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July, 2011: Time to Celebrate!

            Do we at Downstate understand “wellness” as much as we could? 
            The National Wellness Conference is in July this year.    You can get wellness news as RSS Newsfeeds, as podcasts and webinars in which you can participate.  Check the website to see how to enroll yourself or your department.
            http://www.nationalwellness.org/index.php?id_tier=91
            Why not offer your friends and family a massage?  July 17-23 is “Everybody Deserves a Massage Week”.   www.abmp.com   or  http://massagebodywork.idigitaledition.com/  (the latter is a digital magazine link that shows how important massage can be therapeutically for cancer and other patients).

            What would July be without barbeques and picnics and fireworks celebrations?    All of July, we need to be aware of fireworks around us and of safety issues.  It’s hard not to want to celebrate with them on our nation’s birthday but it’s usually better to leave such up to experts and to view from a safe distance.  Too many adults and youths are injured annually this time of year when trying to utilize fireworks – sometimes with drastic results such as eye or hand injuries that debilitate for life.  Got to www.fireworksafety.com or email getinfo@fireworksafety.com .

            Finally, July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week (www.cleanbeaches.com ).  Some of the world’s cleanest beaches are cited annually – and nearly always there is one in the NY area (such as the Hamptons).  Let’s be well by being safe, by seeking happiness and health for ourselves, coworkers and loved ones, and by enjoying ourselves this July!