Flu season has arrived, so I thought it might be a good idea to remind you how to protect yourself and your family and friends. Flu season is between October and May, and peaks around January. Influenza, also known as "the flu", is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Cases can be mild to severe illnesses for those with the flu. Older people, young …Read More >
The InStepp Blog: Our Perspective
Visit the InStepp Blog often to get our perspective on issues and local events. Our bloggers continually scan the internet looking for news, ideas and other information of potential interest to our readers.
Heroin addiction has spiraled into every part of American society. Just months ago, the CDC reported that the rate of deadly heroin overdoses nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. The stories are increasingly common: former classmates, coworkers, close friends, family members and personal experiences. We hear: ‘How did this happen? He was such a happy person,’ or …Read More >
Entertainment is usually associated with art but sometimes the use of art leads to empowerment. This piece focuses on how art can be used to create change in the lives of women who are in need of assistance. This impact occurred in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Surayia Rahman. Surayia always loved art, it was the one thing she excelled at while in school and her one true passion. …Read More >
Last week, a woman’s Facebook post of her tattoo went viral. Bekah Miles’ ink reads “I’m fine” to anyone who sees it; but what she sees is “save me.” Accompanying the picture was a post that read – "Today, I am coming out with something that only few of you know. I am ready to have a conversation about my mental illness," she wrote. "To me, depression is the days that …Read More >
More people are recognizing that women comprise the majority of minimum-wage workers and, therefore, stand to benefit the most from a minimum wage increase. A less recognized women's issue is the rampant sexual harassment—in addition to the poverty—that so many female 'tipped employees' face. These tippled employees include, most notably, restaurant workers, who are most …Read More >
Every week it seems like we see a story about a child who was in danger due to being left inside a hot car. Whether it was for a quick trip inside the store or misremembering that the child was in the car, children have been put in harm’s way. According to KidsAndCars.org, in 2013, there were 44 heat stroke deaths, up from 34 in 2012. Evenflo and Wal-Mart have a new …Read More >