Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Velázquez, Chabot Introduce Resolution In Honor of National Small Business Week

Washington D.C. - September 23, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced a resolution to recognize September 22nd to September 24th as National Small Business Week. The week has been observed annually since 1963 to commemorate the contributions of small business owners and their more than 60 million employees.

“National Small Business Week is a celebration of America’s 30 million-plus small businesses and all that they do for our communities and economies,” said Chairwoman Velázquez. “As we celebrate this year, small firms across the country face unprecedented challenges, but their entrepreneurial spirit remains as strong as ever. As Chairwoman of this Committee, I am proud to fight for these businesses daily and work to ensure that they have the resources needed to recover. With this resolution, I join Ranking Member Chabot and many of my colleagues in acknowledging the achievements of American small businesses and the impact that they have every day.”

“While this year’s National Small Business Week looks a bit different than years past, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to America’s entrepreneurs. From the corner deli to the high-tech startup, small businesses drive innovation and play an outsized role in our economy,” said Ranking Member Chabot. “This year, even as they faced monumental challenges, they have demonstrated incredible resilience and ingenuity. I am proud to stand with Chairwoman Velázquez to honor and recognize their contributions to our nation.”

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar Statement in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, DC - September 17, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:

“During this month, people across our country come together to celebrate the incredible contributions and voices of Latinos that enrich our American culture and society.

“Unfortunately, this month of celebration and pride comes at a time when Latinos are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Latinos are on the frontlines of the pandemic, providing the food on our tables, cleaning our hospitals, teaching our children, and saving lives as health care workers and first responders. Yet, Latinos are three times as likely to become infected with COVID-19 and nearly twice as likely to die from the virus than any other group.

“The pandemic has exposed life-and-death inequities faced by Latinos in our nation, including disparities in income, lack of access to comprehensive health care, and a broken immigration system.

“This month, as we uplift and celebrate the culture, contributions, and resilience of our Latino communities in El Paso and across the country, we must address the structural economic and health inequities exposed by this pandemic.”

Celebrate Better Breakfast Month with 5 Tips from a Pro

Houston, TX - September 17, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we get it, mornings are tough. Diet buzz words like intermittent fasting, Whole 30, and keto don't make choosing what to eat in the morning any easier. According to Denise Hernandez, M.S. in Nutrition, B.S. in Biological and Physical Sciences, R.D., L.D., starting your day with proper nutrition will fuel your body and help keep you energized. Studies from The American Dietetic Association have also shown that people who eat breakfast have lower obesity rates and higher intakes of micro-nutrients and fiber.

"The Houstonian Club emphasizes the importance of fitness goals and proper nutrition for optimal health. It might be tempting to sleep in, but eating a healthy breakfast is an easy way to keep your body feeling good throughout the day," says Hernandez.

Better Breakfast Tips
1. Protein - Start your day with protein to maximize your body's ability to use muscle building and repair efficiently. Aim for 15-30 grams of protein-based on your daily calorie intake. A high protein, nutrient-rich breakfast is a game-changer and will prevent mid-morning sugar crashes.
2. Variety - Balance your breakfast with a mix of protein, fats, fiber, and good sources of carbohydrates like oatmeal and whole grains.
3. Fiber - Add chia and flaxseed to your breakfast. Not only are chia and flaxseeds a good source of protein, but they are also high in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids.
4. Eggs – The quintessential breakfast ingredient boasts 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids. The nutrients don't stop there - they are also rich in choline and lutein, which are crucial for brain health.
5. Meal Prep – Make your mornings easier by meal prepping ahead of time. Bake your eggs and bacon in the oven and store them in the fridge for an easy breakfast option. Healthy pancakes are also an easy option to make ahead and freeze or keep in the refrigerator (see below for recipe).

Monday, May 25, 2020

International Missing Children's Day (May 25) brings focus to cases of missing children

Calgary, Alberta - May 25, 2020 -- (The Stuff Gazette) -- May 25 is International Missing Children Day, a day that is marked around the world to remember children who are missing and those who have been found.

The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC), uses this day to draw attention to cases of missing children across Canada, with a solemn reminder that children everywhere deserve to feel safe each day of the year.

