HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Wishes all of you a
HAPPY AND HEALTHY New Year!
…try to keep those Resolutions within reach…
Keep it Simple…See your glass as half full rather than half empty…
Have an attitude of gratitude…even with yourself!…
Don’t sweat the small stuff…and try to let go and let God…
You choose your friends not your family…
Remember…to have a friend …you have to be a friend…in good times and bad!
And even though family can be trying at times…
they are family…just try to control the expectations…
To make your New Year a Happy one…try to bring some Joy into your life!
We all want Peace in the World…
but maybe we have to work on having it begin within ourselves first…
As for a Healthy New Year…Our bodies are our temples…
Maybe if we think of taking care of our bodies
like we take care of our homes, our cars…
and the many other superficial things we agonize over…
well who knows what might happen???
And remember …mental health is as important as physical health…
Try to allow yourself some time free of stress or anxiety…
Take a quiet walk…or try meditation.
It’s a New Year, each day within it brings a New opportunity for a fresh New start…
Make the Most of that blessing!
Bet You Didn’t Know:
New Year’s Eve
Did you know that New Year’s has not always
been celebrated on January 1?
New Year’s History and Traditions
By Carol Bainbridge,
The Beginning of Celebrating the New Year:
The Acceptance of the New Year’s Celebration:
New Year’s Resolutions:
Although the day designated as the day the new year begins may differ from culture to culture, it is a time the world over for celebrating. There are so many different customs that it is impossible to list them all, but here are some of them:
Small pieces of lead are melted in a spoon over a lit candle. The melted lead is dropped into cold water. It hardens into shapes, which predict the future. A heart or ring shape, for example, means a wedding.
A gold or silver coin is baked into a cake. The person who has the piece of cake with the coin inside will be lucky for the rest of the year.
Before the holiday, houses must be cleaned, inside and out. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, a monk at a local shrine strikes a gong to signify the forgiving of the past year’s mistakes.
To purge the old year and welcome in the new one, the Dutch make bonfires in the street out of their Christmas trees.
Firstfooting-people visit neighbors just after midnight to wish them well for the new year. It is considered good luck if the first person to step foot into your house is a tall, dark and handsome man!
Eating twelve grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve will bring twelve months of happiness.
With the coming of a fresh year people always strive hard to have a good beginning. Every year most of us make unique and new resolutions. We plan it well and stay determined to fulfill those resolutions. But somehow only a few have the relentlessness to keep up their resolutions.
With the coming of 2012, many people made various resolutions. Some of them might have succeeded and others couldn’t because of the simple reason that they did not try hard enough to fulfill them. No matter how successful you were in 2010, the new year, 2011 will be your year to have a new beginning and start with a fresh zeal. If you haven’t made your list of resolutions yet, here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2012 to see if they can be applied to your life.
1. Lose Weight
This is probably one of the resolutions which are common to many people who always dream of having a beautiful and lean body. Was this one of your resolutions from past year? If so, be encouraged this year to follow it until you see positive results. Make a plan of what you will give up (late night snacks, that extra meal) in exchange for a lean body. You only have to make this shift once in your lifetime to get lasting results.
2. Getting Organized
Punctuality and organization is very crucial in a man’s life. People should always organize things accordingly and never delay any work what so ever. Work planning is very important both in office and also in home. The 2012 resolution must also include being organized and well planned. This will not only help in becoming a disciplined person but can also help in earning appreciation. In life problems are inevitable but handling these problems in planned and organized way is the main thing. Therefore a person’s resolution must include being disciplined. Simple things such as making a daily goal list before you start the day can go a long way.
3. Spend Less, Save More
How did you do financially in 2010? Many people spend money on unnecessary things without any justification. Money is an important thing in life and should be spent very carefully no matter how rich a person may be. Here’s a simple rule for you to follow in 2012. Before you buy something, always spend some time justifying the reason. You should spend the same amount of time it took you to earn that money on reasoning before you buy. If you do this, you will be able to cut most of the impulse purchases and you will be drawn to a better deal elsewhere.
