A Story about Making an IMPACT

Every day we have an opportunity to make a difference in our life, those around us like family, friend, co-workers, our community. How often do we take advantage of this chance to do good.

Altruism is defined as doing something good for others with no expectation of receiving something in return. You do something kind, or to help others just because you want to; you know it will help the other person or its just the right thing to do!

This past weekend I heard stories from my mentor and fellow mastermind colleagues of phenomenal altruistic efforts and just hearing them made my heart sing. As an IMPACT business owner, I am passionate about people using business as a vehicle for doing good in the world – for changing how we leverage our ability to make money in a way that brings prosperity to everyone and everything we touch.

September is Suicide Awareness and & Prevention Month. According to statistics Canada, there were 4,157 suicides took place in Canada in 2017, making it the 9th leading cause of death, between Alzheimer’s Disease (8th) and Cirrhosis and other liver diseases (10th). Suicide attempts are much higher! In the US, there are over 3800 suicide attempts every day! The sad fact is the death rates have been increasing over the past decade!

Having experienced a suicide in my extended family, I understand how devastating it can be and how this one act has a ripple effect far greater than the loss of one valuable life. I believe its time we all can step up and become more aware of the signs and symptoms of a person in need of our intervention and/or support.

According to Crisis Services Canada, high risk signs for suicide can include talk or threats to harm oneself, looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online for materials or means, talking or writing about death, dying or suicide. Other signs include the following:

  • Increased substance use (alcohol or drug)
  • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness; no sense of purpose in life
  • Anxiety, agitation or uncontrolled anger
  • Unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
  • Feelings of being trapped– like there’s no way out
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and society
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes

If you think someone is in imminent risk of suicide, call “911”. If not, it is recommended we don’t ignore the signs. It’s ok to talk about it. Research has shown talking about suicide doesn’t increase the chance they will kill themselves. In fact, being understanding and empathetic can do the opposite as it shows you care, and that they are not alone.

My colleague in Sarasota Florida, Jackie Simmons, has published a book with a huge mission! Her book, “Make it a Great Day: The Choice is Yours” is now available. Jackie’s goal is to get this book in the hands of 100,000 youth by the end of 2019, and 500,000 next year and each year beyond.

You can purchase books on this site, and one book will be given to a teen or you can sponsor 2 youth to receive a book for only $9.99 US.

I hope you will join me and support Jackie’s mission to stem the tide of suicide. I have already donated 3 books. I have also shared this opportunity with business colleagues, family and friends. I am encouraging you to do the same.

I Took the Ice Bucket Challenge

This weekend, I was challenged by my sister living on the East Coast to take the ALS Society’s Ice Bucket Challenge.  She also challenged my niece (her daughter) and my other sister — so we all accepted!

ALS is such a horrible diagnosis.  I have known 2 people with this disease and it was terrible to see and hear of the decline in their health.  Therefore, in addition to taking the challenge, I have also made a $50 donation to the ALS Society as part of my More Than Green (TM) approach.

I have now challenged the following three people to participate

1. Paul Holden, CEO – Burnaby Board of Trade
2. Susan Scott Gabe — Managing Director – Care At Home Services Inc.
3. Maureen McKinnon — CEO – McKinnon & Associates

If you haven’t been challenged yet, you don’t have to wait… I’m happy to challenge you too!

Myths Unveiled

Here is another nutrition month handout for you to enjoy.

Did you sign up for my newsletter to receive the other handouts I have been sharing this month?

If not, it’s not too late!

Bust the Myths

March is Nutrition Month.   As a Registered Dietitian by profession, I thought it would be fun to share some nutrition resources with you throughout the month.

Nutrition is a key component of healthy living.  The intake of each person is swayed by family, friends, media and information on the internet — and myths abound.  How do you know the myth from the truth?

I will be sharing a variety of Myth-busting handouts, each with a yummy recipe, throughout the month in my blog and in my ezine. Sign up for my ezine  (part of the leadership kit above) today to receive the full set!

This first issue includes two handouts.

One first handout explains why choosing a  Dietitian is a smart choice.

The second handout features a variety of common nutrition myths and the truths behind them!

 

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