FOODPRINT: Reducing Your Food Waste & More

News you can use 🙂

Click here for a free chart on how to reduce food waste:
https://foodprint.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021_05_03_FP_ABCsOfReducingFoodWaste_FINAL.pdf

Listen to a FoodPrint Podcast at this link https://foodprint.org/what-youre-eating/

Climate Change Game: https://ig.ft.com/climate-game/

All the best in Wellness !

APPs for Tracking Your Water Intake

Click this link to learn more about available APPs.

To learn more about how much water is healthful for you, click the link below to a blog post I did quite a while ago.

All the best in Wellness!

FYI – News About Replacing Surge Protectors

I must admit it never occurred to me that I need to upgrade my surge protectors until I read the recent How- To Geek Newsletter, which is one of my favorites for technology information.

Apparently surge protectors wear out over time. Take a look at the article and see whether you’re a candidate for a new one. I am. In addition, the article provides suggestions for purchasing a new one.

Click the link below to read more. https://www.reviewgeek.com/123840/why-you-should-replace-old-surge-protectors/

You can sign up for the How- To Geek Newsletter at the link below:

https://www.reviewgeek.com/newsletter/

Using the Safety Apps on Your Mobile Phone

This post is for your information and safety. You may be surprised by how easy it is to set-up your “In Case of Emergency” – ICE contacts on your mobile phones. This critical information could possibly save your life or get you expedited help on your way to the hospital. For example, in the free apps on your mobile phone, you can provide your blood type. In addition, it helps emergency personnel know whom to contact on your behalf in the event of an emergency.

When you have a moment, listen to my podcast on why you may want to consider using these free apps, which are available on your mobile phone. Then use the support links below to read and use the guidelines setting up your emergency contact information.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. 
Just click this link to select:

https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

Find detailed information and resources about emergency cell phone apps at the Medical Alert Advice website by clicking the 911 icon.

Android users can find assistance with filling out the Medical ID information using the links below.

 android-app—medical-id-instructions.pdf (jointcommission.org)

https://medicalid.app/

Apple has various ways to use emergency features on the iPhone. Click the link below to learn more and to setup your medical ID on the Apple phone using the Health App.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207021

Sources:
https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-add-emergency-info-to-your-phones-lock-screen
https://freeappsforme.com/medical-id-apps/
bSafe – Never Walk Alone on the App Store (apple.com)

Using APPs for Mental Wellness

According to a recent post at the VeryWell.com Website:

Complementary Treatments are approaches to health that occur alongside conventional medical treatment. Studies show that complementary therapies positively impact mental health disorders, particularly anxiety and depression.”

For a detailed list of complementary therapies such as yoga, dance, and art, click the link below:

https://www.verywellhealth.com/alternatives-to-therapy-5217661

One of the best overall Mental Health Apps of 2022 is Moodfit. To learn more about Moodfit click this link – https://www.getmoodfit.com/

Use the link below to get a list of the Best 2022 Mental Health Apps that can be downloaded to a tablet or smartphone.
https://www.verywellmind.com/best-mental-health-apps-4692902

Another source for Mental Health Apps can be found at the link below. At this website you can learn about the Pros and Cons of each app in addition to the cost.

https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/mental-health-apps#A-quick-look-at-the-best-mental-health-apps-for-2022

Use the link below for the Stop Suicide App, which is free.
https://thebetterappcompany.com/better_stop_suicide


For more suicide prevention apps
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/suicide-prevention-apps,review-2397.html

Best wishes for mental wellness,
Judith


SPF (Sun Protection Factor) Technology Apps

Have you ever thought about using a sunscreen app?
Learn Sun Care Basics | Reapply App

These Free Apps Will Help You Avoid Sunburn (lifehacker.com)

SunSmart App | Cancer Council

A recurring theme on my blogs for June 2021 is the importance of using sunscreen SPF (sun protection factor), for anyone who finds themselves under the sun. Summer months are a period where you may find yourself spending more time on the beach or just outside for long periods of time. It is ESSENTIAL that you protect yourself and other family members. Babies could use a hat also on the beach.

Those of you who follow my blogs are aware of the fact that I search the web to find the best information that I feel worthwhile sharing. Such is the case for this quote from the Better Health Channel. It is one of the most popular health and medical websites in Australia. In fact, it’s their No. 1 health and Medical website. Below is a quote from their website:

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It may appear as a new spot or as a change in an existing mole or freckle. Over 95 per cent of skin cancers can be successfully treated if they are found early. If untreated, melanomas can spread to other parts of the body and may not be curable. Melanoma – Better Health Channelhttps://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au › health › melanoma

I hope these APPs will help you enjoy your summer safely.

