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Have a Healthy Start to 2016

Whether or not you made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight or get healthy, being on top of your body’s health should always be a priority. After celebrating the holidays with more food and less time at the gym, the beginning of the year is a great time to get back into your workout rhythm and make a commitment to be healthier this year.

Aside from regular diet and exercise, there are a lot of different things you can do to be aware of your health and take action to prevent illness and injury. Here are a few simple tips that make it easy to understand how your body is feeling all year long.

Schedule Regular Doctor Visits

The simplest way to stay on top of your health is to schedule regular visits with your doctor or doctors. Whether it is the dentist, dermatologist, general practitioner, or even therapist, maintaining a regular schedule with your doctor helps you know where you stand on health concerns.

Don’t Ignore Warning Signs

If you feel a new pain somewhere, start coughing more, or notice an abnormally-shaped mole, tell your doctor. By ignoring these subtle changes in your body, you could put yourself at risk of developing something worse. The earlier you voice your concerns, the more likely and earlier your doctor will be able to catch anything harmful.

Keep Track of Your Body

Be aware of how your body functions. Notice if you suddenly become tired at times you used to be awake, if your body seems out of whack, or anything that is different from the way your body typically acts. These small changes can be a signal for anything, and your doctor can help you find out what is going on with you. Keeping a health journal is a great way to know what is and isn’t working properly.

Another simple way to stay on top of your health is to give blood. As part of our Wellness Program, we provide you with vital health information at each blood donation including cholesterol levels, hemoglobin levels, and blood pressure.

Regular Diet and Exercise

Healthy habits like regular exercise and eating right can do a lot to help you maintain a happy and healthy body. Try to work out for at least 30 minutes a day at least three times a week to keep your muscles in top shape. As far as diet goes, don’t think you need to jump on the latest fad diet. Instead, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to determine what nutrients your body needs and what foods you may need to cut out or eat more of.

Ask Questions

If you are worried about something, want to know your risks for something, or just have general health questions; don’t be afraid to ask your doctor. There is nothing your doctor hasn’t heard before, and helping you stay healthy is their job. The more you talk to them and ask questions, the better they can help you.

Doing a few small things to stay on top of your health is easy and can make all the difference in how you spend 2016!

What It Means When We Say Urgent Need

At Carter BloodCare, our goal is to keep the community blood supply full so we can give life to patients in need of blood transfusions in the community. However, sometimes it is harder for us to keep the shelves stocked. In most cases, urgent need means we have less than one day’s supply of blood on our shelves. This occurs most often during winter months, specifically December and January, and summer months, specifically July and August.

It is our goal to only communicate an urgent need when it is completely necessary. However, when we get to a point where we cannot immediately fulfill orders from community hospitals for patients that are suffering, it becomes even more important for us to recruit donors to give life as soon as possible. Please read below to see more of what different types of urgent needs mean and how you can help.

General Low Supply

In most cases, we will have an urgent need for all blood types. When this happens, we will contact all eligible donors to give life. This means we need to see as many donors as possible come through our doors. If you see this messaging on our social media channels or in your email, please share and encourage others to give.

Specific Types

The most common blood type we will put out an urgent needs call for is O-. As the universal donor, this blood type is always in high demand. However, sometimes there will be a specific demand for other types. If you see an urgent need for your blood type and your schedule allows, please make a point to give life as soon as possible. The best way to help when this occurs is to schedule an appointment to donate, giving us even more on the shelves to help those who are compatible with your type.

Specific Components

In some cases, we will be in need of specific blood components. The most common component that faces urgent needs is platelets, which only have a shelf life of five days. To make a platelet donation, call a donation center and ask to make an automated donation.

Inclement Weather

In some cases, inclement weather will cause us to close donor centers and cancel blood drives in specific areas. When this occurs, we will inform those in that area through email and a phone call to reschedule their donations. We will also communicate other nearby donor centers or community blood drives that are still open. When severe weather occurs and causes you to cancel a donation or a blood drive that you’re hosting, please reschedule it. Each time we lose a day of blood donations from community blood donors, it makes it that much harder for us to continue to meet the needs each day.

How You Can Help

We try to only communicate urgent needs and callouts when absolutely necessary. When we do, know that we need people to take action immediately. If you are a donor, help us by giving regularly. If you are a blood drive coordinator, help us during these times by scheduling drives during the months of December, January, July, and August. This will help ensure we have blood on the shelves when patients need it and give you a chance to move to a higher Premier Partner level.

Each time you see an urgent need from Carter BloodCare, ask us for help on what types or products we are looking for and how you can help to spread the message and share with those in your community. One blood donation can save up to three lives, and we need as many as we can get each day.

Events & News, Fun Stuff

Give Life & Cheer This December

It’s the best time of year again. The air is brisk, the lights are up, and the fire is on. Families are full of joy with hot chocolate in hand and warm smiles filling the home. Nothing makes Carter BloodCare happier than seeing a community full of cheer and spirit every December. It’s the time of giving, and Carter BloodCare wants to make giving life to the community as meaningful as possible this month.

Team Up with the Dallas Mavericks!

This December, our friends at the Dallas Mavericks are teaming up with us again to get all Mavs fan excited to give! And don’t forget to join us on December 17 at Children’s Health where the Mavs will be present to help promote a blood drive. Come join Carter BloodCare and the Mavericks as we give life this holiday season.

Grab Your Running Shoes!

Support the local community at The Annual Generational Equity Jingle Bell Run at the Hilton Anatole on December 22 beginning at 6pm.  The run benefits Trinity Strand Trails and The Dallas Mavericks Foundation. It’s a great way to stay active and give back to the community at the same time. We will be there to give athletes and bystanders alike the chance to give life. Come stop by our table!

Extra Points for Extra Cheer!

There are even more ways to earn points at the end of the year. Keeping your appointments will earn you an additional 50 points during the month of December. In addition, each time you donate blood in December, you will be helping someone in need. It’s a win-win situation. Remember the cut off to donate and earn more points in 2015 is December 31, so schedule your appointment before it’s too late.

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Carter BloodCare wish you and yours a happy holiday season! We hope to see your smiling faces at our donor centers and blood drives throughout the holidays!