Angel MedFlight’s Innovative Website Wins Silver – Best Overall Web Design

Angel MedFlight Stevies Award

September 19, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Angel MedFlight is proud to announce that we were the recent winner of the  Silver Stevie® Award for “Best Overall Web Design” at the 2014 American Business Awards™. Since 2002, the Stevie® Awards have been recognized as one of the most prestigious  achievements a business can be awarded. Businesses compete in several different categories for a Gold, Silver or Bronze statue. Stevie®, the name of the award, is derived from the Greek word for “crowned.” The crystal pyramid atop the award represents the hierarchy of human needs.

Angel MedFlight’s Marketing Department collaborates to create and maintain the creative and innovative corporate website. “Angel MedFlight was competing against much larger companies in this category, many of which are large, specialized agencies, so this is impressive.” said Chief Creative Officer/Senior Vice President Barry S. Keyles. Angel MedFlight is proud that we do all of our marketing in-house, including web design, copywriting, graphic design, photography/videography and business development.

Angel MedFlight’s website (www.angelmedflight.com) has beautiful photographs, award winning videos and a nice color scheme of warm, dark red and gray. The content is laid out easily for the visitor to find, with a lot of great information. There also is a blog section, photo gallery, video section, rotating and sliding photo features and easy to navigate icons. Angel MedFlight is quite proud of the website and equally pleased to have received recognition for the hard work that goes into making it possible.

In June, Angel MedFlight was also awarded two Gold Stevie® Awards in the “Excellence in Videography” category for two videos in its Emmy® Award winning series “My Real Life Moment™.” The series features the air medical transport process through the eyes of patients.

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 9:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Celebrate Those Who Care For Premature Babies

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September 15, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

September 15th is National Neonatal Nurses Day, a special day for the nurses that care for premature babies. These nurses are known as neonatal nurses.   It is National Neonatal Nurses Day, and members of the neonatal community and others are taking the time to recognize the good that these healthcare professionals do for the world’s smallest patients. Premature birth is designated as a birth at least three weeks before a baby’s normal due date (40 weeks). The earlier a baby is born, the more risk it has for healthcare problems. These premature infants often need to be cared for in a neonatal intensive-care unit, also known as a NICU. The babies are cared for in a neonatal incubator. The first neonatal incubator was invented in the nineteenth century by Dr. Stephane Tarnier.

Dr. Tarnier’s design was based on incubators that kept chicken eggs warm. Today’s neonatal incubators (Isolettes) are modern marvels that control temperature and humidity, keeping the baby in a perfect, comfortable and controlled environment.

There are four levels of care that neonatal nurses may work in:

Level I – Neonatal nurses care for healthy newborns

Level II – Neonatal nurses provide intermediate care for special-care premature babies. They provide special therapies for babies that may require a longer stay in the hospital.

Level III – NICU: Neonatal nurses provide breathing and feeding tubes in order for babies to survive.

Level IV – NICU: Neonatal nurses provide care for the most critical newborns.

The job of the neonatal nurse is to provide complete care for newborn babies. They are involved with the delivery, weighing and measuring of the newborn. Neonatal nurses that work in the NICU may be responsible for starting IVs, using ventilators, drawing blood and using incubators. They also use equipment such as baby warmers, cardiac monitors, stethoscopes and more. Besides caring for the babies, neonatal nurses often provide comfort for the parents. Often parents are scared and confused about what is happening with their newborn. The neonatal nurse answers their questions, and teaches new parents about newborn care and breastfeeding. It takes a special kind of nurse to care for these special babies.  Angel MedFlight would like to take the time to draw attention to and thank all of the neonatal nurses that are helping to save new lives.

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 9:14 am  Leave a Comment  

September: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 11, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.”

- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010

Childhood obesity in the United States has reached the point of epidemic proportions.  The CDC says that “Approximately 17% of US children are obese, and certain groups of children are more greatly affected”.  September was declared National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month back in 2010.  Since then, there have been many steps taken to help the fight against childhood obesity.  The government has teamed up with schools to provide healthier options to the children, and programs to get them exercising every day.  The only way these changes can stick, however, is with the support of the community and the parents.  The healthy habits being promoted at school have to continue to be emphasized at the home.  Keeping more fruits and vegetables instead of salty, fatty foods in the house will help to get children used to eating healthy.  Children today are used to having such sugary, processed foods that they do not know how to enjoy the healthy, natural options.