4. Enjoy life to the Fullest
Life comes once and should be enjoyed as much as possible in the right way. Staying alone and isolated, and staying morose does not help. It is an individual’s duty to motivate oneself more and more so that they can reach the goal that they intend for. As the years are passing by, you are moving closer to the end of life. This should be seen as a positive aspect in life, because it encourages you to enjoy what you have in your life right now. Therefore make a resolution to find a reason everyday to enjoy life, enjoy everything that you do and enjoy every little moment in life, and then the life becomes worth living.
5. Staying Fit and Healthy
There are many people who lead a much undisciplined life and do not take care of their health. Staying physically and mentally fit should be another important resolution which can change your life positively and effectively. Regular exercise for half an hour everyday can help a lot in keeping mental peace.
6. Learn Something Exciting
Time waits for none and it should never be wasted. There are so many things that a person might engage himself or herself into apart from what they do. Where do you waste most of your time everyday? Do you spend idle time during waiting for the bus or train? Carry a book or an audio book on your career or profession every time you travel. Can you cut down on the time you spend watching TV, and learn a new skill? You’re never too young or old to learn a new skill. Therefore, make a resolution to upgrade your skills.
7. Quit Smoking
Smoking is injurious to health and it is known to all. Many people cannot give up smoking even after trying a lot. If you’re still addicted, your 2011 resolution should be to quit smoking. It will not only help you, but it will help everyone else whom you see everyday.
8. Helping Others in Their Dreams
Everybody thinks about oneself but there are few people who care for others. A great resolution is to help others. It always feels very nice to know that our actions can make other people smile and this is something to be proud about. You don’t need to be rich to help others. You can help others in 2011 with your time and skills. The more you help others, later you will also receive favors from other people because of the law of reciprocity.
9. Fall in Love
Love is a wonderful feeling, a feeling that comes from within. Are you in a relationship and is it the time to get engaged?, or is it the time to find someone in your life to share your experiences with? It’s never too late to fall in love.
10. Spend More Time with Family
Your 2012 resolutions should include loving family members. Every family member is dependent on each other and so spending time with family is very essential. An individual stays with its family for most of the time and should devote as much time as possible. Something that most successful businessmen and women regret is not spending enough time with their families when they could’ve. Spending time with the family gives a person a chance to know each other, share feelings with each other, share joy and sorrow. This is indeed an important resolution that will give you fulfillment in life.
These were some of the top 10 chosen resolution for year 2012. Some of them may be applicable for your and some may not. However, 2012 is a new beginning in your life. Create your own list of resolutions and make a quantum leap in your life this new year!
WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?
The American Thyroid Association (ATA) is the world’s leading professional association of medical specialists dedicated to education and research to improve thyroid disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment; improving thyroid patient care; and educating the public about thyroid health and diseases.
Prevalence and Impact of Thyroid Disease
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.
An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention.
Facts about the Thyroid Gland and Thyroid Disease
The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland that regulates the body’s metabolism—the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients and oxygen—and affects critical body functions, such as energy level and heart rate.
The thyroid gland is located in the middle of the lower neck.
Although the thyroid gland is relatively small, it produces a hormone that influences every cell, tissue and organ in the body.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Symptoms include extreme fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and some weight gain.
Hyperthyroidism, another form of thyroid disease, is a condition causing the gland to produce too much thyroid hormone. Symptoms include irritability, nervousness, muscle weakness, unexplained weight loss, sleep disturbances, vision problems and eye irritation.
Graves’ disease is a type of hyperthyroidism; it is an autoimmune disorder that is genetic and estimated to affect one percent of the population.
Research Advancements in Thyroid Disease
Research funded by the American Thyroid Association over the past 40 years has accomplished:
-Mandatory screening of newborns for congenital hypothyroidism, and early treatment that has prevented mental retardation.
-Cost-effective methods to detect thyroid cancer by screening the 250,000 thyroid nodules developed in Americans each year.
-Groundbreaking work in brain development and thyroid hormone function.
Promising Graves’ disease genetic research that may lead to improved prognosis and new preventive treatments.
-An experimental drug that may prove useful for treatment and prevention of eye problems associated with Graves’ disease.
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As we embark on the beginning of a brand new year, let us always remember that one’s health is central to our being here on earth. As my grandparents always said, “without good health we have nothing”. That sounds harsh, but in many ways true.
