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What Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is Really Like

(StatePoint) For many, Peace Corps service is a first step toward a career or the continuation of a life’s work.

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Thursday 11/12/2020
BookBites: True Crime, Historical Fact and Fiction, Learning Tips for Parents
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA)

Craft Therapy Healing the Nation's Veterans
Updated: November 14, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits of crafting are well-known to those who’ve experienced them firsthand, but advocates want more people to understand what a powerful healing tool it can be, particularly for the nation’s veterans during this time of increased isolation and anxiety.

Thursday 11/05/2020
Water Stations Keep Kids Safe, Hydrated In School
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—If you’ve ever been the parent of a school-aged child, you know the drill. A new school year means a new list of required school supplies. And these days the list is definitely different.

Hoping to prevent the spread of coronavirus this year, most schools sent parents shopping for items such as face masks, hand sanitizers and personal water bottles. 

Normally, students can quench their thirst at school water fountains. But there’s nothing normal about this school year. And after the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recommended schools discontinue the use of shared drinking fountains, many did just that.

But that meant some schools didn’t have a convenient, affordable way to keep students hydrated throughout the day. That’s one of the reasons the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation decided to offer more water refill stations to schools in need through its Cool Water program. The foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Wisconsin.

Today, more people understand the importance of adequate water intake to overall health as well as dental health. Drinking enough water can help increase energy levels, decrease headaches, and improve cognitive function. Water, especially when fluoridated, can help reduce cavities and protect tooth enamel by washing away harmful bacteria. 

Youth who drink water during the day are also less likely to consume sugary beverages, which can help to reduce excess weight gain and diabetes. Yet over half of U.S.. children and teens are not properly hydrated. 

Through its Cool Water program, the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation provided grants to dozens of Wisconsin schools to help them replace existing drinking fountains with water-bottle filling stations. The program covers the cost of installation and a supply of reusable water bottles for students and staff. 

This year, the Foundation paid for water bottle filling stations and their installation—valued at over $100,000—to dozens of schools across the state. 

The touchless systems ensure that learners stay well hydrated while helping to prevent the spread of germs. Many schools also have fluoridated water, adding extra protection for teeth.

Almost all water contains some of the naturally occurring mineral fluoride, but the levels are usually too low to prevent tooth decay. That’s why most U.S. communities—and dozens of developed countries worldwide—add very small amounts of fluoride to their public water supplies. 

“In optimal amounts, fluoride is proven to be a safe way to make teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities,” says Dr. Greg Theis, DDS, MBA, Dental Director at Delta Dental of Wisconsin. 

“In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $32 in costs to treat dental problems,” he adds. “As a parent and a dentist, I’m pleased to know more of Wisconsin’s students will have the advantage of fluoridated drinking water during the school day, and I’m proud that Delta Dental of Wisconsin can help make an impact.”

 

Wednesday 11/04/2020
Three Lessons From the Past to Help You Understand the 2020 Election
Updated: November 12, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Think this election season has been the craziest of all time? Think again. American elections have long been highlighted by drama, scandal and intrigue -- and the surprising twists and turns of presidential campaigns have a habit of repeating themselves.

Tuesday 11/03/2020
It's Time for A New Political Movement
Updated: November 05, 2020 - 2:34 am

By Marc Victor

Monday 11/02/2020
Virtual Holiday Drives
Updated: November 17, 2020 - 2:36 am

(NAPSI)—There are two easy and fully virtual ways to ensure the holiday season is bright for youth in foster care this year through Treehouse. The nonprofit partners with thousands of youth to provide access to childhood experiences and critical resources as they plan for the future.

“It’s been a challenging year in so many ways, and youth in foster care have shouldered some of the heaviest burden,” said Spencer Sheridan, Treehouse’s Senior Event Coordinator.

“A meaningful holiday gift or warm clothes can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and determination to persevere.” 

