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January, 2014:Starting with a Clean Slate!


            Happy New Year! 

            We’re ready for great things as we embark with a clean slate into health resolutions.

            January 19-25 is Healthy Weight Week and the 23rd is Women’s Healthy Weight Day.  Go to for more information.  You can also – for fun! – nominate your “Slim Chance Award” for the most outlandish diet gimmicks you may have found by going to:
Check out Francie Berg’s article on the main page, “Top 10 Reasons Not to Diet”.
January is also Blood Donor Month.  About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital needs blood.
January is the perfect time to honor the people who help others through the simple act of giving blood.  Since 1970, January has been known as National Blood Donor Month. It’s a time when blood organizations like the American Red Cross pay tribute to the nearly 11 million people who give blood each year, and encourage others to start the New Year off right by coming to give the gift of life.
January is a challenging time for blood donation because cold and snowy weather and busy post-holiday schedules can make it difficult for blood donors to keep appointments. Regardless of the time of year, hospital patients nationwide need about 44,000 blood donations daily for cancer care, surgeries, and the treatment of serious diseases and trauma.
The Red Cross encourages donors to make and keep appointments, both for convenience and to reinforce the feeling of commitment. Community members can also contribute to the blood supply by organizing or volunteering at a blood drive, or by suggesting blood donation to their family and friends.

1 pint of blood can save up to 3 lives Get Involved

            This is the first full month of winter for SUNY Downstate’s community and it may prove to be a very blustery, snowy season.  Be ready!  Keep water, flashlight, batteries, portable radio, cellphone charger via batteries, medications, basic foods, etc., available before the storm hits.  Wear proper footwear and warm clothing at all times!  And keep an eye out for your neighbor, co-worker or homeless people who may need someone’s attention during extreme cold weather.