The number of obese children in the United States has reached an amount that is unimaginable.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that number is up to one in three children being obese.  Over the years, the lifestyle of Americans has changed drastically.  Instead of playing outside, children are cooped up inside playing video games, on the internet, or lying around in front of the TV.  The number of calories, sugars, fats, and oils in foods has increased at an alarming rate.  The American lifestyle needs to change, or else future generations will continue to suffer.  Exercising and healthy eating habits must be promoted from a young age to ensure the healthiness of children throughout their life: “Childhood obesity puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with “adulthood” (http://www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org/about/).  It is scary to think that children are in danger of disease and physical issues at such a young age.  All of these things can be prevented if everyone joins together, and changes the social view of what the American lifestyle should be.

First Lady Michelle Obama has taken a stand against childhood obesity, establishing the Let’s Move! Foundation: “Since February 2010, Let’s Move!’s mission has been to help kids and families lead healthier lives by making nutritious food more available and affordable, increasing opportunities for physical activity, and fostering environments that support healthy choices”.  Through this foundation, First Lady Obama is working hard to make sure that the future of Americans is happy and healthy.  The foundation provides tips, skills, and ways to create a healthy lifestyle.  Throughout the country, different groups are set up through the foundation.  People meet up to share tips, exercises, and anything related to getting future generations healthy.

For more information on Let’s Move!, check out their website at http://www.letsmove.gov/.  A healthy America, children, and lifestyle begins at the home.  Start there, and it will grow to everyone around, ensuring a bright future for generations to come.

 

Related Sources:

http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/SeptemberToolkit.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/index.html

 

Published in: on September 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

BELIZE – Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret

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September 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

The tourist board tagline is “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” and they have it right, since most people wouldn’t know where to find it on a map.  Here is a hint: Central America, south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, west of Guatemala and east of the Caribbean Sea.  It is Belize’s tropical geographical location that welcomes travelers year round with warm average temperature of 84 degrees.

Most of Belize is undeveloped and therefore unspoiled.  Its natural beauty is displayed proudly with national parks, wildlife reserves, rainforest and one of the largest cave systems in all of Central America.

The Belize Barrier Reef is a spectacular 185 miles of crystal clear coastline with protected reefs.  Divers come from all over to one of the world’s best diving spots, The Blue Hole.   The Blue Hole is 1,000 feet wide and 412 feet deep.  These pristine waters are frequented by remarkably rich marine habitat including parrot fish, stingrays and hammerhead sharks.

Another popular dive area is off the private Caribbean island of Turneffe.  The Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean.  It is a top destination for Bonefish.   Here, anglers can try their best to catch the “Grand Slam” – Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon all in one day.

If your passions don’t include water activities, Belize will not disappoint.  With 17 National Parks, you can hike the medicine trail, see beautiful waterfalls or get up close and personal with endangered Jaguars and Baboons in their sanctuaries.  Thrill seekers can zipline through tropical rainforest or settle comfortably inside an inner tube with a miner’s headlamp, while exploring the wonders of cave tubing.

Belize is rich in history and attracts archaeologists from all over the world.  The 2000 year old Ancient Mayan Temples are fascinating and mysterious.  Archaeology sites are still being excavated today.

Altun Ha Belize

Photo Courtesy of Michael Lazarev

There is no end to what Belize has to offer and if you want a few days to kick back and relax, the 25 mile long Ambergris Caye is the perfect retreat.   It is the largest of the 200 cayes that are protected by the Belize Barrier Reef and has a history rich in pirate folklore.  There is only one town, the fishing village of San Pedro and in the evenings that is where you will find tourist and locals alike enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. You will not find any high-rise hotels. The appeal of Ambergris Caye is its laid-back attitude.

The hidden treasure of Belize is waiting to be discovered, so what are you waiting for Mother Nature is calling….

