Toys For Tots’ “Christmas in July” Seeks to Refill Santa’s Bag

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Toys for Tots is the Nation’s flagship children’s Christmastime charity, but the program offers more than holiday hope. Toys for Tots has expanded its reach to help families in need throughout the year, and its services have been more valuable than ever in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The past year saw a huge increase in the number of families in need, and many are still struggling. In order to continue providing emotional relief, comfort, and a sense of normalcy to impacted families, Toys for Tots distributed one million toys, games, and books to COVID-19 impacted families through their DoGoodNow campaign. The generosity of the American public allowed Toys for Tots to source these gifts to children across the United States, but now they need help to refill “Santa’s bag of toys” in preparation for what will likely be another busy holiday season.
“We didn’t want to wait until the holidays to support families in need, so we provided one million toys throughout the spring and summer,” says LtGen Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President & CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “Through our DoGoodNow initiative, we depleted our emergency supply of toys originally reserved to kick off our holiday campaign. The primary goal of our Christmas in July campaign is to restock our inventory of toys after our second special COVID distribution, and we could use everyone’s help in preparing for a busy holiday season,” he emphasizes.
The impact of Toys for Tots’ DoGoodNow campaign has been extremely successful thanks to the generosity of the American public. The support has reached nearly 400,000 children from coast-to-coast with help from our partner Good360 and their network of hundreds of local non-profits distributing toys in areas still reeling economically from the pandemic.
The emotional support offered to these families is made possible by the kindness and generosity of Toys for Tots supporters whose donations make a real and genuine impact on families in need. Visit toysfortots.org/ChristmasinJuly for more details or to make a donation. Be sure to follow Toys for Tots on Facebook and Instagram, where Toys for Tots spokesbear “Gunny Bear” shares examples of the impact your support makes.

COVID-19 Info for People with Disabilities

(NewsUSA) – Getting vaccinated is the most important step we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19, but for many people with disabilities, getting vaccinated has proven to be difficult. The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL), a first-of-its-kind national call center, can help.DIAL connects callers to information about local vaccination locations and can help with the often-complicated process of securing and getting to vaccination appointments. Trying to figure out if it is possible to get an in-home vaccination? DIAL can help look into this with you, and connect you to local advocacy organizations that have a better idea of which sites near where you live are the most accessible to people with disabilities. The hotline also can provide information and resources to answer questions, address concerns, and make informed choices about the COVID-19 vaccines that are available in their communities.DIAL is a much-needed resource that people with disabilities can use to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. And for those who may need additional support, DIAL can also direct callers to local disability organizations that may be able to help with other needs, such as access to safe and affordable housing, food and mental health support.Ready to make a call for yourself or someone else? Connect with Information Specialists — in any language — at 888-677-1199 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET, Monday-Friday or email DIAL@n4a.org for assistance. 

On the Trail of A Killer

(NewsUSA) – Lung cancer kills more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. To address this, new federal recommendations have nearly doubled the number of Americans eligible for lung cancer screening.Increased use of these annual CT scans, which detect the disease early, can save up to 60,000 lives in the United States each year.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends screening people ages 50-80 with a 20 "pack-year" or more smoking history. If you smoke, or used to smoke, a pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years, or two packs per day for 10 years, that’s a 20 pack-year smoking history. Insurers must cover USPSTF-recommended exams."Lung cancer screening and improved therapies save lives," says American Cancer Society Senior Vice President of Cancer Screening Robert Smith, PhD. "Expanded screening coverage is a leap forward for lung cancer care."The new guidelines nearly double the number of Black people eligible for screening. Black people get the disease earlier in life — often with lighter smoking histories."Expanded coverage can address racial and regional disparities and spur lung cancer care equity," says Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder and Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Aldigé. "Black men are the most likely Americans to die from lung cancer."Medicare covers screening for beneficiaries ages 55-77 with a 30 pack-year history, but is considering expanded coverage. Doctors and patients must discuss risks, benefits and smoking cessation (if the person still smokes) before a scan is ordered."Consistent Medicare and insurer coverage would boost screening and save lives," says GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Co-Founder Laurie Fenton Ambrose. "Doctors, patients and insurers must make this happen."If you think this screening can help you, talk to your doctor. Less than 15% of those eligible for screening are tested."This exam can save more lives than any cancer test in history. Doctors should talk to eligible patients today," says American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Lung Cancer Screening Committee Chair Debra Dyer, MD.Screening is not an excuse to keep smoking, but a chance to help people who smoke to quit and reduce smoking’s impact on them and those around them."Finally, we have a test that can change the face of lung cancer to a survivable one. More coverage means more people tested and saved," says National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT) Chair Ella Kazerooni, MD.Visit NLCRT.org for more information. 

