If lunch or dinnertime is approaching, your mind has undoubtedly already started to drift—what will you prepare? Or, maybe you’ve already pondered your options and will pick up something on the way home. For most of us, this is the greatest challenge we face when it comes to mealtimes. But for 13.1 million children scattered across America, it’s not always a question of what they’ll eat; it’s whether they will get to eat at all. Data from Feeding America indicates that some 20% of all children battle with food insecurity, which means that there’s no guarantee of a healthy meal to nourish their growing bodies. In addition to hunger, these kids tend to suffer illness more often and are generally less healthy. They also have trouble focusing in class and don’t perform as well academically as their peers. Plus they tend to be less social and have more behavior problems. The impact of childhood hunger is wide-reaching, but thankfully free or reduced meals are available for many of those in need, so most kids do get a healthy meal or snack during the day. However, this still leaves a major gap as the children go home to empty cabinets, and during the summer months, they may not have access to nutritious food at all.
Determined to reach these children when other food programs fail, several RefillWise partners work tirelessly in different programs to offer food assistance to kids and their families. We’re incredibly proud of the work they do, and want to make sure their messages are spread; not only to those in a position to help, but also to those who need it this summer.
Meet Hunger Busters
Throughout the country, there are small pockets of especially food-insecure children. Dallas, Texas happens to be one such area, with nearly 90% of public school students relying upon subsidized breakfasts and and/or lunches, and it’s often the only food they receive on any given day. This is where Hunger Busters’ “Feed the Need” program comes in, offering students a third meal each school day. This year, the organization plans to provide 350,000 meals through the help of volunteers, donations, and grant money. During summer months, the organization continues to provide meals to kids in after school programs and reaches as many families as possible.
Meet Equal Heart
Last summer alone, Equal Heart served 533,359 meals to kids across four different cities. The nonprofit’s slogan is “Supporting people in times of adversity,” which they do through various meal programs. While some of their meals make their way to kids in summer programs and camps, the organization is unique in that it literally goes door-to-door with its mobile food network as well. People who sign up for the program receive 50 pounds of pantry staples as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, and the food packs are brought straight into their apartment communities. The Direct-to-Door program, as it’s called, serves families that do not have transportation to a food pantry. Like Hunger Busters, Equal Heart is able to do the work it does because of the help of volunteers and donors in Texas and Colorado.
To make a donation to Equal Heart or learn more about the programs the organization offers, visit EqualHeart.org. You can also help spread word about their efforts by following Equal Heart on Facebook and Twitter.
Meet Tarrant Area Food Bank
The reach Tarrant Area Food Bank has is exponential. Every single week, the organization serves more than 490,000 meals to people struggling with food insecurity. It provides for the hungry, and offers opportunities for individuals and communities to become more self-sufficient. Through its community gardening programs, people can learn how to create thriving gardens for themselves and/or their communities, with lessons in a real community garden that provides nutritious foods too. The organization also has a “Cooking Matters” program, which teaches individuals how to get the most nutritious meals possible from a limited budget, while the “Community Kitchen” course provides free culinary job training. Since its inception, nearly 300 men and women have graduated from the 16-week program and have learned the skills necessary to obtain employment from professional chefs.
However, it’s perhaps the work TAFB does for kids that is the most touching. In addition to providing after-school meals and in-school snacks, the organization offers “Backpacks for Kids.” Children who do not have food at home are given a backpack full of healthy food to eat over the weekend, thus ensuring they don’t go hungry between school days. Their tireless work continues throughout the summer with the “SummerPacks for Kids” and “Summer Meals” programs. With Summer Meals, kids ages 18 and under are offered free meals at select sites. They do not require any registration for the program, nor are there any income guidelines, ensuring any child who shows up hungry will walk away with a full tummy.
The team at TAFB are experts at what they do, and are able to provide as many as five meals from a single dollar donation. Financial and food donors, volunteers, and partners all make it possible for TAFB to do the work it does. If you’d like to give financially to Tarrant Area Food Bank, you may do so at TAFB.org. The site also hosts a wealth of information about its various programs, other ways you can help, and details on how to get food if you’re hungry. You can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube too.
We’re Proud of Our Partners
At RefillWise, we support the efforts of numerous community organizations, including Hunger Busters, Equal Heart, and TAFB. Through these nonprofits, our community becomes stronger and healthier, and we’re honored to make our free RefillWise cards available to their employees, volunteers, and clients. Our cards can be used for discounts on all prescription medicine and equipment available at a pharmacy. If you have interest in obtaining our cards for your employees, clients, or volunteers, contact us today to learn more about RefillWise partnerships. Individuals may also receive a free RefillWise prescription discount card any time by signing up on our website or by texting JOIN to 22822.
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Being an involved dad is often thankless, but it’s one of the most rewarding things a man can ever do. With Father’s Day at hand, we’d like to give you all a pat on the back for your hard work, and offer some non-traditional tips that will help you improve your quality of life.