 

Published in: on September 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Music Is Good For Your Health

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September 4, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

“Music is a therapy. It is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.” – Yehudi Menuhin

September 7-13 is National Assisted Living Week (NALW). The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) established NALW in 1995 as a way to celebrate those that are in assisted living, and the dedicated staff that take care of them. NCAL’s theme for the week long celebration is “The Magic of Music.” The program celebrates how music can have a positive effect on people. They encourage families and staff to visit their website to download their NALW planning guide at: http://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/events/Documents/NALW_lowres.pdf. The guide is filled with great suggestions for how to incorporate music into the lives of those in assisted living.

Music stirs memories in everyone, but according to NCAL, the power of music is especially important for patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. NCAL says that, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, listening to music can improve mood and behavioral issues, such as being agitated, and the music may remind them of a happy time in their life. Furthermore, they say that patients that listen to music have been shown to have improved cognitive function. Another benefit to having elderly or inactive assisted living residents listen to music is the physical exercise benefits. NCAL suggests staff and family play upbeat music for residents, and encourage getting them moving and exercising during the music. Even just stomping their feet and moving their arms can be very beneficial. Personally speaking, my Father suffers from dementia and one of his favorite things to do is to listen to some of his favorite music. He likes to listen with his headphones on and “conducts” during the music. I have seen him transform in a matter of minutes from acting tired and disinterested to smiling, singing and waving his arms as he conducts.

Music therapy or listening to your favorite tunes is not just for seniors or those in assisted living, but for everyone. A recent article on Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-137116/Why-listening-music-key-good-health.html) suggests that music is good for all sorts of things. Your favorite music may improve your mood, but it might also improve your back pain too. The article states that music has an effect on the autonomic nervous system. When you listen to slow rhythms, you lower your blood pressure, your heart rate slows down and you breathe more slowly. This, in turn, reduces muscle tension in your neck, shoulders and back. Listening to music during your workouts is beneficial as well. The article states that listening to music while you work out improves your endurance, helps put you in a good mood and keeps your mind off any pain you may be experiencing.

If you have a loved one in assisted living, check with the establishment and see if they will be participating in the NALW “Magic of Music” event. If not, try introducing music to your loved one in assisted living and try the magic of music in your own life. A lot of us at AMF listen to music while we work and personally, I find it relaxes me and makes me more creative. So try putting on your favorite tune and enjoy the healthy benefits of music.

Published in: on September 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Delayed Drowning – The Unknown Threat

Delayed Drowning or Secondary Drowning

August 18, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Year-round, parents get their little ones into swimming lessons to prepare them for a summer full of swimming as well as the unexpected water hazards that can come with it.  Teaching kids to use the buddy system is a great way to keep all kids accounted for.  We do this because it only takes a matter of seconds for a child who can’t swim to drown.  The law even stresses the importance of life jackets for kids and adults who can swim because there are so many potential threats if proper water safety isn’t practiced.

The latest online report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.”  The Bulletin of the World Health Organization states the definition of drowning as “the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid.”

Drowning occurs when the person inhales water into the lungs and in which case death is immediate.  Sometimes, however, the process is not so immediate… When a child feels the sensation of drowning, they will most likely panic, causing them to exert more energy, and their bodies to demand more oxygen.  With their bodies demanding more oxygen, they will usually involuntarily breathe in water, causing them to cough or swallow.

The act of coughing is our body’s way of clearing liquid, or any other obstruction, out of our airway.  If not pulled out of the water soon enough, we are unable to rid our airway of the water, which causes us to swallow, causing our throats to relax, which allows our lungs to fill with water… and the end result is fatal.  Thankfully, at this stage we will often hear the coughing and we’re able to pull the victim out of the water allowing them to cough up the water on their own, or with administered CPR, and they survive.

This is when another precaution must be taken that most people do not know about.  Delayed drowning (sometimes referred to as secondary drowning) can occur when the victim has been pulled out “in time,” after a “near drowning” experience.  Delayed drowning is essentially the same thing as drowning, but as the name suggests, it is delayed.  Though it is not very common, a small amount of water can make it into the lungs, and the victim can walk away seemingly fine.  Even a small amount of water in the lungs will inhibit adequate oxygen exchange, depriving the brain (and other organs) of oxygen, it just takes a little longer.  Therefore, the victim still drowns.

Because a coughing spell is a normal physical reaction, as well as a sign that our body is working properly, it is that much more critical that people (especially with young children in their care) are aware of the existing danger of delayed drowning.

