Michelle Clower, President of Konsults Business Solutions, Recognized in The Tampa Bay Business Journal, People On The Move.

Michelle Clower3Did you catch up with Michelle Clower in the Tampa Bay Business Journal, People On The Move section? If not, read Here.

Did you know?

Michelle Clower is the president and CEO of Konsults Business Solutions, formed in 2009. She has over 15 years of experience helping corporations and individuals identify their areas of opportunity, and implementing strategies to ensure maximum success. Throughout her dynamic career, Michelle has established herself as a decisive leader with clearly defined goals and objectives.

Konsults Business Solutions was built on Michelle’s innate “desire to inspire” and firm belief that companies are only as great as their employees. Her expertise in various Human Resources functions and superb ability to relate to diverse groups of people is evident both professionally and personally. Konsults Business Solutions offers professional consulting services in Career & Executive Coaching, Resume Rewriting, Direct Hire Placement, and Strategic Planning, to both Businesses and Individuals.

Michelle’s positive attitude and commitment to world-class customer service is her signature. To learn more about Michelle Clower visit the Konsults Business Solutions website at: www.konsults.com and the Sassy Shirtz website at: www.sassyshirtz.com. To contact Michelle directly, email her at: mclower@konsults.com

 

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National Women and Girls HIV?AIDS Awareness Day, March 10th!

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What is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)?

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its goal is to encourage people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.

When is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?

It is observed on March 10 every year, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March.

Why observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?

HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue in the United States. Women of all ages can get HIV/AIDS, and they account for approximately 24 percent of all HIV diagnoses. Today, women represent a larger share of new HIV infections than they did earlier in the epidemic, with nearly 280,000 women living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. Women of color are particularly affected, as they accounted for two-thirds (64%) of new AIDS diagnoses among women in 2010.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped make considerable strides in addressing these concerns and advancing equality for women and girls living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Consistent with the ACA, the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy will help:

  • Increase HIV testing and reduce the number of people who become infected with HIV
  • Improve access to care and optimize health outcomes for people living with HIV
  • Reduce HIV-related health disparities

For more information, visit the ACA page on AIDS.gov.

The ACA and National HIV/AIDS Strategy are two important steps in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but the federal government cannot do it alone. On National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, OWH calls on individuals and organizations across the country to take action and bring attention to the impact HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. As a partner or collaborator for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, you have the power to educate others, change behaviors, and help shape the future for women and girls.

Find Events in your area: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/events/

 

Sassy Speakz Radio Show – Talk Radio For Women

Don’t miss Sassy Speakz Radio with Host, The Sassy MC in 30 minutes on Blog Talk Radio.
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Tobacco Free Florida Can Help You Quit Smoking

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(Information taken from www.tobaccofreeflorida.com) At this point, most people know tobacco is really bad for them. Every now and then someone tells us about their superhero uncle who lived to be 112 years old and smoked, but unlikely things like getting struck by lightning also happen. In reality, tobacco use is the leading cause of disability, disease and preventable death in the United States. Every year, we learn more about how devastating tobacco can be to the human body and how damaging secondhand smoke is to those around it.

Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

Smoking causes lung cancer and lung diseases including COPD, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.

Smoking also causes the following cancers

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cancer of the cervix
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
  • Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the uterus

 

Berries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women, Study Says

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MONDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) — Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may help reduce a woman’s risk of heart attack, a large new study suggests.

The study included nearly 94,000 young and middle-aged women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for 18 years.

During the study period, 405 participants had heart attacks. Women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries were 32 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to women who ate berries once a month or less. This held true even among women who ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables.

This benefit was independent of other heart risk factors such as advancing age, high blood pressure, family history of heart attack, body mass index, exercise, smoking, and caffeine and alcohol intake. The findings appear online Jan. 14 in the journal Circulation.

The study can’t say specifically what about the berries seemed to result in a lower risk of heart attack among these women, or that there was a direct cause-and-effect link between eating the berries and lowered heart attack risk. But blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that may help widen arteries, which counters plaque buildup, the researchers said. Heart attacks can occur when plaque blocks blood flow to the heart.

“Berries were the most commonly consumed sources of these substances in the U.S. diet, and they are one of the best sources of these powerful bioactive compounds,” said study lead author Aedin Cassidy. “These substances, called anthocyanins — a flavonoid — are naturally present in red- and blue-colored fruits and vegetables, so they are also found in high amounts in cherries, grapes, eggplant, black currants, plums and other berries.”

Men are likely to benefit from eating berries as well, although this study included only women, said Cassidy, who is head of the department of nutrition at Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia, in England.

Although more research is needed to confirm these benefits, “these data are important from a public health perspective because these fruits can be readily incorporated into the habitual diet,” the study concluded.

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, noted that this was a “huge study that followed women for a long period of time. Women who ate three or more servings of strawberries and blueberries per week decreased their heart attack risk by one-third. This is pretty compelling.”

Steinbaum’s advice to both women and men is to include berries in their diet, and make them part of their daily fruit and vegetable fill.

One serving of blueberries or strawberries equals about one cup.

Dana Greene, a nutritionist in Boston, regularly tells her patients to consume more fruits and vegetables, including berries.

“They are so good for you,” Greene said. Besides flavonoids, berries also are loaded with other nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium and folate.

“I tell all patients to make sure that half of their plate is filled with fruits and vegetables, especially richly colored ones like blueberries and strawberries,” Greene said. “Berries can also help people lose weight and maintain that loss because they feel fuller faster. There is no downside.”

The study was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.K. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

More information

What does a heart attack look like in women? Find out at the American Heart Association External Website Policy.

 

Women and Girls Taking Action in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS

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Now it’s time for you to decide: What can you do?

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. It is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice on Women’s Health (OWH). It helps organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed specifically on March 10 every year, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March.

Find out what you can do! Read the OWH Director’s Dear Colleague letter (PDF, 166 KB).

Learn more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.