Here are the two ways you can get involved: 

1.Host a Virtual Donation DriveIt only takes a minute to set up. Determine the goal, pick a name for the campaign and select a photo. “The donation drive is fun because you can set a goal as a group and easily see your collective impact. We’ll provide the proper materials and guidance for a successful virtual drive that gets everyone in the holiday spirit,” Sheridan said. Visit www.treehouseforkids.org to get started. 

2.Shop the Holiday Wish List—Treehouse’s online registry has been curated to match the ongoing winter and holiday needs of youth in foster care. All items will be shipped to Treehouse for distribution. Just visit www.treehouseforkids.org/wishlist. “The wish list is a way to do a little shopping and stay safe since it’s virtual. You can see the toys and clothes that are in demand for our youth,” Sheridan said.

Treehouse will be updating the wish list all holiday season long so it matches the latest requests. 

Any individual or organization interested in learning more can call Spencer at 206.498.3910 or contact drives@treehouseforkids.org

Learn more at treehouseforkids.org.

 
 "“A meaningful holiday gift or warm clothes can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and determination to persevere,” said Spencer Sheridan, Senior Event Coordinator at a nonprofit committed to youth in foster care.https://bit.ly/35WRkCr"

What Kids Care About: Education And The Coronavirus
Updated: November 06, 2020 - 2:40 am

(NAPSI)—The debate over schools reopening during the pandemic has included a great deal of feedback from educators and parents. But what about the students themselves: How are they feeling? Are they worried about catching the virus—and what do they think about safety measures and about remote learning or coming back to the classroom? 

To find answers, the EdChoice Public Opinion Tracker and Morning Consult asked teens about their schooling, the pandemic and other hot topics.  

What Students Want 

Spoiler alert: Young people are just as uncertain as grownups. When asked for three words that describe going back to school, “nervous,” “excited” and “confused” were the most common responses. 

In all 76 percent of the students—and older and minority teens in particular—are concerned about the pandemic.  

The top two things students are worried about are infecting a family member (81 percent) or getting the virus (70 percent) but they’re also worried about not being able to see their friends, missing classes and taking classes online. A significant number of teens—25 percent—say they’re worried about not having access to the food they normally get at school. Nearly 70 percent think other students would take wearing masks seriously, but less than half believe their peers will socially distance and refrain from sharing objects with each other. 

As for returning to school, 64 percent said they’d prefer online only or with a mix of online and in-person learning. Just over three-quarters reported having Internet access at home to do their online class work. 

What Students Think 

The two most important issues on teens’ minds are the coronavirus outbreak (61 percent) and Black Lives Matter movement (60 percent). LGBTQ rights, police/criminal justice reform, climate change and this year’s presidential election werent nearly as important to the students. Falling to between 26 percent and 27 percent.

Teens reported being most comfortable discussing current events and social issues with their friends (84 percent), and parents or guardians (78 percent). They were less comfortable with teachers (56 prcent) and least comfortable with their friends’ parents or guardians (39 percent). 

As schools have reopened in varying degrees, it will be interesting to find out how American teens’ opinions and behaviors change throughout the remainder of this year and into the future. 

Learn More 

For further facts and stats and to see the whole survey, go to www.edchoice.org

 

Wednesday 10/28/2020
As COVID Anxiety Grows, Tips to Avoid Crisis and Conflict
Updated: November 05, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) Among mask mandates, social distancing, outspoken political views and personal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a heightened risk for public spaces turning into places of conflict.

Tuesday 10/27/2020
5G's Mainstream Moment: What That Means for You
Updated: October 30, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) 5G is all over the news. So, what is it, anyway?

Thursday 10/22/2020
Ed’s Story—Everyone With ALS Counts
Updated: November 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells. It first gained national attention as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 1939. To date, the cause of ALS is unknown, and there is still no known cure. The disease strikes quickly, usually leading to death within 2–5 years of diagnosis. But every person with ALS has an individual story, and understanding these stories will help researchers ultimately piece together clues about the disease. 

