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It’s Not Glamorous but Let’s Talk Flu Season…

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Not only am I passionate about causes, but I also care about improving health outcomes. Every now and then, I will talk about a timely health issue. Learn and enjoy.

It’s that time of year, ladies and gents. You know, when your co-workers, family members, and Facebook friends ALL start talking about “the flu.” Even typing those words makes me shutter. I think that I’ve only had the flu maybe twice in my adult life and *knocks on wood* I’m hoping that it stays that way for the foreseeable future. But, you never know what germs are lurking around the corner. And, that is essentially the premise behind the CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 2-8, 2012).

Have you gotten your flu vaccine? It's not too late! It's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

If you’re like me, you might be wondering why the CDC picked this week. Well, it turns out that once the holiday season arrives, Americans become so busy shopping for gifts that we forget to go and get vaccinated. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it is true that that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. So, I was sort of right.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated as the most important step in protecting against the flu. I know that there are various beliefs about flu vaccinations, but I won’t get into those here because I’m not an expert. But, I do know that there are certain folks who have a higher risk for developing flu-related complications (i.e. people over age 65, those with chronic illnesses). And, those in that group should definitely consider vaccinations to help build up their systems.

If you have questions about the flu and approved vaccinations, head on over to the CDC’s website. And, once you have the information, please share with family and friends.

If you are currently battling the flu, you have my prayers and following words of advice.*

1. A hot toddy can be your friend (don’t mix whiskey with meds though).

2. Download “Homeland” on iTunes.

3. Go all out and splurge on the Kleenex with Aloe. It will make a huge difference.

What are your personal flu remedies? I’d love to have in my back pocket. You know, just in case…

~kb

*Obviously, you should go see your doctor. I assumed that was a given.

Monday Motivation: How Far Will You Go for Change?

Health Issues, TFG Spotlight, World Issues

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to attend a luncheon hosted by the team behind the incredible MAKERS series. For those of you unfamiliar with it, the MAKERS’ site includes videos of women who have done and are doing incredible things. These women have blazed and are blazing trails in industries ranging from politics to education to health and they are all HUGELY impressive.

With Dr. Amy Lehman

At this luncheon, we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Amy Lehman and to hear her story. She is the founder of the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic, which provides health care access to millions of Central African people who live in the isolated Lake Tanganyika Basin. Let’s stop here.

Can you please take a moment and soak in the awesomeness of that sentence? A floating hospital that provides invaluable medical services to those who might otherwise go without. Okay. Let’s continue.

As Dr. Lehman talked, I had a thought: What would’ve happened if she hadn’t accepted her mission to serve this community? As a surgeon trained at the University of Chicago, I’m pretty sure that she could’ve found a posh practice to show off her skills. But, she didn’t. Which leads me to this question: How far are you willing to go to make an impact?

 

Dr. Lehman’s incredible tattoo of the Lake Tanganyika region

When we discuss making an impact, we often limit ourselves to the communities around us. And, I don’t always mean community as a physical location. Community can be your affinity group (i.e. Catholic, African-American, or disabled), a specific neighborhood, or a specific cause. Like many things that we do, there is a tendency to stay within our comfort zone when it comes to assisting those in need.

As we close out 2012 and look ahead to a new year, let’s resolve to go one step further to make a difference. If Dr. Lehman can execute her purpose on another continent, then there’s no reason why we can’t execute ours across town.

To learn more about Dr. Lehman’s work, visit her website at FloatingClinic.org.

To learn more about the other women recognized by MAKERS, visit their website at Makers.com.

-kb

The Pursuit of Healthiness…

Health Issues, KB's Journey

On November 10th, the American Cancer Society and TheMotherhood.com present “The Pursuit of Healthiness Powered by Social Media,” an online symposium discussing how women can leverage their influence online to improve public health in their respective communities. I am honored to be one of the panelists and will join a dynamic group of women around this issue.

My fellow panelists are:

Gina Carroll, Moms Clean Air Force

Renee Ross, Fellow ACS Blogger Advisory Council Member

Helen Jonsen, Working Mother

Emily McKhann, TheMotherhood.com

Tonya Lewis Lee, A Healthy Baby Begins with You

Simone Smith, SimoneISmith.com

I’ll be sharing my experiences in co-founding Red Pump and supporting various health initiatives in the social space. Join us at TheMotherhood.com on November 10, 2011 from 1-2p ET for what promises to be a great discussion!

-kb