September is World Alzheimer’s Month. This month marks the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. Having had a grandmother who was taken hostage by this disease, I know all too well the utter heartbreak that comes from having someone that has been a loving part of your life for so many years, no longer know you. Dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion. Early symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, difficultly performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality. While there is currently no cure for dementia, there are support options offered for people with dementia and their care givers. Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries and affects both men and women. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050. There is one new case of dementia worldwide every three seconds. The worldwide costs of dementia are estimated at US$818 billion. As a result, if dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy. If it were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Apple (US $742 billion) and Google (US $368 billion).Dementia is often hidden or ignored at a time when the person living with dementia and their family care givers are most in need of support within their families, friendship groups and communities. The social stigma is the consequence of a lack of knowledge about dementia and it can have numerous long- and short-term effects, including dehumanization of the person with dementia, strain within families and friendships, a lack of sufficient care for people with dementia and their care givers, a lower rate of diagnosis of dementia, and delayed diagnosis and support. To find out more and play your part in reducing the stigma and improving the lives of people with dementia and their care givers in your community, visit www.worldalzmonth.org.
Children, young adults and older Americans can have high cholesterol. Learn how to prevent high cholesterol and know what your cholesterol levels mean. September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high. National Cholesterol Education Month is also a good time to learn about lipid profiles and about food and lifestyle choices that help you reach personal cholesterol goals. Below you will find some information about cholesterol and a summary of CDC programs that address cholesterol across the country. You will also find a few fact sheets and publications about cholesterol, as well as links to useful consumer and health care provider information on our partner Web sites. More than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke. High cholesterol usually doesn’t have any symptoms. As a result, many people do not know that their cholesterol levels are too high. However, doctors can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes or if it is not enough, through medications. It’s important to check your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Preventive guidelines for cholesterol screening among young adults differ, but experts agree on the need to screen young adults who have other risk factors for coronary heart disease: obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and family history. Less than half of young adults who have these risk factors don’t get cholesterol screening even though up to a quarter of them have elevated cholesterol. A simple blood test called a lipoprotein profile can measure your total cholesterol levels, including LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol), HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol), and triglycerides. High cholesterol can develop in early childhood and adolescence, and your risk increases as your weight increases. In the United States, more than one-fifth (20%) of youth aged 12–19 years have at least one abnormal lipid level. It is important for children over 2 years of age to have their cholesterol checked, if they are overweight/obese, have a family history of high cholesterol, a family history of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or certain chronic condition (chronic kidney disease, chronic inflammatory diseases, congenital heart disease, and childhood cancer survivorship. Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol. In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes: Low-fat and high-fiber food (Eat more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains). For adults, getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. For those aged 6-17, getting 1 hour or more of physical activity each day. Maintain a healthy weight always needs to be on the top of our list and don’t smoke or quit if you do. A few simple things will keep us all healthy!
Source: Centers for Disease Control
The Georgia Peanut Commission is hosting a photo contest June 7-Oct. 1, 2017, to fill the pages of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Photos from the Field.” Photos will also be selected to be used in various promotional projects by GPC throughout the year. Peanut farmers from across Georgia are encouraged to submit their best high resolution photo of peanut production on their farm. Winning entries will be selected for each month of the calendar, as well as the cover page. Below are tips to consider when selecting a photo to enter:
Make sure the photo is not offensive and avoid photos with large, easy to read corporate logos.
Think about the months of the year and select photos that represent them. For example, land prep work in the winter, planting in the spring, irrigation in the summer and harvest in the fall.
Make sure photos are taken in horizontal format. If they are vertical, most likely they will not fill the entire page of the calendar.
Select a photo that showcases your family or what being a Georgia peanut farmer means to you.
Choose a photo you feel helps others understand more about how you care for the crop they love.
Photo entries must be taken during the 2016 or 2017 peanut growing season and feature peanut production. Entries must also be high resolution (300 dpi), horizontal and not taken with a phone. If photos do not meet these requirements, they may be disqualified. Please submit photos in .jpg format and email them with an entry form to email@example.com by Oct. 1, 2017, for consideration.
NEW: All entries will be entered for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!
Visit www.gapeanuts.com for complete details and to download entry form.
