Archive for November, 2010
With countless organizations creating awareness, it is easy to recognize the red ribbon. According to the Global Health Council, over the past twenty-seven years nearly 25 million people world-wide have died from AIDS. This disease first made its name in the United States in the early ’80’s. Since then, we have come a long way in our education, research, community outreach and much more.
AIDS does not discriminate against age, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. While this is true, there are certain groups that are impacted more so disproportionately. In the early 80’s, gay men, heroin addicts, hemophiliacs and Haitians were groups considered high risk. More recently, women, children and young people have become more vulnerable based on their age and sex. This may be due to limited education, job opportunities, growing number of sex slaves and increased drug use intravenously.
There is HOPE. With new medications and therapy programs, those with HIV/AIDS are now living with the disease, rather than dying from the disease. Continued funding for research is extremely important as we are near to finding a cure for this disease. There are numerous ways we can help, such as finding a local organization that hosts races, rallies and fundraisers.
The following are resources to learn more about HIV/AIDS:
December 1st is called World AIDS Day. I encourage you to educate yourself and those around you to help decrease the number of people being infected by this disease.
In memory of those who lost their battle and to honor those who are fighting the war now-
A few days from now, we may gather around the table with a large feast before us. Turkey, broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and all the other fixin’s. To most of us, this is what Thanksgiving is all about, celebrating this day with friends and family.
Here are a few tips to avoid that “I’ve had too much, it’s time to unzip the pants” feeling:
- Thanksgiving does not give you permission to use this is an all-you can-eat-buffet
- Avoid going to dinner hungry
- Remove skin from turkey
- Drink plenty of water
- Sample foods, small portions
- Eat slowly
- Clear dinner plates before serving dessert
- Focus on family and friends
I wish all you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Safe travels to all of you braving the roadways and airports.