Sep
26
2014
by Sue Hacker Nelson   |   comments

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Olympia: Redmond church’s Food Bank Farm sets new harvest record from Episcopal News Service
The Food Bank Farm, a ministry of Church of the Holy Cross in Redmond, Washington, will set records this year, topping the 98,000 lbs harvested in 2013. This year’s harvest includes some carrots, beets, and potatoes, but mostly acorn squash – rows and rows of acorn squash.

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals from NPR
A hospital is probably the last place a foodie traveling abroad wants to grab a bite. After all, hospital food here in the U.S. conjures a stereotype of mystery meat and a starchy, bland side. But around the globe, there's a lot of variety. A scan of hospital food pictures on Flickr and various blogs reveals gastronomic works of art — as well as what looks pretty close to the gruel Oliver Twist must have been fed in his workhouse.

Why America’s Nurses Are Burning Out from everyday health
Annette Tersigni decided at the age of 48 that she wanted to make a difference. She attended nursing school and became a registered nurse three years later. “Having that precious pair of letters – RN – at the end of my name gave me everything I wanted,” she writes on her website. Before long, Tersigni discovered the rewards – as well as the physical and emotional challenges – that come with nursing.

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Sep
25
2014
by Matthew Ellis   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/new-prescription-drug-abuse-awareness-resources">New Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Resources</a></h1>

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is September 27. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) is now offering a new resource. The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: Resources for Community Action™ guide offers “at-your-fingertips” convenience to resources on a critical health topic. Click the graphic below for more information:

Sep
19
2014
by Sue Hacker Nelson   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/friday-roundup-091914">Friday Roundup</a></h1>

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Living Simply in a Dumpster from Epoch Times
One professor left his home for a 36-square-foot open-air box, and he is happier for it. How much does a person really need? Tucked behind the women’s residence halls in a back corner of Huston-Tillotson University’s campus in Austin, Texas, sits a green dumpster.

Celebrating the positive for children with a parent in prison from the Cape Cod Times
Friendships – we know how important and sometimes complicated they can be. Ten-year-old “Candice” has reasons to be especially aware of the complexities. On a hot August camp day as she changed into her bright pink bathing suit, this soon-to-be 4th-grader was grateful for the friends she has at Camp Amazing Grace in Sandwich. “At home,” she says, “I never hang out with kids. Like when they talk about their dad and ask where my dad is. I’m like embarrassed. He’s in jail and my mom says I’m too young to know why. In two years, he’ll get out. I know a boy who had a dad in jail. He said when his dad got out, he gave him a hug. So that’s what I’ll probably do too – give my dad a hug.”

Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims from NPR
We've looked a lot at privacy from the Big Brother standpoint: how the National Security Agency or corporate giants like Google track us online, say for political reasons or to make money from ads. But there's another kind of privacy concern that is a lot more intimate. You could call it Little Brother, though it's really more like husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their partners — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective.

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Sep
15
2014
by Sue Hacker Nelson   |   comments
<h1><a href="/blog/new-interfaith-suicide-resource-your-life-matters">New Interfaith Suicide Resource - Your Life Matters!</a></h1>

We just learned of a new program to help faith communities address suicide and address suicidal behaviours. Your Life Matters!, an initiative of the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, asks all faith communities to devote one sabbath a year to the issue of suicide.

“Most faith communities share common core characteristics that, by their nature, help prevent suicides,” said Rev. Talitha Arnold, Executive Committee member of the Action Alliance and co-lead of the Faith Communities Task Force, which is responsible for developing the campaign. “Faith communities are most powerful when they promote hope; build healthy social connections; and provide answers to life’s challenging questions. Faith communities also recognize and celebrate the myriad reasons for living and the God-given value of each member in the community, whether young or old, weak or strong, healthy or infirmed.” Rev. Arnold also pastors a congregation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Your Life Matters! website provides resources where faith leaders can find the information and resources they need for a successful local event. The committee has assembled communications aids, worship and spiritual resources suitable for each of the major faith traditions in the U.S., and a compendium of other resources to assist faith communities in promoting mental and spiritual health, reducing suicide risk, and if tragedy strikes, supporting the needs of family and friends after a suicide event.

 

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Sep
12
2014
by Sue Hacker Nelson   |   comments

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Happiness Comes From New Experiences, Not Material Objects; Even When They Haven't Happened Yet from Medical Daily
Imagine for a second, going to a place that you’ve wanted to travel to for quite some time; a Caribbean island, for example. Being on those sandy beaches, exploring rainforests and jungles, and swimming in clear waters will make almost anyone happy — much happier than buying a new TV or some new clothes.

Take a seat. You may be able to reverse the damage to your health from The Washington Post
Sitting for eight or more hours a day can be deadly. That fact has been hammered home in study after study showing the negative health effects -- including heart disease, poor circulation and joint pain -- associated with being parked on your behind for most of the day. The only sure way to prevent those problems, researchers have said, is to sit far less.

Sir John Franklin: Fabled Arctic ship found from BBC News
One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago has been found, Canada's prime minister says. Stephen Harper said it was unclear which ship had been found, but photo evidence confirmed it was one of them.

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