Ed Tessaro was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. As he learned to cope with this diagnosis, he reflects, “I’ve never considered myself a victim of the disease, because I believe in my heart all of us have a wheelchair. In my case, it’s quite literal, but with everything that goes on in my life, I realize that every family has had a crisis.” One of the things that helps him and others with ALS is reaching out for community support and resources. “The ongoing struggle is to encourage newly diagnosed people to come in and talk about their condition. I want to help people learn about the National ALS Registry, clinical trials, and other resources that can provide support and hope.” 

The National ALS Registry helps gather information from those who are living with this disease. Researchers from all around the world can access the Registry data to help scientists learn more about what causes this disease. Everyone’s story is different, and everyone’s piece of the puzzle is essential. The Registry has found that more than 16,000 people with ALS live in the United States. It is important to include as many people as possible living with the disease to get the most accurate information. When patients join, it helps give researchers more information. This could lead to a better understanding of the causes of ALS, because learning more about the disease is one step further in the battle to defeat it.

If you or someone you care about has ALS, consider learning more about the National ALS Registry by visiting: www.cdc.gov/als

 

Could Long-Term Blackouts and Outages Become the New Normal?
Updated: October 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) While you may take electricity for granted in today’s world, you might not in the future -- that is, if current trends continue. As a new report highlights, the U.S. electrical workforce is aging out and not being sufficiently replaced -- a trend which could have potentially devastating and far-reaching impacts nationwide. The report’s authors say that the time to fill the pipeline of new electrical workers and invest in training and retention is now.

Wednesday 10/21/2020
Mutt Mulligan, TurfMutt Spokesdog, Celebrates Adoptaversary, Her First Year Wearing The Superhero Cape
Updated: November 03, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NAPSI)—Outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of green spaces, and care for all living landscapes, is the aim of the TurfMutt Foundation, now celebrating the one-year “adoptaversary” of its new spokesdog, Mutt Mulligan (a.k.a. Mo-Mo). Mo-Mo is a mixed breed pup who was adopted by Kris Kiser, the TurfMutt Foundation’s President and President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), at the 2019 Lucky’s Mutt Madness adoption event at GIE+EXPO, the national landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition.

“Mulligan has had quite a year growing into the paw prints left behind by the original TurfMutt, my rescue dog, Lucky,” says Kiser. “The Foundation’s work has been important, even more so today. People are starting to realize what the TurfMutt platform has been saying for the past 10 years—your family yard, parks and schoolyards are safe spaces to de-stress and to reconnect with family, friends and nature.”

In addition to the typical puppy training, Mulligan has also learned how to take on her duties as a backyard superhero. Here’s what she’s up to:

1. Getting to Know Her Backyard: A dog’s favorite “room” is the family yard, and Mo-Mo is no exception. She loves exploring her living landscape. As TurfMutt the superhero, she encourages everyone to realize that nature starts in your own backyard and community parks. Having green space accessible is part of a balanced, healthy life.

2. Sharing with Backyard Wildlife: TurfMutt advocates the family yard as an important part of the local ecosystem, offering food and habitat for all kinds of backyard wildlife, insects and pollinators. Mo-Mo has had to learn to share her outdoor space with deer, foxes, birds, butterflies and bees, and encourages everyone to do the same.

3. Reminding Humans to Spend Time Outdoors: One of the top tasks for TurfMutt’s top dog is urging people to get outside, work in their living landscapes and enjoy the benefits of being in nature, starting in the safe space of our own backyards. Mowing the lawn, trimming bushes, playing fetch with the dog, planting a butterfly bush, or playing a game of tag with the kids are all ways to tap into the health and well-being the family yard can provide.  Reducing stress, improving memory, boosting heart health, and more are just a few of the benefits received when spending time outdoors.

4.Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place: Throughout the year, Mulligan has been busy “helping” Kiser take care of the family yard. (She likes to dig holes.) As TurfMutt’s spokesdog she advocates selecting plants that are native to local climate zones, which is good for the environment and will ensure the plants thrive. (For more information refer to the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map.)

5. Sharing Resources for Families Stuck at Home: During these turbulent times, Mo-Mo reminds families about the TurfMutt resources available to them. The TurfMutt Foundation, with the help of educational leader Scholastic, offers free, online activities, e-books, and games and STEM-based lesson plans, to teach kids in grades K to 8 basic science as well as get them outside.