1) Do Chores (Monday)
No, you probably don’t need to be told to do your chores, and it’s quite likely you’ve got a honey-do list a mile long anyway, but there are a few reasons to give yourself accolades for doing them that you may not have considered. First of all, daughters of dads who do chores have higher aspirations in life. So, as your daughter watches you check off your list (or better yet, helps you with it), you’re actually priming her for higher education and better pay throughout her life. If that’s not dance-worthy enough, you’re improving your overall health. If you’re a 150-pound man, mowing the lawn for an hour will help your burn an awesome 374 calories, according to MyFitnessPal. Working inside the house? Shape magazine says spending the same amount of time mopping is worth 153 calories, and 90 calories get zapped away in just 15 minutes if you’re scrubbing the bathtub. Of course, don’t spend your Father’s Day doing all these things. Look to the rest of the list for fun and easy ways to improve your quality of life.
Need an excuse to goof off? Studies have shown that when kids play with their dads, they display a wider range of emotions and get more “hyped up” than they do with their moms. This adds up to greater socialization as they age, so the kids form better friendships and healthier relationships. According to FitDay, general vigorous play that involves walking and running will help you burn 165 calories an hour too, but it doesn’t stop there. Because active play is a form of exercise, it comes packed full of other benefits, such as improved moods, reduced depression, better hormonal balance (increased testosterone), healthier sleep patterns, greater mental acuity, and more. While you get these benefits just from playing a game of tag around the house, consider some of these other family-friendly activities:
Tennis or Table Tennis
Build an Obstacle Course
Baseball or Catch
Walking/ Hiking/ Adventuring
3) Sleep Well
A good night of sleep is the foundation for everything, but the CDC reports one-third of all adults is not getting enough shuteye. Even if you do make sleep a priority and schedule a solid seven hours of downtime at night, sleep apnea could still be robbing you of quality, leaving you chronically fatigued. The Cleveland Clinic notes this could be the case with as much as 24% of all men; if you’re finding yourself tired, groggy, short-fused, or unalert, lack of sleep could still be the culprit. What’s more, poor sleep impacts your mood, hormones, weight, productivity, and your overall heath. Plus, driving while fatigued can be more dangerous than driving drunk, so it even has the potential to turn deadly quite easily. We know you have a lot of things to do in your day, but scheduling time for sleep is essential. If you find that’s not enough, you could be part of the population that suffers from apnea. Schedule an appointment with your physician to be tested and discuss treatment options as soon as possible.
4) Eat (Manly) Super Foods
Diet is a four-letter-word in more ways than one. If you’re like most men, you probably think eating well means dieting, and that means giving up all the good foods you love. Don’t. Joe Gould over at Men’s Fitness put together a fantastic list called “20 of the Best Superfoods for Men,” and it’s a great place to start. Load up on things like beef, almonds, eggs, blueberries, and of course, water, before indulging in your other favorites. You won’t feel like you’re giving up what you love and your body will get the fuel it needs as a primary focus.
5) Get Regular Checkups and Take All Prescriptions
Your doctor should be your partner in wellness, not just someone you see when you’re sick or the guy who scolds you over what you’re doing wrong. Make sure you find the right match for you, and work together to combat any issues you have before they become problems that hurt your quality of life. If the cost of prescriptions or medical equipment is a concern to you, sign up for your free RefillWise prescription discount card on our website or by texting JOIN to 22822.
As spring begins to flex its muscles, many of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies are probably beginning to experience those annoyingly familiar symptoms of nasal congestion, itchy red eyes, and constant sneezing. While science hasn’t yet figured out a way to fully cure allergies, there are thankfully a lot of steps you can take to help lessen the severity of the symptoms.
Minimize Exposure to the Allergens in Your Environment
Several different kinds of allergens commonly affect those with allergy symptoms — mold, pet dander, pollen, ragweed, and a few others. All of them essentially have the same result on your body; they activate your immune system, which then triggers cells in your body to release compounds called histamines. These histamines cause symptoms commonly associated with allergies such as a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. The best way to decrease your symptoms is simply to limit your exposure to the allergens in the first place.
Wash your pillow cases, sheets, and bedding every week
Wash your hands and face several times a day; avoid touching your face and eyes with your hands
Vacuum and dust often
Limit the development of mold spores by using a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in your home
If you have pets, brush them frequently and try to keep them off of upholstery and furniture (easier said than done)
Exercise daily, and stay hydrated; improved blood flow increases the speed at which your body can flush out allergens
Talk to Your Doctor
In addition to the steps mentioned above, those who suffer from allergies may also want to discuss other strategies with a health care provider. There are several reasonably-priced generic drugs available over the counter such as Claritin (Loratadine), Zyrtec (Cetirizine), and Allegra (Fexofenadine). One recent addition to this over the counter list is Flonase (Fluticasone), an effective nose spray that used to be available only by prescription.
Whichever route you take, it’s important to plan with your health care provider in order to determine the most effective and safest treatment. Also, bear in mind that many of these treatment options may not work instantaneously, but may take days or even weeks of consistent use to reach their full potential.
Lastly, remember that you should always check the price for any prescribed medication using your RefillWise card so you can save money on top of saving your runny nose.