Sources:

REAPPLY: Sunscreen Timekeeper on the App Store (apple.com)

5 Sun Safety Apps for Monitoring UV Index (dailyburn.com)

14 Best Sunscreens of 2021, Recommended by Dermatologists – Top Sunblock for Your Skin (goodhousekeeping.com)

Free photos: Pexels.com and Pixaby.com

The COVID-19 Vaccine PassPort Conversation

Vaccination proof for travel outside the USA is not a new requirement. However, since there are people who object to vaccination requirements, I am curious enough to ask “what is the down-side?” On the other hand, what are your thoughts on having travelers arrive in the USA who have no “proof” of negative response to the COVID-19 infection with them? I wonder whether that works for us in the USA healthwise.
For your information, some businesses are already accepting the New York – Excelsior Pass, which is “digital” proof of vaccination and “virus-tested” passport. In fact, Madison Square Garden used it recently to allow admission. Is it disconcerting to you when businesses use this option as a way of assuring their clients/customers that some attempt at protecting them from COVID-19 infection has been made?

At this writing, New York is, to my knowledge, the first US State to have a “digital” version of vaccination proof, which can be accessed on a mobile device. The Excelsior Pass is valid for 180 days after the final dose of the vaccine. When it expires, a new Pass can be activated. The COVID-19 PCR Test pass is valid until midnight on the third day after a test. After it expires – it can still be seen on your device in a dimmed format.

I am pleased to report, that I was able to download the free Excelsior App to my iPhone. After scanning the QR (Quick Response) code that is assigned once a vaccine or test is given, I was able to retrieve my information onto my mobile phone. As a result, I have “digital” proof of my vaccine history and a recent COVID-19 PCR Test. I do not have to print out a copy of my credentials. All I have to do is provide a photo ID.

If you want to, you can also use Excelsior Pass at the website, and print a paper pass without using the mobile app. Read more about it at this link: NY State Excelsior Pass

Computer Work at Home Health in Covid19

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In the past, some people who worked on computers all day in order to do their work discovered much later on that repetitive strain on their wrists could cause what is known now as “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”, or CTS. In addition, some had neck and eye strain, as well.

Fast forward to how work is performed nowadays due to the current Pandemic. People are required to be on  their computers all day long. Zoom meetings, for example, call for computer skills, which were not necessary just six months ago. Sitting for hours staring at a computer screen is not an optimum way to work. Not to mention it causes stress on our bodies, eyes, mind – you name it.

Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay

Ergonomics is a system of support methods, techniques, and equipment, which can help you.
Ergonomics is a way of working, which can help to reduce injury to your body, and give you a better computer working experience at home.

I searched the www for suggestions about what you can do to make your daily computer work experience more healthful and more productive.

 Zoom Meetings:
have a prepared agenda
schedule short breaks if the meeting is going to be more than two hours long.
stand periodically; have a 5 minute social break to relieve the monotony of looking and listening to the screen.

Image by Bella H. from Pixabay

Sources:
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/free-resources/
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/how-to-reduce-risks-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-while-working-from-home/

https://www.ergonomics.com.au/zoom-meetings-tips-for-more-productive-and-engaged-virtual-meetings/
https://www.ergonomics.com.au/office-ergonomics-checklist
https://www.themuse.com/advice/coronavirus-work-from-home-tips
https://uhs.umich.edu/computerergonomics

Expert Advice: How to Build an Accessible Education Website on WordPress.com — The WordPress.com Blog

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This post caught my attention. If you are a teacher, or part of the school administration that are figuring out how to give an education to a diverse audience, look at what WordPress has to offer.

SAVE THE DATEAugust 27, 2020.  Take a Zoom Lesson at a time, which is convenient for you.

Learn best practices to create an education website that’s accessible to diverse audiences.

via Expert Advice: How to Build an Accessible Education Website on WordPress.com — The WordPress.com Blog

COVID19 & Back to School 2020 Support

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During this period of Tech4boomers has several times searched the web looking for the  “Back-to-School equipment deals”.  However, this year we are not in a ‘normal’ mode of preparations, due to the Coronavirus constraints and concerns on us and our young children, college students, and family members. We wonder how this all affects our schooling programs and learning environments.

The stress factors Coronavirus has placed on our considerations for returning loved ones to school (and work) require a different kind of support.  I am certain the conversation(s) about what we should/can do about school attendance in a pandemic period in our society is something we could all use help with.
If you would like to hear a conversation about these concerns, please click the link below and listen to a podcast, which gives you information on what Dr. Tyler Black has to say about how to navigate decisions for your children and family. The interview is conducted on  The Big Story podcast website.
https://thebigstorypodcast.ca/2020/08/13/what-if-back-to-school-isnt-the-best-option-for-kids/
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