Close to My Heart

In this Podcast (Episode # 13), I share with you a website, which supports women who have heart disease – and women who may not know they have a heart health issue. As was my case 26 years ago. If this kind of information had been available, 26 years ago, my life’s journey in this regard, would have been different.

You can also listen to the Wellness Connections on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click the link below to select.
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7

The links to the WomenHeart website can be used as resources in finding support for Women’s Heart Health Guidelines.

Contact Information
WomenHeart
Phone Number (202)728-7199
Email mail@womenheart.org
Office Address 1100 17th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

Website Information
https://www.womenheart.org/
https://www.womenheart.org/blog/

Wishing you all the best for your heart health and wellbeing,
Judith

Technology Support for Mental Health, Wellness & Well-being

July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

In this episode of The Wellness Connections Podcast I talk about the late Bebe Moore Campbell and the formidable work and commitment she did, which supported underrepresented communities. In addition a description of the digital platforms and APPs that are available for the support of Mental Health Wellness for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), QTBIPOC (Queer and Trans) Mental Health.

I introduce Katara McCarty’s website where she talks about the Exhale APP. She created the APP to support the Emotional well-being for BIWOC (Black, Indigenous, Women of Color). Her website has BIWOC Resources for your use.

A brief description of Health In Her HUE, a digital platform that connects Black women and women of color to culturally competent and sensitive healthcare providers, and their TEAM goal to “empower women of color, and their allies, to share, learn and innovate around the health issues that disproportionately affect them” is provided.

When you have a free moment listen to my podcast to learn how these websites can be used for your well-being journey. The source links are provided for your easy access to information and APPs.

You can also listen to the Wellness Connections on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click the link below to select.
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7

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

COVID-19 APPs to the Rescue

Are you remembering the ‘good ole days’ when gathering together for an afternoon of fun was not a COVID-19 health issue? I think we all are nostalgic about those times. As a matter of fact, some of us are ‘sick and tired’ of following the ‘rules’.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted ‘normal’ everyday socializing. And we are all feeling the strain of not having time together.

FYI – The good news is that there are Apps, like UnityLink, which can be used to assist you in having a reasonably safe way of gathering with family and friends.
I am encouraged that in the days ahead, these types of tools will be used more frequently.

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Celebrating Black History Month & Tech

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During Black History Month on Tech4Boomers I like to call attention to what is happening with African Americans in the field of Technology.

This month, I am eager to share news about Blacks In Technology (BIT), which was founded by Greg Greenlee.  Greenlee has over 17 years of experience in Information Technology. BIT  focuses on what they refer to as Stomping the Divide“, providing resources, guidance and establishing standards, which are geared toward technical excellence for Black people in the technology industry. The organization was established in 2012.  In addition, BIT is expanding to include member organized chapters throughout the United States.  It is a formidable support organization available for your use.  If you would like to learn more about BIT and how your city can be involved click this link.
Blacks In Technology – Chapter Registration Form (google.com)
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Library Service In Pandemic Times

The Pandemic has changed how we use certain facilities and their services; for many of us these changes can be challenging. For example, to acquire books from New York Public Libraries, they have a “Grab & Go…” service. You can learn more about these services at the link below:
How to Grab & Go at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library (nypl.org)

Technology can help us manage difficult situations when we have to acquire information. I am pleased to share with you a digital APP that can help you acquire books from the library using your computer. You do not have to be in New York to access library services using “grab & go”. Take a look at this free APP when you get a chance.

Hoopla – is a Free Digital Media Service (DMS) offered by your local public library. You can borrow ebooks, music, audio books, movies and more. You can download to your computer, phones or tablets. I assure you, it is worth your time to investigate.
hoopla | streaming audiobooks, music, video & ebooks (hoopladigital.com)

Find the Hoopla App for your Smartphone at the links below:
Android:hoopla Digital – Apps on Google Play
iPhone:‎hoopla Digital on the App Store (apple.com)

SimplyE is a Free New York Public Library APP, which has e-books and audiobooks.
Android: Get Started with SimplyE for Android | The New York Public Library (nypl.org)
iPhone: ‎SimplyE on the App Store (apple.com)

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Apps for Breast Cancer

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I am always looking for technology that helps us to lead our lives a bit more stress less in ways that we may not have thought of, especially during this challenging time of Covid19. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Keeping that in mind, I was fortunate enough to learn about these Breast Cancer Apps, many of which are Free. I am eager to share them with you.

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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.

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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

Best SmartPhones 2019

 

This year’s best smartphones are one of the things on my list to learn what are the best and new features, along  with a  reasonable price.  It looks like the Pixel 4 is a contender.
Here are some links to what people are saying.

♦ thestreet.com

Tom’s Guide has a listing of the 10 best smartphones and the features that make them good choices.
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smartphones,review-2223.html

♥ And don’t forget that Black Friday will be here before we know it.

November 29, 2019 — Read more here: https://blackfriday.com/news/when-is-black-friday-2019

Cyber Monday is December 2, 2019 — Read more here: https://www.techradar.com/cyber-monday/cyber-monday-2019

https://www.calendardate.com/cyber_monday_2019.htm

 

Archiving E Mail

Managing email is quite an undertaking these days.  If your email box gets as full – as mine does – I am sure you are looking for ways to get it under control.

Gmail users can use their ‘archive’ feature.  If you’re a Gmail user and want to understand how that tool works better, take a look at these two links.  If you’re not a Gmail user, you may want to change what you’re currently using, and switch to Gmail.

https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/quick-tip-archive-old-email-in-your-gmail-inbox-the-easy-way/