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USPS Update – Tell the Senate to Confirm the nominees to the USPS Board of Governors

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President Biden has sent his 3 nominees for the USPS board of governors to the Senate. Once confirmed, Democrats will have a majority on the board―and can use it to remove the Postmaster General.

The Senate must not delay the confirmation of these nominees! The Postal Service is a critical piece of American infrastructure, and every day DeJoy has control of it is another opportunity to degrade it.

Tell the Senate: Expedite the confirmation of President Biden’s USPS Board of Governors nominees!

Louis DeJoy has been running the USPS into the ground. He has ordered the dismantling of sorting machines, cut hours for letter carriers, and generally offered worse service from something most Americans haven’t had cause to think about.

That’s because DeJoy sees his mission not to continue the USPS’ world class service, but to strip the USPS for parts and sell them to private logistics companies like the one he got rich on.

President Biden’s nominees can literally save the USPS from Louis DeJoy―but every day confirmation is delayed, more damage is done.

Tell the Senate: Expedite the confirmation of President Biden’s USPS Board of Governors nominees!

Thanks,

Progress America

Florida GOP looks to cut vote-by-mail

Gov. DeSantis recently proposed a new measure that would impose new voting restrictions in Florida — one that Florida Republicans are all too willing to implement!

In 2020, more Floridians than ever before cast their ballot using vote-by-mail. Now, Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to make it harder for people to access their ballots by requiring voters to re-enroll every two years.

Voting by mail is proven to be a safe, secure and efficient way of voting. We MUST protect Florida’s voters from DeSantis’ crusade against democracy! Chip in to help us oppose this voter suppression!

DeSantis just welcomed Trump and other far-right politicians into our backyard at the annual CPAC gathering, and now he’s quickly trying to prove just how devout he is by suppressing democracy for far-right GOP gains.

We can’t let the people of Florida be caught in the crossfires while the GOP continues their assault on our democracy! Donate whatever you can to help us oppose this voter suppression.

-FDP

COVID-19, Health Disparities and History Black Women’s Health and Treatment

Join us on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7pm as Jasmine D. Shirley hosts Roslyn Frazier, CEO of Broward Community & Family Health Centers and Dr. Cheryl Holder, Physician and Adjunct Professor at FIU on Women’s health during Covid and the impact on Black Women. Jasmin D. Shirley former Senior VP, Community Health Services. In 2019, Shirley was recognized as one of the 2019 African-American Achievers by JM Family Enterprises. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83456699035

Hosted by: Democratic Women’s Club of West Broward

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Men, Make Health Your Goal This Year

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SUNDAY, Jan. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The new year is the ideal time to focus on your health and one expert has some tips, especially for men, for doing that.

According to Dr. Kevin McVary, director of Loyola Medicine Men’s Health Center, in Maywood, Ill., “Men don’t always focus on their health and, in fact, men are less likely to see a doctor or utilize health resources, and wait longer than women to seek care. Often, it’s a man’s spouse or partner who convinces him to see a doctor.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, “a focus on health is especially important this year,” McVary said in a Loyola news release.

“We know that obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a lack of exercise can lead to poorer COVID-19 outcomes. In addition, some men may have stopped eating healthy during the past year, and/or may be consuming more alcohol due to stress. Others may have a condition or concern that they are not seeking treatment for due to the pandemic,” McVary explained.

“And yet, lifestyle choices — exercising, eating healthy, not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption and managing stress — combined with preventive care can keep you healthy this year and throughout your lifetime,” McVary added. “And it’s never too late to start.”

McVary offers the following tips:

Boost your physical activity.

Men should exercise 150 minutes each week. “That sounds like a lot of time, but it’s not,” McVary said. That could be 30 minutes a day, five days a week. And you can spread your activity out during the week. “Sitting less and moving more is a great start as some physical activity is better than none,” he said. “Adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity gain health benefits.”

Think about what you eat.

January is a popular month to start a new diet. “One of the issues with New Year’s resolutions is that they often involve sudden, drastic lifestyle changes. It’s not easy to turn these changes into healthy behaviors and to fully adopt them as a regular part of your daily routine. Be careful with fad diets. Instead, make permanent improvements that focus on healthy eating habits and maintaining a healthy weight,” McVary said.

A healthy diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat dairy foods. It should also include lean proteins — such as poultry, fish, eggs and nuts — and foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.

Visit your primary care physician.

It’s important to schedule an appointment with your doctor. “Concerns about money, not having a primary care physician, inconvenience or stoicism are common excuses, but the reality is that visiting a medical professional can greatly improve your health,” McVary said. “And don’t just visit your doctor when you’re sick. Make a habit of scheduling an annual wellness exam. This ensures that you stay in good health and identify health issues before they become serious.”

Understand your risk of a heart attack.

