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  1. How You Can Show Your Support This Sickle Cell Awareness Month

    September 2, 2014 by Andrea


    September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month -- and we've got a list of the best ways you can show your support! 

    1) Go Viral. How much did you really know about ALS before that ice bucket challenge hit every corner of the Internet last month? Let's learn from that movement and really get the Bold Lips for Sickle Cell challenge trending to raise awareness of SCD. Not only will it bring sickle cell to the forefront and prompt people to do a little research to learn more about what it is, but it will also lead people who may not otherwise be linked to #TeamSickleCell to join the cause and make donations for much-needed research.

    2) Bleed Red. We mean this literally and figuratively. Get out there and show off your support by sportin' something red in your wardrobe every day this month. Also, make it a point to donate blood and/or platelets at your local American Red Cross location; or, host a blood drive in conjunction with the Red Cross yourself! 

    3) Become a Sickle Cell Trotter. According to the National Urban League, The Children's National Medical Center's sickle cell program is one of our nations busiest. It treats more than 1,400 patients every year and sends dozens of kids  with SCD to camp each summer. To fund the campers, money is raised through the Race for Every Child event, hosted each year by The Sickle Cell Trotters. This year's race will be held on September 13 at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington, D.C. Join their team and/or make a donation today! 

    4) Paint the Town (Red). Ok, not really, but definitely print out several copies of this poster -- courtesy of The William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. -- and post them up all over your community. Hang them at your workplace, your children's schools, churches, anywhere and everywhere that will have them!

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  2. Three Tips to Boost Your Family’s Immune System This Winter

    January 14, 2014 by Eric Coles

    Winter Immune System Boosts for Your Family Xickle Blog

    There are a variety of easy steps you can take to protect your family from germs this cold and flu season. Put these three tips into action and give your family a big boost toward getting and staying healthy! As always, talk to your doctor about taking the right amounts of any recommended supplements.


    1. Review “the basics,” and make improvements where needed. Is your family eating healthily – low on saturated fats and carbs, high in fruit, and whole grains? Is everyone getting enough sleep? Is everyone at a healthy weight? Your body, including your immune system, always works best when it’s given good nutrition and good rest, and when it is functioning at a healthy weight. If you find you need to make changes in these areas, be as patient as possible and take one step at a time – the best way to make any lasting, healthy changes.  (Souorces: USDA Choose My Plate and National Sleep Foundation: How Much Sleep Do We Really Need and Centers for Disease Control – Healthy Weight)


    2. Review hand-washing techniques. It might sound funny, but a lot of people forget – or never really learned – the proper way to wash their hands! Knowing how to wash your hands the right way is so important that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls handwashing “a ‘do-it-yourself’ vaccine…one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.” Visit their website to learn exactly what each member of your family should be doing to ride themselves of hand germs.    (Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Handwashing and Proper Handwashing Techniques)


    3.  Reduce stress wherever possible. It’s OK to feel stress once in awhile. Stress is the body’s way of protecting itself for a short-term challenge. For example, when you perceive that you’re in some kind of danger or that something is not right, the body’s stress response puts it in “fight or flight” mode. That means it increases your heart rate and adrenaline, gearing you up to speak out or walk away from a difficult situation. The problem is when stress is chronic, happening often over a prolonged period of time. In that case, the fight or flight response is impacting the body’s important everyday functions – like fighting germs. Are you chronically stressed about personal or professional matters? Are your kids stressed due to difficult schoolwork, or trouble with a friend? Finding ways to cope – talking with someone about the stress, exercising, art (such as writing, photography, drawing), and even laughter can help to reduce stress and give your immune system a lift.  (Mayo Clinic – Chronic Stress Puts Your Health at Risk)


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