El Control de la Presión Arterial Comienza con Una Medición Precisa

(NewsUSA) – Casi la mitad de los estadounidenses adultos presenta presión arterial alta y quizás usted no sepa que también la tiene hasta sufrir complicaciones, como un ataque cardiaco, un derrame cerebral insuficiencia renal, pérdida de la visión o problemas sexuales. Además, tener presión arterial alta puede empeorar un cuadro de COVID-19, según la Asociación Americana del Corazón."La mejor manera de saber si tiene presión arterial alta es controlándola. Controlarse la presión arterial con un profesional de la salud al menos una vez al año y regularmente en casa, por su cuenta, y consultar sobre las mediciones y planificar un estilo de vida saludable con un médico es una buena manera de mantener la presión arterial bajo control", dice Willie Lawrence, M.D., cardiólogo y voluntario experto de la Asociación Americana del Corazón. Aprenda a medirla con precisión Ya sea que la mida en casa, en el consultorio médico o en cualquier otro lugar, estos son aspectos importantes para saber para obtener una medición precisa de la presión arterial:1. No fume, no consuma cafeína ni haga ejercicio dentro de los 30 minutos previos a tomarse la presión arterial. Vacíe la vejiga y permanezca en reposo al menos 5 minutos antes de tomarse la presión.2. Siéntese derecho en una silla firme con respaldo. Apoye bien los pies sobre el suelo y no cruce las piernas. El brazo debe reposar sobre una superficie plana, con la parte superior a la altura del corazón. Coloque la parte inferior del brazalete del tensiómetro apenas por encima del pliegue del codo, directamente sobre la piel y no sobre la ropa.3. Tómese la presión arterial aproximadamente a la misma hora, todos los días. Tómela dos o tres veces con un minuto de intervalo y registre las mediciones en un papel. Algunos tensiómetros guardan los resultados o permiten cargarlos a un sitio web seguro. Comparta los resultados con su médico. Conozca el significado de sus valores En la mayoría de los casos, la presión arterial normal es de 120/80 o menos. Si sus valores son constantemente superiores a 130/80, se considera presión arterial alta. ¡Valores como 180/120 o más podrían ser críticos! Espere cinco minutos y vuelva a controlarla. Si los valores no bajan, vea a un médico de inmediato. Si presenta síntomas como dolor de cabeza, debilidad, problemas de visión, dolores en el pecho, dolores en la espalda u otros problemas de salud, llame al 9-1-1 de inmediato. No espere a que la presión baje. Podría sufrir un problema de salud grave. Sepa cómo reducir el riesgo Para reducir el riesgo de padecer presión arterial alta procure mantener un peso saludable, hacer actividad física, comer de manera sana, reducir la ingesta de alcohol o no beber ni fumar por completo. Sin embargo, si tiene presión arterial alta, no se dé por vencido. Tener conocimiento de los valores de su presión arterial, controlarlos periódicamente, tomar la medicación según lo prescrito y elaborar un plan para mejorar su presión arterial y mantenerla bajo control con un profesional de la salud le ayudará a tener una vida larga y saludable.Muchos negocios y organizaciones locales, como las iglesias, las barberías, los salones de belleza y los centros de salud de la comunidad están colaborando con la Asociación Americana del Corazón en el control de la presión arterial de las comunidades y son lugares adecuados para controlar su presión arterial y acceder a recursos e información sin costo que le ayudarán a llevar una vida saludable.Para obtener más información, visite heart.org/hbpcontrol. Acerca de la American Heart Association La American Heart Association es una fuerza incansable para un mundo de vidas más largas y saludables Nos dedicamos a asegurar una salud equitativa en todas las comunidades. A través de la colaboración con numerosas organizaciones, e impulsados por millones de voluntarios, financiamos la investigación innovadora, abogamos por la salud pública y compartimos recursos que salvan vidas. La organización con sede en Dallas ha sido una fuente líder de información de salud durante casi un siglo. Conéctese con nosotros en heart.org, Facebook, Twitter o llamando al 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

Yale OB/GYN Offers Helpful Tips to Prep for Pregnancy

(NewsUSA) – Following a significant drop in babies born in the last year, some forecasters are now predicting a ‘mini baby boom’ in 2022. If you are now considering starting or growing your family, maximizing fertility and learning about your health is a critical place to begin. The below Q&A will help guide you as you embark on your path to pregnancy.

