Scuba Diving Brings Health, Hope to Injured And Disabled

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Scuba diving can be an exotic and enriching activity, but for many, it can also be a therapeutic one.
The weightlessness of a water environment allows individuals with a range of injuries or disabilities to exercise, relax, have fun, and gain confidence. Children and adults with challenges including traumatic brain injuries, amputation, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and blindness can enjoy the physical and psychological benefits of scuba diving.
Diveheart, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, trains thousands of volunteers and works with injured and disabled individuals across the world, in areas including the United States, Mexico,UK, Malaysia, Israel, Philippines and the Caribbean.
As Darrell Young, a Vietnam veteran who is paraplegic as the result of a spinal cord injury, explains in a testimonial on the Diveheart website, “Diving gives me a high expectancy of myself. It gives me a goal to accomplish knowing that when it comes to the finish line it doesn’t matter how I finish my dive, but the feeling of strength I gain from diving,” he says.
Diveheart relies on volunteers and donations to help provide adaptive diving and scuba therapy experiences at no cost to the participants. Most of the initial training and first diving experiences occur in school or community pools. Participants don’t even need to know how to swim to benefit from therapeutic scuba diving, and the learning curve is almost immediate, according to Diveheart’s website details.
Diveheart works to spread the word that diving is a real option with many benefits for the individuals affected with injuries and for the volunteers who get involved as “dive buddies.” The basic experience of being in the water with the support of a trained “dive buddy” can relieve pain, improve focus, and bring joy, according to Diveheart participants.
Diveheart also provides adaptive dive training for those who want to take the next step and become adaptive divers or dive buddies to help others.
Most Diveheart participants are eager for destination scuba-diving adventures once individuals are trained and comfortable with the scuba experience. Diveheart offers opportunities for fundraising and also works to find grants for those who struggle with the cost of a dive getaway.
In addition, Diveheart works with the science and medical communities to provide data and research opportunities on the benefits of therapeutic scuba diving for a range of medical conditions.
For more information on participating, volunteering, or donating, visit

Fifth Annual Fire Department Contest Highlights Grain Bin Safety

(NewsUSA) – The risk of becoming trapped in a grain bin while trying to remove clumped or rotting grain remains a real hazard for farmers and their employees, who could be buried within seconds by fast-flowing grain.To help reduce the risk of death and injury from grain bin accidents and to educate first responders about rescue procedures, Nationwide, the number one farm insurer in the United States, is sponsoring its fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest in conjunction with Grain Bin Safety Week.The goal of the campaign is to educate farm workers and first responders about safe bin-entry procedures, including maintaining quality grain, testing bin atmosphere for toxic gases, and wearing proper safety equipment.Since 2014, Nationwide has awarded grain bin rescue tubes and training sessions to 48 fire departments in 18 states."It felt like an eternity," Glenville Fire Chief Matt Webb, of Glenville, Minnesota, a recipient of Nationwide’s grain bin rescue training, said in an interview.Webb put his skills to the test when he saved a man who had fallen into a bin of rotting corn."The grain rescue training came back quickly, and it was a relief we had our own equipment. The program that’s out there for these tubes and training is such a life-saving resource in our county," he says.Grain Bin Safety Week 2018 takes place February 18-24. Grain Bin Safety Week and the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest are hosted by Nationwide and made possible by the donations of industry sponsors."Grain Bin Safety Week would not happen without the generous support of our sponsors," Liggett adds. "We would like to thank every sponsor for making this week and contest a reality."Grain Bin Safety Week has been officially recognized by governors of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Each year, the NECAS director visits training locations with a grain entrapment simulator and rescue tube to conduct training sessions in rescue and safety procedures."Nationwide created this program and joined forces with partners across the country to make it happen for a single purpose – to save lives," says Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness.Applications for the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest are open until April 30, 2018. Winning fire departments will receive grants for grain bin rescue tubes and training for grain bin rescue procedures.For more information about the contest or the nomination process, visit more information about Nationwide, visit

Michelin Drives the Holidays Home

(NewsUSA) – For the third consecutive holiday season, Michelin North America, Inc. (Michelin), is recognizing the people in the transportation industry who work "like busy elves" behind the scenes to make the holidays memorable. Michelin marks the season with its #KeepThanksMoving conversation in social and digital media and encourages people to share this appreciation via Facebook and Twitter. See full-sized image here

PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For the second year, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.
The Zero Impact Fund (ZIF), which launched in August 2016, provides cash prizes for college and university sustainability projects related to energy, waste or water that aim to achieve long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.
In its first year, ZIF awarded cash prizes to eight schools chosen from more than 40 applications. Awarded proposals from last year included campus bike share, composting and solar energy programs. Now in its second year, the program is planning to significantly increase the amount of funding available in order to make an impact on more campuses.
PepsiCo Recycling encourages students (with the help of a professor or school administrator), staff and faculty to submit their ideas for campus sustainability and zero-impact initiatives. Application submissions are open September 19 through December 19, 2017. Click here to apply.
Proposals will be evaluated by a PepsiCo Recycling committee, which will consider factors such as environmental and social impact, longevity, ingenuity, desirability and feasibility.
Protecting the planet is a key pillar of PepsiCo’s “Performance with Purpose” agenda. PepsiCo Recycling is an initiative that brings this mission to life with the goal of helping increase the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to a significantly higher level.
PepsiCo Recycling drives this impact by offering recycling programming and solutions for colleges and universities and K-12 schools and by making recycling convenient for communities. Since 2010, more than 100 colleges and universities have partnered with PepsiCo Recycling on sustainability programs.
For more information about how PepsiCo’s Zero Impact Fund can improve sustainability on college campuses, or to apply, visit:

Fire Department Saves Farmer with A Grain Rescue Tube from Nationwide

(NewsUSA) – Fire Chief Matt Webb was heading to work when he heard the 911 call come in over his pager.It was 9:53 a.m. on Aug. 8. A local farmer had just fallen into a bin of rotting corn in a small, rural community on the outskirts of the county. By the time Webb arrived on the scene less than 10 minutes later, the farmer was engulfed in corn up to his neck.But thanks to a grain rescue tube and training provided by Nationwide almost two years earlier, Webb and other first responders were able to rescue the man in 1 hour and 44 minutes."It felt like an eternity," Webb says. "But the (grain rescue) training came back quickly, and it was a relief we had our own equipment. The program that’s out there for these tubes and training is such a life-saving resource in our county."Webb’s fire department is one of dozens in some of the country’s top farming communities that have received lifesaving grain rescue tubes and training as part of Nationwide’s annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. Another one of those winners — the Westphalia Fire Department in Kansas — also used their new skills in 2015 to rescue a man who had become entrapped in a grain bin."It only takes seconds to become entrapped in grain and less than a minute to become completely engulfed," said Brad Liggett, president of Nationwide Agribusiness, the No. 1 farm insurer. "Once grain is above knee level, it is nearly impossible to get out without assistance. Until we can convince all farmers and other grain handlers to develop a zero-entry mentality, we will strive to make tubes and rescue training as widely available as possible."Since 2014, Nationwide’s annual safety contest has awarded tubes and training to 48 fire departments across 18 states. Now, these fire departments are well-equipped to help rescue people who may become entrapped in grain during the normal course of their jobs. A record 883 nominations were submitted this year in the fourth annual contest, and Nationwide chose 16 winners in 10 states with large rural farming communities.The winning fire departments in 2017 are: Dieterich Fire Protection District (Illinois), Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department (Pennsylvania), Alexandria Volunteer Fire Company (Pennsylvania), Elgin-Beaverdam Hose Company (Pennsylvania), Livonia Fire Department (New York), Union Fire Company No. 1 (New Jersey), Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company (Delaware), Florence Township Fire Department (Ohio), Braymer Volunteer Fire Department (Missouri), Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District (Missouri), Jasper Fire Protection District (Missouri), Blanchard Township Gilboa Fire Department (Ohio), Number One Fire Department (Tennessee), New Albin Fire Department (Iowa), Thorp Fire & Ambulance District (Wisconsin), and West Burlington Fire Department (Iowa).Grain Bin Safety Week 2017 is supported by Nationwide, CHS, West Side Salvage, Specialty Risk Insurance, ABIS, KC Supply Co., The Scoular Company, Arthur J Gallagher & Co., NOHR Wortmann Engineering, Heard Insurance Agency, Ruff & Assoc Inc., Triple M Farms, Sukup, Sump Saver, National Farm Medicine Center and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety. For more information about the program, purpose or nomination process, visit

