3 simple ways to help others this year
Feeling the pressure to make or keep New Year’s resolutions? Put these three things on your checklist and get off to a great start in 2019.
1. Become an organ donor. Organ donation saves lives. “There are more than 110,000 people waiting for transplants in the U.S.,” says Dr. Deepak Mital, transplant surgeon and surgical director of the kidney transplant program at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. “Many of them die due to a lack of donor organs. You can either be a living donor or pledge to donate your organs after you pass away.” According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 54 percent are actually signed up as donors. Dr. Mital says it is simple to register – just visit this donor registry website. A single donor can save eight lives.
2. Learn CPR. “Most of the time, it’s a significant other, a loved one, a family member (in distress) and that is why you need to learn this life-saving skill,” says Jan Berlin, Training Center coordinator at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill. “It is very easy to become certified in CPR.” Check out the CPR classes offered near you on the American Heart Association website.
3. Volunteer. Numerous studies have shown the positive effects of giving back. Find a cause you believe in and share the gift of your time. “I regularly suggest volunteering to my clients for a variety of different reasons,” says Dr. Kevin Krippner, psychologist with Advocate Medical Group in Bloomington, Ill. “First of all, it gives a really good feeling to those people who volunteer to do nice things for other people who are in need. Secondly, it automatically puts you in contact with nice people, because people who volunteer are generally good people with big hearts. This can help build your social circle. You are also doing something nice to make things better in your community.”
About the Author
Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.