Proof Positivity: Time Change

  I hope everyone got through the time change ok this morning.  My family was so thrown off.  I think my husband set our clocks two hours behind and when we woke up he said “it’s 5:45.  That’s weird it’s bright outside.”  I knew that couldn’t be right so I turned on the news because they put the time on tv and there it was it was 6:45 and my son and husband were running late.  They left on time and that’s what is important. 


Tomorrow is election day for us Americans.  If you haven’t had a chance to do the early vote make sure you go out and vote tomorrow.  Tomorrow will decide who our next president is and this is very important.  Again, I will not tell you who to vote for but go out and do it and keep in mind that our vote will effect the world.


Henkel Helps


A school in Parkersburg, Iowa was the grand prize winner in the Henkel Helpscontest.  Aplington-Parkersburg High School was affected by a F-5 tornado which destroyed a third of the community.  High schoolers will be attending school at the middle school in the area.


The Henkel Helps Schools Contest asked parents, teachers, students and community members from around the country to nominate a deserving school to win $25,000 for enhancements.  The runners-up schools, Donegan Elementary School in Bethlehem, Pa., and J.B. Atkinson Elementary School in Louisville, Ky., each won $2,500.


“It is wonderful to see how the communities – and the public in general – rallied around the top 10 schools during the voting period,” said Henkel spokesperson Natalie Violi. “Henkel is dedicated to lending a helping hand to children and improving our local communities, and we are proud to award these three prizes in the Henkel Helps Schools Contest to three very deserving schools.”


Henkel believes in social responsibility, and in addition to a number of other programs, Henkel has developed the Henkel Smile program.  This program provides financial contributions to organizations in which Henkel employees and retirees volunteer their time. Sometimes Henkel offers paid time off to employees to additionally support their volunteer efforts. Since 2001, Henkel has annually set aside one million euro especially to support children and young people. More than 2,000 volunteer programs have been supported to date and over 45,000 children worldwide in 105 countries have been helped.


Award Winners For Improving Health and Health Care

 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)announced the 2008 recipients of its Community Health Leaders (CHL) Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego.  The CHL Award honors unrecognized individuals who overcome large obstacles to improve the health and quality of life for  men, women and children in communities across the United States.


 The CHL awardees represent the geographical, cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity of America. They have helped provide deaf patients better access to medical care with interpreters, low-income children a fair start on their education with eye exams,  violence prevention programs for teens, the awardees have dedicated themselves to tackling some of the most intractable problems affecting the health of their communities.



“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is proud to recognize and honor these courageous individuals who are leading and shaping health care practice and health policy through local action,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  “These Community Health Leaders are truly unsung heroes who have stopped at nothing to help the people of their communities live healthier, better lives.”

1)  STEPHEN BLACK, President & Founder of Impact Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama

2)  ANITA BUEL, Director, Deaf Community Health Worker Project, Inner Grove Heights,  Minnesota

3)  DEANN CANUTESON, President of the Full Life Corporation, Kealakekua, Hawaii

4)  SCOTT CHARLES, Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5)  JONATHAN DELMAN, Executive Director, Consumer Quality Initiatives, Roxbury, Massachusetts

6)  DONENE FEIST, State Director, Family Voices of North Dakota, Edgeley, North Dakota

7)  ZAID GAYLE, Executive Director, Peace4Kids, Compton, California

8)  JUDI HILMAN, Executive Director, Utah Health Policy Project, Salt Lake City, Utah

9)  RAY LOPEZ, Environmental Program Manager, Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA) Family Health Service, Inc., New York, New York

10)  MARIA RAMOS, Network Associate Director, Generations +/Northwestern Manhattan Health Network, New York, New York

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