Vets Can Make A Difference Through Volunteer Firefighting

(NewsUSA) – Patriotism is in the air during the summer months. It starts with Memorial Day and flows into July 4th. But it’s not just about fireworks, cookouts and parades.The heart of patriotism is helping others, and like our veterans, volunteer firefighters, EMS personnel and rescue workers are all about helping those in need.In fact, for veterans looking for new ways to give back, becoming a volunteer firefighter can be a great choice to serve their communities.According to the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services, volunteer firefighters enjoy many of the same benefits veterans found in the military.These include a sense of accomplishment, achievement and pride in the work they do. Volunteers get to learn new skills, make new friends, be a part of a tight-knit team, give back to their community, and make a difference.And there is a significant need across the country for more volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and rescue personnel. That is why the NVFC has launched a nationwide recruitment campaign called "Make Me A Firefighter." The campaign is supported by a federal SAFER grant."Recruiting new volunteers is a critical challenge facing many fire and EMS departments," says NVFC Chair Kevin D. Quinn."NVFC research has shown that a key hurdle is many people simply don’t realize their department needs volunteers. Another challenge is that volunteer departments often don’t have the time or resources to develop a robust recruitment campaign. The Make Me A Firefighter campaign helps alleviate these obstacles by putting ready-to-use, message-tested resources in the hands of local departments."One audience the Council is trying to reach is veterans.There is a natural fit for those who have served their nation abroad and are now looking for ways to serve their communities locally. Communities served by volunteer firefighters depend on them to be their first line of defense for many types of emergencies.Volunteer firefighters are summoned to a wide array of emergencies across the country every day, including fires, medical incidents, terrorist events, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, water rescues, and other public service calls.The public relies on these volunteers, who receive special training to prepare for what may come.To lend some perspective:* Volunteers comprise 70 percent of firefighters in the United States.* The majority of fire departments in the United States are volunteer. Small, rural communities especially rely on volunteers to provide an array of services and protection.* The time donated by volunteer firefighters saves localities across the country an estimated $139.8 billion per year. For many communities, switching to an all-career model is not feasible.Volunteer firefighters come from all backgrounds and professions, and encompass all ages, genders, races, and ethnicities. Members of the public, including veterans, who are interested in serving their communities as fire service volunteers can find opportunities by visiting departments can add their opportunities to the database and access ready-to-use recruitment resources at 

Wellness Program Rewards Healthy New Year’s Goals

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As we start the New Year, we have thoughts and make plans about resolutions. Many people with health-focused resolutions will head to the gym for a workout, turn to a weight-loss program or swap soda for water.
While these are worthy steps, it can be hard to maintain enthusiasm over time, leaving you short of your goals. In fact, more than half of the people who make resolutions will break them in less than six months.
Here are a few tips for meeting and keeping your health goals: set personalized and achievable milestones, incentivize yourself and get rewarded for your progress. Programs such as Go365, a wellness and rewards program by Humana, make getting and staying healthy, fun.
Go365, which launched Jan. 1, 2017, motivates members to make positive lifestyle changes by tracking simple wellness achievements. Members are able to choose their level of engagement and participate in personalized activities tailored to their specific health needs and interests.
The program is designed for everyone, so members can benefit whether they are training for a marathon or just getting up off the couch. When they reach a goal, such as running a 5K or participating in a sports league, they get rewarded. Go365 awards its members “Bucks” that can be redeemed for items such as gift cards, movie tickets and compatible fitness devices.
“We want members to stay engaged in their health. Wellness programs such as Go365 make it easier to start with healthy activities each and every day,” says Joe Woods, Chief Executive Officer of Go365. “Go365’s special features make healthy choices and working towards personal health goals rewarding.”
Go365 is available with most Humana commercial insurance plans, and employers can even purchase it as a stand-alone wellness program. Ask your employer to explore Humana programs and you could reap the benefits.
To learn more, visit

