Explore Bike Share Takes On Memphis

Explore Bike Share Takes On Memphis

Explore Bike Share

Takes on Memphis

By Alden Zuck

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Explore Bike Share currently has 4 new bike stations that have just opened up in Orange Mound. These bikes are very easy to use and include unique features unlike any other public bike system; they have numbers on the seat post to that you can remember you seat hight and set it to that number every time, there is a basket in the front for all your carrying needs, a rack on the back to attach certain bags to the bike, a solor panel on the back so that there are always lights on when riding, and a computer programmed screen on the front so that you can log in and unlock the bike and keep track of your miles, calories burned, and more. Explore Bike share is also projecting a plan to put turn-by-turn directions on the screen, you will also be able to save your routes and look at your friends’ routes if you want to join in on their rides.

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How To Get Started

Step 1: Download BCycle in the App store

Step 2: Click on your closest location

Step 3: Click on the bike symbol on the bottom

Step 4: Click on Join BCycle

Step 5: When signing up, you can select a plan of a single ride for $5.00, a weekly plan for $12.00, a monthly plan for $15.00, or an annual plan for $120.00

Step 6: Once you are all signed up, click the bike symbol again to log in to your account.  Then pick the bike you want to ride and select the bike screen to get the number. Type that number in your phone to unlock the bike and off you go! Simply remove the bike lock and put it in your front basket.

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Juice is one of the official partners for Orange Mound and they have created a new and unique option for current residents: if you join the street assembly within Juice, then you get a free 6 month membership with BCycle! You can inbox them to get connected.

Every two weeks there are coordinated rides, go to Juice Facebook page to learn about the upcoming ride and go out and join them!

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A New Era In Sickle Cell

A New Era In Sickle Cell

a new era in sickle cell

By Justin Flowers

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“A New Era In Sickle Cell Disease.” That was the theme of this year’s Regional Sickle Cell Conference, hosted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This theme couldn’t have been truer. It is truly a new era. Doctor’s from across the region came to Memphis and presented their research and other ways there are actively trying their best to make amazing progress in treatment.

One thing that really stands out to me most is the continuous fight to improve the way Sickle Cell patients are treated in the Emergency Departments and during hospital admissions. There has always been an issue surrounding the way people fighting Sickle Cell Disease were treated. Especially when they were in the ED crying of pain and begging the doctors for medications that would help ease the pain. So much was expressed about this topic. I really wish I could talk about everything that was brought up during this enlightening conference, but then you all would be reading forever.

One major thing to take away from this past Saturday, May 19th, is the interaction of both Patients and Doctors. Everyone had a chance to listen to one another and express their feelings, their concerns, and their hopes for the future of Sickle Cell. Being able to sit and listen to all the wonderful things that are coming soon to treat sickle cell pain is so comforting. Even more so, it is so important to mention that the Researchers are also actively looking for a way to cure this disease. I want to “jump the gun” and say that the wait may not be as long as some may think. The passion the doctors have for our lives has surely made a difference in our community. Their passion along with the drive of people living with Sickle Cell has really made progress a for sure thing.

In conclusion, it is time for a change! I plead with everyone reading this article to wake up and take note of this disease called Sickle Cell. It impacts many many many lives across the world! “A NEW ARE IN SICKLE CELL DISEASE!” Yes, it truly is.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

mental health awareness month
By Alden Zuck
The Month of May:

Mental Health Awareness

This month of May is Mental Health month, which has been going on since 1949. When taking a look at healthiness, it is important not to just look at things like the heart or the liver but to look at the whole body. Mental health “includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.” (mentalhealth.gov). Being aware of our own, and others, mental health is such an important thing to keep in mind, as it can potentially lead to devastating side effects.
Throughout high school and college I was in the position to be involved with many people who were struggling with mental illnesses, whether that be alcohol/substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, et cetera. In high school I was one of three leaders in charge of a 600 member marching band and the leader for a christian organization within that group. Being in this position, quite a few people came up to me looking for help within their mental illness, whether that be at the beginning of it or in the most devastating time. These students were the ones who had the courage to come talk about it, imagine how many others struggled and kept silent? Or imagine how many others kept trying to give subtle hints to their friends and nobody would notice?
Moving forward to my freshman year of college, I was assigned a roommate who happened to struggle with a combination of mental disorders. I found myself halfway through freshman year standing on the edge of a bridge at three in the morning attempting to talk my roommate off the bridge. I look back and remember how I had no idea that he was going through all of this, however, I do know that there were many hints that he gave to me in which I didn’t realize were such a big deal.

