Let’s Volunteer!

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By Jill Maruca
Community Engagement Coordinator
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

As Community Engagement Coordinator for CopperPoint Insurance Companies, I’ve helped countless employees and executives find a charity partner to call home. If you’re ready to volunteer but don’t know where to start, try answering the following questions to determine your interests and availability. Soon, you’ll be ready to lend your time and talents to the nonprofit that’s just right for you. Continue reading

Making Strides for Type 1 Diabetes

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Catherine’s son has battled Type 1 Diabetes since he was 5. They will be walking together at the JDRF One Walk on April 28.

By Catherine Garfinkel
Human Resources Director
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

My son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes (T1D) in kindergarten. In those early days, my job as his mother was to learn how to care for him and keep him alive. Counting carbs. Blood sugar tests. Middle of the night pricks. Multiple insulin injections. It was a daily grind that was both frightening and exhausting.

Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a relentless autoimmune disease that suddenly attacks the pancreas because the body does not produce enough insulin hormone to regulate blood sugar. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Continue reading

Deliver CDC’s Triple Punch to Fight Flu

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(Excerpted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

It’s the bug of all super bugs. This year’s influenza (flu) activity is widespread across 49 contiguous states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends three actions to fight the flu:

1. Take the time to get a flu vaccine.

  • The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible. However, there is still time to get a flu shot this year. Learn more about vaccine timing.
  • Vaccination of high-risk persons(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/high_risk.htm) is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.

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