International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: June 26th

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The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a global observance that takes place on the 26th day of June during each year, was started back in 1987. The overall goal of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is to increase awareness regarding the societal ills and other problems that often arise due to the use, trafficking and sales of illegal substances.

According to the International Narcotics Control Board (2018), the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is an annual reminder of the significance of worldwide efforts to prevent and alleviate suffering caused by drug abuse and  trafficking as well as the importance of assuring access to controlled substances for medical and scientific use.

Drug abuse and trafficking can be terribly destructive to individuals, families, schools, communities and societies as a whole. Drug use disorders are a major public health problem. Drug addiction is a dreadful disease process that destroys peoples’ health statuses, destabilizes families, places enormous burdens on the healthcare system and causes undue strains on the limited resources of various social services agencies.

Moreover, drug abuse and trafficking can be extremely detrimental to the safety and security of people, including those who become innocent victims that get caught in the crossfire. Drug trafficking, once seen primarily as a social and criminal issue, has been transformed in recent years into a massive threat to the health and safety of people and regions (United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe, 2019).

Allied healthcare workers can have a beneficial influence on children and young people by providing education on the risks of illegal drug use, identifying risk factors, noticing risky behaviors and intervening in a timely manner to help prevent and/or treat substance abuse issues before they burgeon into more serious problems. Thus, people who work in the healthcare system are integral to the fight against illicit drugs.

REFERENCES

International Narcotics Control Board. (2018, June 26).  Message on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Retrieved June 24, 2019, from https://www.incb.org/incb/en/news/press-releases/2018/international-narcotics-control-board_-message-on-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking.html

United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe. (2019). The Secretary General — Message on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit Trafficking. Retrieved June 24, 2019, from  https://www.unric.org/en/drugs/27032-the-secretary-general-message-on-the-international-day-against-drug-abuse-and-illicit-trafficking

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International Widows Day: June 23rd

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June 23rd had been designated as International Widows Day by the United Nations back in 2010. International Widows Day is a worldwide observation that takes place each year on the 23rd day of June to increase awareness of the onslaught of problematic issues that many widows tend to experience in various countries around the world after their husbands die.

Widows in the United States and in other countries around the world often face a number of traumatizing challenges in regards to to their health statuses, finances, social situations and personal safety. Therefore, it is time to bring the plights associated with widowhood into the spotlight on a worldwide scale. After all, knowledge is power. The more people know, the more they can potentially help.

Some widows end up living in abject poverty soon after their husbands have died. Poverty has a profound impact on a widow’s health status. According to the World Health Organization (2019), poverty creates poor health since it forces people to live in squalid environments that make them sick, without decent shelter, clean water or sufficiently adequate sanitation.

In certain countries with more traditional societies, widows may be denied the rights to inheritance of marital assets such as money and land. All too frequently, widows and their children are forced out of their marital homes, shunned, stigmatized and subjected to acts of personal violence such as sexual assault and battery. Widows need to be empowered instead of marginalized.

The overarching point of International Widows Day is to initiate positive changes that will lead to full rights in widowhood, more research, elimination of violence, minimization of discriminatory practices and reduced levels of poverty inflicted upon widows and their families. Another goal of International Widows Day is to formulate widespread policies that substantively deal with the negative issues suffered by widows.

REFERENCES

World Health Organization. (2019). Poverty and health. Retrieved June 23, 2019, from https://www.who.int/hdp/poverty/en/

 

Public Service Day: June 23rd

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Public Service Day is a worldwide observation that takes place on the 23rd day of June every year. The date of June 23rd also provides the public with a very opportune chance to show their heartfelt appreciation of public servants for all their hard work, diligent efforts and steadfast devotion to the continual betterment of the communities where they live and serve.

To recognize the hard work of the world’s vast number of public service workers such as nurses, schoolteachers, firefighters and city administrators, the United Nations created the Public Service Day observation back in 2002. It is an unfortunate reality that, at times, the amazing contributions of public servants can go unrecognized by the very same individuals that seem to benefit the most from their selfless actions.

Without the assertive actions and strategies made by those in the public service field, the initiation of positive changes and advantageous policies would be slow to come. Also, the public’s lives and well-being simply would not be nurtured. In essence, June 23rd is the perfect day to thank the hard-working public servants in your city who work to enhance the lives of the people in their local communities.

 

International Day of Yoga is June 21st!

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Friday, June 21st is when the International Day of Yoga is observed. Since yoga tends to be spectacularly outstanding for peoples’ minds, bodies and spirits, an entire piece has been devoted to the International Day of Yoga. The primary purpose of the International Day of Yoga is to boost awareness on a global scale regarding the myriad of benefits connected with regularly practicing yoga.

For those that may still be unaware, yoga is a series of multifaceted exercises that work together to combine many physical, mental and spiritual elements. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite, representing the union of body and consciousness (United Nations, n.d.).