This year especially, the Coronavirus pandemic is challenging our communities in ways we could never have imagined, and it's leaving vulnerable children and youth at greater risk than ever before.

"Our children deserve safe communities where they can grow and thrive. Today reminds us that we must work together to find our missing children and protect them from future harm," said Amanda Pick, CEO of the Missing Children Society of Canada.

MCSC has been engaged in the search for missing children and supporting their families since 1986. The organization has evolved from one distributing posters to find a missing child, to one embracing the latest technology to help police in the search for that child.

Last year, MCSC released the web app MCSC rescu, which is updated continually by police from across Canada with critical cases of missing children. It allows members of the public to access case information based on geography and to submit tips directly to police.

It was 1983 when U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children's Day. In 2001, May 25 was officially recognized as International Missing Children's Day, thanks to a joint effort between the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, Missing Children Europe and the European Commission. The forget-me-not flower was recognized as its emblem.

The Missing Children Society of Canada urges everyone to join in the search for missing children. Access MCSC rescu to see cases of missing children and please leave a tip for police if you know something. Sign up to receive SMS messages about missing children in your area to help keep children in your community safe.

Creative Healing for Health Care Professionals in The Age of COVID-19


San Diego, CA - May 25, 2020 - (The Stuff Gazette) -- The National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) launched a GoFundMe campaign to help bring free expressive art programs to health care workers struggling with anxiety and other symptoms that could lead to burnout in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The program, called "Arts for Resilience in Clinicians" (ARC), will feature artists and art therapists leading interactive projects through videos and virtual sessions.

Burnout in clinicians has long been a topic of concern in the health care industry, with studies showing pre-COVID-19 burnout rates ranging as high as 44-54% in physicians, with similar rates for nurses. alone. Many health care experts are warning these numbers will increase as a result of the pandemic.

"We're starting to see some impact now, but the consensus is that burnout rates and the numbers of people leaving clinical work are about to jump beyond anything we've ever experienced," says Dr. Alan Siegel, Family Physician at Contra Costa Health Services, NOAH board member, and ARC project Co-Director. Siegel says a potential crisis can be avoided, but the time to act is now. "Offering enhanced, immediate options to help health care workers cope with anxiety and avoid burnout is critical. Health care workers need to be healthy in both mind and body so they can continue doing their work effectively and safely. That's why NOAH created this program."

While many health care facilities offer well-being programs for staff, expressive art programs are considered to be among the most effective when it comes to coping with symptoms of burnout and anxiety. For more than 30 years, studies have shown the benefits of incorporating the arts into wellness and mental health programs. In 2019, the World Health Organization published a scoping review that provided significant evidence of the role of the arts on improving health and well-being.

The ARC program will feature interactive art sessions offered through videos and virtual rooms. Each session will allow health care workers to engage in the creative process rather than passively watching a performance and can be accessed online or through an app. Sessions on writing, poetry, dance/movement, drama, music, painting and other forms of expressive arts will be available. The pilot program will begin this June in six facilities, with an eye to expanding nationwide as financial support grows.

According to ARC project curator and co-director Cynthia Perlis, founder and former director, UCSF Art for Recovery, the programs are intended to offer a release from the overwhelming emotions health care workers are experiencing. "The programs are developed by professional artists and art therapists who have experience in helping others alleviate anxiety and avoid the symptoms of burnout," she says.

The ARC project's GoFundMe page was established to help raise funds to bring the program to life. "We hope to harness the enormous goodwill the public is showing health care workers so we can offer caregivers healthy, effective options for relief," says Perlis.

In addition to financial donations, organizers encourage the public to share creative forms of appreciation through social media. "The explosion of creative expression at this time has been extraordinary," says Perlis. "By going to Facebook or Twitter and posting their thanks using #healingourhealers, the public can share their gratitude and show their ongoing support."

The National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH) is a 501(c)3 organization established to unite, advance and serve the field of arts in health. Through its programs, initiatives and transformational leadership, NOAH's goals are to demonstrate the valuable role of the arts in enhancing the healing process, to integrate the arts in the planning, design and operations of health care facilities and programs, and to advocate for arts programming within all areas of health care including treatment, education, prevention, and public health and well-being. For more information on the ARC project, please CLICK HERE.