Online Support Platform Eases Pains of Independent Workers

(NewsUSA) – According to a 2020 study, amid the Covid-19 pandemic an estimated 59 million Americans have freelanced in the past year, which is equivalent to 36% of the country’s entire workforce. The number of freelancers in the US is continuously growing and is expected to exceed 90.1 million by 2028, contributing $1.2 trillion to the U.S. economy.Today’s independent workers are not only becoming a driving force in the American workforce, they are also busy people, often juggling multiple clients in multiple time zones across a multitude of media platforms. And with comes the operational pains of being a business owner. According to a recent 2021 survey of more than 200 freelancers by Indy – the all-inclusive, online platform for independent business owners, approximately one-quarter of respondents spend 10 or more hours a month on essential work tasks unrelated to their actual business and/or paid projects. These administrative tasks including invoicing, billing, dealing with contracts, expenses and organizing workflow often impede the ongoing management and potential for growth needed to succeed in today’s competitive, decentralized marketplace.Indy’s survey also revealed that 30% of respondents use at least five tools and 44% spend more than $50 a month, including a subset of that group who pay $300 or more, on tools used to operate and manage their business each month. When deciding services used to maximize operations productivity and grow their businesses, these self-employed, solopreneurs and small business owners cited ease of use, cost and availability across all devices were the top three criteria for selecting and utilizing the critical resources and productivity tools needed for their daily and ongoing business operations.Indy, offers a complete productivity suite that simply and easily streamline the key pain points for independent workers. Indy is invested in the success of today’s independent workers and it’s primary purpose is to help solopreneurs and freelancers streamline the business of running their business. "Ultimately, we believe in fostering community over competition and empowering today’s ‘indies’ – the independent professionals, side hustlers and small business owners, to attain the stability, control and growth required to be more successful, achieve a state of steady income and grow," according to Sebastian Gyr, Indy co-founder and CEO.Indy’s freelancer survey, consisting of mostly independent workers outside of its customer base, also identified: saving time, peace of mind and fostering business relationships as the top three most sought out features when considering productivity tools. Indy’s suite of productivity tools tick all the boxes for freelancers, from cost to ease of use. Invoice generator templates help streamline billing and process payments easier and faster. Calendar, Indy’s new Calendar tool, syncs with existing calendars including Google Calendars and helps indies organize events and tasks, track time and more, while seamlessly linking project hours to invoices for accuracy and efficiency.Indy offers effective solutions to the unique, operational challenges facing today’s self-employed business owners.Visit weareindy.com for more information and to create an account. 

Vacation in Jamaica and Indulge Your Senses

(NewsUSA) -Luxury travel is back. The pandemic-weary population is emerging from lockdowns with the goal of relaxing and reviving senses dulled by one zoom meeting too many.Whether it is finally taking the postponed honeymoon, or just getting some time away from home, travelers seeking a uniquely restorative experience can find it at Sunset at the Palms, a boutique Jamaican resort with the tagline, "Sensory Magic."Sunset at the Palms offers an indulgent, adults-only experience. The resort has always featured its own version of "social distancing," with just 85 rooms and 25 acres of beachfront and gardens for maximum privacy.The all-inclusive resort makes it easy to indulge all your senses through a full range of experiences.

Stroke Survivors with Aphasia May Be Able to Recover Language Skills

(NewsUSA) – More than 86% of people surveyed in the U.S. have never heard the term "aphasia." Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs the ability to communicate. People with aphasia may have trouble retrieving the names of objects or putting words together in a sentence. They may have trouble listening, speaking, reading or writing. This loss of language does not impact a person’s intelligence.One million people in the U.S.are estimated to have aphasia, according to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, and the National Aphasia Association.Stroke survivors with aphasia face an increased incidence of poststroke depression versus stroke survivors with no aphasia.It is important to know that aphasia is not an intellectual disability and does not impair intellectual function. Over time, many people with aphasia are able to improve and recover their language skills."Stroke and aphasia recovery can feel like the movie, ‘Mission Impossible,’ when the mission is basically impossible, yet the team does it and wins anyway," says Tom Broussard, a stroke survivor who developed aphasia in 2011 and has since become a stroke and aphasia educator."Others often think that it can’t be done, but people who have lost their language still have the skills to do the impossible and regain their language again," he emphasizes.Communication plays an important role in recovery. If someone can’t express pain or depression, they can’t get help.The American Stroke Association and the National Aphasia Association are collaborating to help stroke survivors beat aphasia. They offer these strategies:

