Category Archives: Giving

March is Women’s History Month- 2017!!

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The roots of Women’s History Month can be traced to the first known Women’s History Week that was celebrated in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. From then the movement slowly spread to other cities and gained support from President Carter declaring March 8th National Women’s History Week. March had been declared Women’s History Month in 14 states by 1986. The National Women’s History Project and other lobbying groups used this as evidence when discussing with Congress to declare March as Women’s History Month nationwide. Congress made the declaration in 1987. Since then the movement has grown each year.

There are events nationwide that last all month long to celebrate Women! Here are a few in the area.

In the Fargo/Moorhead community there are also many resources for women. Check out the list below to see if any of them interest you!

  • Junior League of Women – a nonprofit group of women dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children in the F/M area.
  • Dress for Success Red River Valley – a national nonprofit that helps women with employment interview attire, resume-writing, and a few other career services.
  • North Dakota Women’s Network – a coalition of ND women aimed at bettering “the lives of women through communication, legislation and increased public activism.
    • Join them this Friday at Gastropub at 5:30 for the March Feminist First Friday.
    • On March 9th from 9:00am – 5:00pm join the movement at the ND state capitol to lobby for policies that will better the lives of families and women.
  • Girl Develop if Fargo – A chance for female software developers to network and attend seminars relating to the field.
  • Fargo-Moorhead Women’s Business Exchange – A networking opportunity for female business leaders and owners.
  • Women’s Impact – a nonprofit group that provides a variety of resources to women to empower them or help them get involved in their community.
  • Women Connect – a monthly meetup organized by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce “aimed at connecting, inspiring and growing a community for women in business.”
    • Attend the monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 3:30-5:00 at the Avalon Events Center West 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo.
  • Women’s Business Center – a group that organizes leadership programs and seminars to help women advance in their careers and develop as leaders in business.
    • Attend the Fargo Leading Ladies Luncheon on March 22nd from 11:00-1:00 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

Empowering women is a goal in the F/M area and these resources/events are a great way to do it! Get informed, get involved, and get EMPOWERED!!

 

Sources: http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/http://trainingnd.com/event/2017-leading-ladies-luncheon-fargo https://www.fargomonthly.com/community/local-resources-women/

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National Blood Donor Month

NBDM-logocolor9This year, make a new years resolution that will help others. Giving blood is an easy way to help save a life. Every day hospitals need 44,000 donations for their cancer, burn and bone marrow transplant patients. Usually blood banks are able to have a moderate supply of blood on hand for nearby banks, but January is different. Most blood banks find that they are in short supply in the winter months with January being their low period. National Blood Donor Month was created to help bring their stores back up.

When you give blood, you are giving about 1 pint. Most adults have somewhere between 8 and 12 pints of blood in their system. There are 4 products that can be separated from your whole-blood donation; red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. With your 1 pint donation they are able to make 2 or 3 of these products to help individuals.

Of these 4 components, platelets expire the quickest. They have a life span of 5 days and are in need of constant supply. When donating you have the option to donate whole blood, or just platelets. When donating just the platelets it take longer, about 2 hours, but they return the other liquids and parts of your blood back into your body. By doing this, you give about 3 doses worth of platelets. If you give whole blood, they have to combine your platelets with those of 4 others in order to get a full dose.

The red cells from your donation can last about 42 days before they are too degraded and expire. On average 1.62 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. They are dependent on these blood stores, especially after a chemotherapy session in order to keep themselves healthy. It is difficult to find them these donations because only 38% of the population is healthy enough or meet the requirements to donate blood. Of that 38% less than 10% give blood every year. The 3.8% of the population that are helping are given a time restraint. It takes about 56 days before they are healthy enough to give again. National Blood Donor month was created in the hopes that more people would help over come this time restraint and give blood.

Did you know?

  • It took about 12 units of blood to help save Reagan. Over a dozen strangers gave the blood needed to keep him alive
  • The first successful blood transfusion was given during the civil war. They didn’t know about blood types, so it was more luck that it worked than skill.
  • If you live to be 72, there is a 90% chance you will have a blood transfusion.
  • George Washington was purposefully bled to death. Physicians at the time thought that bleeding the “bad blood” out would get ride of a cold. Washington bled through about half his blood supply before he died.
  • Elizabeth Bathory may be the root of vampire legends. This Hungarian Countess believed that if she bathed in young girls blood, it would restore her youth. She was finally charged with killing about 650 girls, but her family’s power prevented any retaliation against her.