If your child experiences a “near drowning” or is involuntary submerged in water and comes up coughing, do not write off any fatal consequences just because the cough eventually subsides.  Instead, watch over them closely for the next 24 hours.

What to look for:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (including persistent coughing).
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Changes in mood or behavior.

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms seek immediate medical attention.  There is no harm in being too safe.  Angel MedFlight takes a huge interest in people and their overall wellbeing.  Your safety is our greatest concern.  On behalf of all of us here at Angel MedFlight, enjoy the water, and please practice water safety!

For more information about water safety and drowning prevention go to www.cdc.gov.

 

 

 

Published in: on August 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Elements Of Extraordinary In The Workplace

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August 12, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

We have all heard, and perhaps even uttered the following phrases: “Ugh, I hate Mondays.” “Hump Day!”  “TGIF!”  These work-related expressions permeate the air, particularly in workplaces, and offer one sentiment: work stinks, and sometimes for good reason. Most people would admit that they love leisure time and agree with Bertrand Russell that they should have plenty of it, but the question must be asked, shouldn’t work be a place we love? Why don’t we ever hear anyone exclaim, TGIM?

If you have never been employed in an extraordinarily empowering environment, you may not be aware of that incredibly joyful feeling that some have the privilege of experiencing every day arriving at work. Lifers, clock watchers, and those only interested in a paycheck to fund outside interests must have entertained ideas on how their jobs could be (more) enjoyable. There is no reason why we should live with that “brain cloud” afflicting Tom Hanks in Joe Versus the Volcano. Too often we start a job in the wrong mindset, even as early as the interview, asking questions about benefits, what a typical day is like, or how much the remuneration (not to say these are not important).

The first question jobseekers should ask is this: What makes this a great place to work?

The answer you get should impart upon you a sense that you will be valued by the employer. Erika Anderson, a contributor to Forbes, in her article 2014 Best Companies to Work For: Four Things That Make Them Great, sums up the commonalities of the greatest places to work.

Culture. When it comes down to it, culture is everything. The right culture is built on the pillars of positivity and empowerment, inspiring greatness, purpose, trust and respect, communication, and freedom from the fear of mistake.

Professional growth. Have you sat at work and, inspired, been hit by an idea that you shared with your supervisor and found that it landed on interested ears? Or, has your manager come to you, knowing you well, and asked if you would like to participate in a project that matches your strengths and interests? If not, why not?

Great colleagues. Personalities abound in this world, and yours is one of them. Knowing your personality and how it might fit within a particular company’s norm is important. Certainly, when personalities, engendered by the common values that make a positive culture, are in sync, there could potentially be no happier moment than greeting your colleagues as you walk into work.

A challenge. How often have you found getting up to go to work a challenge, especially on Monday? Daily, you say? Then your workplace may not be the best fit for you. The challenge should be at work, in the form of brain-stimulating employment in which your interests are aroused and your activities driven by a synergistic blend of internal and external motivations.

So much more could be said about the particulars of great places to work, but the reality is that much of what makes a great place great comes from the top. Making an extraordinary company culture a priority and holding employees accountable to that standard is important. However, as an employee, you are capable of doing a bit of bottom-up inspiring, and responsible for adding to the environment.  Being that ‘great colleague’ above, exuding a positive attitude with actions that give body to a higher purpose and stronger values will be noticed. You have undoubtedly met such a person in your life and know the effect that positivity had on you…so pass it on. And depending on your position, begin to think of ways to creatively inspire your work, the work of peers or those you manage. Imagine the results that will return: it’s likely you will fall in love with your workplace and influence others to feel the same way.

To read Erika Andersen’s article in its entirety, please visit:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2013/12/13/2104-best-companies-to-work-for-4-things-that-make-them-great/

 

 

Published in: on August 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Journey To Becoming A Flight Paramedic

 

 

Christopher Smith AMF Flight Paramedic

August 6, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

As a young boy , Christopher Smith’s life dreams didn’t extend much beyond skateboarding and mountain biking. Little did he know that it would take a near-death experience to change his life – and his destiny.

Sitting with his four-year-old daughter, Maddie, in his lap, Christopher smiles as he describes the event that changed his life and would ultimately reveal his true calling; a career as a flight paramedic.

