Monday, November 23, 2009

Survivors of Suicide

We helped sponsor/host an event last Saturday giving folks whose loved ones have died by suicide an opportunity to view a program put together by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This is the third year we have done that. It is a great program (it will be available online, the AFSP website, through the year), well worth looking at. The program as always was thought provoking and emotion provoking, as well as filled with great information and support for folks who have had loved ones die by suicide.

One item that jumped out for me this year was a recommendation on how to help with someone who is grieving. It was summed up as: Hug, Hush, and Hangout. Be there for the person you want to help through their grief, listen instead of offering your thoughts, and give them a hug. What an excellent way to really help them.

Someone else on the broadcast mentioned doing the dishes for them as well. Not a bad idea either.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More on the health food that tastes good

A study out of the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland (no chance of conflict of interest there) demonstrated that 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate a day lowered the amount of stress hormones in folks’ blood streams, presumably reflecting reduced body reaction to life stress. A good thing.

Previous studies have demonstrated that dark chocolate is cardioprotective and I have mentioned that research in previous blogs. So, finally a health food that tastes good and appeals to the masses. Eat (remember, all things in moderation) live long and be healthy.

Just saw this and thought I'd add it: How to pick healthy chocolate