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October is LBGTQ+ History Month

October is LBGTQ+ History Month

Celebrate LGBTQ+ History by remembering and honoring those who marched in Washington in October 1979 and 1987. October is LGBTQ+ History Month in the United States. Encourage learning about LGBTQ+ to boost openness and remove the stigma of being LGBTQ+.

To coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11, Rodney Wilson, an opening gay teacher in Missouri, started the Lesbian and Gay History Month in 1994 and was the founder of the coordinating committee. We now know this month as LGBTQ+ History Month. Wilson decided on October in remembrance of those who marched in October 1979 and 1987 to ban sexual orientation discrimination in the military, federal workplace, and family protection laws.

Allies of the LGBTQ+ community such as Evelyn Hooker, a psychologist whose research disproved the notion of homosexuality being a mental illness, have contributed to the growing acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. Her research was presented in 1956, but only recently is public perception siding with her findings.

All through October, participate in various LGBTQ+ celebrations. On the National Coming Out Day (October 11), support those who choose to come out and celebrate their courage. On October 17, celebrate International Pronouns Day by sharing the importance of pronouns and being open to gender identity conversations. For LGBTQ+ Spirit Day (October 20), be sure to wear purple to support LGBTQ+ youth – show solidarity to protect those who are more likely to be bullied because of their identities and help prevent heartbreak in parents of bullying-related suicides of LGBTQ+ students.

LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance have come a long way in recent years, but there is far more work to be done. Although the movement for LGBTQ+ rights started long ago, public acceptance to LGBTQ+ equality has been a slow endeavor. Take the time this October to enhearten those in the LGBTQ+ communities.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 2022 alone, an estimated 287,500 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, with one woman being diagnosed every two minutes. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great opportunity to highlight the importance of preventive measures and treatments for breast cancer to raise the survival rate of the disease.

Although strides in modern medicine have helped reduce deaths from breast cancer exponentially, numbers since 2020 remind us of the urgent work still needed to fight and spread awareness of the disease.

When breast cancer is diagnosed at the localized stage (i.e., the cancer has not spread outside the breast), the survival rate is 99 percent. However, only 65 percent of women are diagnosed at the local stage. Although it is one of the most common cancers in the world today, with about one in eight women getting the disease at some point in their lives, many women around the globe are not educated about mammograms or self-examinations to help diagnose the disease early.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, help raise awareness of this largely preventable disease by talking confidently about breast cancer, removing any stigma associated with speaking about breast health, and informing and educating those near you about preventable measures to ensure early diagnosis.

For more important information about Breast Cancer Awareness, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/index.htm

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month/

https://www.lbbc.org/get-involved/breast-cancer-awareness-month

https://www.dhd10.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month-10-2022/

https://nationaltoday.com/breast-cancer-awareness-month/

 

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World Heart Day

World Heart Day

Today is World Heart Day. Each year about 17 million people die from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle can reduce your risk of CVD. 

Join more than 90 countries in observing World Heart Day, celebrated on September 29. The annual event was established in 2000 to increase awareness of CVDs and their impact on the global population. All around the world, people can attend events and find resources to help deal with CVDs or support others suffering from CVDs.

Contrary to popular belief, CVD does not disproportionately impact those in developed countries. Although the sedentary lifestyle more common in technology-dependent societies may certainly increase CVD risk, middle- and low-income countries suffer the most CVD deaths. More than 17 million people die from CVD every year, caused mainly by coronary heart disease or stroke, and 80 percent of these deaths are in middle- or low-income countries. The cost of CVD treatment is high, and untreated CVD compounds issues due to loss of productivity and ability to work regularly.

The good news is that CVD can be prevented with modifiable factors. Lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, eating a better diet, and avoiding smoking can have an enormously beneficial effect on CVD. World Heart Day aims to provide this information to as many people as possible.

Look for events near you and join in!

 

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National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Established in 2002 by the Health Information Resource Center, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day promotes fitness and healthy living yearly among women of all ages.

