Our friends at Florida Blue have put together a great Wellness Newsletter. You can download it by clicking (or touching) here : February 2016 Pursuit Newsletter
Have a Great Day!
On Veterans Day we honor all who answered the call to service. Soldiers and Sailors, young and old, all of whom fought for home. Brave and bold, some have lived, while others have died, ALL of them deserve our pride. We’re proud of all military members, present and past, who kept thinking of red, white and blue. They fought for us and our rights, they fought through many days and nights and though we may not know each name, we THANK ALL VETERANS just the same.
So, let us show our pride and thankfulness by wearing something that represents your favorite branch of service or if you don’t have a favorite, wear a green shirt to show ALL our Raven Veterans that we care about what they do or did, to keep our country free.
For our driving force, we have placed $25.00 on the card of every veteran to show our appreciation. When you speak to these veterans, please be sure to thank them for their service. Let us not forget the sacrifice that the families of these brave souls endure and be sure to thank them as well.
Raven Transport partnered with area companies, organizations and schools to battle hunger in the community. We came together as ONE to package over 900,000 nutritious meals for children and families in need. This year’s goal is to pack one million meals for distribution to local food pantries, mission homes and backpack programs throughout the First Coast. We have packaged 2,480,204 meals to date.
Members of our Raven Charity Committee joined hundreds of volunteers Saturday morning, November 5th. They cupped, stuffed, sifted, measured, sacked, sealed, packaged and taped to reach our individual table goal ~ 25 boxes of 28 packages. A total of 4,200 meals to hungry and grateful families. Raven is proud to be serving the community.
Hello Raven Team!
We are partnering with Farm Share to collect food and monetary donations for our annual food drive. Last year we were proud to have raised $600 through generous payroll donations. A $5 donation will provide 35 meals for those that may not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal. We make it easy for you to help by using payroll deductions. With your help we hope to meet or exceed last year’s contributions. There are 3 barrels located in the lobby. We will be collecting items through November 18th. Thank you in advance for your support in giving back to our community.
Here’s a list of suggested items to donate:
-Meals in a Can
-Non-Fat Dry Milk
-Macaroni and Cheese
-Canned Meat or Poultry
Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. It is a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, dementia and addictive behaviors.
Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.” In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.
Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.
If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately.
Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal.
Mental health problems may be related to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events. As with cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental illnesses are often physical as well as emotional and psychological.
Mental illnesses may be caused by a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these. With proper care and treatment many individuals learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder.
In Adults, Young Adults and Adolscents:
> Confused thinking
> Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
> Feelings of extreme highs and lows
> Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
> Social withdrawal
> Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
> Strong feelings of anger
> Strange thoughts (delusions)
> Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
> Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
> Suicidal thoughts
> Numerous unexplained physical ailments
> Substance use
In Older Children and Pre-Adolescents:
> Substance use
> Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
> Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
> Excessive complaints of physical ailments
> Changes in ability to manage responsibilities – at home and/or at school
> Defiance of authority, truancy, theft, and/or vandalism, Intense fear
> Prolonged negative mood, often accompanied by poor appetite or thoughts of death
> Frequent outbursts of anger
In Younger Children:
> Changes in school performance
> Poor grades despite strong efforts
> Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
> Excessive worry or anxiety (i.e. refusing to go to bed or school)
> Persistent nightmares
> Persistent disobedience or aggression
> Frequent temper tantrums
Is mental illness treatable?
Yes, mental illness can be treated. This means that many people who have a mental illness, and are treated, recover well or even completely. However,because there are many different factors contributing to the development of each illness, it can sometimes be difficult to predict how, when, or to what degree someone is going to get better.
Treatment means all the different ways in which someone with a mental illness can get help to minimise the effects of the illness and promote recovery.It can involve psychological therapy, medication, and various supports in the community, as well as people with the mental illness helping themselves.
A doctor, psychologist or other health professional talks with the person about their symptoms and concerns, and discusses new ways of thinking about and managing them
Support programs are especially important for people with recurrent symptoms or who have a psychiatric disability. This support may include information, accommodation, help with finding suitable work, training and education, psychosocial rehabilitation and mutual support groups. Understanding and acceptance by the community is also very important.
It is common for the person with the mental illness to become the focus of family life. When this happens, other members of the family may feel ignored or resentful. Some may find it difficult to pursue their own interests.
Many families who have a loved one with mental illness share similar experiences”
It is important to remember that there is hope for recovery and that with treatment many people with mental illness return to a productive and fulfilling life.
Halloween Safety Tips
For some Americans, Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays. Unfortunately, it can also be rather dangerous. Use the following suggestions to help keep your child safe this year.
–Choose fire-resistant costumes, wigs and accessories.
–Avoid potentially dangerous props, like hard swords.
–Opt for non-toxic face paint or makeup instead of masks.
Click Here for more tips on how to celebrate Halloween safely.
Prevent Backpack-related Injuries
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 5,000 children under the age of 19 suffered backpack-related injuries last year. The vast majority of these injuries were caused by overloaded and incorrectly fitted backpacks.
While you may not have complete control over the weight of your child’s backpack, you can purchase a well-fitting, comfortable backpack. When shopping for a backpack, search for:
–The proper size (never wider or longer than your child’s torso, never hanging more than 4 inches below waist)
–Padded back and shoulder strap
Click Here for more backpack pointers.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States. Top risk factors include getting older, race and family history of breast cancer, which are things you cannot change.
Regardless of your personal risk factors, you can use these prevention strategies to reduce your risk of breast cancer:
–Maintain a healthy weight.
–Avoid exposure to carcinogens and radiation.
Click Here for more information on risk factors and prevention tips.