Feb 1, 2013

Darke County Red Cross can help with your resolutions

DARKE COUNTY—So, January is over - have you fallen off the treadmill, started back to having a soda and a candy bar for breakfast? The Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to offer a few ideas to help you stay on track with the your New Year’s Resolutions. So looking at some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, here are some easy Red Cross ways to Stay Resolved!

* Lose Weight and Get Fit: Teach CPR training, it’s healthy, active and bonus, you teach others to save lives!

* Quit Smoking: Be an Advocate - easiest way to break a habit is to replace it with another habit, why not a one that is great for you, as well as an organization you support.

* Learn Something New: Sign up for Class, for instance, CPR, Babysitting, First Aid, How to Work Logistics or Pet First Aid. Sign the whole family up to attend a Red Cross class or workshop.

* Eat Healthier and Diet: Gain a Personal Support Network. The American Red Cross recommends senior citizens create a personal support network made up of several individuals who will check in on them in an emergency, to ensure their wellness and to give assistance if needed. Why not use this same network concept to help you stay on track for your resolutions as well! For the emergency network, the Darke County Red Cross recommends:

1. Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster and, if needed, offer assistance.

2. Exchange important keys.

3. Show them where you keep emergency supplies.

4. Share copies of your relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card.

5. Agree on and practice methods for contacting each other in an emergency. Do not count on the telephones working.

6. Always notify each other when you are going out of town and when you will return.

7. The relationship should be mutual.

* Get Out of Debt and Save Money: Create a disaster kit for your home; not only will it help you look at what the “true” essentials in your household are, it will also make recovery from a disaster simpler.

* Spend More Time with Family: Fire Drill Practice, practice, practice. Check out www.redcross.org for some family time preparedness activities, like practicing for a house fire drill or discovering what disasters is your home most at risk to experience?

* Travel to New Places: Red Cross disaster volunteers travel across America, helping those in need after a disaster and Darke County is also proud to have an International volunteer, who can end up anywhere in the world!

* Be Less Stressed­: Being informed can often lower your stress level, much as being prepared can, so start taking some time to check out how to make your home safer, or what to do during an earthquake.

* Volunteer: Of course the Red Cross is always looking for new volunteers!

For more tips about staying resolved, check out the Darke County Chapter’s Facebook page or follow them on twitter.

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