Is It Safe To Gather For Thanksgiving?

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With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise many experts are warning against gatherings of any size, especially around the Thanksgiving holiday. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has issued the following information about gatherings of any kind during Thanksgiving: The length of time spent at a gathering matters, the longer the gathering, the higher the risk of transmission Travel should be limited to car travel as bus, plane, and train travel present greater risks. Of course, any travel that includes stops at rest stops via a car could be troubling as well. Limit the size of your gathering, especially those that will be held indoors. While the CDC is not recommending a certain number of people at gatherings, the number should be limited to those that are able to keep distance of at least six feet in a closed space. Adherence to COVID guidelines such as social distancing, mask wearing and…continue reading

5 Ways To Spread Awareness On World Diabetes Day

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All month long we have been spreading the word about diabetes during National Diabetes Awareness Month, but today, November 14th, marks World Diabetes Day. While the entire month is important, having a day completely dedicated to getting the word out about this disease is critical to make sure that the voices of those who have the disease, who treat the disease, and who research the disease are amplified to the greatest possible extent. Today, if you want to get involved, the International Diabetes Federation has some ideas for you: Plan an online learning day around diabetes for your school Join the Global Diabetes Walk – get involved here. Share the online test to let friends and family see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes – test is here. Organize a diabetes awareness event for neighbors in your community. Share information about diabetes on your social media platform…continue reading

The First Saturday of Every Month Is National Play Outside Day

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Did you know that each month has it’s own National Play Outside Day? It’s true. What a great way to get in you favorite outdoor activity. Whether it’s just you or the entire family heading out you will want to find some way to get outdoors. How are you doing it today? Hiking, biking, walking, playing sports, sitting and reading a book? These are all great activities that you can do on the first Saturday of every month. Of course there are so many benefits just from being outside. In a 2019 study by Nature, it was found that just 120 minutes a week would let you start to see some benefits from being outside. Think about how little time that actually is. If you were outside 15 minutes each day you would start to see benefits from it. People who spent the 120 minutes or longer outside each week…continue reading

5 Eye Popping Stats On Diabetes

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and so it is important to have a complete understanding of some of the statistics that surround the disease. This disease impacts the lives of many millions of Americans and can mean a lifetime of medication and serious health related issues for those with it. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report conducted by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the following statistics were reported in the U.S. alone: 34.2 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes 13% of all adults in the country have diabetes 7.3 million adults met the criteria for a diabetes diagnosis but were unaware of it 26.8% of all adults over the age of 65 have been diagnosed with diabetes 16.4 million black Americans have diabetes – this is the highest number among any group in the country During this month of awareness,…continue reading

Turn Your Clocks Back…Don’t Forget

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Before the days of digital clocks in our pockets and on our wrists that were connected to the Internet, turning your clocks back would inevitably cause you to show up somewhere early. You arrive for your dinner reservation at 6p which is actually 5p and you’re one early. Luckily this is no longer a problem. However, don’t forget to turn back your non-connected clocks. There are plenty of places you might forget to turn your clocks back, for instance; In your car Your microwave Your bedroom alarm clock Your stove/oven Your wall clocks Any clocks in your office that are not connected Making sure your clocks are turned back will keep you on time and showing up to things without skipping a beat. The other thing you’ll want to remember when changing your clocks is to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors. It is good practice to get…continue reading

Are Masks Good For Your Mental Health?

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When a mask mandate went into affect here in Connecticut many residents worried that anxiety levels would skyrocket and that the mental health of us all would suffer as a result of these anxiety inducing rules. However, if a recent Polish study is to be believed, the masks may have an opposite impact. After studying the results of an online survey, Polish researches came to conclude that in fact, masks were more often then not reducing anxiety in people instead of the anticipated result. So, what is going on here? Well researchers have some conclusions that they’ve made from the study results. Masks are helping people take control in a situation that often feels out of their control. A global pandemic is big and scary, but masks are a way that people can control the situation for themselves and feel safe. When everyone around you is wearing a mask, the…continue reading