health in brief
Free wellness classes offered
Help prevent diabetes and heart disease by attending free total wellness classes. The classes teach how to prevent the onset of chronic diseases by changing eating and exercise habits.
Space is limited. Classes are held at Southern Oaks Library, Ralph Ellison Library and Village Library. For information, call 425-4308 or email Total_Wellness@occhd.org
Support for siblings
Families of people with special needs face emotional, physical and financial challenges unique to their situations.
One group has been somewhat overlooked — the siblings of those with disabilities who are or may become their caretakers. With 20 million American families having at least one member with special needs, the chances of a sibling caring for a person with a disability are likely.
Easter Seals' Sibling Disability Study, commissioned by MassMutual, found that:
• While 80 percent of respondents expect to eventually be their sibling's primary caregiver, only 33 percent of future caregivers feel financially prepared to provide that care.
• About 60 percent of caregivers wish they knew more about planning for their sibling's care and finances, yet just over a third report that they use special needs services.
To raise awareness and provide financial and educational resources for those caring for a sibling with a disability, MassMutual is launching a social media campaign that encourages people to use the hashtag #siblingsmatter along with a story, photo or statement about what their special-needs sibling means to them. The campaign will run until May 31 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and will offer a $25,000 donation to Easter Seals with the goal of driving 10,000 mentions of the hashtag.
Teen pregnancy prevention
The Candie's Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates America's youth about the consequences of teen pregnancy, is launching a social media initiative to start a national dialogue by inviting Americans to tweet #NoTeenPreg.
• Nearly 750,000 teen girls will get pregnant in the U.S. this year.
• Three out of 10 teen girls will get pregnant at least once.
• About 2,000 teen girls will get pregnant each day.
• The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world and is considered one of our greatest socio-economic issues.
From staff and wire reports