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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 23-29, 2013

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When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!
Lightning Safety Awareness Week: June 23-29, 2013

Check this site for handouts, indoor safety and outdoor risk reduction tips, medical facts, history, survivor stories, photos, teacher tools, kids page and more.

What's New?

  • Beyond Thunder Dumb: When Lightning Strikes...

  • Lightning Safety and Your Home

  • NWS Lightning Safety Awareness Message

  • Public Service Announcements Geared to Men Outdoors

  • Leon the Lightning Lion coloring book

  • Toolkit for Lifeguards, zip

  • Toolkit for Counties, Communities

  • Lightning Safety Blog with John Jensenius

  • Safer Design for Safer Play: Lightning Safety for Recreational Facilities

  • Updated! Toolkit for Large Stadiums and large venues, pdf, doc

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation's deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don't be fooled, lightning strikes year round. The goal of this Website is to safeguard U.S. residents from lightning. In the United States, an average of 54 people are reported killed each year by lightning. To date, there have been no deaths in 2013 and 28 deaths in 2012. Find out the sad facts about lightning deaths in previous years.

Hundreds of people are permanently injured each year.  People struck by lightning suffer from a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms, including memory loss, attention deficits, sleep disorders, chronic pain, numbness, dizziness, stiffness in joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, muscle spasms, depression, and more.

Lightning is a serious danger. Through this site we hope you'll learn more about lightning risks and how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your belongings. As a start, get an overview of Lightning Safety or stop by our comprehensive page of handouts, brochures, links and more.

Check out recent lightning safety events.

Overview, Science, Outdoors, Indoors, Medical, Teachers, Survivor Stories,
Success Stories, Photos, More Info

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Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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National HIV Testing Day Month

Tools and Resources

National HIV Testing Day Tools

Spanish (español)

Health Topics

Personal Health Tools

  • HIV Risk Calculator

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator

  • HIV Testing Site Locator

  • HIV/AIDS Interactive Health Tutorial

  • HIV/AIDS Podcast

  • STD Testing: Conversation starters

  • The Check

More Information (Related Resources)


  • STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

  • Birth Control

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Find More Information

  • Get Tested on National HIV Testing Day, June 27 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • National HIV Testing Day: Take the Test, Take Control – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • HIV Testing Day Activity/Event Submission Form – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • President Obama on National HIV Testing Day, 2009 – The White House

  • National HIV Testing Day and the Mayors Campaign against HIV – The National Association of People with AIDS

  • What Is HIV/AIDS? – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • HIV in the United States: At A Glance – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Get Tested for HIV – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office on Women’s Health

  • Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • Event Planning Guide – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Men’s Health Week

2013: June 15-21,

National Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year the week leading up to and including Father’s Day

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. For a partial list of activities, click here.

Help the Men in our Lives Live!

Proceed with Caution

While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it's no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. They don't seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face - like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It's

important to have regular checkups and screenings. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/menshealth.html

Spanish (español)

Men’s Health Is A Family Issue

To quote Congressman Bill Richardson (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906, May 24, 1994):

Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue.
Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.”

Men’s Health Network

What Men Can Do / Men’s Ministies

Lead by example. Be smoke-free, prevent injuries, and eat healthy.
Wear Blue: Choose a day that works for you, your group or team and wear blue to raise awareness about men’s health. Encourage others to wear blue.Wear Blue to remind men of the importance of staying healthy.

Wear Blue and become part of a national health movement.

Stay up on the latest about men’s health at CDC by signing up for email updates in the top right corner of the Men’s Health website.

Hold an educational event or presentation about men’s health issues, healthy living, and health care.

Plan a men’s health fair and be sure to cover topics such as heart health, injury prevention, cancer, and workplace safety. Check out Tips for Planning Health Events.

Encourage men to celebrate Men’s Health Week by seeing a doctor about annoying health problems or getting a thorough check-up.

Encourage men and boys in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and seek regular medical care and early treatment for disease and injury.

What Women Can Do

Point out the connection between good health, physical, and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.

Encourage the men in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and get medical attention when needed.

Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce lifestyle messages.

Point out the connection between good health and good physical, and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.

Remind him that his children will be influenced by the example he sets when forming life-long health habits.

Agree on an exercise routine that involves, and is enjoyable to, the both of you. If necessary, make the exercise out to be something for you that you need his support for even if it’s primarily for his own benefit.

Send a men’s health e-card! CDC
Related Links

Check-up Checklist

Men’s Topics A-Z

Related Men’s Health Sites and Webpages

This and That
Catching a Cold When It’s Warm
What’s the Deal with Summertime Sniffles?
Summer’s a time to get away, get outside and have some fun. So what could be more unfair than catching a cold when it’s warm? Is there any way to dodge the summertime sniffles?
Read more about summertime colds.

 Drop in Economy Led to Drop in Diabetes Deaths    

    April 10, 2013  

    Deaths from diabetes and heart disease dropped when the Cuban population lost an average of 10 pounds per person during an economic crisis in the '90s, but rebounded once the economy recovered, researchers found. www.medpagetoday.com

Bilingual Effects in the Brain

AMA Launches Diabetes, Heart Disease Programs

By David Pittman, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today

Published: April 22, 2013

WASHINGTON -- The American Medical Association (AMA) will partner with national programs and private organizations in an effort to combat cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, the association announced here Monday.