The inclusion of yoga into a daily routine can improve an individual’s health status, increase strength levels, enhance flexibility, and assist in improving posture and breathing. Practicing yoga on a routine basis can also help adherents to reduce stress levels, minimize depression and control anxiety symptoms while enhancing concentration and mental clarity.

Yoga exercises had originated in India many generations ago before subsequently being introduced to the Western world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The number of yoga adherents, also known as “yogis,” began to sharply increase in the 1980s and has been growing rapidly each succeeding year. The United Nations (UN) finally declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga back in December 2014.

The theme for the fifth annual International Day of Yoga is climate change.

REFERENCES

United Nations. (n.d.). International Day of Yoga 21 June. Retrieved June 20, 2019, from https://www.un.org/en/events/yogaday/

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

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Were you aware that June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day? In fact, June 19th has been set aside as World Sickle Cell Awareness Day for more than a decade. Beginning in 2008, World Sickle Cell Awareness Day has been observed on a yearly basis in order to help boost the general public’s fund of knowledge and increase awareness of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

In addition, the World Sickle Cell Awareness Day observance brings some much needed attention to the painful, time-consuming battles that the afflicted people and their loved ones go through on a regular basis. SCD affects millions of individuals globally, including both adults and children. In the United States, nearly 100,000 individuals are afflicted with SCD.

SCD, the most prevalent form of a genetically inherited blood disorder that causes the shape of red blood cells to be abnormally crescent-shaped like a sickle, is a potentially lethal disease process. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), SCD is one of the leading causes of early death among children under the age of five in multiple African countries.

Healthy people who are not affected by SCD have normal, round, dome-shaped red blood cells that possess enough flexibility to move swiftly across small blood vessels without causing blockages. The abnormal hemoglobin that characterizes SCD leads to sickle ‘C’-shaped red blood cells. Sickle-shaped cells are inflexible and often become stuck in small blood vessels, resulting in occluded blood flow, blood clots, chronic pain and infections.

The blood clots that form in the bodies of people with SCD can lead to horrendous pain in many areas such as the hands, feet and trunk. The occluded blood flow can also result in damage to the bones, muscles and organs (WHO, 2017). SCD sufferers frequently have fatigue, weakness, tiredness and pallor. They sometimes seem to have a pale or ashen appearance and the whites of their eyes and skin often have a yellowish undertone.

To observe World Sickle Cell Awareness Day, people can use the hashtags #ConquerSCD!, #WorldSCDawarenessDay and #WorldSCDay to spread awareness about the burdens of sickle cell disease on social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. People can also visit local a children’s hospital due to the reality they may encounter one or more chronically ill children who have been hospitalized because of SCD.

REFERENCES

World Health Organization. (2017). Sickle Cell Disease. Retrieved June 10, 2019, from https://www.afro.who.int/health-topics/sickle-cell-disease

June 16th is Father’s Day

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Father’s Day 2019 is observed on Sunday, June 16th. Therefore, the members of staff at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School would like take a moment to warmly wish all dads a very happy Father’s Day. Fathers are vitally important because, without them, the healthcare field and society would not be in existence today.

Since the Father’s Day holiday has been set aside to recognize and celebrate the significant role that fathers play in the lives of their children and society as a whole, we wholeheartedly encourage people to honor all fathers on this special day. Happy Father’s Day to all dads. After all, fathers have earned this day.

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June 14th is National Wear Blue Day

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June 14th is National Wear Blue Day, and the month of June has been designated as Men’s Health Month. Throughout this month, the general public and members of the healthcare community can observe Men’s Health Month by displaying a warm show of support for men and the health issues that are most likely to affect their lives.

Men’s Health Month is the optimal time to encourage men and boys to seek routine checkups from healthcare providers. Obtaining checkups and physical exams from physicians and other healthcare providers can increase the likelihood of preventing health problems and/or catching health issues before they become life-threatening.

To become a part of the healthcare community, consider training to become a nursing assistant (CNA). Legacy Healthcare Careers offers quality two-week CNA training programs at an affordable cost. Call (682)626-5266 to schedule a tour, ask questions, or enroll in CNA training classes at Legacy Healthcare Careers in Texas.

June is Men’s Health Month

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Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? Men’s Health Month is a nationwide observance that aims to increase knowledge regarding men’s unique healthcare issues. Other noble aims of Men’s Health Month are to encourage boys, men and their loved ones to adhere to healthier habits and introduce more healthful choices into their lives such as regular exercise and cleaner food choices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asserts that males in the United States tend to die approximately five years sooner than females. Moreover, men die at higher rates from nine of the top ten leading causes of death in the US. Males are also far less likely to visit doctors for preventative issues than their female counterparts. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to change these dismal statistics for the better.

During Men’s Health Month, men are strongly encouraged to take control of their health statuses, and families are encouraged to teach young boys healthful lifestyle choices and habits throughout their childhood years (Office of Minority Health, 2019). There are a number of actionable things people can do to observe Men’s Health Month. The actions people can take to support Men’s Health Month have been listed below.