“I was in an accident and lost my leg, and nearly lost my life,” he remembers. “They (the emergency workers) said I had lost a significant amount of blood. I was literally near death, and needed an air ambulance.”

A street luge accident at the age of 16, in 2001, forced Chris to decide whether to keep or amputate his right leg. The impact shattered his fibula just above the ankle, tore through two of three arteries, and displaced the tendons that communicated movement to the toes. After a failed attempt at fusing the bone, he came to the conclusion that a prosthesis would give him the best chance at continuing his desired level of activity.

While still in his teens, he championed as a member of the United States national amputee hockey team. Christopher continues to help other physically challenged athletes, assisting with the Paralympic bobsled team, skiers and snowboarders.

After receiving his prosthesis, Christopher went to college and graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor of science in Emergency Services Administration. He became a lead beta tester for Otto Bock Healthcare, a maker of prosthetic limbs in Salt Lake City.

He found his passion in the health care field, specifically emergency medicine. He went on to receive his EMT (emergency medical technician) training, and studied emergency medicine. From there, he went to work as an EMT for an ambulance service. Christopher trained to become a flight paramedic before joining Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance in January.

 “I literally owe my life to the paramedics on the air medical transport flight who saved me, and that’s why it’s become my passion — to help save the lives of other people,” he said.

As a part of the medical team, flight paramedics are critical in helping to stabilize patients in the field, treating them while in flight, and assisting with their delivery to a hospital or facility. This includes having a full report of their injuries and the treatments performed to save their lives. They also must attend a rigorous paramedic training program, build up five or more years of clinical experience, and pass the certification required to provide patient care on a medical aircraft.

“As an EMT, keeping up with the training and learning the current technologies – in a field that’s constantly and rapidly developing – is right now my biggest challenge,” he says, adding, “There is always a lot of information to learn, to know, and to train on with the latest equipment and technology.”

Christopher says his life is active and full, especially with things like picking up his little girl from her dance lessons while mom is at work. He also volunteers as a soccer coach and works with his church’s young men’s sports teams.

“Although the accident changed my life, it didn’t challenge my life – I still snowboard, snow ski, mountain bike — it hasn’t kept me from doing the things I love to do.”

He says his motivation comes from simply being grateful for those whose service saved his own life, and he wanted to express that gratitude through making it his career.

“Because of my experience I am grateful to the paramedics who saved my life, and to show that, I’m passionate about what I do…I’m passionate about helping to be a part of saving people’s lives.”

Christopher turns to Maddie and asks, “What does Daddy do?” After a pause, she looks at him thoughtfully and says, “You put people who are hurt in the ambulance and take them to the hospital.”

He says among the many things his little girl has told him she wants to be when she grows up, a doctor who saves lives is one of them. Like father, like daughter.

Published in: on August 6, 2014 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Words on a School Seal Foreshadow Student’s Life Choices

 

 

Blake Huggins

Blake Huggins

 

By Guest Contributor: Carolyn Drinkard,Freelance Writer

July 29, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

It was the school year 2000, and like so many high school seniors, Blake Huggins could not decide what he wanted to do with his life. A gifted musician and artist, he thought that maybe his future might be in the arts, but fate had other plans for Huggins.

 

During Huggins’s senior year, he joined with other members of the Thomisana Staff to create a school seal for their yearbook. The students wanted something that would be permanent and used to represent the schools in other publications. They planned the seal around four areas of school life: academics, arts, sciences, and athletics, using Greek symbols to represent each area. The staff decided to use the motto that the District had previously been using, so “Enter to learn. Leave to serve” was added. These students also wanted a phrase that represented the spirit of their thirteen years of preparation for life, so they chose the Latin phrase, belle est posse, which translates “To be willing is to be able” or literally “where there is a will, there is a way.” Huggins did the original sketches that went before the School Board for adoption. Ironically, the words on the seal would become a mantra for Huggins’s quest to find himself.

 

After graduation, Huggins went to the University of Mobile to major in music and graphic arts. But after two years, he felt a desire to do something else with his life. “I realized that my music and my art were hobbies that I enjoyed,” he explained. “They were not my passions.”

