National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2011

Today is National HIV Testing Day! Each year on June 27, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) organizes National HIV Testing Day, in partnership with other national and local entities across the country. NAPWA was one of the first AIDS organizations to advocate that people at risk of infection should seek out voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

Today, CDC estimates approximately 21 percent of the 1.3M Americans living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. NAPWA believes voluntary HIV counseling and testing is a critical first step in taking control and responsibility over one’s health, hence their message: “Take the Test, Take Control.”

One of their big partners is, Greater Than AIDS, who has been running campaigns called “My Deciding Moment.”

They list 5 ways to be greater than AIDS:

  1. Know– Get the facts about HIV/AIDS
  2. Talk-Start the conversation
  3. Protect– Use a condom
  4. Get Tested– Find an HIV testing center
  5. Take action– Get involved locally

For more information visit:

http://www.napwa.org/

http://www.greaterthan.org/

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Home Safety Month

June 23, 2011

June is Home Safety Month, and this year the Home Safety Council’s theme is “Hands on Home Safety.” The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home injuries. HSC suggests simple hands-on steps to create a safer home environment from the five leading causes of home injury: falls, poisonings, fires and burns, choking or suffocation, and drowning.

According to the Home Safety Council, 5.1 million injuries resulted from slips and falls on average each year, with falls accounting for more than one-third of all unintentional home injury deaths.

The Home Safety Council urges families to follow these safe steps:

Prevent Falls:

• Have handrails on both sides of the stairs.

• Make sure handrails go from the top to the bottom of stairs.

• Have lots of lights at the top and the bottom of the stairs.

• It is easy to trip on small rugs.  Tape them to the floor or do not use them at all.

• Keep the stairs clear.

• Have nightlights in the bedroom, hall and bathroom.

• Have a mat or non-slip strips in the tub and shower.

• Have grab bars in the tub and shower.

• Wipe up spills as they happen.

Protect Young Children from Falls

• Use safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.

• Use a safety gate to prevent falls from balconies.

• Window guards can keep a child from falling out the window.

• Don’t put cribs, beds and other furniture close to upstairs windows.

• Put away ladders and step stools after using them.

• Cover the ground under playground equipment with a thick layer (9-12 inches) of mulch, wood chips or other safety material.

Take a look at this video about preventing hazardous falls from breaking health news website HealthWatchMd:

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For more information, visit:

http://www.homesafetycouncil.org/AboutUs/HSM/au_hsm_w001.asp


Men’s Health Week

June 14, 2011

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to Father’s Day, in hopes of encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. According to the CDC, women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men. On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.

Men’s health is truly a family issue because of its impact on mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. So, this week encourage the men and boys in your life to get a checkup and do something good for their bodies!

For more information visit:

http://www.menshealthmonth.org/week/index.html


National Cancer Survivors Day

June 6, 2011

National Cancer Survivors Day is a worldwide Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada, and other participating countries. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. It is typically held on the first Sunday in June.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer-from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

The National Cancer Survivors Day is a great way for survivors, to celebrate their victory over a serious health threat, with the people that they love and with their communities. It is also a time for continued education, inspiration and encouragement.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.ncsd.org/