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Ways to Support Others

Ways to Support Others

With so many major events occurring right now, it can be difficult to figure out how to support others. In this blog, we will be focusing on two major topics - the Russian invasion in Ukraine and mental health.  



Ukraine 

While it has only been about a week since the Russian invasion in Ukraine, there are about 2.9 million people who need assistance according to the United Nations. A humanitarian crisis is occurring with millions fleeing hoping to become refugees in other countries and escape war. War impacts people’s physical, mental, and emotional health. There is an urgent need for basics such as food, water, medical supplies, and housing. 


Being on the other side of the world can make it seem difficult to support the Ukrainian people. There are three main ways to aid others - donating money, taking action, and absorbing reliable information. By donating money, one is providing direct funds for organizations to mobilize support, to purchase supplies, and to offer financial assistance to those in need. Doctors without Borders is an organization that provides medical assistance. Prior to the escalation in events, they had clinics focused on tuberculosis and HIV care as well as other activities. Since mid-February, they have been providing emergency response operations.This link provides more details about their efforts as well as information about donating. For more information about other organizations to support, explore NPR’s article for information about UNICEF, Voices of Children, Sunflower of Peace, International Committee of the Red Cross, Save the Children, UN Refugee Agency, CARE, and the International Medical Corps. 


Other ways to support Ukraine is through taking action and staying informed. If you prefer to take action, join a peace protest. Here is a link of some occurring worldwide. Staying informed with reliable information is also essential. Globalcitizen.org suggests checking out #UkraineFacts and this link to AFP’s fact check. 



Mental health

With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health has been a major topic. Everyone has collectively gone through trauma, and it has impacted people differently. Support your family and friends by asking questions, listening attentively, and being responsive to topics of mental health. Expressing concern and letting someone know you’re there to help is essential. Here are other tips from the NHS in order to help someone. 


If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-8255 to receive free and confidential support.


In times of hardship, we, at Cold FAid, hope you take time to care for your mental health as well as support the health of others around you. 

Cold FAid® Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

Cold FAid® Certified By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

[Rochester, NY]—January 26, 2022—Cold FAid®, a business specializing in dispensing a cold relief kit which includes four over-the-counter medications, a research-based strategy and a mobile app, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the WBENC Metro NY, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).


WBENC certification offers Cold FAid® a network of resources for further growth and development specifically designed for women-owned businesses. This certification validates our commitment to provide an effective, innovative, quality product that contributes to public health. This is particularly essential in these times of heightened health awareness created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The WBENC standard of certification implemented by the WBENC Metro NY is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.


By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.


To learn more about Cold FAid®, please visit coldfaid.com.


About Cold FAid®:

Founded in 2018, Cold FAid, LLC manufactures a cold relief kit that merges best practices and evidence-based medicine for the common cold in its strategy, while optimizing medication safety and adherence with its partnering mobile app. It is a superior all-in-one cold management solution, effectively facilitating recovery. It gets users feeling better sooner with less severe symptoms, while offering communities a better tool to contain the spread of the common cold. The smartphone app builds user confidence in knowing what medications to take, when and how to take them through medication reminders. In addition, app features include a listing of warning signs indicating when to seek medical care and a cold relief medication record to share with a healthcare provider. Overall, Cold FAid® cuts through the clutter of the cold relief aisle with a carefully curated remedy that simplifies the decision-making process, achieves results, & brings peace of mind.


About WBENC:
Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 17,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and more than 350 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Keep Your Heart Healthy

This February, focus on your heart health as well as your relationship health! In order to support your heart and reduce the risk of heart disease, make sure to eat a healthy diet, exercise consistently, and manage stress. 


  • Healthy Diet- In order to help your heart, diet is one of the keys! Look at the colors on your plate and make sure you’ve got a rainbow. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables! Minimize the amount of processed foods and added sugars as well as salts. Limit the amount of alcohol being consumed. Here are heart healthy food suggestions for your shopping list from the US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Move it- Exercise consistently to support your heart’s health. The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise at least 150 minutes per week for moderate exercise for 75 minutes per week for vigorous physical activity. Go for a 20-30 minute walk or run! Bike through the woods or a new trail. Check out this Cold FAid blog to explore more about the benefits of physical exercise! 
  • Control Stress- Stressful situations can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. Meditation and relaxation techniques can help with managing stress. This video from the National Health Institute focuses on ways to reduce stress. Additionally, talking to a professional counselor or therapist is also important. Exercising consistently, engaging in stress management programs, or  talking with your support groups such as family, friends, and community organizations are other ways to aid with stress. 

We, at Cold FAid, hope you stay heart healthy this Valentine’s Day!