Posts tagged with: public health

Personal Update

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For those of you who have been reading for a while, you know that I was accepted to the University of South Carolina for their master’s program in public health education. I accepted their offer and went to visit. I fell in love with the city, the people and the program. I was set to move until about three weeks ago when I started doing some intense calculations.

I have a good job that I love. In fact, I’m getting a raise at the end of the month and a promotion in the beginning of May (at my anniversary!). I really enjoy working with the bank, the people AT the bank, and do well at my job on top of it all. I hit my year goal in six months. I’m pretty proud of that! So, since the economy is such a piece of work right now, I’ve decided NOT to give up my fantastic job, a steady job, a job which I’m great at, for graduate school.

I’m working on a mental list of places I’ll apply for the next year (or maybe the year after that, who knows) and my search for a perfect volunteer place has started. I don’t quite know what the future holds for me, but for now it holds steady in a town I love, surrounded by people I love, doing things I love.

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The World is Fat :: Book giveaway!!

One of the super-cool blogs I read is offering a book I really want to tackle. The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race written by Barry Popkin looks to be a fantastic read – especially for a future public health educator. If I were to win this book, I’d turn around and give it away again on here so that someone else could enjoy it!

The author follows the expanding waistlines of four families in the United States, Mexico and India to argue that obesity is less a result of gluttony and sloth than a confluence of factors rooted in a fundamental conflict between human biology and modern society, where more calories are consumed than expended, and governments and multinational corporations shape everyday lives (a detailed section traces the growth of modern food and beverage conglomerates).

Kelly of Every Gym’s Nightmare is a personal trainer offering gym tips, reviews, Q&As and much more on her personal blog. She truly is a gym’s nightmare because she offers her fitness training information for free! If you don’t already read her blog, I recommend you check her out – and enter her contests – tell her Sarah sent you!

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Useful health websites, II

Médecins Sans Frontières treating cases of Cholera
Image by Sokwanele – Zimbabwe via Flickr

I am an epidemiology nerd. I love reading about disease outbreaks and poisonings and reading studies about public health problems. Because of this nerdiness, when I found HealthMap, I was blown away. The Global Health Map creates a super-neat map that shows you disease outbreaks globally!

From this map, I was able to see that there has been adverse effects to the hepatitis vaccination in China, two cases of Polio in Karachi, yet another cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, a massive flu outbreak in England and botulism outbreak in Florida.

You can use the left hand menu to choose what diseases you want to concentrate on. Choose country specific alerts instead of disease specific if you’re more interested in looking at things that way. Either way, there’s probably at least one outbreak of something your state and you should go check it out! Think of me as you’re reading about your diseased-state!

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Things I’m thankful for, IV

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that this day greets you with your loved ones and lots of food. I will be at my parents house celebrating the giving of thanks with them. Unfortunately my sister had to work today so she won’t be joining us, but I’m sure she’ll be there in spirit.

Let us continue my list of things I’m thankful for.

  1. the ease of finding things to be thankful for – I’m finding these lists are easier to create than I thought they were going to me. I know I have a lot of things in my life to be thankful for, but the ease at which these entries come out of me surprises me.
  2. my church – at first I thought the size was going to overwhelm me (the young adult group has over 1,400 members … who show up every Friday night to worship GOD) but the connections I’ve made with people there have been amazing. Solid Rock encourages me to have a personal relationship with Christ instead of following a “religion”.
  3. my job – I work at a bank, and times could be very dangerous right now, but my bank is doing well and while my job isn’t my passion (oh how I love education and public health), I do well in my position and it pays the bills.
  4. Mexican food – beans, rice, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, tortilla soup, oh how that makes me hungry for my Thanksgiving dinner now.
  5. my Epson Stylus CX4600 printer/scanner/fax – it may be out of ink right now but I can still use it’s marvelous scanning ability to scan old family photographs for some amazingly good times.
  6. bras without wires – this may fall into the “too much information” category, but I’ve recently learned the magic of super-comfortable bras and am totally loving ’em!
  7. straws – they make drinking things more fun. Hey, it’s the little things sometimes.

What are you thankful for?

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Women’s Health in the News IV

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Pirate Alice *

I feel like it’s been a slow news week for me, but here is what I feel compelled to share!

I told you it was slow this week! Enjoy the few links and let me know what you want to see more of!*Pirate Alice, your name rocks. Thank you for making me smile!

*Pirate Alice – I love your name. Thank you for making me smile with that!

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