6. Encouraging Families to Foster or Rescue a Pet in Need: Mo-Mo also is “pawing forward” her good luck in being adopted by encouraging families to consider fostering or rescuing a pet in need. Meanwhile, she has been a big help to Kiser and the other TurfMutt Foundation team members as they navigate this stressful time. According to a U.K. study, people who had relationships with pets had better physical and mental well-being during the lockdown period.

Learn More

To learn more about the TurfMutt Foundation, visit www.TurfMutt.com.

 

Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility
Updated: November 10, 2020 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

Monday 10/19/2020
Burdens of COVID Hit Hardest Among Marginalized Students
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Students are the greatest hope for the future, but for many, their plans are threatened due to burdens posed by COVID-19. Here are just a few of the issues students and families face today, and steps being taken to address these concerns:

Tuesday 10/13/2020
BookTrib's BookBites: Three Moving Personal Stories, and an Rx for Healthcare
Updated: October 28, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) 

Saturday 10/10/2020
5 Tips for Thanking Your Heroes this Holiday Season
Updated: October 16, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others are rarely in it for recognition. However, in this especially challenging year, the holiday season is a perfect time to not just show these selfless people your appreciation, but also take inspiration from their kindness. Here are five simple ways to thank the everyday heroes in your life.

Friday 10/09/2020
How to Retain Well-Respected Lawyers at A Big Discount
Updated: October 28, 2020 - 2:31 am

(NewsUSA) - Almost everyone needs a lawyer at some point, but legal fees can be expensive, and finding a lawyer during a crisis can be stressful. However, if you want to make sure you have a well-respected lawyer when you need one, you may want to consider a monthly retainer program.

Thursday 10/08/2020
2020 to Save America: Calling It The Way He Sees It
Updated: October 27, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - What happened to America? According to Charles Pearlman, it all started "that election night in November 2016. That's when the National Nightmare began."

Wednesday 10/07/2020
Housing Instability and COVID-19: New Help is on the Way
Updated: October 10, 2020 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) The economic downturn caused by the pandemic has created widespread housing insecurity for both renters and homeowners. However, advocates say that free and low-cost legal assistance and other support is helping people remain in their homes.

Tuesday 10/06/2020
Innovative, Economical Fire Extinguisher That Is Safe and Simple
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Every household and business needs a fire safety plan, and a simple to-use fire protection device can be a key component of keeping your family and property safe.

Monday 10/05/2020
Family Caregivers Of Veterans Eligible For Free Professional Help
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—The Elizabeth Dole Foundation and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have launched an emergency respite care fund for the family caregivers of wounded, ill, and injured veterans. The program, Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers, will provide non-medical, no-cost, professional home care to veteran caregivers who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. CareLinx, a nationwide professional home care network,  helped launch the fund with a donation of $1 million worth of services. Wounded Warrior Project then contributed an additional $1 million to expand the program. The Foundation expects to provide 75,000 hours of care to more than 3,000 veteran caregivers.

“The lack of affordable, convenient, professional respite care has always taken a significant toll on the emotional and physical well-being of veteran caregivers,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Now, due to the increased health risks and limitations created by the pandemic, we are seeing a spike in the need for short-term relief.”  

Even as states re-open, some of the most critically wounded or ill veterans and their caregivers will have a long journey back to the pre-pandemic world. These veterans often have vulnerable immune systems that require their caregivers to take every precaution against exposure. By asking family and friends to keep their distance, they are losing a vital source of daily support.  

“We are grateful to CareLinx and Wounded Warrior Project for helping us respond to this urgent need,” Schwab continued. “We hope other organizations also step up, so we can ensure every veteran caregiver suffering during COVID-19 receives the help they need.” 

The program is rolling out in select regions and will expand nationwide over time. Eligible caregivers can request services that include companionship, grocery shopping, cooking, mobility assistance, transportation, bathing, and other activities of daily living. AARP and Bob Woodruff Foundation have also joined as key collaborators for this effort to help spread the word to military and veteran caregivers.  

