Sunday, April 10, 2011

This Week on Keeping it Simple

National Volunteer Week 2011

It is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.  It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.  Volunteering goes hand-in-hand with our mission, Helping Others Help Themselves, and at the core of what we strive to do every day.  Please join us in celebrating this week, by giving a little of your time helping others.  Thank you.

Our ace author, Diane will start us off with an overview and some really good links for you to review and use.  We will follow that post with a couple additional ones that will focus on scheduled events and activities and other volunteer-related events coming up this year.

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain love for another.”  ~ Erma Bombeck

HIPPA Week – HIPAA Privacy Rule and Public Health Guidance from CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

New national health information privacy standards have been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The new regulations provide protection for the privacy of certain individually identifiable health data, referred to as protected health information (PHI). Balancing the protection of individual health information with the need to protect public health, the Privacy Rule expressly permits disclosures without individual authorization to public health authorities authorized by law to collect or receive the information for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability, including but not limited to public health surveillance, investigation, and intervention.

Comprehensive DHHS guidance is located at the HIPAA website of the Office for Civil Rights (

Moment of Laughter Day
International Moment of Laughter Day

International Moment of Laughter Day is certainly a day to put a smile on your face!  Today is a day to laugh loudly and laugh often.  Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, or just be silly with your friends.  It is not the cause of the laughter that matters, but the effect.

Researchers have begun examining positive feelings and how they impact your health and aging.  Results from a scientific study from the University of Maryland Medical Center show that laughter may give a jolt to circulation and have positive effects on the heart. In addition, laughter may increase the body's production of nitric oxide, a chemical that helps dilate blood vessels. All of these positive impacts on your health are reason enough to laugh not just today, but everyday! So go ahead and be silly and laugh at your own jokes. And don't forget that laughter is contagious!

Global Youth Service Day
Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth. GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries.

Stress Awareness Week

National Stress Awareness Day was started by the Health Resource Network (HRN) in 1992 to raise awareness of stress. The day is celebrated each April 16. April is also stress awareness month and people are asked to take a look at their stressful lives and deal with them in a healthy manner. Here are some steps for you to celebrate this stress-free day.

A good friend, Vivian Takafiyi, CMT, MQT, CAT, PhD, will be writing our article on Stress later in the week.  We are looking forward to her article and expertise.

Here’s to a great week ahead – hope to see you throughout the week.  Your comments and recommendations are always welcome and please join our expanding list of followers.

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