Every month we have been discussing about a particular cancer that is represented by that month. It’s becoming clearer that cancer is everywhere and is a part of our lives as human beings. What my Italian ancestors used to call the “brutta“disease and was rarely talked about is now still a disease but its fear has lessened. We owe this to talented, intelligent doctors, scientists and activists who have spent their lives finding ways to prevent cure and control cancer. All we have to do is become knowledgeable, listen and take care of our bodies and pray that our heath care providers are listening too.
January is deemed cervical cancer awareness month. Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death in American women. The number of women developing the disease and dying from it has greatly decreased thanks to the Pap smear test. Cervical cancer is typically a slow growing cancer that may not have symptoms, but can be detected by having regular Pap smear tests. This test detects subtle changes in the cells that may lead to cancer development.
Cervical cancer is typically caused by the HPV (Human Papillomavirus). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States and affects both females and males.
Gardasil or the HPV vaccine is become available to teenage girls and is effective in preventing HPV infections, therefore is effective in preventing cervical cancer. Now the vaccine is approved for boys as well.
When my teenage daughter’s pediatrician asked if I wanted my daughter to have the vaccine I had many questions. I felt as though I would be expecting her to be sexually active. The pediatrician assured me that if the fear of AIDS hasn’t detoured teens from having sex that giving this vaccine wouldn’t encourage it. He also pointed out that we don’t know if other forms of foreplay, such as “petting” may also spread the HPV virus. That made sense to me so she got vaccinated. Everyone needs to do their own research and ask questions of their health care providers before making their decision.
According to the American Cancer Society risk factors for cervical cancer are the HPV infection, smoking, HIV infection, dietary factors, hormone contraception, multiple pregnancies, exposure to DES and family history of cervical cancer. There is possible genetic risk associated with HLA-B*07 gene. Like all cancers early detection is the key. So be proactive!!
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Human Trafficking/Involuntary Servitude
Human trafficking, believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, is a form of human slavery which must be addressed at the interagency level. Human trafficking includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. It involves both U.S. citizens and foreigners alike, and has no demographic restrictions. The FBI works human trafficking cases under both its Civil Rights program and its Violent Crimes Against Children program. The majority of human trafficking victims in our cases are U.S. citizens, and we take a victim-centered approach in investigating such cases, which means that ensuring the needs of the victims take precedence over all other considerations.
Here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves, often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. Over the past decade, human trafficking has been identified as a heinous crime which exploits the most vulnerable in society. Among the Civil Rights Unit’s priorities is its human trafficking program, based on the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provided that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”
Under the human trafficking program, the Bureau investigates matters where a person was induced to engage in commercial sex acts through force, fraud, or coercion, or to perform any labor or service through force, coercion, or threat of law or legal process.
Typically, human trafficking cases fall under the following investigative areas:
Domestic Sex Trafficking of Adults: When persons are compelled to engage in commercial sex acts through means of force, fraud, and/or coercion.
Sex Trafficking of International Adults and Children: When foreign nationals, both adult and juveniles, are compelled to engage in commercial sex acts with a nexus to the United States through force, fraud, and/or coercion. (Note: Matters of domestic juvenile sex trafficking are handled by the FBI’s Violent Crimes against Children Section.”
Forced Labor: When persons, domestic or foreign nationals, are compelled to work in some service or industry through force or coercion.
Domestic Servitude: When persons, domestic or foreign nationals, are compelled to engage in domestic work for families or households, through means of force or coercion.
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Weather can change dramatically and often quite suddenly too, causing severe destruction, injuries, and even fatalities. In the last few years especially, we have been witnessing increasingly violent weather phenomena. Fortunately, today’s improved weather services are often able to warn us of impending natural disasters well before they occur. This advance warning allows people to prepare themselves and their homes so that they can come out alive and safe.
Most people take safety precautions every day without thinking twice: we wear seatbelts, we lock our doors at night, we childproof our homes so that little hands can’t get hurt.
But sometimes, it’s difficult to see a bigger picture when it comes to safety. When the sun is shining in a cloudless sky, for example, it seems silly to think about preparing for a hurricane, but that is actually the best time to get ready. When a storm threatens your area, there will be little time to make plans and figure out an evacuation route.
Some of the most common and destructive disasters include earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, and all of these can occur in various parts of the United States. While earthquakes aren’t as common, they do affect 45 of our 50 states, particularly on the West Coast. What’s more, earthquakes can trigger shifts in the ocean, leading to flooding in some areas and creating a second disaster. Knowing what to expect in your area is half the battle when it comes to preparing yourself, your family, and your pets for any event.