To learn more and apply, visit www.hiddenheroes.org/respite

Saturday 10/03/2020
The Women Leading the Fight Against COVID-19
Updated: October 07, 2020 - 2:32 am

(StatePoint) Less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers are women, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. However, one team fighting against COVID-19 is not only leading the charge to save lives, but also in empowering women in science, encouraging the next generation of girls and young women to pursue STEM education.

Thursday 10/01/2020
Service Learning Gives Students Purpose and Connection in Quarantine
Updated: October 03, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) The typical routine a school year brings has been lost this year, as students adjust to hybrid or fully remote learning models and ever-changing reopening plans. According to McKinsey, 75% of the 50 largest school districts in the country have decided to start remotely, and the UN estimates that 94% of the world’s student population has been impacted.

Thursday 09/24/2020
BookBites: Mysteries, WWII Enemies Unite, and a Children's Book of Love
Updated: October 22, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) 

Cooling Tower Air Purifier Curbs Airborne Bacteria
Updated: October 20, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Contaminated air from the cooling towers that top most large buildings is not a new problem, but the focus on clean air in outdoor as well as indoor spaces has new urgency in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday 09/21/2020
Shop Smart This October to Benefit Breast Cancer Patients
Updated: September 24, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) It is not always easy to tell how your charitable dollars are going to be used, especially during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Friday 09/04/2020
How COVID-19 Has Impacted Tribal Communities
Updated: September 11, 2020 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) While the current health and economic crisis has impacted Americans nationwide, it has disproportionately affected the Native American/Alaska Native (NA/AN) community. Not only have chronic economic inequalities and systemic lack of infrastructure in many Indigenous territories put tribes at high risk, but these problems have been exacerbated by the loss of revenue experienced by tribal businesses shuttering their doors.

Tuesday 08/18/2020
Upcoming National Museum To Honor All Soldiers
Updated: August 22, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is a soldier, Army veteran, Army family member or other proud military supporter, you can become a permanent part of history at the National Museum of the United States Army.  

An historic project led by the Army Historical Foundation and the U.S. Army, the Museum is going up at Fort Belvoir, Va., just south of Washington, D.C.   

“We are proud to build a national museum that will tell the history of the Army—and our nation—through the eyes of American soldiers,” said Foundation President U.S. Army Retired Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz. “The timeline for opening the Museum was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we promise it will be worth the wait.”  

To be included in the Museum’s story, soldiers and Army veterans can submit their stories of service in the Registry of the American Soldier, which will be one of the largest collections of American Soldier profiles ever assembled. Stories can also be submitted on a veteran’s behalf, at no cost. The Foundation currently features the Registry on its website and the collection will be made available on kiosks in the Museum. Stories can be submitted at www.armyhistory.org/the-registries/

Members of the Army community can also be a permanent part of the Museum by ordering a customized commemorative brick to be laid on the grounds of the Museum. More than 8,000 bricks have already been installed, honoring soldiers from all 50 states. Among the bricks are those for such well-known Army veterans as Senator Bob Dole and General Eric Shinseki. Individuals and organizations can order bricks at www.armyhistory.org/bricks.  

To stay up to date on the project, including announcements about opening day, visit www.armyhistory.org.

 

Tuesday 07/28/2020
Foster Care And The Pandemic
Updated: July 30, 2020 - 2:33 am

(NAPSI)—Recent surveys of youth in foster care found nearly half (49%) expressed an immediate resource need during the COVID-19 pandemic—and you can help reverse that. Distance Learning Access (15%) was the top survey response, with Enrichment Activities (14%), Food Support (4%) and Cell Phones (4%) also discussed.

“The demand for resources is greater than ever,” said Lisa Chin, CEO of Treehouse, which conducted the study. “Whether school is in the classroom or online, our youth continue to grow. They need new clothes, school supplies and other essentials.” 