September is National Baby Safety Month. Since babies spend most of their time sleeping, it is important to focus on a safe sleep environment. Safe sleep practices are key in reducing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). ALWAYS put your baby on his or her back to sleep; every nap and every night. Use a firm sleep mattress with a fitted sheet. Baby should sleep alone. Remove all soft objects from the crib, including bumper pads, blankets, pillows, & stuffed toys. If you feel the need to use a bumper pad, use the mesh “breathable” kind. Baby should wear a onesie, sleeper, or sleep sack for warmth rather than being wrapped or covered with blankets. Do not allow smoking in your home or around your baby. Do not allow your baby to overheat. Room temperature should be between 68-72 degrees F. Avoid the use of positioners & other products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS. Check on your baby frequently. Consider the use of a pacifier during sleep. If breastfeeding, wait approximately one month for breastfeeding to be well-established prior to introducing a pacifier. Check your crib and other products to make sure they meet federal safety standards.
The Alzheimer’s Association® is inviting Albany residents including the following counties Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Worth, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Sumter, Webster and Early to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk will take place on October 21, 2017 at Modern Gas in Albany. Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will complete a two-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. “Seeing the Albany community come together for a cause that affects so many people is a tremendous and shows that people really want to help end this disease”, added Dan Phillips, Resource Development Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter. “The money that is raised at our Walk to End Alzheimer’s goes back to help those who are dealing with the disease through our free programs and services, research and advocacy efforts”. In addition to the two-mile walk, participants will enjoy a full day of fun provided by our Presenting Sponsor and host Modern Gas. Participants can enter the 5th Annual Rib showdown and have a chance to win $500. There with be a corn -hole tournament, activities for the kids, including a hay ride, live music and much more. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Georgia alone, there are more than 140,000 people living with the disease and 519,000 caregivers. Register today. Sign up as a Team Captain, join a team or register to walk as an individual at georgiawalk.org. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Since the first volunteer blood donor service opened in 1921, there has been a constant need for donors. The reasons for this are that there is no substitute for human blood and blood products cannot be stored indefinitely. Red blood cells must be used within 35-42 days of collection for the safety of the recipient. Because blood may be needed at any time, it must be collected regularly. No one expects to need blood. However, if it is not available when the need arises, the consequences can be fatal. Sadly, only five percent of eligible donors actually donate. That is why regular donors—those who commit to giving blood once a season—are so important in ensuring blood is available year-round. Blood and blood products are used for patients of all ages for many reasons—from cancer patients or surgical patients, to those with battlefield injuries. Each unit is critical when you consider that 40 or more units of blood may be needed for a single trauma victim and that a single pint of blood can sustain a premature infant’s life for two weeks. A visit for blood donation will only take about 45 minutes of your time. You will be asked yes-or-no questions regarding your medical history. You will also have your blood pressure, temperature, and hemoglobin level checked to determine your eligibility to donate. Blood donors should:
Be in generally good health
Weigh at least 110 pounds
Be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with written parental consent)
Have eaten a solid meal
Be well hydrated
You may not be accepted to donate blood if you:
Are suffering from cold symptoms such as sore throat, cough, or fever
Are pregnant (or it has been less than six weeks since your delivery)
Have had a blood transfusion within the last year
Have an active infection or cold sore
Have had a heart attack or heart surgery within the past year
Have had malaria in the past three years or have lived in a malarial region within the past 5 consecutive years
Have visited a malarial region within the past year
Have had hepatitis at any time after the age of 11
Your blood will be tested for transfusion transmissible diseases.
A blood drive will be held at Margaret Jones Library in Sylvester on September 28, 2017. The drive will be sponsored by The American Legion. We hope to see you all there. Giving just a little bit of your time and your blood can save a life!
Since The Martin News likes to bring you great news, I wanted to let you in on some great news brought to you from Councilman Larry Johnson. On last Monday evening, September 18th, the City of Sylvester held their monthly meeting. The Mayor and Council voted to give a $50.00 rebate check to all residential electric customers in the City of Sylvester. The requirements are simple. You have to have had service in your name for at least a year and you must be current on your utility bill. Thank you Mayor and Council.
