Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sing Along with Margaret!

Help us bring music therapy to people with Alzheimer’s disease!

We are half way to our project goal! Can you help us with a small pledge for our project? Mom and I want to provide free music to those who do music therapy with people with Alzheimer’s disease and advanced dementia. With your help we can do it! Please click the link below to read more about our project.

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  • Margaret is 84 years old and she has Alzheimer’s disease. While she has lost almost all her ability to talk, she can still sing! And music has become one of the main ways she communicates. The “Sing Along with Margaret” project is unique because this music is not only for people with Alzheimer’s disease, it is sung by a special lady with the disease, and she wants to share her joy with others.

Text4baby Launches a Free App!

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.

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New app provides restaurant inspection scores

A new smartphone app from HDScores can tell you the health department inspection scores for more than 490,000 restaurants and other establishments across 886 jurisdictions in 27 states. HDScores has compiled more than 3 million inspection reports and 9 million violations. The reports come directly from health department inspectors and/or their registered sanitarians/health officials. The app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. HDScores website is

Great American Smokeout coming up

The annual Great American Smokeout is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 20. The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

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Do online health campaigns impact off-line behavior?

American Institutes for Research is hosting a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern on how to evaluate digital communication’s impact of off-line health behavior. What can such measures as page views, likes and other digital analytics tell us about online behavior, and how does that relate to off-line behavior? Once people put their phones down and their laptops away, how can communicators know if Twitter campaigns, Facebook posts or YouTube videos actually influence whether people get tested for HIV or stop smoking? Panelists will discuss these questions and share groundbreaking private-sector work on understanding the relationship between digital communication and off-line behavior. Register here:

Help me bring music therapy to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and advanced dementia

Off to a good start. We have raised just over 30% of our goal so far, with 28 days left in the campaign. Can you make a small pledge to help me bring music therapy to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and advanced dementia? Please check out our project:…/255…/sing-along-with-margaret/