The nonprofit organization partners with youth in care so they have a childhood and a future. Collaborating with social workers, foster care liaisons and caregivers to ensure access to resources is critical to success. When there are gaps, Treehouse provides tangible resources, but it can’t do it alone. 

“Community is such a key part of what we do here, and it’s going to take all of us to address this crisis and continue moving forward,” Chin said. 

Treehouse also has shifted to connecting with high school students in its Graduation Success program using remote strategies. Even before the pandemic, only about 50 percent of youth in care graduated compared to more than 75 percent who stick with Treehouse. 

One student in the program, Karizma, thrives as she completes her schoolwork from home. Last year, she started working with Ruby Zarate, a Graduation Success Coordinator at Treehouse. The two would usually meet weekly in person at school, and have now been staying in touch through frequent phone calls, texts and FaceTime. Although it’s going well, Karizma looks forward to everything eventually returning to normal.

“I never thought I would have to sit at home and wish to be at school,” Karizma said with a laugh. “It is a little different. Having Ruby there to remind me and look out for me has definitely helped a lot as I look to my future. I really do think Treehouse is amazing.”

Anyone who’d like to support Treehouse as they partner with youth in foster care to weather the pandemic can make a gift at www.treehouseforkids.org/donate.

Friday 07/24/2020
Everyone Can Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19, Here's How
Posted: July 24, 2020

(StatePoint) As businesses and services reopen nationwide, the death toll from COVID-19 continues to rise, and experts warn that Americans must continue taking precautions to help stop the spread of the virus.

Thursday 07/23/2020
Tips to Help Erase Bullying This Back-to-School Season
Posted: July 23, 2020

(StatePoint) This back-to-school season may look a little different, but no matter what learning environment kids find themselves in this fall, bullying is a real cause for concern.  

Thursday 07/16/2020
Let's Keep It Local, New Mexico
Updated: August 26, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Good ideas often start in your own backyard

Monday 07/06/2020
How to Make a Positive Impact in Your Community by Donating Plasma
Posted: July 06, 2020

(StatePoint) Plasma donations are essential. Used to produce life-saving medicines that treat rare and serious diseases, your plasma donation can help save lives. Experts say that during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not only safe to donate plasma, but that doing so is vital. By donating plasma today, you can help make a difference not only for patients that need plasma therapies, but to your local community.  

Thursday 07/02/2020
How to Help Friends Vote Absentee From Anywhere in the World
Posted: July 02, 2020

(StatePoint) For military members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. For the 2020 general election, those friends can be an important source of voting information, especially for young people voting for the first time. And this year it’s even more important to register and request an absentee ballot early to avoid potential mail delays or other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday 06/24/2020
Great Online Content Can Let You ‘Visit’ a Museum This Summer
Posted: June 24, 2020

(StatePoint) If you are looking for new things to this summer do while staying home or social distancing, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has you covered.

Friday 05/29/2020
Hands-Only CPR Can Save Someone You Love
Updated: August 07, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Each year, June 1-7 is designated as CPR and AED Awareness Week. This year, the significance is especially striking. As most Americans continue to spend more of their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the odds of cardiac arrests in a home setting are likely to increase, according to the American Heart Association.

Wednesday 05/06/2020
Helping Veterans and Active Duty Military Cope With Social Isolation
Posted: May 06, 2020

(StatePoint) As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of veterans and active duty military personnel are on lockdown, many suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or substance abuse. With the additional challenge of social isolation, finding ways to combat depression, anxiety and loneliness is critical.

Friday 05/01/2020
How Families and Communities Can Prepare for Natural Disasters
Posted: May 01, 2020

(StatePoint) Natural disasters are increasing in severity and frequency. However, studies show that advance planning can keep individuals healthier and safer and support faster recovery for communities.

Wednesday 03/04/2020
5 Interesting Things You May Not Know About the Peace Corps
Posted: March 04, 2020

(StatePoint) A lot has changed about the world since the Peace Corps was founded nearly six decades ago, but its mission remains the same: to promote world peace and friendship between Americans and people around the world. Established 59 years ago, the agency and former volunteers nationwide recently celebrated its anniversary.

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