 

 

 

http://www.redcrossblood.org/news/southeasternmichigan/national-blood-donor-month

http://www.redcrossblood.org/plateletFAQ#FAQ4

http://www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood/blood-facts-and-statistics

http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/january-is-national-blood-donor-month-give-a-pint

http://www.lifeservebloodcenter.org/support/pdf/FunFacts.pdf

Jingle Bell 5K for arthritis

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This winter help take a stand against arthritis by running a 5K. Or walking if running isn’t quite your speed. The Jingle Bell Run is hosted every year by the Arthritis Foundation to help raise funds for arthritis research. Last year they raised over $4 million from runners that fund-raised and were sponsored. Where ever you are there is an event near you that you can be active in with there being over 100 sponsored events in the upcoming weeks. The run in Fargo is scheduled to happen tomorrow, December 3rd. Wear jingle bells or holiday themed outfits to add to the fun!

Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the country with it affecting over 50 million Americans, roughly 1 in 5 adults. Arthritis is a blanket term that refers to over 100 different joint pains or diseases. Some common symptoms that are shared between them are swelling, pain, stiffness and a decrease in the range of movement. Some common visible symptoms are knobby finger joints, but other damage can only be seen on an X-ray. Arthritis can affect different parts of the body besides your joints; the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin are all at risk.

Most people don’t think they have arthritis, they believe it is a later life disease so they deny the symptoms they are displaying. It is true that more than half of the people over the age of 65 have some form of arthritis, but what they don’t know is that 2/3 of all people diagnosed with arthritis are under 65. Over 300,000 kids under 18 have some form of arthritis, which further shows that it can afflict anyone at any time. While arthritis can be tricky to diagnose, if you are experiencing joint pain and even have the suspicion that you might be afflicted, contact your doctor.

There are several things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing a form of arthritis. Maintaining a healthy weight decreases you chance of developing Osteoarthritis. Eating a healthy diet that’s low in sugar and alcohol significantly decreases the chance of gout, a dietary form of arthritis. Not smoking helps reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, there is a chance that the money that is donated at one of these runs could be what is needed for a breakthrough.

Sources

http://www.arthritis.org/

http://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/jingle-bell-run/

MSUM Homecoming 2016!

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October 2nd through the 9th is MSUM Homecoming! The fun kicked off early in the week and does not stop!

Monday was the community block party, Homecoming Pep Rally, and the announcement of this year’s Homecoming Court!

Tuesday turned it up with Dancing Dragons and Battleship H2O in Nemzek!

Wednesday kept it cool with Torch’s Ice Cream Palooza, a thank you party for Dr. Andrew Conteh, and Heir Apparent in the Weld Auditorium in the evening.

Thursday was the Dean’s Chili Feed showdown and Distinguished Alumni Celebration. In the evening everyone was mesmerized by Hypnotist Frederick Winters.

Today kicked of early with the Fun Run and a French Toast Feed to follow. Dragon Athletics will host the Hall of Fame Dinner in the evening. Dragon Volleyball will host Bemidji State at 7:00pm. The theme of this game is Fitness and Sustainability Night with the help of campus Wellness Educators. Coronation of Homecoming King and Queen will happen after as will the Roller Rave in Nemzek!

Saturday is a big day for MSUM and Dragon Athletics! The Parade starts at 2:00 following a route around campus. The Dragon Zone Tailgate begins at 2:30 with inflatable games, food, a photo booth, and bag toss! Dragon Volleyball kicks off the first round of the #FiredUp Fan Zone App Residence Hall Battle at 3:00. The Dragon Swim Alumni Meet starts at 4:00 and kick-off for the Homecoming Dragons Football game will be at 6:00. The Res Hall Battle lasts through all three as does the Homecoming spirit and Dragon Pride! Fireworks follow the football game and a S’more roast is open to all post fireworks.

Soccer Sunday for Homecoming! Dragon Soccer takes on the Bemidji State Beavers at 1:00! A bean bag toss tourney will take place before hand, starting at 11:00.

Be sure to check out some of the awesome events and excitement going on for Homecoming 2016! Its time to #AwakeTheDragon!

