family-on-beachJanuary is National Family Fit Lifestyle Month

January has been declared National Family Fit Lifestyle Month. This is a good time to review lifestyle choices that may be increasing health risks and make changes necessary to fend off disease. A fit lifestyle is all-inclusive. It should pervade every aspect of a person’s life.

According to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition about 33% of adults and 17% of children in the United States are obese. Over the past years it has been drilled into our heads that obesity causes a multitude of health complications from heart problems to diabetes to cancer and can lead to an early grave. The Council has even added a dollar amount to what obesity costs us- almost 42% more for medical care than non-obese people.

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blood-donorJanuary is National Blood Donor Month

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) states that just over 9 million people donate about 15.7 million units of blood in the United States. This barely keeps up with the demand of about 41,000 units per day. Blood is provided to needy patients across the country every two seconds on average. Although almost 40% of the population is eligible to give blood, only about 10% do on an annual basis.

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addictionHelp for Addiction

La Paloma Treatment Center specializes in co-occurring disorders such as mental disabling problems and substance abuse. One problem in life can become complicated, but tackling head-on two very troubling issues at the same time can be oppressive. La Paloma’s staff are specially trained to be able to assist a person with multiple problems and help them get back on life’s track. La Paloma focuses on clinical excellence, extraordinary client care and ongoing research to provide the most adequate services to its clients.

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lady-sadFilling the Gap

Being homeless and alone on the streets can be difficult enough, but when a mental illness is thrown into the mix the results can be scary and even fatal. Often these people are misunderstood and can become victims of heartless crime. In 1985 Tender Mercies, Inc. reached out to help this group of people by providing shelter, care, counsel and guidance. People who had been splitting their time on the street with drifting in and out of psychiatric hospitals were provided a place to stay; forever changing their lives.

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aids-ribbonAssistance for Those With HIV/AIDS

For almost thirty years Friends For Life Corporation has been helping people living in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi who have HIV/AIDS. They directly help over 2,500 people each year providing needed services and/or housing in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties in Tennessee, Crittenden County in Arkansas and DeSoto, Marshall, Tunica and Tate counties in Mississippi.

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