Flyers Help Your Business Take Off

(NewsUSA) – Consumers are swamped with messages about products and services. Effective advertising will cut through the clutter and capture a prospective customer’s attention with a targeted message.To be effective and reach a target audience, the best advertising is credible, unique, and memorable. Using flyers is a relatively simple and inexpensive way for small and mid-sized businesses to make an impact in the local community."The goal behind designing a flyer is to capture someone’s attention within three seconds of them walking up to their front door," says Stefanie McKinney, founder and owner of The Flyer Guys, a family-owned, Arizona-based company that specializes in creating memorable advertising with flyers.To make the most of your advertising campaign using flyers, keep these points in mind:- A picture is worth 1,000 words. Don’t underestimate the power of images. People look at pictures before they start reading any text, and a funny picture in particular can make an impression.- Less text for more impact. Once you have a picture, think about text. Keep your text concise, and use bullet points when possible, in order to allow more white space for quick and easy reading.- Catchy headlines. Along with a photo, a headline is the first thing to catch a customer’s eye. No matter what headline you choose, consider using color for added impact, and keep your font choice easy to read.- Contact information and call-to-action. This is where the nuts and bolts of your product or service comes in, so give it the proper attention. Even something conventional such as "Call Us" or "Order Now" can have greater impact with fonts and colors. Online businesses, make sure your website address is clearly visible, so your audience is likely to keep the flyer as a reference. For in-person businesses, simple directions and even a small map can help ensure that you are on the customer’s radar.- Enlist happy customers. Sincere testimonials can have a significant impact on attracting new customers. When your customers compliment your product or service, ask whether you can use their comments, either anonymously or with their name, to help promote your business. The more specific the comments, the better.For more information about the power of flyers, visit theflyerguysaz.com

BookTrib’s Bites: Four More Great Summer Reads

(NewsUSA)In the Hole"Shooting Out The Lights"
by Kim FairleyFans of "When Breath Becomes Air," by Paul Kalanithi and the popular 2016 film Manchester by the Sea won’t want to miss this memoir. The story unravels like a mystery novel, but Kim Fairley’s memoir wrestles with the very real secrets we keep from each other and the roles we play to protect ourselves.The story explores the taboo of wide age gap love. Twenty-four-year-old Kim and 56-year-old Vern become marry and soon learn Kim is pregnant. But Kim’s life flips when the widow of Vern’s dear friend convinces Vern to take her 11-year-old son whose behavior challenges Kim’s devotion, trust and the underpinnings of her marriage. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3gBH4GB.In the Hole"Plymouth Undercover"
by Pamela KelleyMeet Emma McCarthy, a thirty-year-old failed actress who just moved home to Plymouth, MA. And her mother, Cindy, a yoga instructor in the Pinehills, an exclusive golf community in Plymouth. They’ve just inherited Court Street Investigations, a private detective agency — and it’s one part-time employee, eighty-year-old Mickey, a retired police detective.They expect typical cases like cheating spouses or workman’s comp, but quickly learn that the agency also has a reputation for solving murders. This is Book 1 of the "Court Street Investigations" series, from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of The Nantucket Inn and The Restaurant. Purchase at https://bit.ly/3ysUKu6.
In the Hole"Family Illness"
by Evan WechmanA realistic fictional work that gives readers a sense of what it is like to grow up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Steve suffers as a child, has lots of physical and verbal tics while in school, but lives in fear that his secret living with a mental illness in a hostile world will be revealed.As Steve grows up, his illness plays tricks on him, making him question every moral aspect of his life. His fears intensify as he learns that a family member has OCD as well. This encourages Steve to fight back, but he wonders if he has lost too much of his life to the disease. Purchase at https://amzn.to/2QDcL7Z.In the Hole"Out of Business: Moran"
by David Citron"Out of Business: Moran" is the story of Caleb Hanau, a Jewish young man who through his eyes and his own self-actualization in 27 chapters and Reflections (with a business plan) looks for meaning in education, finance, music, and healthcare. The author predicted many subsequent acquisitions and successes for his past relationships and work experiences including the necessity of physical and mental harmony in business and in life.This unusual work takes an out-of-the-box approach and is written as a business plan. We see the rise and fall of the central protagonist Caleb. Some of it is poetic and some of it is in prose form, all arriving at years of searching for meaning in experience, music, and relationships. Purchase at https://amzn.to/3wVTXRl.NOTE: BookBites is presented by BookTrib.com.