  1. Members of the public should wear blue on Friday June 14th, which has been designated ‘Wear Blue Day.’ This day is a part of the year-round Wear BLUE® awareness campaign that had been created by Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of men’s health and to encourage males to live longer and healthier lives (Office of Minority Health, 2019).
  2. Utilize the hashtag #MensHealthMonth as much as possible during the month of June when creating posts on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  3. Encourage the men and boys in your life to adhere to healthier lifestyle choices such as smoking cessation, regular physical exercise, stress reduction, healthy eating habits, and ample sleep and rest.
  4. Ensure that the men in and boys in your life routinely seek medical advice via primary healthcare providers to promote prevention and/or early detection of potential health problems.
  5. Parents, grandparents and guardians can proactively teach young their boys healthy lifestyle choices to increase the likelihood that these boys will adopt healthier lifestyles as adult males.

REFERENCES

Office of Minority Health. (2019, June 7). Men’s Health Month. Retrieved June 13, 2019, from  https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/content.aspx?ID=10238&lvl=2&lvlid=12

2019 CNA Appreciation Week is Coming…

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Appreciation Week, also known as National Nurses Assistant Week, is a week-long observation that has been in existence since 1977. Traditionally, CNA Appreciation Week begins on the second Thursday of the second full week of June on a yearly basis. Also, CNA Appreciation Week is quickly approaching. This year, CNA Appreciation Week begins on June 13th and continues through the end of the day on June 20th.

The point of CNA Appreciation Week is to recognize the hard work, contributions, indispensability and positive impact that nursing assistants give to the healthcare industry. Many nurse aides work their magic without recognition. It has been said that CNAs are the tried and true backbones of the healthcare system in the US and around the world. Without the beneficial contributions that CNAs regularly make, the realm of direct patient care just would not be the same.

Therefore, employers, managers and others who routinely deal with CNAs should spend the next week giving the warmest thanks for all the unsung efforts and dedicated work during this unique time of the year. In addition, healthcare companies and facilities that utilize CNAs should express their profound gratitude by providing catered meals, gift bags, donuts, pastries, special tee shirts, chair massages, and other cool goodies that clearly convey “thank you” for a job well done.

Members of the general public can also display their genuine gratitude for all the wondrous things that nursing assistants do during National Nurses Assistant Week 2019. Here are some heartfelt actions that regular lay people can take to observe CNA Appreciation Week.

  1. Use the #NursingAssistantsWeek hashtag when posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other popular social media sharing platforms.
  2. Show some gratitude to the nursing assistants at local healthcare facilities with a greeting card or gift cards to a local restaurant or coffee shop.
  3. Encourage a young person or unemployed /underemployed person to enter the healthcare field by training to become a nursing assistant.
  4. Create a handmade poster comprised of “thank you” notes from friends, strangers, family members, neighbors, non-nursing coworkers and members of staff.

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In other words, the month of June is the perfect time of the year to show unwavering support for the millions of unfortunate sufferers globally who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. The month of June is also a prime time to acknowledge caregivers for the diligent work they do behind the scenes for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

According to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (2019), dementia is a general term that describes any disease process that causes changes in memory skills and/or thinking skills that is severe enough to impair an individual’s daily functioning. Some aspects of daily functioning that can be profoundly affected by dementia include routine tasks such as driving, grocery shopping, managing household finances, maintaining employment, communication, and so forth.

In addition, multiple types of dementia are in existence. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s dementia, better known as Alzheimer’s disease.  The part of the brain that contributes to the formation of new memories tends to be affected very early on in the Alzheimer’s dementia disease process, and this is one of the reasons why short-term memory loss is normally one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s (UCSF Memory and Aging Center, 2019).

Since June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, what can people do to show their support for the millions of persons who suffer with dementia, as well as their brave caregivers? There are a number of actions people can take during the month of June to show support and spread awareness regarding the truly devastating Alzheimer’s disease epidemic. Some ideas to display steadfast support for dementia sufferers and their devoted caregivers have been listed below.

  1. Wear purple to show support for the themes and purpose that revolve around Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Purple is the official color.
  2. Offer to volunteer at a memory care center or nursing home that specializes in dementia and memory care issues. These residents often enjoy volunteers.
  3. Utilize the hashtags #EndAlzheimers and #EndAlz on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to spread awareness.
  4. Participate in a walk to end Alzheimer’s disease. These walks are organized and held in more than six hundred communities across the United States yearly.
  5. Discuss preventive and protective techniques. Measures such as regular exercise, healthy eating, low alcohol intake, ample rest, maintenance of good sleep/wake cycles, stress reduction, and social engagement are all excellent ways to potentially prevent Alzheimer’s disease and practice self care at the same time.
  6. Do not forget about the myriad of other health problems that have a detrimental impact on the brain. Illnesses that can negatively affect the brain, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, need to be treated if present (UCSF Memory and Aging Center, 2019).

REFERENCES

UCSF Memory and Aging Center. (2019). Dementia & the Brain. Retrieved June 9, 2019, from https://memory.ucsf.edu/dementia-brain

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