the healthy man you want to be.


Resource provided by USDA  ChooseMyPlate.gov

10 TIPS FOR TEEN GUYS

Feed your growing body by making better food choices today as a teen and as you continue to grow into your twenties. Make time to be physically active every day to help you be fit and healthy as you grow. 


Resource provided by USDA  ChooseMyPlate.gov

 
 

DON'T FORGET ABOUT US!

MOMMY AND DADDY, HELP US STAY HEALTHY, TOO. WE LOVE YOU!

CARING FOR YOUR INFANT'S VISION

How proactive are you when it comes to the health of your child's vision? American Academy of Ophthalmology gives tips and prevention for children's vision and eye care. Click on the button below to learn more.

VACCINES FOR ADULTS

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends certain vaccines for adults? Click on the button below to find out what they are.

STAY UP TO DATE ON YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS

Have your scheduled an appointment for your child's immunizations? Are you behind and need to catch up? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an Immunization Schedule that you can download. Keep your family healthy by staying on top of all vaccinations. Click the button below to download the CDC Vaccine Schedules.

GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT BREASTFEEDING?

What's the best way to hold my infant when I breastfeed? Should I take medicine while breastfeeding? Which is best, formula or breast milk? 


Have those questions answered and more. Download "Your Guide to Breastfeeding" created by the Office on Women's Health. The sixty page guide will help you the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding your baby. For more information visit womenshealth.gov.

 
 
 

The video above is created by Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT SUICIDE

Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. - National Institute of Mental Health


National Institute of Mental Health answers questions about suicide. Download the PDF.

Resource provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.

ATTEMPT SURVIVORS

Coping with the deep hurt after surviving a suicide attempt and finding hope is possible. The Lifeline is available for support, 24/7. Click the button below to get resources from The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

TODAY THERE IS HOPE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

 

TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR RECOVERY.

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NATIONAL SUICIDAL PREVENTION WARNING SIGNS LIFELINE WALLET CARD

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HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

How bad do you want to live a healthier life? How hard are you trying? Are you consistent? Do you have a support system in place? Have you made the necessary changes to be a healthier you?


Well, I encourage you to do your part. Don't try to follow someone else's regiment or journey. You do you! Who knows you better than yourself (besides those who are closest to you.)? You know what works for you. Now, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that you shouldn't get expert advice and have support, because you should. What I am saying is choose which method or resource works for you, and with the help of an expert or a coach do what you need to do to reach your goals.

For words of empower to motivate you to reach and exceed any goals, join our mailing list and have 12 Statements of Affirmation sent your email. And remember, do you and be hopeful!

 

Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy — such as taking a brisk 10 minute walk to and from the parking lot, bus stop, or subway station. Or, join an exercise class. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days. Every little bit adds up and doing something is better than doing nothing. Get tips for increasing physical activities from ChooseMyPlate.gov

 

HAVING A HARD TIME SLEEPING?

We've added helpful resources from Tuck, an organization who promotes sleep health awareness. Tuck is the most comprehensive source in sleep. They use comprehensive, understandable, and up-to-date research on sleep science and health to answer you sleep questions. Visit Tuck.com to learn more.

WOMEN AND INSOMNIA

Women are more prone to insomnia than men. More women have frequent bouts of sleeplessness (several times a week) than men, and this tendency extends over all periods of life. Not only that, but as people age, the gap between women and men increases. - Tuck

HOW TO BUILD A BEDTIME ROUTINE

How often does this happen to you? You hop into bed, turn out the lights, get cozy under the covers, and then … nothing. Your mind is racing, your body is wired, and you can’t fall asleep. If this is something that happens to you a lot, you might need a healthier bedtime routine. - Tuck

DIETING AND SLEEP

Good sleep helps control weight. Poor sleep leads to weight gain and vice versa. These are general statements, of course, and individual experience may vary, but if you are trying to diet and lose weight or you are trying to improve your sleep, it pays to keep these interactions in mind. - Tuck

 

MALIGNANT MESOTHELIOMA

 

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and/or heart. Rarely it can involve the testes. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos.


Oncologists and specialists offer a number of therapies that can help prolong survival and minimize symptoms and discomfort. In most cases all types of mesothelioma are too aggressive and too far advanced at the time of diagnosis to be cured. Average life expectancy is just 12 months after diagnosis.


Mesothelioma.net provides asbestos victims and their families with top quality free information and resources on their website, as well as the best medical and financial assistance to those who request their help. - Mesothelioma.net

 

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