Resources

Please take a look at the following dedicated organizations who work to better the community through volunteering and health awareness.

Addiction Resource raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and supports the better well-being and self-improvement

Mental Health provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. MentalHealth.gov aims to educate and guide.

Health Finder promotes better health through education and awareness.

Help Guide provides information, resources, and motivation you need to improve and maintain your mental, emotional and social health if you are suffering from depression.

Trans Lifeline is dedicated to the well being of transgender people where they run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

Quit Smoking Community offers support and information for those trying to kick the deadliest habit in the world.

 

flu1One in six people will get the flu this year —why be one of them?

Winter brings out the viruses and bacteria. Common-sense practices can minimize your risk of catching (or spreading) all those upper-respiratory ailments. For instance, if you’re sneezing and coughing or feeling feverish, don’t be the Grinch who brings it to work or school or the birthday party. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand.

Food poisoning happens a lot at holiday time. Cases of E. coli or salmonella can result if you’re not totally scrupulous about food-prep safety. All of your “fresh” vegetables and fruits need to be rinsed, even if the packaging says “triple washed.” Use separate knives and cutting boards for vegetables and for meats/seafood/dairy when you prepare multi-course holiday meals. Wipe down counters and wash your hands after handling raw meat, seafood or eggs.

blood-pressure-heartHow are your cholesterol and blood sugar levels? Your blood pressure and weight?

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution and commit to not over-indulging this winter. Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. Cut back on eating or drinking anything that came out of a drive-thru window.

If you’re invited to a feast, fill up on healthy nibbles and water beforehand. At holiday meals, half-fill your plate with multi-colored vegetables before you reach for the bread basket, mashed potatoes or gravy.

seasonal-affective-disorder-2It’s not all in your head!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a real medical condition. Daylight Saving Time ends on November 2— your body’s biochemical rhythms will get thrown off as a result. Our access to Vitamin D-rich sunshine gets shorter, and many people will feel inexplicably moody or almost jet-lagged as a result.

Eat foods that can boost your mood (fish, dark greens, citrus fruits, beans, tomatoes, squashes), and cut back on carbs and alcohol. Take advantage of available daylight by working or walking outdoors at midday. Turn off electronic devices several hours before bedtime — their dim “blue” light disrupts your brain’s sleep patterns.