Through its initiatives to improve health outcomes, the AMA will partner with the YMCA of the USA to help increase physician referral of prediabetic patients to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs offered by the Y. Although the initiatives were launched at a minority health conference, they target all populations.

The AMA's diabetes initiative is in conjunction with the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program, which encourages physicians to refer prediabetic patients to a lifestyle-change program. The AMA hopes to use its network of doctors to grow awareness of the program, AMA President Jeremy Lazarus, MD, said Monday.

Just Row

Max Lucado

It’s one thing to suffer for doing wrong.  Something else entirely to suffer for doing right.  But it happens.  And when the storm bursts, it washes away the naïve assumption that if I do what is right, I will never suffer.

Just ask the faithful couple whose crib is empty.  Just ask the business person whose honest work was rewarded with runaway inflation.  Just ask the student who took a stand for the truth and got mocked.

And like the disciples in the boat, they wonder, “Why the storm, and where is Jesus?” (John 6:19)

It’s bad enough to be in the storm, but to be in the storm alone?  So where does that leave us?  It’s simple.  We do what the disciples did.  We row the boat.  Oh there are moments of glamour, days of celebration.  But we also have our share of baloney sandwiches.  And to have the first we must endure the second.  We row the boat.

God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them.” (Luke 18:7)

From A Gentle Thunder

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Comic Relief
The Baptist Church Dinner...


A group of friends from the Cottonwood Baptist Church wanted to get together on a regular basis, socialize, and play games. The lady of the house was to prepare the meal. When it came time for Al and Mary to be the hosts, Mary wanted to outdo all the others. She decided to have mushroom-smothered steak. But mushrooms are expensive. She then told her husband, "No mushrooms. They are too high." . .

He said, "Why don't you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty in the creek bed."

She said, "No, some wild mushrooms are poison."

He said, "Well, I see varmints eating them and they're OK." So Mary decided to give it a try. She picked a bunch, washed, sliced, and diced them for her smothered steak.

Then she went out on the back porch and gave Ol' Spot (the yard dog) a double handful. Ol' Spot ate every bite. All morning long, Mary watched Ol' Spot and the wild mushrooms didn't seem to affect him, so she decided to use them.

The meal was a great success, and Mary even hired a helper lady from town to help her serve. After everyone had finished, they relaxed, socialized, and played '42' and dominoes. About then, the helper lady came in and whispered in Mary's ear.

She said, "Mrs. Williams, Ol' Spot is dead."

Mary went into hysterics.

After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened.

The doctor said, "That's bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quickly as possible. We'll give everyone enemas and we will pump out everyone's stomach. Everything will be fine. Just keep them calm."

Soon they could hear the siren as the ambulance was coming down the road.

The EMTs and the doctor had their suitcases, syringes, and a stomach pump.

One by one, they took each person into the bathroom, gave them an enema, and pumped out their stomach.

After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, "I think everything will be fine now," and he left. They were all looking pretty weak sitting around the living room and about this time the helper lady came in and whispered to Mary...

"You know, that fellow that run over Ol' Spot never even stopped."

Extraordinary Doctor Bloomfield
Doctor Bloomfield, who was known for extraordinary treatment of arthritis,
had a waiting room full of people when a little old lady, almost bent over
in half, shuffled in slowly, leaning on her cane.  When her turn came, she
went into the doctor's office, and, amazingly, emerged within 5 minutes
walking completely erect with her head held high.  A woman in the waiting
room who had seen all this rushed up to the little old lady and said,
"It's a miracle! You walked in bent in half and now you're walking erect.
What did that doctor do?"

Gave me a longer cane."


A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of

the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited
kennel after kennel and explained their needs.

Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog

they wanted.

The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. "Fetch the

Bible," he commanded. The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the
books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner.

"Now find Psalm 23," he commanded. The dog dropped the Bible to the floor

and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding
the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw.

The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.

That evening, a group of church members came to visit.

The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate

several Bible verses.

The visitors were very impressed.

One man asked, "Can he do regular dog tricks, too?"

"I haven't tried yet," the pastor replied. He pointed his finger at the


"HEEL!" the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair,

placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl.

The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, "Good Lord! He's


When God Made Fathers

When the good Lord was creating Fathers, he started with a tall frame.

A female angel nearby said, "What kind of a Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put the Father up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without stooping"

God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large. The angel shook her head and said, "Large hands can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or even remove splinters caused from baseball bats."

Again God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets, yet small enough to cup a child's face in them."

Then God molded long slim legs and broad shoulders, "Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap?" The angel chuckled.

God said, "A Mother needs a lap. A Father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, to balance a boy on a bicycle, or to hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

When God was in the middle of creating the biggest feet any one had ever seen, the angel could not contain herself any longer. "That's not fair. Do you honestly think those feet are going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries, or walk through a birthday party without crushing one or two of the guests?"

God again smiled and said, "They will work. You will see. They will support a small child who wants to ride to Branbury Cross or scare mice away from a summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill." God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that see everything, but remain calm and tolerant.

Finally, almost as an after thought, He added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now are you satisfied he can love as much as a Mother can?"

The angel said nothing more. “

Author: Erma Bombeck

Go in the assurance of God’s presence;
Go in being God’s child;
Go in the strength of God’s hand;
Go in the hope of the eternal tomorrow;
Go in the ability to speak words of life into others.

Jamie Mackey d365.org

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