posts tagged with Health

Raising awareness for American Heart Month

hearth_health_blog_336x224.jpg As a health care professional, it gives me great pleasure to announce that during the month of February, in recognition of American Heart Month, FedEx is raising awareness about heart disease and helping team members identify and respond to its leading risk factors. This commitment to health promotion and wellness is a key component in the FedEx Health Care strategy. In 2014, FedEx is launching new benefit programs to help employees improve their health and productivity.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. and a major cause of disability. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and nearly 600,000 people die from heart disease. More than one in three adults has some type of cardiovascular disease.

Making childbirth safer for Tanzania’s women

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You might remember the 2012 blog post about how FedEx supported a maternity ward at a hospital in Tanzania. I am the coordinator of this project on behalf of the German medical charity action medeor, one of Europe’s largest such organizations.

This summer I had the opportunity to visit the ward and see for myself with my own eyes the great progress that has been made so far. I am now delighted to report back to you...

What role should corporations play in the fight to end extreme poverty?

GCT_fb_806_revised1.jpg.jpeg Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, What are you doing for others?”

Ending extreme poverty will be one of the greatest challenges for our generation. Widespread access to technology and increasing interconnectivity present a key opportunity for us to positively impact the lives of the world’s poorest. Often, aspects of social good are relegated to what is called the 'third sector,' a realm that is separate from the state and corporations. The third sector, largely occupied by nonprofits, can undeniably help in achieving the greatest challenges of the century.

But, why shouldn’t governments and businesses also be able to stand at the forefront of social responsibility?

Take a Walk!

logo-single-for-promotion.jpg Regardless of the season, I’ve always enjoyed running or walking through Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. On cold winter or sweltering summer days, I pretty much always had the park to myself, aside from a few other brave souls and the resident herd of buffalo. Now, with the groundbreaking of the Shelby Farms Greenline, a seven-mile trail that connects Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park, the park has blossomed. Increasing concerns about the environment, safety, and healthier lifestyles has prompted many communities to look at how they can improve walkability for their residents. Memphis is making great strides, although even ardent supporters of the Greater Memphis Greenline project will agree that we’ve got a long way to go.

On April 26, 2011, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) at the University of North Carolina announced the inaugural Walk Friendly Communities...

Back to School - H1N1 Influenza Update

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This is a note I sent to the FedEx network and I wanted to share with the broader FedEx Citizenship blog audience, so you too can be thinking about how best to be prepared.