According to the CDC, there were 229,715 babies born to girls between the ages of 15-19 during the last reporting year. Although this represents a drastic decline, the high numbers still come with a large familial and societal impact. Moreover, not every region shows the same decline, and some areas still report incredibly high teen birth rates, in which as many as one-in-nine girls will have a baby before becoming an adult, herself. “Those pregnancies take a physical, financial and psychological toll on the teenagers, and they also come with a high economic cost for Texas taxpayers,” explained Gwen Daverth, chief executive of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, in a recent news article. She was speaking of repeat births among teen moms, for which her state now leads the nation. Ms. Daverth adds that 86% of teen births are paid for by Medicaid, but that “costs also arise from serious social problems ranging from poverty to child abuse and neglect, and health concerns such as premature and low birth weight deliveries.”
Agencies like the Campaign and NTARuPT work tirelessly to turn these numbers around, and that’s one reason we’re proud to have them as RefillWise partners. In honor of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we’ve decided to highlight some of the work they do in our community.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Diana Ayala of NTARuPT, the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens. The group’s mission is to “to improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities by preventing unintended teen pregnancies.” They believe that every young person in our community should have the opportunity to set goals, plan education and careers and become self-sufficient before entering into parenthood. All are committed to providing evidence-based, medically-accurate teen pregnancy prevention information to teens and parents of teens, as well as giving teens healthcare referrals as needed.
NTARuPT Teaches the Hows and Whys of Preventing Teen Pregnancy
The biggest myth about teen pregnancy is “the assumption that talking to teens about sex leads teens to have sex,” Ms. Ayala said. “In fact, research has shown that the more teens know, the less they do.” Indeed, this is a huge difficulty NTARuPT and similar organizations face, as the sex ed curriculum taught in schools varies greatly from one institution to the next. Not every school provides sex ed, and many teach abstinence only or may be legally forbidden from sharing scientific information about types of birth control methods and how to safely use them. In a perfect world, this would be enough, but roughly half of all high school students are engaging in sex, which indicates abstinence-only education falls short. Therefore, NTARuPT’s commitment to empower teens with messages about preparing for their future and continuing education, as well as the in-depth coverage on how to prevent pregnancy, serves both youth and our community well.
NTARuPT’s Outreach is Great
To date, the group has helped more than 1,500 teens and parents with its educational materials, resources, and referrals. It has also amassed more than 100 partners, each specializing in an area that can benefit teens and parents, such as out-of-school time programming, counseling, mentoring, primary healthcare, and social services. Their work can be seen in churches, afterschool programs, summer camps, schools, the Juvenile Detention Center, and other venues throughout the state. In other words, wherever parents and teens are, NTARuPT aims to have a presence.
Learn More or Help NTARuPT
For more information about NTARuPT or to access some of the resources it offers, go to NTARuPT.org. You can help spread the word about the work they do on Facebook and Twitter too. It’s also worth noting that most of the funding for NTARuPT’s programs comes from federal grants, but these are always at risk. If you’d like to help ensure NTARuPT can keep up these efforts, consider making a donation.
Meet the Texas Campaign to End Teenage Pregnancy
While some organizations are on the forefront of the field and interacting directly with the people it serves, the Texas Campaign tends to focus its efforts on providing community leaders with resources and information on evidence-based curriculums.
The Texas Campaign is at the Forefront of Change
Every year, the Texas Campaign organizes an annual Statewide Symposium, gathering public health professionals and educators to raise awareness, analyze policies, and inform professionals working to effectively prevent teen pregnancies. The symposium attracts hundreds or people from all over the country annually on their own, but the organization also initiates policy roundtables and has a legislative education program. Combined, these efforts provided education and training to more than 350 people in the past year alone. Because the Campaign centers on evidence-based methodology and research, it’s also responsible for the creation of more than 50 unique resources, including an interactive map that shows teen pregnancy rates and other relevant data by county. Although the research and maps are made available to the general public, they’ve become largely instrumental for other organizations, including the more than 100 it has helped with specialized services, such as providing information about evidence-based curriculum and assistance with grant writing. The group was also recently responsible for securing the $1.6 million used to create the Youth Friendly Initiative — a program designed to make it possible for more adolescents to access to services provided by clinics.
Learn More or Help the Texas Campaign
To access the rich database provided by the Texas Campaign or to learn more about what the organization does, visit txcampaign.org. You can also keep up to date on the latest legislative news and more by following the Campaign on Facebook and Twitter. The Texas Campaign is a non-profit organization, largely funded by grants. However, if you appreciate the work they do and want to help advance it or ensure it continues, you may also donate directly through their website.
We’re Proud of Our Partners
At RefillWise, we support the efforts of numerous community health organizations, including the Texas Campaign and NTARuPT. Through these non-profits, our community becomes stronger and healthier, and we’re honored that they’ve chosen to partner with us to provide the individuals they serve with free RefillWise cards. Our cards can be used for discounts on all prescription medicine and equipment you get at a pharmacy, including various forms of contraception. If you have interest in obtaining our cards for your employees, clients, or volunteers, contact us today to learn more about RefillWise partnerships. Individuals may also receive a free RefillWise prescription discount card by signing up on our website or by texting JOIN to 22822.