December: AIDS Awareness Month

world aids day 2012_logo2AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) has become a prominent health issue not only in the United States but around the globe. Finding a cure would be ideal, however the best way to combat AIDS is to arm people with knowledge about the disease. To spread awareness about AIDS, the month of December has been dedicated to educating people on the disease, how to prevent it, and how to live with it.

AIDS is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) which is a virus that attacks the immune system by destroying cells that help you to fight off diseases. HIV is transmitted from human to human through bodily fluids. These fluids include, but are not limited to, blood, semen, breast milk, and vaginal fluids. HIV can be spread by sexual contact, needle sharing, or any other transfusion with infected blood.

Although there is no cure for AIDS, it can be treated and prevented. Some ways to prevent the contraction of HIV includes practicing safe sex, using new/clean needles, and knowing your HIV status along with the status of your partner(s). Getting tested for HIV is simple and often time includes getting a blood sample drawn via a needle or a mouth swab. The arrival of test results range anywhere from 20 minutes to a few days.

The theme this year for World’s AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” The Getting To Zero Campaign continues until 2015 with a goal of Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. World Aids Campaign is encouraging AIDS/HIV organizations to select one of the three zeroes as their focus for the next two years.

Knowledge is power, so this month gain awareness about AIDS/HIV and decrease your chances of contracting a disease that is preventable.  For more information about AIDS awareness visit AIDS.gov.

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July – Park and Recreation Month

July is Park and Recreation MonthJuly is Park and Recreation Month. We will be highlighting the benefits that parks and recreation provide for communities on our social media sites. This year’s theme “I Love My Park and Recreation”, encourage community members to share the role parks and recreation plays in their life.

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) will be hosting a “Show UR Love for Parks and Recreation” weekly photo contest on their Facebook page. Visit and like NRPA’s Facebook page for more information and to obtain the official contest rules.

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Shadeism Screening Dialogue

The Vine Events Chat CafeJoin us for dinner and a movie on Saturday, February 16th at 6:30pm in Salisbury, NC.  The Vine Events Chat Cafe will be hosting a screening dialogue of “Shadeism”.

“Shadeism” is a documentary short film that introduces the issue of shadeism (also known as colorism); discrimination based on skin tones among members of the same community. The documentary explores shadeism origins and its affects within various cultures around the globe.  It also introduces how we can foster collective and personal healing through dialogue and discussion.

The cost of this event is $10/person. To reserve your seat click on “Donate” button below. Directions to event location will be emailed to those who RSVP so, please enter your email address on PayPal payment page.  **Note: You don’t need a Paypal Account to make payment.**

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June: Men’s Health Month

Traditionally in the month of June, we celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday. Father’s Day is intended to be a day set aside to recognize, honor, and appreciate the father figure in our life. Did you know that June is also Men’s Health Month? Men’s Health Month is designed to bring awareness to health issues that impact both men and boys. We all know that proper diet and exercise are imperative for good health, but knowledge of family medical history and wellness checkups are equally important. The men in our life need medical screenings that will detect those “silent” ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Screenings will also reveal health issues like colon cancer and heart disease which are treatable when diagnosed early. For more information about men’s health, visit Men’s Health Network website at http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/.

Normally on Father’s Day, we give our father figures gifts that include ties, clothes, sporting goods and tools. This month we encourage you to also initiate dialogue with him about his health. Encourage him to get a physical and request early detection screenings from his medical provider. Also, check out http://www.menshealthmonth.org/thingstodo.html to discover additional things you can do to heighten awareness about men’s health.

“Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”- Former Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994)

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January: National Staying Healthy Month

Happy New Year! Have you decided what your New Year resolution will be? Since January is National Staying Healthy Month, how about striving for overall wellness? When we think of health, often we instantly think of physical health but, according to http://www.definitionofwellness.com there are ten (10) dimensions of wellness: social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, environmental, financial, mental, and medical.

You are your greatest asset and your goal for 2012 should be to become a better and healthier you. We encourage you to choose one of the dimensions of wellness to start improving on today. Check out this link to the National Wellness Institute site which offers a free online wellness assessment http://www.nationalwellness.org/index.php?id_tier=91&id_c=55. After you review your assessment results, you’ll have a better idea of which wellness dimension you should target.

For steps to reach some of the dimensions of wellness, check out the video below.

This year be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to health and wellness; think preventive. Allow your thought process to be, what can I do in the dimension I choose to stay healthy, prevent illness, and prolong my life? Start the new year off on the right foot, and embrace the idea of improving your health and wellness during National Staying Healthy Month.

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