For the next three years I worked as an intern for a church dealing with middle and high schoolers, and after that moment with my roommate, I was able to recognize and be aware of so many different times in which someone was dealing with a mental illness.

As my time for graduation came and I had to leave the church, it was heartbreaking to see the amount of moms come up to me with tears in their eyes expressing the struggles of suicidal thoughts from their sons and daughters and thanking me for simply being there with them and noticing when something was off. Sometimes you don’t need to know the right words to say or the right actions to perform, but you just need to notice the signs and be there for the ones who need it the most.
Mental illness awareness is an important month, as it will for sure affect you in one way or another in your lifetime. Let’s just look at some facts. Each year, 8 million people die due to mental illness. Each year, 1 out of 5 adults in the United States (43.8 million people) experience some sort of mental illness (www.nami.org).

How can we be more aware? Well, there isn’t an easy way to differentiate signs of mental illness compared to normal behavior or physical illness, however, some common signs can be included in the following list below.

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
  • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don’t exist in objective reality)
  • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
  • Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs
  • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • Thinking about suicide
  • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
  • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance

(www.nami.org)

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The Memphis Crisis Center is always there to help 24/7 for you or someone you know, simply call (901) 274-7477.
You should also be aware of these organizations that are available to Memphis:

If you or someone you know needs help, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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UofM Research Study on Diabetes

UofM Research Study on Diabetes

University of memphis

research study on diabetes

by Matt Butawan

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Metabolic abnormalities including prediabetes are becoming increasingly common.  In recent years, Memphis has had the unfortunate publicity of being labeled as one of the unhealthiest cities in the country.

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic around the country, but in pockets of the country like the Mid-South, the problem is magnified (Figure 2, below; CDC 2012).  With obesity and associated metabolic abnormalities escalating, visits to the doctor are becoming more and more frequent which in turn puts additional strain on healthcare providers who are frequently overworked.

Thanks to quality educational and prevention programs, the spread of diabetes and prediabetes have slowed but more work is needed.

In an attempt to help combat this epidemic, the dietary supplement industry is now marketing supplement and nutraceuticals with the proposed benefit of helping to control blood sugar.

Because of the lax regulations surrounding dietary supplements, consumers should be cautious when it comes to which products they shell out money for.  Many supplements do not undergo any form of research or testing before entering the market and products are not pulled off the shelves until they are demonstrated to have significant adverse events.

cinnamon extract

in reducing blood sugar

One such nutraceutical that could potentially aid in controlling blood sugar is cinnamon or a cinnamon extract.  Educated consumers should understand that not all cinnamon extracts are effective at reducing or controlling blood sugar.  In fact, only certain varieties of cinnamon have been shown to have this effect.  Even though supplement companies are not required to provide research, good ones still choose to do so.

For example, the University of Memphis is now recruiting non-smoking men and women for a research study to determine how a cinnamon extract and the amino acid glycine can impact blood sugar and insulin following the ingestion of a carbohydrate drink.

The study consists of three lab visits in which participants will be required to drink a sweet beverage and provide blood samples before and during the two hours post ingestion period. Each lab visit will take approximately 2.5 hours.

You will be compensated $150 for your time.

If you are interested in learning more and to determine if you qualify to participate, please contact Matt Butawan at mbbtawan@memphis.edu.

 

Note: This study is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical or health disorder.  It will simply serve to assess the efficacy of the supplement.

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How Smart People Handle Difficult People

How Smart People Handle Difficult People

How smart people

handle difficult people

by Travis Bradberry

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Difficult people defy logic.

Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory.

Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons.

Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.

Most sources of stress at work are easy to identify. If your non-profit is working to land a grant that your organization needs to function, you’re bound to feel stress and likely know how to manage it.

