Wednesday, February 8, 2017

American Heart Month

As we feel our heart pumping while we work on a client’s mobile clinic, we work to the beat of not only some great music, but our heart. We all know that the heart is not only the most vital organ of our body, but it also helps us keep a steady pace on our work, find a rhythm, or simply just remind us that we’re here and alive. Which is why it is important to not only get your heart checked out every now and then at a mobile clinic, but to be aware of any risks your heart may be in. This February, we celebrate not only Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, but also American Heart Month.

According to statistics conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. From cholesterol, cardiac arrest, heart attack, diabetes and so on, women are more likely to suffer from heart diseases. Although women are more likely to die of heart disease, the same amount of women and men die every year of cardiac arrest in the United States. The number one prevention that we at AGI truly helps fight heart disease, is knowledge. The knowledge to not only know when to get your heart checked out, but also know how to stop or prevent heart diseases from affecting your family and friends.

Now more than ever is there more of a great opportunity to get your health examined for not only your basic checkup, but talk to your doctor about heart diseases, and if your family has a history of heart diseases. With mobile clinics just around the corner, having a health exam has never been easier! Having the access to health care is not only important to prevent heart diseases, but you’re also emphasizing the importance of knowledge. By participating in a health exam or even learning CPR at a mobile CPR center, you’re taking the right steps towards heart awareness.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cervical Health Awareness

After bringing in the New Year, we are all reminded to reset our short term goals or check in on long term goals. For many of us, some of these goals include maintaining their health. In fact, about 21% of New Year’s resolutions include losing weight and healthier eating according to Statistic Brain. However, Forbes states that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Years Resolution! But, not to worry, because AGI is going to help you maintain your health by creating awareness every month on certain health matters, such as heart disease, AIDS, cancer, and so much more. By getting involved in the medical industry, not only are we helping produce affordable and resourceful specialty vehicles, but we’re giving back to communities the power of knowledge.

This month is Cervical Health Awareness Month. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), “Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).” In other words, you have the power to stay healthy by getting tested for HPV and getting vaccinations with the use of mobile clinics. Getting exams has never been easier with portable medical units! Did you know: HPV is transmitted through sexual contact and when not treated properly, causes cell changes that lead to cervical cancer? That’s why it’s important to get tested. It really is simple with more and more clinics or humanitarian organizations offering special programs such as basic exams on the go with mobile medicals.

So what can you do to not only sustain excellent health conditions but also make other women become aware of the importance of getting screened? Of course get tested and let your voice be heard. You may also refer to the lipstick smearing project back in 2015. Maintaining a healthy diet and reducing exposure to smoking and second hand smoke will also help reduce risk of cervical cancer. It’s recommended to have a pap test between one to three years. Now more than ever is there an ability to get tested easily by not only visiting a clinic, but if you’re unable to get to the clinic, have the clinic come to you! Look for a mobile clinic schedule, or ask your local clinic for more information on local mobile clinics who have affordable and even free, health exams and even give lab results back to you the same day! 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Homelessness Is Solvable

On a cold Winter’s night in January 2014, nearly 578,424 were experiencing a state of homelessness in the United States. Of those homeless 216,197 were families, the rest individuals including veterans.  It was concluded around 15% of the US population did not have a home.

What does “getting by” mean to someone who is homeless? A single homeless person in the United States can find shelter at a local rescue ministry or Salvation Army, however, the process is complicated and can usually be drawn out for days.  There is a specific hierarchy of importance by which most shelters abide by where women with children and veterans are prioritized and usually have first access to whatever is available. Others must call back on a daily basis and use valuable minutes on these calls that could be otherwise used for possible employers. Most resort to staying outdoors, sleeping underneath covered sidewalks on city streets, on park benches, cars, or campsites; a dilemma that poses several issues. 

          The experience in its entirety is terrifying, exhausting, and dehumanizing. There is no guarantee that the next day will be easy.  One who is homeless becomes invisible to society, susceptible to hate crime violence, assault, and theft on a daily basis.  They risk becoming undernourished with no guarantee when the next meal will be. Those homeless struggle with the human service systems attempting to keep appointments with no transportation. Most find it difficult to merely find a place to rest. People BECOME homeless when they lack the basic accommodations to help them weather a common- crisis.

Homelessness is solvable. With rescues reaching capacity there has been a need for a more accessible solution. AGI has designed containerized units to fulfill an incredibly simple need: Shelter. 

These metal boxes helped reshape global trade as we now know it today by weathering through the worst conditions and protecting what contents it held. Containers are cost efficient, durable, and sustainable.  With our partners, we strive to push homelessness into an issue of the distant past and restore wholeness to our communities.