Self-Care Strategies you can do in 30 seconds or less

Dr. Kelly-Morrow Baez on February 23, 2017

Self care is more than bubble baths and other hard-to-imagine luxuries.  It’s a way to recharge your mind, body, and spirit. It is an absolute must for caregivers, parents, and other people with emotionally intense jobs.  One of the biggest problems with doing consistent self-care is finding the time!  Here are some ideas for self-care that you can do on your break, at a stoplight, or even in a crisis!  Try these strategies then incorporate your favorites into your daily routine.    1.    Stretch.  No need to break out the yoga mat, just stand up and do some gentle stretching...

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Therapy Dogs...much more than pets

Melody Moran on June 27, 2016

Animals are our friends! It has long been known that animals bring out the best in people. They make us happy, give us a feeling of calm and are able to give us a way to physically connect to another being when we sometimes find that difficult. According to Therapy Dogs United, a therapy dog is a friend to everyone! They are extremely patient and loving, and provide great companionship.  Therapy dogs have long been used in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, group homes and even prisons. Therapy dogs do many things, but often, they just sit quietly, allowing themselves to be...

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Pop on in anytime!

Melody Moran on April 27, 2016

It all started when Kaylon Holt wanted to help out a friend's father who had been diagnosed with cancer. He started collecting pop tabs then and when his friends father passed away, he wanted to keep collecting and making a difference so he decided to donate his tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. We recycle them to help pay our utility bills. It was such a simple thing. Kaylon attends Perry Wellness Center and soon had everyone there helping him with this venture. After he and his sponsor Mulkey McMichael reached out to others in the community for help, the...

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The shake that started it all...

Melody Moran on March 16, 2016

The Shamrock Shake is not merely a seasonal McDonald's shake flavor, it is a legacy! Did you know...the Shamrock Shake was responsible for helping to generate enough funds to open the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974?  It all started when Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill’s 3-year-old daughter, Kim, was being treated for leukemia in, his life changed. He and his wife, Fran, camped out on hospital benches and sat in cramped waiting rooms during Kim’s three years of treatment. The Hills watched other parents and families of seriously ill children do the same thing. Many of...

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Understanding Preterm Births

Melody Moran on February 29, 2016

Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising. Across 184 countries, the rate of preterm birth ranges from 5% to 18% of babies born.  Preterm is defined at babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. There are sub-catebories of preterm birth, based on gestational age:  Extremely preterm (less than 28 weeks) Very preterm (28 to 32 weeks) Moderate to late preterm (32 to 37 weeks) According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year. This is...

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