It’s the unexpected sources of stress that take you by surprise and harm you the most.

Recent research from the Department of Biological and Clinical Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University in Germany found that exposure to stimuli that cause strong negative emotions—the same kind of exposure you get when dealing with difficult people—caused subjects’ brains to have a massive stress response. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, difficult people drive your brain into a stressed-out state that should be avoided at all costs.

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.

TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to neutralize difficult people. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ to keep difficult people at bay.

While I’ve run across numerous effective strategies that smart people employ when dealing with difficult people, what follows are some of the best.

To deal with difficult people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can’t. The important thing to remember is that you are in control of far more than you realize.

They set limits.

Complainers and negative people are bad news because they wallow in their problems and fail to focus on solutions. They want people to join their pity party so that they can feel better about themselves. People often feel pressure to listen to complainers because they don’t want to be seen as callous or rude, but there’s a fine line between lending a sympathetic ear and getting sucked into their negative emotional spiral.

You can avoid this only by setting limits and distancing yourself when necessary. Think of it this way: if the complainer were smoking, would you sit there all afternoon inhaling the second-hand smoke? You’d distance yourself, and you should do the same with complainers. A great way to set limits is to ask complainers how they intend to fix the problem. They will either quiet down or redirect the conversation in a productive direction.

They rise above.

Difficult people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it; their behavior truly goes against reason. So why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix? The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally and approach your interactions like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink, if you prefer the analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos—only the facts.

They stay aware of their emotions.

Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.

Think of it this way—if a mentally unstable person approaches you on the street and tells you he’s John F. Kennedy, you’re unlikely to set him straight. When you find yourself with a coworker who is engaged in similarly derailed thinking, sometimes it’s best to just smile and nod. If you’re going to have to straighten them out, it’s better to give yourself some time to plan the best way to go about it.

They establish boundaries.

This is the area where most people tend to sell themselves short. They feel like because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve found your way to Rise Above a person, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when you don’t. For example, even if you work with someone closely on a project team, that doesn’t mean that you need to have the same level of one-on-one interaction with them that you have with other team members.

You can establish a boundary, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you are bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to encroach upon them, which they will.

They don’t die in the fight.

Smart people know how important it is to live to fight another day, especially when your foe is a toxic individual. In conflict, unchecked emotion makes you dig your heels in and fight the kind of battle that can leave you severely damaged. When you read and respond to your emotions, you’re able to choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right.

They don’t focus on problems—only solutions.

Where you focus your attention determines your emotional state. When you fixate on the problems you’re facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy that produces positive emotions and reduces stress.

When it comes to toxic people, fixating on how crazy and difficult they are gives them power over you. Quit thinking about how troubling your difficult person is, and focus instead on how you’re going to go about handling them. This makes you more effective by putting you in control, and it will reduce the amount of stress you experience when interacting with them.

They don’t forget.

Emotionally intelligent people are quick to forgive, but that doesn’t mean that they forget. Forgiveness requires letting go of what’s happened so that you can move on. It doesn’t mean you’ll give a wrongdoer another chance. Smart people are unwilling to be bogged down unnecessarily by others’ mistakes, so they let them go quickly and are assertive in protecting themselves from future harm.

They squash negative self-talk.

Sometimes you absorb the negativity of other people. There’s nothing wrong with feeling bad about how someone is treating you, but your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can either intensify the negativity or help you move past it. Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary, and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiral that is difficult to pull out of. You should avoid negative self-talk at all costs.

They get some sleep.

I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to increasing your emotional intelligence and managing your stress levels. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, so that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. A good night’s sleep makes you more positive, creative, and proactive in your approach to toxic people, giving you the perspective you need to deal effectively with them.

They use their support system.

It’s tempting, yet entirely ineffective, to attempt tackling everything by yourself. To deal with toxic people, you need to recognize the weaknesses in your approach to them. This means tapping into your support system to gain perspective on a challenging person. Everyone has someone at work and/or outside work who is on their team, rooting for them, and ready to help them get the best from a difficult situation. Identify these individuals in your life and make an effort to seek their insight and assistance when you need it. Something as simple as explaining the situation can lead to a new perspective. Most of the time, other people can see a solution that you can’t because they are not as emotionally invested in the situation.