It’s also helpful to think about preparedness outside of the home; keeping a first-aid kit and a jug of water in the car, for example, is a simple way to give yourself peace of mind. Disaster can strike anywhere, at any time, and as scary as it can be to think about, being prepared is imperative these days.
Whether it comes in the form of bad weather, illness, or an environmental accident, there are many things you can do to ensure you and your family are protected and safe. Here, we’ll go through some of the most common disasters and give you natural disaster safety tips for each. READ MORE>>
Create a Family Game Plan
In an emergency, every second counts- that’s why it’s crucial to have a game plan,
and why this year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Don’t Wait Communicate.”
This September, as part of National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross encourages
all Americans to develop a family game plan. Get started using the steps below!
Check with your local chapter for trainings and events in your community.
1. Know What to Do in Case of Emergency
It is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.
The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:
*Meet with your family or household members.
*Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.
*Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.
*If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed.
*Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency
*Choose two places to meet:
̶ Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire
̶ Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate
*Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or saved on their cell phones.
*Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
*Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.
*Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.
*Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.
*Let Your Family Know You’re Safe
*If your community has experienced a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe. You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for “Disaster” to register yourself and your family.
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September 2010 marks the seventh annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security.
One goal of Homeland Security is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties,
biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks.
During September, emergency preparedness will focus on:
Home and family preparedness, including pets, older Americans, and individuals with disabilities and special needs (Ready America)
Back-to-school (Ready Kids)
Business preparedness (Ready Business)
Preparación en Español (Listo America)
In collaboration with the American Red Cross, CDC’s Web site, Emergency Preparedness and You identifies and answers common questions about preparing for unexpected events, including:
- Developing a family disaster plan
- Gathering emergency supplies
- Learning how to shelter in place
- Understanding quarantine and isolation
- Learning how to maintain a healthy state of mind
Additional information and resources are available from Emergency Preparedness and Responseunder topics such as hurricane preparedness,
extreme heat, and bioterrorism. CDC continually updates information on recent outbreaks and incidents and lists emergency resources for
the general public as well as for clinicians and public health professionals.
Are you prepared? During September, focus on being ready – at home, at work, and in your community –
and prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency.
Get an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit includes the basics for survival: fresh water, food, clean air, and warmth. You should have enough supplies
to survive for at least three days. Review the items recommended for a disaster supplies kit or
Make an Emergency Plan
Make plans with your family and friends in case you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other,
where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations. Read how to develop afamily disaster plan or fill out
Emergency Supply Kit
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity
to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately.
You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may
be cut off for days, or even a week or longer.
Recommended Items To Include In A Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) – PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope,
- FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant.
- Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.
- Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Ask about planning at your workplace and your child’s school or daycare center. The US Department of Education
gives guidelines for school preparedness. Workers at small, medium, and large businesses
should practice for emergencies of all kinds. See Ready Business for more information.
Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones –
for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office
will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders. Check Ready Americacommunity and state information to learn
about resources in your community.
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris
are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Planning and practicing specifically how and where you take shelter is a matter of survival.
Be prepared to act quickly. Keep in mind that while tornadoes are more common in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest, they can
occur in any state and at any time of the year, making advance preparation is vitally important.Familiarize yourself with the terms
that are used to identify a tornado hazard.
- A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area.
- A tornado warning is when a tornado is actually occurring, take shelter immediately.
Listen to Local Officials
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
For further information on how to plan and prepare for tornadoes as well as what to do during and after a tornado, visit:
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Emergency Preparedness for Pets
Emergency Preparedness for the Senior Citizens
Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders.
Contact Citizens Corps, which coordinates activities to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to an emergency situation.
Homeland Security promotes emergency preparedness throughout the year via the Ready America campaign.
Checklists, brochures, and videos are available in
- Downloading and Ordering All ReadyPublicationsOverview
- Biological Threat
- Chemical Threat
- Extreme Heat
- Influenza Pandemic
- Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
- Nuclear Threat
- Nuclear Threat – Shelter Guide
- Radiation Threat
- Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
- Food Safety In An Emergency
- State and Local Information