February is American Heart Month.

Nearly 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Chances are, your coworkers are living with a heart condition or know someone who is. This February, start some heart-healthy habits in your workplace:

  • Initiate a step competition. Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories—American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity five days a week. Get your team geared up with fitness trackers and get moving.
  • Allow flexible work schedules. Chronic stress can contribute to heart disease—the leading cause of death for both men and women. Help your employees manage stress by giving them some flexibility. Life happens; allow your employees to cope with it.
  • Host a healthy potluck. Healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to prevent heart disease. Ask employees to bring in their favorite heart-healthy dishes for an office potluck—they can use American Heart Association’s How To Eat Healthy Without “Dieting” guidelines if they aren’t sure what to bring.
  • Share heart healthy resources. Help your employees keep up their healthy habits outside the office with our charity partners’ health resources.
  • Support Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Include Women’s Health and Men’s Health in your workplace giving campaign to support research, preventative care, diagnosis, and treatment so that everyone can live their healthiest, best lives.

Continue reading “5 Heart Healthy Habits At Work”

New Year, New you! Three Ways To Give Back In 2018

This year, don’t make your resolutions about cutting back—make them about giving back.

Read the full article. New Year, stronger, healthier communities.

Receiving A Tax Cut? #GiveItBack

Congress recently passed a tax bill reducing taxes for the majority of Americans. While this may be good news for some households, the tax change will double the standard deduction and may reduce the incentive to donate to charity—it is estimated to cost charities $12 to 20 billion annually.

This year, if you’re benefiting from tax changes, consider giving back.  Read more about #GiveItBack in the The New York Times.

Help End Human Trafficking This January

Human trafficking is a problem in the U.S. and around the world, affecting the most vulnerable: children in foster care, the homeless, those struggling with mental health issues, members of the LGBT community, or sexually abused individuals. Women and girls account for 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation (International Labour Organization Report).

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Support Restore Her Heart or establish a Give Now page to protect, rescue, and empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Share health resources to learn more about what you can do to help.

An Event Every Day Is the Northern Tool + Equipment Way

To keep employees engaged, Northern Tool hosted an event every day of their two-week giving campaign. It’s their fourth annual campaign with Community Health Charities. The events focused on giving back to the community, and included impact speakers and volunteer activities benefiting partner charities. The more lighthearted events included human bowling with tennis balls, candy grams, and birdhouse building for a charity partner.

Read the full story and learn how more of our company partners are building stronger, healthier communities.

FIGHT ADDICTION AND SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug among U.S. youth, killing more than 4,300 each year. In 2010, there were 189,000 youth emergency room visits for injuries and other conditions related to alcohol.

January 22 to 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Support Mental Health and Wellbeing to provide hope and healing. Share addiction resources to offer help to employees or loved ones in need.

HELP WOMEN LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer used to be one of the leading causes of cancer death for American women. Thanks to your support, the death rate has decreased over 50% over the last 30 years.

A woman dies from cardiovascular disease every 80 seconds in the U.S.  Friday, February 2 is National Wear Red Day. Wear red for women to advocate for more research and advances in cardiovascular health.

Support Women’s Health and continue the fight to help all women live their healthiest, best lives.

Unite Against Cancer

More than 8 million people die from cancer each year. That’s 8 million too many. On February 4, unite to end cancer on World Cancer Day and share cancer resources with those in need and support our charity partners fighting to find a cure: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, Cancer Research Institute, and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Fight to end cancer this February and create a Give Now page for your employees.

PLEDGE OPERATION PREVENTION

Community Health Charities proudly pledged to support #OperationPrevention, in partnership with Milken Institute, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Discovery Education to combat opioid misuse in schools, homes, and communities nationwide. The no-cost program offers resources for students, teachers, and parents to combat and prevent addiction. Pledge to spread awareness today.

IN MEMORIAM: DR. MATHILDE KRIM

Join us in remembering our charity partner amfAR as they mourn the loss of their founding leader. “On behalf of Community Health Charities, its staff and Board of Directors, I would like to convey our most sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Mathilde Krim. Dr. Krim’s greatest legacy will be her life of fearless and visionary leadership in awakening a sleeping world to the devastating realities associated with what became an HIV/AIDS global crisis. Her tireless commitment to find a cure is both inspirational and a clarion call to others to continue her fight against HIV/AIDS.” ~ Community Health Charities President and CEO Thomas Bognnano

WISE GIVING WEDNESDAY: GIVING AT THE OFFICE

Read the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance’s new piece “Giving at the Office,” featuring Community Health Charities’ President and CEO Thomas Bognanno. It’s part of our joint effort to promote transparency and high standards among charities.

VOLUNTEER TOOLBOX: KARDS FOR KINDNESS

This month’s featured tool is Kards for Kindness. Make homemade cards for local military veterans, nursing home residents, children’s hospital patients, teachers, individuals with limited mobility, or those serving overseas. Veterans and the elderly often feel isolated, lonely, or unappreciated. Your words of encouragement offer hope and help them feel a part of your community.

This volunteer idea, and many more, are available in our “Volunteer On the Spot” toolkit.

CAMPAIGN RESOURCES: CAMPAIGN BEST PRACTICES

This month’s featured campaign resource is our Campaign Best Practices guidelines.  Learn how to increase participation and employee engagement through company champions, goal setting, incentives, special events, and more. For more details and to explore the rest of our campaign tools, ideas, and guidelines, check out all of our Campaign Resources.