 

Returning home to attend Alabama Southern Community College, Huggins took a friend’s advice and completed a basic EMT course. He then moved to Gulf Shores, working with an ambulance company, serving as a lifeguard, and taking courses from South Alabama for advanced paramedic certification.

 

After receiving a job offer in Colorado, Huggins packed up and went west. Before beginning the job, however, he and a friend spent a month backpacking through Europe. “This began my obsession with and desire for adventure, traveling, and seeing the world,” he explained.

 

In 2011, he accepted a job offer to go to Kuwait to serve as an ambulance paramedic on U.S. military bases.  He spent a year in Kuwait working and traveling the world as often as his vacation time would allow.  “I really enjoyed studying and learning about the Arabic/Middle Eastern culture, and I traveled extensively throughout the region,” he added.

 

Returning to Colorado, he began studying to obtain the necessary advanced certifications that he would need in order to achieve his goal of becoming a Flight Paramedic.  In 2013, he received his Critical Care Paramedic and Flight Paramedic certifications and started working for Angel MedFlight  as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Angel MedFlight is a fixed-wing, air-ambulance company, transporting patients all over the world on a private jet that is the equivalent of a hospital ICU in the air.

 

“It is the ideal job for me because it allows me to combine my passion for traveling and adventure with my career in the medical field,” Huggins explained. “Many of our patients become sick or injured while on vacation here in the U.S. or abroad, and they are too sick to travel by commercial airline back home.  Our patients are often stuck in third-world countries with a severe injury or illness in a hospital or clinic that has neither the capabilities nor the training to appropriately manage their conditions.  These patients are trying desperately to return to the U.S. where they can receive the appropriate, often life-saving, care that they need.  That’s where our company comes in.  We fly there, pick them up, and bring them back to the states where they can receive the care that they need. It is very rewarding being a part of the process that gets these people back home and back with their families,” added Huggins..

 

Huggins is quick to express his appreciation for the education he received from Thomasville City Schools. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at TCS. I learned many valuable life lessons, thanks to the great teachers who taught me,” he added. “I was prepared for higher education, and TCS gave me the foundation for reaching my goals in life.”

 

In 2000, a young artist, etching prophetic words on his school’s seal, could never have imagined the paths he would travel or the heights he would soar to find his life’s mission: to serve others.

 

Published in: on July 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Can Being Near Water Make You Happier?

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols PhD, discussing sea turtle conservation. Photo courtesy of TEDx Monterey

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols PhD, discussing sea turtle conservation.
Photo courtesy of TEDx Monterey

 

July 25, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

Wallace J. Nichols is a PhD, marine biologist, conservationist and author of the new book Blue Mind. In his book he discusses his research on why it seems we are happier when we are near, in or under the water and the positive effects that water seems to give us. Nichols is a biologist, a water conservationist and a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Nichols’ book is based on years of research, which includes his studies of the behaviors of the visitors that come to the Academy’s 212,000 gallon aquarium, as he discussed in a recent Outside Magazine article. He’s observed that once visitors enter the room where the aquarium is, they seem to relax, to become quiet, to transform into a more peaceful state of mind. He says in the article that couples even start holding hands, staring into the giant blue aquarium. Dr. Nichols believes this is because when we “come into that blue space,” we naturally become relaxed, and our stress decreases.

Something happens in the brain when we are near the water, and Dr. Nichols  hopes that his campaign to generate a new type of science he dubbed neuro-conservation will attract neuroscientists to test his theories by studying the brain waves of individuals that are near that blue space. He explains in his book, Blue Mind, that this new science is based on neuroscience, psychology, nature and conservation, and that he hopes the research will influence how we treat our planet and our bodies of water.

In his book, he discusses why we feel calm and less anxious around water, with stories from athletes, scientists, artists and others who describe why they find it easier to be more productive, creative and relaxed when in or by water. Dr. Nichols is passionate about the conservation of our oceans and waterways. He has spent years being a conservationist for sea turtles, co-founding the Billion Baby Turtles Project with the goal of saving one billion baby sea turtles,  which are currently endangered and on the decline. He also founded Blue Mind Collective, which he hopes will bring together his ideas of water conservation and neuroscience.

 

You can read more about Dr. Nichols and his interesting research at: http://www.wallacejnichols.org/index.php

Published in: on July 25, 2014 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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