Women’s health and fitness has historically been marred by inconsistent science and pseudoscience, old wives’ tales, and conjecture and has even been taboo in certain cultures and societies. An early example of this is the insistence on wearing corsets for femininity between the 1500s and the 1900s. We now know how damaging that fashion trend was and hardly any woman wears one today.

Modern health developments have helped shift perceptions on women’s fitness. Long feared to cause unwanted masculine features in women, weightlifting is now encouraged for women. Gone are the days of our grandmothers exercising only at home to hide their sweat from the public eye. No longer are women allowed only in women-only gyms called reducing salons.

In the United States, one in four deaths among women is caused by heart disease. On National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, it is important to spread awareness of programs such as the WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program. Programs such as WISEWOMAN help women ages 40–64 learn how to lead heart-healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease and stroke. WISEWOMAN is administered through the CDC for low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women.

Find out more about National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, WISEWOMAN, and other health information for women:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-womens-health-and-fitness-day/

https://www.womenshealth.gov/getting-active/physical-activity-all-women

https://www.cdc.gov/wisewoman/index.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/index.htm

 

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NCMA Woodlawn Lunch & Learn Conference

NCMA Woodlawn Lunch & Learn Conference

Econometrica attended the Lunch & Learn session held by National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Woodlawn Chapter at beautiful Martin’s West on September 20. The very successful session, headlined by Benjamin Simcock and Robert Burton, included discussion topics such as Office of Acquisition and Grants Management (OAGM) accomplishments in the phased proposal evaluation approach now used in the IT field, current Administration acquisition priorities, the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), and acquisition-related executive orders and policies and their impact on the federal contractor community.

There was great news to go around. OAGM is looking to focus on strategic hiring practices that will increase spending for small, disadvantaged businesses by 15 percent by 2025. For IT contracts, there will be a focus on normalization in solicitations, language, and evaluation criteria. We were encouraged to hear that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid listened to contractors’ concerns at industry day. We also enjoyed learning of President Biden’s PMA. Hearing that the agenda would be a new roadmap for ensuring an equitable, effective, and accountable federal government was reassuring. Biden’s PMA has three priorities:

  • Strengthening and empowering the federal workforce.
  • Delivering excellent, equitable, secure federal services and customer experience.
  • Managing the business of government to build back better (i.e., advancing equity through procurement).

“We commend NCMA for a great learning session. There were many encouraging revelations, and we are eager to attend the next Lunch & Learn. We would also like to give a special thank you to Anita Allen, a true champion for small businesses – thank you for all you do! Thank you to NCMA for a wonderful event!” — Omeed Baghelai

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National Opioid Awareness Day

National Opioid Awareness Day

Addictive, strong, and inexpensive, opioids, which include opiates and fentanyl, helped cause nearly 841,000 deaths to drug overdoses between 1999 and 2020. While it is easy to dismiss opioid related deaths as another drug related lapse in judgement, opioid addiction can occur from legal, prescribed medication. National Opioid Awareness Day hopes to highlight the dangers of opioids and remove the associated stigma of opioid addiction and opioid overdoses.

Opioids are a highly addictive substance. Medical use of opioids is often left as a final resort due to the addictive nature of such medication and typically only used in the absence of safer alternatives. The opioid epidemic in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is due to the overuse of opioid medications both through medical prescriptions and illegal sources.

Between 1999 and 2020, it is believed that 500,000 drug overdose deaths were caused by opioids. In 2017, 47,600 opioid related deaths were recorded and according to a report from 2017, it is estimated that 130 people in the U.S. die every day from opioid-related drug overdose.

The history of opioids and opioid-related drug overdoses is complicated and often intermingled with legal and legitimate prescription opioid medication addiction. It is important to acknowledge the dangers of such addictions and remove the stigma associated with opioids. September 21 is National Opioid Awareness Day – a perfect time to help in correcting misunderstandings about opioid addiction and opioid-related drug overdoses.

For more important information on opioid addiction, overdose, and National Opioid Awareness Day, please visit:

https://nationaltoday.com/national-opioid-awareness-day/

https://www.cdc.gov/opioids/data/analysis-resources.html

 

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