Sources:https://www.mnstate.edu/homecoming/events.aspx

 

Sport Purple for Platelets Day

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Autoimmune diseases occur when the body attacks normal, healthy parts of the body. One type of autoimmune disease is immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). A person is diagnosed with ITP if their platelet count is lower than 100,000/microliter of blood and has no other reasons for low counts. Normal platelet counts range from 150,000-400,000/microliter of blood. Platelets are responsible for blood clotting which is important when we get cuts or other circulatory system trauma. Low platelet levels cause bleeding conditions including spontaneous bruising, tiny red dots on skin, and, in women, strong menses. More severe conditions are blood blisters in mouth and bleeding in the brain. ITP is usually the general diagnosis with low platelets, but there are over 200 main diagnoses, called secondary ITP.

There is no specific cause of ITP, and it can vary among individuals, but there are several treatment options. Each treatment option works differently on each individual and they also depend of the severity of the condition. Some of these treatments include antibiotics, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, platelet growth factors, and transfusions.

Transfusions are a common treatment option, but they cannot happen without platelet donations! Platelets are needed every 30 seconds for patients, and platelets must be used within 5 days. That is why is is important to encourage platelet donations as often as possible. You can donate platelets 24 times as the process is very different than donating blood. Each platelet donation can allow transfusions for 2-3 patients! In order to donate platelets, you must make an appointment. Donating platelets takes up to 3 hours (including health history and setting up equipment), but the chances of feeling sluggish afterwards is very slim (and it uses a smaller needle than the ones used for normal blood donations!). The closest location to donate platelets is located at United Blood Services in Fargo, ND. If you have questions or wish to make an appointment to donate, call United Blood Services at (800) 917-4929. Another thing to consider is that there are plenty of people who are unable to donate any blood due to their own autoimmune disorders, other health conditions. If you are unable to donate platelets, or if needles just aren’t your thing, you can make a monetary donation to support research and awareness by clicking on the following link.

http://www.pdsa.org/contribute/item/1150.html

 

Sources:

https://www.pdsa.org/component/finder/search.html?q=platelet+donations&Itemid=214

http://www.redcrossblood.org/platelets/

World Heart Day 2016 is September 29!

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Each year, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is responsible for 17.5 million deaths, making it the number one cause of death. No wonder the World Heart Federation came together to create their World Heart Day platform! The main idea is to “Power Your Life.” There are four parts to this idea:

  1. Know your risk. It is important to know your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these will give you and your doctor the information you need in order to create a plan to have a healthy heart.
  2. Fuel your heart. Sometimes just a couple diet changes can work tremendously in improving heart health. Limiting prepackaged foods, alcohol, and sugar will make a big difference. It is also important to incorporate fruits and vegetable into your meal every day.
  3. Move your heart. Aerobic, strengthening, and stretching exercises are all recommended for good heart health. 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five times a week is the preferred amount of exercise.
  4. Love your heart. One of the best things to do for good heart health is to avoid smoking. Benefits of quitting smoking begin the second you stop!

This link provides great information about heart health and awareness!

http://worldheartday.org/

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National Minority Donor Awareness Week 2016!

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August 1st through the 7th is National Minority Donor Awareness Week. The focus of this week long observance is to draw attention to the many minority groups that are often under-served in the healthcare field. This difference is most noticeable when the waiting lists for organ transplantation are considered. Minority groups make up 58% of all people waiting for a transplant of some kind. The difference in genetic composition between ethnic groups makes this gap difficult to close and causes several populations to have a higher percentage of people in need of a transplant. High blood pressure and diabetes can lead to renal (kidney) disease, which is best treated through organ transplantation. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Asian and Pacific Islanders are three times more likely to develop one of these conditions and require an organ transplant. This is one of the leading causes of the high number of minority groups that are on the organ transplant waiting list. This week long observance brings attention to the issue of minority organ donation. If more people of every ethnicity donate organs or tissue the gap can be closed and many lives can be saved.

To learn more about minority organ donation and transplantation visit the link below.

http://www.organdonor.gov/whydonate/minorities.html

To learn more about the process of organ and tissue donation visit the link below.

http://www.organdonor.gov/about/organdonationprocess.html#process2

Remind your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances that becoming an organ donor can save many many lives and help us all to live more comfortably.

Sources: http://www.organdonor.gov/about/organdonationprocess.html#process2 http://www.organdonor.gov/awarenessweek/awarenessweek.html

Image Source: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-today/national-minority-donor-awareness-week.html#.V6DzVKIorLI