New Medical Supplement Offers Advance in Bladder Control

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Bladder control is something few people want to talk about, but urinary incontinence is a huge and underreported problem. Studies show that 50 to 84 percent of elderly people in long-term care facilities suffer from unwanted urine leakage. In addition, younger people, especially women, are affected too. Seven to 37 percent of women aged 29 to 39 report some degree of urinary incontinence.
Sometimes urine leaks out when physical stress is put on the abdominal cavity (and, therefore, the bladder) from laughing, sneezing, coughing, or climbing stairs. In other cases, urine flows out before people can act on their sudden urge to go, a condition called overactive bladder. Incontinence can also be the result of other medical conditions, such as psychiatric disorders or urinary infections.
Overall, urinary incontinence affects 26 million Americans, while 33 million suffer from overactive bladder, according to the Simon Foundation and the National Association for Continence.
To prevent or control urine leakage, people can try exercises that strengthen the muscles that control urination. They can opt for drugs that calm overactive bladders or that allow the bladder to be emptied more easily. They can wear absorbent underwear or insert a disposable plug in the urethra. They can even have surgery to keep the urethra closed with a pelvic sling or an artificial valve.
But now there’s a more natural approach to solving this problem — a dietary supplement called UriVarx from Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB Venture Market: INNV). UriVarx contains Cratevox stem bark, Horsetail herb, and Lindera strychnifolia root — ingredients shown both to strengthen the connective tissue that supports the bladder and to relax the muscles in the bladder, thus allowing it to hold more urine.
And unlike most dietary supplements, UriVarx has proven results from rigorous clinical trials that show reductions of up to 50 percent in urinary incontinence and feelings of urgently needing to go.
“UriVarx is a real medical advance for bladder health,” says Dr. Bassam Damaj, President and Chief Executive Officer of Innovus Pharma. “For the first time, people can confront this enormous problem of bladder control with a natural solution.”
For more information, visit

Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,

Los fanU+00E1ticos de todo terrenos se preocupan por los caminos

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Un cuarteto de los clubes de todo terreno son los ganadores del programa Outstanding Trails del 2016, patrocinado por BFGoodrich Tires, en asociaciU+00F3n con 4 Wheel Parts, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Blue Ribbon Coalition y Off Road Business Association.
Los clubs y sus caminos nominados son:
–Club Mile-Hi Jeep: camino Sidewinder, Colorado.
–Ohio River Four Wheelers: Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway, Kentucky.
–Club Grand Mesa Jeep: 21 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado.
–Club Piston’s Wild Motorsports: camino Hagen Creek, Yacolt Burn State Forest, Washington.
El programa Outstanding Trails, ahora en su 11 degree aniversario, fue creado para promover la conservaciU+00F3n y responsabilidad del manejo de los todo terreno. El programa invita a los clubes de todo terreno de toda América del Norte para nominar caminos locales que necesitan mantenimiento o mejoras. Un panel de jueces selecciona a los clubes y caminos ganadores, los cuales son elegidos según características únicas, el terreno y el apoyo el club.
Los cuatro clubes de todo terreno elegidos cada año reciben $ 4 000 cada uno, para utilizarlos en los esfuerzos locales de preservaciU+00F3n y protecciU+00F3n de los caminos de sus comunidades. AdemU+00E1s, algunos representantes de BFGoodrich Tires asistirU+00E1n a los eventos del club que estén relacionados con los caminos ganadores, para destacar las características únicas de cada ubicaciU+00F3n y para educar a los conductores de todo terreno en cuanto a la responsabilidad del uso de los caminos.
“El dicho dice así, ‘cuando la teoría se pone a prueba’, y en
BFGoodrich, no solo nos lo tomamos en serio, sino que también creemos que ‘cuando el camino se pone a prueba’ es igualmente importante y que inicia con los neumU+00E1ticos todo terreno T/A KO2”, dice Oscar Pereda de
BFGoodrich. “En nuestros primeros diez años con el programa Outstanding Trails, hemos ayudado a mejorar, reparar, mantener y proteger cerca de 50 caminos en 17 Estados y dos provincias canadienses”.
Cada uno de los clubes ganadores tiene planes para mejorar y mantener sus caminos locales. Uno en particular ha tomado un paso mU+00E1s allU+00E1 en la conservaciU+00F3n del camino en sí mismo, para incluir animales que viven allí. El Club Grand Mesa Jeep “ha adoptado el camino de la Ruta 21 y otros caminos locales y estU+00E1 comprometido con su protecciU+00F3n y mantenimiento,” según el presidente del club, Jeff Bates. Sin embargo, el club no solo ha adoptado la vía, sino también al sapo de espuelas de la Gran Cuenca (también conocido como el “sapo de la Ruta 21”), una especie en peligro de extinciU+00F3n en el U+00E1rea. “El club se ha comprometido a proteger el hU+00E1bitat de los sapos en por lo menos tres U+00E1reas a los largo del camino, con postes y cables”, dice Bates.
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