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Sunday, May 27, 2012

STTI Southern California Abstract Deadline Approaching - June 9th

Seventeenth Joint Southern California Chapters* SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL NURSING ODYSSEY CONFERENCE 2012 November 1 and 2, 2012
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Ontario Airport 222 North Vineyard Avenue

Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 937-0900 ABSTRACT DEADLINE: June 9, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Major Cuts to Higher Education Looming - Take Action Now

The Public Education System in California is facing drastic cuts which threaten the long term economy and well-being the State - Take Action before June 15th!

Dear CSU Supporter:

Governor Brown released his May Revision of the state budget which proposes an essentially flat budget for the CSU in 2012-13 provided voters approve the governor's tax measure in November. But the CSU faces a minimum $250 million "trigger" cut if voters reject the revenue measure, bringing state support for the CSU to its lowest level in 17 years, while the system serves 90,000 more students.

Two recent reports - the Campaign for College Opportunity (CCO) and the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) - cite the importance of the CSU to the state and its economy. The CCO reports that for every dollar the state invests in higher education, it returns $4.50 in increased revenues and decreased costs for social services. Yet despite this return, the latest PPIC study shows that over the last ten years, the state's higher education budget dropped 9% while the corrections budget grew by 26%! This shift in funding has occurred when the prison population has grown by only 1% while CSU and UC enrollment increased by 13%!Our economy cannot grow and create jobs unless we have an educated workforce. California relies on the 95,000 CSU graduates who join that workforce each year in industries key to the state's economic vitality. But all of this is at risk.What are the CSU's options?To address yet another budget cut, the CSU Board of Trustees is looking at all of the alternatives, many of which are unthinkable, and will have serious and long-lasting implications for all of us. Some of the options that have been discussed include:
  • Reducing student enrollment;
  • Denying new freshmen applicants and community college transfers;
  • Charging more for high-cost, high demand programs and courses;
  • Closing campuses and/or off-campus centers;
  • Increasing class sizes;
  • Eliminating programs and majors; and
  • Increasing student tuition fees.

The legislature has until June 15th to write a final budget. We are asking you to tell your local representatives to change direction for our future and stop cutting the CSU. Making your voice heard is critical for the state's decision makers to commit to improving higher education.

Click here for a full copy of the Board of Trustees options.

Monday, May 21, 2012

HBO: The Weight of the Nation: Films: Consequences

From the CDC's Healthy People, Healthy Places Newsletter:

Obesity is common, serious, and costly, and it affects every part of the U.S. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States.  This complex and growing epidemic is confronted in “Weight of the Nation”, a four part series now available on HBO.  The documentary was developed by HBO Documentary Films and Institute of Medicine, in association with CDC, the National Institutes of Health, made in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.Solving this problem requires a strong call to action for adults, children and communities. To learn more, join CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden for a live Twitter chat on Monday, May 21, at 3 pm EDT. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kaiser Permanente: What Not to Drink

What not to drink

What you drink can have a major effect on your weight and your health, says Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD. In fact, research shows that soda can increase your risk of diabetesmetabolic syndrome, and possibly heart diseaseand high blood pressure.
Emerging research also shows that extra calories from sugary drinks tend to cause more weight gain than the equivalent amount of calories from food.
We’ve compiled 3 unhealthy drinks — and offer some healthier alternatives.
Don’t drink
Do drink
Soda: A can of soda typically contains the equivalent of 9 to 11 teaspoons of sugar and 140 to 165 calories. Even diet sodas have been found to increase your risk of metabolic syndrome.
Sparkling water: Enjoy thirst-quenching fizz without the sugar. If you crave a little more flavor, add a splash of juice or a few slices of fruit.
Specialty coffee drinks: Lattes, mochas, and even smoothies are loaded with calories — some have up to 400 calories.
Black coffee or tea: Keep it simple and low cal with a cup of joe (only 5 calories) or green tea (loaded with good-for-you antioxidants).
Juice: Don’t be fooled into thinking that fruit juices are better for you than soda. Orange juice actually has more calories and sugar, ounce for ounce, than some sodas.
Fruit-infused water: These products offer tasty flavor without unwanted calories or sugar.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day, Mom -- You're Doing OK

May is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month

Being a New Mom is not always easy! Perfect parenting is not necessary!
Know that YOU ARE Doing OK!

And IF you're NOT OK - please ask for help - Lot's of Mom's need help to get started.
Then you can enjoy your family!

Happy Mother's Day

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