Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
Thanks to Everyone who Attended our
2019 Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Congratulations to Our New Executive Board
Matt Lilly - President
Drew Gantt - Vice President
Rob Boidock - Treasurer
Karen Memphis - Secretary

And a heartfelt thank you and round of applause for our outgoing President, Terry Kirtz,
and Secretary, Denise Epps  

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As  opioid addiction increased exponentially over the last two decades, American construction workers have been among those hit the hardest.

According to a note from Barclays Research,  construction workers are nearly six times more likely than other industries to develop an opioid addiction. “In Massachusetts,” the analysts  noted, “~25% of all opioid overdose deaths were from construction.”

Chris Cain, the executive director of The Center for Construction Research and Training ( CPWR), stressed that the trend is less “about a worker who’s in the industry” than “about the construct of the industry.”

“Workers have to work in pain,” she told Yahoo Finance. “That’s a problem, but that’s the way the industry is right now, and changing the industry is a longer-term effort than what we can do today. But that’s kind of the circumstances.”

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BIAMD is embarking on its most ambitious Membership Drive in its 36 year history.

Thanks to everyone who has participate so far. If you would like to help us create our priorities for the upcoming year, please take our online survey.

Our " Make Membership Matter " Campaign is designed to bring sharper clarity and focus on the needs and desires of the families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals we were created to support.

To start the campaign, we have created a comprehensive online survey which are distributing to all of our members, prospective members, stakeholders, volunteers, and friends. Please take several minutes to tell us what you think and give us your ideas on how we can best serve Maryland's brain injury community as we charge forward in our 4th Decade of service. Thank you in advance for your time, talents, and support.
Summer weather is finally here and our kids are spending a lot more time on their bikes, but pediatricians are hoping more parents will start making sure little heads are protected by little helmets.

This month, researchers at the University of Michigan's  C.S. Mott Children's Hospital reported that their National Poll on Children's Health  found that fewer than 60% of parents of kids between 4 and 13 say their child always wears a helmet when biking and 18% said their child doesn't ever wear one.
So almost 1 in 5 parents say their child never wears a helmet while on a bike, and when it comes to skateboards and scooters, only 42% and 39% of parents said their kids always wear helmets while wheeling around.

That's concerning to pediatrician Dr. Free Hess, who runs the Facebook page PediMom. She posted a photo of a bike helmet that took the brunt of an accident and so that the patient's skull did not. It's mangled in a way that shows just how necessary it was.

"I see children in my Pediatric ER for head trauma after falling from a bike very often. Some of these children are struck by cars but many sustain head injuries simply from losing control of their bikes while riding. Helmets in this situation can make the difference between a simple concussion and severe neurological injury and even death," Hess writes.

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CLICK HERE (or the picture above) to see PediMom's posts.
Photo by  Kande Bonfim  on  Unsplash
Why do people want to spend time in the great outdoors? Perhaps it's because spending time in nature actually makes you feel better, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports.

They found that people who had spent two hours during the week in nature were more likely to say they felt better about their health than those who stayed inside.

Survey respondents reported “good health or high well-being” after spending at least two hours in nature, even controlling for differences in gender, socioeconomic status and location.
Dr. Matthew White, senior lecturer in psychology applied to the health and environment at the University of Exeter Medical School, and the study’s lead author, told ABC news that most people know instinctively that being outdoors makes them feel better. 

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It is a common belief that creativity is something you are born with, and others can only envy. Most creative people are, in fact, just as ordinary as the rest of us. What they have is a belief in themselves, and this is a skill that everyone can learn.

In Change Your Mind, Rod Judkins reveals the 57 habits of some of the world's most creative people. From the Beatles to Einstein, Charles Dickens to Damien Hirst, you will learn how to unlock the creativity lurking within. Nuggets of wisdom include the importance of focus, why you should never wait for inspiration to strike, and how you should always turn a failure into a success.

Whether you're trying to start your own business, write music, come up with new ideas at work or just change your way of looking at the world, Change Your Mind will do just that. With real-life insights into the minds of writers, artists and musicians, from Picasso to Paul McCartney, Change Your Mind will unlock the creative genius you always knew you were.

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5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” 

The Baltimore region is currently conducting a study about residents’ housing needs and experiences living, working, or going to school in the region. 

The answers to this survey will help determine Maryland’s fair housing priorities moving forward including for people with disabilities.

This survey is an important part of improving housing choices. It is not associated with a ballot issue or political poll. It is expected that the survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey you can enter a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! 
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