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

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Before you get this system to work brilliantly, you’re going to have to pass some tests. Most of the time, you will find yourself tested by touchy interactions with problem people. Thankfully, the plasticity of the brain allows it to mold and change as you practice new behaviors, even when you fail. Implementing these healthy, stress-relieving techniques for dealing with difficult people will train your brain to handle stress more effectively and decrease the likelihood of ill effects.

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Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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10 Things Genuinely Confident People Do Differently

10 Things Genuinely Confident People Do Differently

10 things genuinely

confident people do differently

by Travis Bradberry

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True confidence – as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities – has a look all on it’s own.

One thing is certain: truly confident peopel always have the upper hand over he doubtful and the skittish because they inspire others and they make things happen

 

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.

Henry Ford

Ford’s notion that your mentality has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed is seen in the results of a recent study at the University of Melbourne that showed that confident people earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than anyone else.

Indeed, confident people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Yet, they achieve this only because they exert so much influence inside, on themselves.

 

We see only their outside. We see them innovate, speak their mind, and propel themselves forward toward bigger and better things.

And, yet, we’re missing the best part.

We don’t see the habits they develop to become so confident. It’s a labor of love that they pursue behind the scenes, every single day.

And while what people are influenced by changes with the season, the unique habits of truly confident people remain constant. Their focused pursuit is driven by these habits that you can emulate and absorb:

They speak with certainty.

It’s rare to hear the truly confident utter phrases such as “Um,” “I’m not sure,” and “I think.” Confident people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.

They seek out small victories.

Confident people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield small victories. Small victories build new androgen receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for reward and motivation. The increase in androgen receptors increases the influence of testosterone, which further increases their confidence and eagerness to tackle future challenges. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

They exercise.

A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically. They also rated their body image and self-esteem higher. Best of all, rather than the physical changes in their bodies being responsible for the uptick in confidence, it was the immediate, endorphin-fueled positivity from exercise that made all the difference.

They don’t seek attention.

People are turned off by those who are desperate for attention. Confident people know that being yourself is much more effective than trying to prove that you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what, or how many, people you know. Confident people always seem to bring the right attitude.

Confident people are masters of attention diffusion. When they’re receiving attention for an accomplishment, they quickly shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help get them there. They don’t crave approval or praise because they draw their self-worth from within.

They don’t pass judgment.

Confident people don’t pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don’t need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves. Comparing yourself to other people is limiting. Confident people don’t waste time sizing people up and worrying about whether or not they measure up to everyone they meet.

They get their happiness from within.

Happiness is a critical element of confidence, because in order to be confident in what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. People who brim with confidence derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from their own accomplishments, as opposed to what other people think of their accomplishments.

They listen more than they speak.

People with confidence listen more than they speak because they don’t feel as though they have anything to prove. Confident people know that by actively listening and paying attention to others, they are much more likely to learn and grow. Instead of seeing interactions as opportunities to prove themselves to others, they focus on the interaction itself, because they know that this is a far more enjoyable and productive approach to people.

They take risks.

When confident people see an opportunity, they take it. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, they ask themselves, “What’s stopping me? Why can’t I do that?” and they go for it. Fear doesn’t hold them back because they know that if they never try, they will never succeed.

They aren’t afraid to be wrong.

Confident people aren’t afraid to be proven wrong. They like putting their opinions out there to see if they hold up because they learn a lot from the times they are wrong and other people learn from them when they’re right. Self-assured people know what they are capable of and don’t treat being wrong as a personal slight.

They celebrate other peoples successes.

Insecure people constantly doubt their relevance, and because of this, they try to steal the spotlight and criticize others in order to prove their worth. Confident people, on the other hand, aren’t worried about their relevance because they draw their self-worth from within. Instead of insecurely focusing inward, confident people focus outward, which allows them to see all the wonderful things that other people bring to the table. Praising people for their contributions is a natural result of this.

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

Reinvent the wheel

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Building confidence is a journey, not a destination. To become more confident you must be passionate in your pursuit of a greater future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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