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International Self Care Day is on July 24. By Our Student Pharmacist, Torie VonSeggern.

Since 2011, July 24 has been celebrated as International Self Care Day.

This date (7/24) was selected to represent the importance of everyday self-care and signifies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care can be defined in a variety of ways. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “self-care is the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a health worker.”

According to Oxford Languages, self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health… protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”

Although there are a variety of definitions, overall self-care consists of caring for oneself in order to maintain health and wellness.

The Seven Pillars of Self-Care

The International Self-Care Foundation created the ‘Seven Pillars of Self Care’ to express the various aspects of self-care. When utilized together, the Seven Pillars will result in overall wellbeing and consist of:

1. Knowledge and Health Literacy
2. Mental Wellbeing
3. Physical Activity
4. Healthy Eating
5. Risk Avoidance
6. Good Hygiene
7. Rational and Responsible Use of Products and Services

What Do the Seven Pillars of Self-Care Mean?

The ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make health decisions.
The definition varies, but overall includes the feeling of belonging and support, improved self-esteem, feeling in control of one’s life, satisfaction and purpose with life.
Participating in moderate physical activity on a regular basis which leads to improved health, fitness, and mood.
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet consisting of an appropriate amount of calories. A healthy diet consists of fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains. Unhealthy eating is a leading cause of diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes, and others.
Avoiding actions that may increase the risk of disease or death which include: quitting tobacco, limiting alcohol use, getting vaccinated, using sunscreen, practicing safe sex, etc.
Preventing the spread of disease by washing hands regularly, brushing teeth, and washing food.
Safely and effectively managing one’s health such as taking medications as prescribed, understanding proper use of over-the-counter medications, using devices such as blood pressure monitors, and more.

Why is Self-Care Important?

Self-care has so many benefits which can be noticed daily and long-term. Overall self-care leads to:

Improved daily performance
Improved quality of life
Boosted self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved resilience (handling challenges better)
Increased energy, sleep, and clarity
Reduced stress and anger

Although self-care may seem a bit selfish, taking care of yourself leads to a better quality of life which can be shared with others!


Ways to Care for Yourself Every Day

There are so many small activities that help to promote self-care!

Here are a few ideas to incorporate some self-care activities into your daily routine.

Drink water first thing in the morning
Go outside or take a walk
Watch the sunrise or sunset
Take 5 minutes each day to just breathe and reflect on the day
Write down 5 positive things that happened during the day
Listen to music
Go to bed early
Play a game
Try a new hobby
Practice positive self-talk
Read or write

These are just a few of the countless activities to incorporate into a daily routine to help improve overall wellbeing.

In general, it is important to find activities, whether big or small, that bring joy and relaxation. Setting aside just 5 minutes a day for yourself can be beneficial to your overall wellbeing.

Sometimes it may seem difficult to fit self-care into a daily schedule, but there is no better day to start than today!  Take a moment today, and every day, to do something that makes you feel better.



1. International Self Care Day – July 24, 2022. National Today. https://nationaltoday.com/international-self-care-day/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
2. International Self-Care Day. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/international-self-care-day/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
3. Pillar 1 Knowledge & Health Literacy. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-1-knowledge-health-literacy/Accessed July 20, 2022.
4. Pillar 2 Mental Wellbeing, Self-Awareness & Agency. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-2-self-awareness/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
5. Pillar 3 Physical Activity. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-3-physical-activity/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
6. Pillar 4 Healthy Eating. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-4-healthy-eating/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
7. Pillar 5 Risk Avoidance or Mitigation. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-5-risk-avoidance-or-mitigation/Accessed July 20, 2022.
8. Pillar 6 Good Hygiene. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-6-good-hygiene/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
9. Pillar 7 Rational and Responsible Use of Self-Care Products & Services. International Self-Care Foundation. https://isfglobal.org/practise-self-care/pillar-7-rational-and-responsible-use-of-self-care-products-services/ Accessed July 20, 2022.
10. Self-Care Bingo Game. Albemarle Hopeline. https://www.albemarlehopeline.org/get-connected/blog.html/article/2020/07/07/self-care-bingo-game  Accessed July 22, 2022.
11. Self-Care: Develop a Routine That Works for You. SoundGirls. https://soundgirls.org/self-care-develop-a-routine-that-works-for-you/  Accessed July 22, 2022.

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day! By Our Student Pharmacist, RJ Rosia.

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day!

This year’s slogan is: “Give blood and keep the world beating.”

Did you know the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicates June 14 as the World Blood Donor Day? This day is dedicated to increasing awareness of the need for blood throughout the world and to make sure it is obtained properly and safely from individuals.

Blood transfusions are needed to save lives and are needed in every country. Everyone who can donate blood should do so to help those who are in need. You could save someone’s life!

The specific objectives of this year’s campaign are to:

  • Thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation.

  • Promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion.

  • Encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same.

  • Celebrate the potential of youth as partners in promoting health.

Do you know the different blood types?

There are four primary blood types that exist. The types are:

  • O
  • A
  • B
  • AB

Blood type is passed down from your parents and is determined by genetics.

Blood type determines what antigens are present on your red blood cells. If someone is Type A, they have the A-antigen present. This person would also produce antibodies for the B-antigen. These antibodies would “attack” any red blood cells that present with this antigen, which is why it is super important that a person receiving blood is matched with the correct blood type.

There is also another factor that determines blood type, called the Rh factor. The Rh factor determines why some people are denoted as either + or – after their blood type. Rh factor is similar to blood types and if someone is positive, that means they have the Rh antigen present on their cells.

Universal donors are O negative. Universal acceptors are AB positive.

Blood type is almost evenly spread across all races around the world. AB- blood type is the rarest blood type and it is especially important for people who are AB- to donate blood when they can!


Donating blood is a simple process.

In the US, there are certain guidelines on who can donate blood and when:

  • Must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent)

  • Must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health

  • Must wait at least eight weeks from last donation

Certain disease states and criteria can exclude people from donating blood, such as:

  • Fever

  • Taking blood thinner (other than Aspirin)


  • Men who have sex with men (must be three months at least since last intercourse)

  • Certain medications

Even if you can’t donate blood but still want to help out, there are many ways people can, such as volunteering at a donation drive.

Go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/ for more information and where you can sign up!








Laughing Dog Studio Presents Kids Art Afternoon at Ol’ 42 Grub House.


Looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? Sign them up for the Laughing Dog Studio Kids Art Afternoon events at the Ol’ 42 Grub House.

The Art Afternoon events take place on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Here is the lineup through August:

  • July 12–Fireflies
  • July 19–Printmaking
  • August 2–Rock painting
  • August 9–Bully posters

The cost is $16 and includes the supplies for the art projects and lessons, as well as pizza, cookies, and a priceless amount of fun.

You can LIKE Laughing Dog Studio on Facebook HERE.

To find out more about the classes that Hilary Frambes and Laughing Dog Studio offer, please go HERE.

You can register for Kids Art Afternoon summer series HERE.

LIKE Ol’ 42 Grub House on Facebook HERE.


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