Heart attack risk factors include being male, advanced age, a family history of heart disease, race and ethnicity (Black, Mexican Americans, American Indians and Asian Americans are at highest risk), smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or obese, diabetes, stress and excessive alcohol consumption.

If you’re 50 or older, schedule a colonoscopy.

“Regular screenings are the key to preventing colorectal cancer as they identify precancerous polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous,” McVary said. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening for men aged 50 to 75. For men age 76 and older, alternative screening tests, including stool tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy or a CT colonography (a virtual colonoscopy), may be recommended.

Know the symptoms of prostate cancer, and the pros and cons of screening.

Prostate cancer screening through a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is available; however, for men aged 55 to 69, the decision to have PSA screening means weighing the benefits of cutting rates of advanced disease and death against potential harms of screening and treatment. “A PSA test may result in a false positive, leading to an unnecessary biopsy or treatment,” McVary said.

Recognize and manage stress.

“As with physical symptoms, men tend to downplay or ignore the symptoms of stress, depression or anxiety, and yet ongoing mental health issues can cause sleep, heart and other physical health problems. An annual wellness exam should include an honest discussion about mental health and sleep quality, as well as strategies for mitigating stress,” McVary said.

More information

For more on men’s health, head to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCE: Loyola Medicine, news release, Jan. 15, 2021

Union Support Surging During COVID-19

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You already know that unions give working people a voice.

But the COVID-19 pandemic is showing more and more people the union difference: better access to personal protective equipment, hazard pay and safer working conditions. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) connected the dots between the pandemic and surging public support for unions on CNBC.

The majority of Americans support unions. We have a pro-labor Senate, House and White House. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the labor landscape into one that works for all of us.

We’ve laid out five priorities lawmakers should focus on in our Workers First Agenda. Add your name to show you’re ready for legislation that puts workers first.

In Solidarity,

Team AFL-CIO

» CLICK HERE to Support the Workers First Agenda

Answering Your Qs on the New COVID Vaccines

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MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) — As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines continues, scores of questions are emerging. Here, experts from Penn State Health answer some of the more common ones.

How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?

The COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the immune system to protect against the virus, experts said. 

Neither of the two vaccines approved in the United States — made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — contains the live virus. They give the body a blueprint to create a bit of the virus that causes COVID-19, called a spike protein.

Once you are vaccinated, the cell’s machinery uses the blueprint to make the spike protein. This protein then appears on the surface of the cell and the immune system responds to it. 

While the blueprint is a genetic code, it never enters the nucleus of the cells. 

“That means it never converts into DNA,” Dr. M. Fahad Khalid, chief of hospital medicine at Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., said in a health system news release. “The mRNA itself is destroyed by the cells after they produce the spike protein.”

Can the vaccines make you sick?

“The spike protein itself cannot cause an infection,” said Dr. Mohammad Ali, an infectious diseases physician at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, Pa.

How safe and effective are the vaccines? 

Khalid and Ali say the vaccines are very safe and effective.

“Their effectiveness is tremendous,” Ali said. “The flu vaccine is typically 40% to 60% effective, and the COVID-19 vaccines are 94% to 95% effective.”

Some people, however, can have an allergic reaction to the vaccine.

People who have had allergic reactions to other vaccines should ask their doctor about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. People with non-vaccine related allergies — such as food allergies, pet allergies, seasonal allergies — can be safely vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Possible side effects, such as swelling or pain at the injection site, fever, headache, or muscle pain, are temporary.

“Those side effects aren’t nearly as bad as severe cases of COVID-19, which can be fatal,” Khalid said.

If I’ve had COVID-19, do I need to be vaccinated?

Yes. The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have had COVID-19. This is because it’s not known how long immunity to the virus lasts after an infection.

Once vaccinated, can I get rid of the masks?

No. Wearing a mask, hand washing and social distancing are necessary even after being vaccinated.
The vaccine protects you from getting sick, but researchers don’t know if you can still get infected and transmit the virus to others.

Is it true there are microchips in the vaccines, or that they can cause infertility?

No, there are no microchip tracking devices in the vaccines. And the vaccine will not cause infertility.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Ali said. The most trustworthy resource for accurate information is the CDC website.

More information

For more on COVID-19 vaccines, see the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: Penn State Health, news release, Jan. 8, 2021

Kenyon Pease, Former National Business Agent, passed away January 2, 2021.  

Kenyon PeaseKenyon “Ken” Pease, Former National Business Agent [Clerk Division], Washington, DC Region passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021.  

As a retiree, Kenyon worked tirelessly for retiree issues.  Ken Pease served as a regional board member of the Alliance for Retired Americans and he often shared his personal story on Capitol Hill in behalf of the  Alliance for Retired Americans.  Ken Pease was an officer and member of the Northern Va. Area Local Retirees Chapter.

A private service and burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in the future.