WCPS has been some busy bees lately. For Creative Friday on September 15th, students in Mrs. Griffis’ class painted rocks with upper case letters on them for Mrs. Goodwin’s Pre-K class to find on the playground. Very soon they will be hiding painted sight word rocks for them to find too. Mrs. Cochran’s class took time during Creative Friday to make cards for the lineman who helped restore everyone’s power during the recent hurricane. They are very thankful for their hard work turning the lights back on! Students in Mrs. Crowe & Mrs. Judy’s 2nd grade classes have enjoyed learning about animal life cycles the last few weeks. As a culmination activity, many students completed life cycle projects at home to show what they have learned about birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and insects. These projects will be on display in the library and throughout the school for others to enjoy. Mrs. Carlisle’s class has been learning how to use a Venn Diagram. After reading, “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World”, they compared an apple pie and a cherry pie! It was a delicious comparison! Ms. Baty’s Kindergarten class exploring the 5 senses with a pop rocks science activity! How cool is that? Be sure to check out the Facebook Page for Worth County Primary School where you will see all the pictures from the Good Citizen’s Recognition. Extra WCPS Rams Spirit Shirts are now available at the WCPS front office. They have limited sizes left. Shirts are $10 for short sleeve and $12 for long sleeve – CASH ONLY. They cannot hold shirts so it is first come first serve. Thank you for your support of WCPS!
WCES is working really hard on attendance in the month of September. Students with weekly perfect attendance will be recognized at lunch and will be given 5 Ram bucks. Those with perfect attendance for the entire month will get an additional 10 Ram bucks and be placed into a drawing for prizes. That is 25 Ram bucks they could earn this month. The prizes could include some WCES spirit gear, free ice cream passes, Ram bucks, etc. One student from each grade level will win a bicycle or a cash prize. Be sure to check out the Facebook Page for Worth County Elementary School where the October menus have been posted. Mark your calendars for October 13th where WCES will be hosting Reading Under the Stars. Also the Book Fair at WCES will be held October 13th through the 20th.
WCMS keeps a busy schedule. We want to do our best to make sure everyone is kept updated on upcoming information. The students at WCMS have the opportunity to join the Golden Rams Youth Club. Please see the Facebook page or follow up with the school. Applications may also be turned into the Athletic Department @ Albany State University located at 504 College Drive, room 218 (Care of Bernice Graham or anyone else in the athletic dept); the Athletic Department is located on the 2nd floor of the HYPER Building. Girls basketball tryouts will be held October 2nd, October 3rd, and October 4th at the WCMS gym. In order to tryout, you must have a completed physical. Please contact Coach Zinnamon with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents of WCMS football players please be aware that the team will still have a home game with Crisp County on Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM. In order to accommodate everyone’s work schedules, they will practice from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Monday and Tuesday of this week. The players need to report to the middle school Wednesday by 3:30 for the football game. The team will also have a make up game with Americus on Saturday September 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM players need to report the stadium at 9:45 AM. The members of the TIE and GEMS Clubs heard two great motivational speeches last week from Kyle Tomlinson and Karen Rackley. Mrs. Rackley spoke on the importance of etiquette and encouraged the students to read books by Emily Post. Mr. Tomlinson spoke on success emphasizing that “success is what you make it.” Winners of the GEMS Club Essay Contest is NiKahiya Daniels and Talayshia Vicks. Congratulations to both of these girls. WCMS is proud to announce our 2018 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Sandy Bozeman. Mrs. Bozeman teaches Gifted ELA and Social Studies at WCMS, and this is her 7th year teaching. She coaches middle school soccer and is actively involved with the following clubs: GEMS, Yearbook, BETA, Spirit. Mrs. Bozeman earned her Bachelor’s degree from Brewton Parker in 2010 and her Master’s degree from Valdosta State in 2012. She has been married to her husband, Ted, for 21 years and has 3 children. This is a well-deserved honor. Congratulations, Mrs. Bozeman!
WCHS has been busy in the classroom and on the sports field/floor. Please be sure to visit the Facebook page of Worth County High School to see snap shots of the Ladies Softball, Rams Football and Pink Out Game and the Competition Cheerleaders. We are Ram Proud! The American Government & Economics Teacher, Christopher Bartlett, was invited as a guest professor at Auburn University’s Montgomery Campus on Thursday, September 21st. He discussed Imperialism, its lead up to World War I, and the global issues that are still tied to it today. WCHS is getting ready for Homecoming…Are you?
Source: WCSD Facebook Page, Web Page & The Martin News
September is Mold Awareness Month. Ever wonder exactly what molds are and what causes them? Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. They spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. Some common types of indoor molds include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people may even have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development, and that selected interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies, but more research is needed in this regard. Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers. Areas with high mold exposures include antique shops, greenhouses, saunas, farms, mills, construction areas, flower shops, and summer cottages. Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water. If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold: Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes. Open windows and doors to provide fresh air. Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product. Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans. Clean bathrooms with mold killing products. Do not carpet bathrooms and basements. Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery. For more information on mold, visit www.cdc.gov.