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Monthly Archives: July 2016

  • Stress

    No-StressThe weekend is here - relax!

    Whether we admit it or note, life can be stressful. If you have a big workload or are struggling to juggle the demands of your personal and professional life, you may be more stressed than you realize. Thankfully, there are certain symptoms you can look for to help identify stress: headaches, feeling tired, back pain, nausea and frequent colds to name a few. If you are experiencing any of these unpleasant side effects of stress, maybe it's time to take a break and rest up!

  • Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior

    Fear, anger, frustration, humiliation, helplessness... these feelings shouldn't be part of anyone's job description. But they can be common in workplaces where bullying and other disruptive behavior is a problem. Your customers know that this type of behavior interferes with the functioning of a workplace, disturbs and threatens employees and can even affect their health... and that it can also damage a company's business and reputation.Bullying-at-work

    Employees and managers both need to understand bullying and disruptive behavior, and know what to do to prevent it or shut it down.

    Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior training discusses how to recognize bullies and disruptive people, explains the impact their behavior can have and outlines the steps employees can take to help address these problems. Manager Training in Bullying focuses on tools and techniques that can be used to raise awareness of the problem in a department, investigate reports of disruptive behavior, and intervene as necessary.

    Ask us about new Bullying Training programs if you are interested!

    BullyingAlso check out STOMP Out Bullying™ - the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying
    prevention organization for kids and teens. (you'll be seeing us in our Blue Shirts on October Third, too!)

  • Inhale, Exhale

    Sometimes you need to take a step back and a deep breath.

    Mindfulness mediation is an easy way to lower stress levels, increase focus, protect against depression and improve sleep. It may sound intimidating but all it is, is paying attention to the here and now. By setting aside just 20 minutes a day, you will soon be on your way to leading a more productive and engaged life.

    What are you waiting for?


  • Dentists

    We train a lot of Dentistry practices... a lot. Many have also participated in the National AED Grant Program we help sponsor.

    Here's some interesting news for Dentists from the CDC & JADA:

    Dental-checklistCDC Provides Best Practices for Appropriate Antibiotic Use in Dentistry

    In an article published today in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) provide best practices for responsible antibiotic use in dentistry.
    Dentists write nearly 26 million prescriptions for antibiotics each year, which amounts to 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions filled in outpatient pharmacies. While the extent is unknown, experts are concerned that unnecessary antibiotic prescribing occurs in dental settings. To assist throughout the entire antibiotic prescribing process, CDC and OSAP have developed a checklist to guide dentists through pretreatment, prescribing, and patient and staff education.

    Patients are encouraged to use the following Do’s and Don’ts for ensuring patient safety when they or their loved ones are prescribed antibiotics at the dentist. Dentists

    Today, on CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog, Lauri Hicks, D.O., director of CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, discusses how dentists can be sure to make the right diagnosis and prescribe the right drug, at the right dose, for the right duration.

    In an effort to improve antibiotic use in dentistry, best practices were developed to guide dentists through the entire antibiotic prescribing process, including pretreatment, prescribing, and patient and staff education. Pretreatment steps involve establishing a correct diagnosis, reviewing the patient’s pertinent medical history, and considering whether


    therapeutic management of a local bacterial infection with a procedure may be more appropriate than an antibiotic. Dentists should make their prescribing decisions based on evidence-based medicine. Additionally, dentists can educate patients to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed, only if prescribed for them, and not to save unused antibiotics for future use. Lastly, dentists and staff can stay current on optimal antibiotic prescribing practices through continuing education opportunities.

    Dental organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA), among others, have committed to improving antibiotic prescribing in order to maximize patient safety and reduce antibiotic overuse and misuse, which contribute to the development and spread of

    antibiotic resistance and the occurrence of adverse events, such as the sometimes deadly diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. These best practices will be a resource for dentists to apply when prescribing antibiotics to ensure patients are prescribed antibiotics only when the benefits outweigh the risks.

  • DNA

    Happy birthday to the late Rosalind Franklin, the world-renowned chemist best known for her role in the discovery of the structure of DNA. Earning her Ph.D. in chemistry from Cambridge University where she specialized in X-ray diffraction, the method by which the DNA structure was identified. At King's College in London, Franklin and student made a discovery while taking photos of DNA fibers: a dry "A" form and a wet "B" form.

    One photo, Photograph 51, would later become famous for identifying the "B" form of DNA and served as the basis of further DNA structure research. Rosalind Franklin

  • Happy Parents' Day

    FAMILY-2Today Is Parents' Day - honor yours, get involved - Learn More

  • Colon screening can save your life

    • colonMen and women 50–75 years old should be screened for colorectal (colon) cancer, but at least one third of people in that age group haven’t been tested as recommended.
    • CDC’s Screen for Life campaign features celebrities—Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Diane Keaton, Jimmy Smits, and Terrence Howard—explaining the benefits of colorectal cancer screening.

    Several kinds of tests can find colorectal cancer, so people 50 or older should talk to a doctor about which test is right for them.

  • Once Upon a Time...

    Big SpeedWe leave you this week with thoughts on opening. Our Instructors always are thinking about how to first break the silence when beginning a class, so let's think about some of the most riveting lines in the history of literature.

    First up, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the
    age of foolishness ... " You know how it goes. Highlighting a contradiction is one way of grabbing your reader's attention.

    Another is to state something universally true, like Tolstoy does here, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."

    And yet another way of doing it is to imply a question, as Steinbeck did in The Pearl, "In the town they tell the story of the great pearl- how it was found and how it was lost again." What town? What pearl? How was it found? And lost?

    There's nothing like a good opening line to hook you in!

  • Is That Safe to Eat?

    We've talked about Power Outages in the past ( What is the most common emergency? ) But have you considered how  Power outages can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. If you lose electricity, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers tips to follow before and after a power outage to minimize loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness:

    • Gather an emergency food supply of shelf-stable food, boxed or canned milk, bottled water, and canned goods;
    • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours;
    • Buy an appliance thermometer for the refrigerator and freezer and a food thermometer to help you know if the food has stayed at a safe temperature during an outage;
    • Throw out any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours;
    • Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and
    • Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat juices.

    Keep in mind that your refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.

    food-safety-power-outageDid you know that a flood or fire can also impact the safety of food in your home? Be sure to check out the FAQs on the USDA website about keeping food safe after these emergencies.

  • The Temperature is rising - EVERYWHERE

    FEMA is warning of extreme heat emergencies - we all know it is coming! If you are reading this pretty much anywhere in the U.S. right now, one thing is certain: it is hot and it's getting hotter.
    How hot you ask? A new interactive infographic from Climate Central has compiled a list of the hottest cities in the U.S. First place goes to Miami, FL (no surprise there). In third place is Phoenix, AZ and in fourteenth and fifteenth place are Houston, TX and New Orleans, LA. Las Vegas, NV is seventeenth. Looking to beat the heat? Climate Central predicts the Pacific
    Northwest is likely your best bet!

    Learn about: Dehydration & Staying Hydrated, warning about Summer Heat

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