Feb 25 2017

World Hearing Day is March 3rd!!! Can Your Child Hear The Teacher?

A message from the World Health Organization (WHO): The theme for World Hearing Day 2017 “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” draws attention to the economic impact of hearing loss. Unaddressed hearing loss poses a high cost for the economy globally and has a significant impact on the lives of those affected. Interventions to address hearing loss are available and are cost-effective. Prevention, screening for early identification, rehabilitation through hearing devices, captioning and sign language education are among the strategies which can mitigate hearing loss and its consequences. World Hearing Day 2017 highlights actions which can be undertaken by decision-makers to address hearing loss. Blindness and Deafness Sensory impairments are when one of the senses; sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and/ or spatial awareness is no longer functioning at normal capacity. Based on available data, the two most commonly encountered sensory impairments are blindness and deafness. They may occur separately, or in combination. Visual impairment and/or blindness: Visual impairment: Decrease or severe reduction in vision that cannot be corrected with standard glasses or contact lenses and reduces an individual’s ability to function at specific or all tasks. Blindness: Profound inability to distinguish light from dark, or the total inability to see. 80% of global blindness is preventable. Hearing loss and/or deafness: Hearing Loss: Decrease in hearing sensitivity of any level is termed as Hearing loss. Deafness: Profound or total loss of hearing in both the ears. ...

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Feb 03 2017

February is Heart Month!

A news release from the American Heart Association: American Heart Month/National Wear Red Day The American Heart Association wants to help everyone live longer, healthier lives so they can enjoy all of life’s precious moments. And we know that starts with taking care of your health. American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is a great way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. Together, we can build a culture of health where making the healthy choice is the easy choice.  Why? Because Life is Why. Did you know? The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963. The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month. At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation that first declared ...

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