Resolve to be a Blood Donor This Year

1/6/2015 | debbiew

By Susan Whirty, Springfield JCC General Manager, Health, Wellness and Membership

Most January news articles, stories, blogs, Facebook posts, tweets, etc. are centered around making resolutions to change or ‘improve’ something about you, your life or your path. Instead of trying to improve upon yourself or change yourself this new year, try giving a bit of yourself to help someone else.

January is “National Blood Donor Month.” When I came upon this, I honestly thought, this makes perfect sense. Why not resolve each New Year to give blood and help someone else improve their life or their situation? Better yet, you could truly be the difference between someone living and not living with your blood donation. How is that for going into the year ahead?

Aside from you turning into a life-saver, blood donation holds many personal and health benefits:

  • Before donating blood, donors are asked for a brief health history and tested for basic physical health. You have the chance to find out if your pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, cholesterol and hemoglobin levels and other vital signs are healthy or not. Donating blood is also a fast and safe way of losing weight because you burn 650 calories each time.
  • According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, regular blood donation is associated with lowered risks for cancer including lung, colon, liver, throat and stomach cancers.
  • The Florida Blood Services reports that people who donate blood regularly over the years have an 88% lower risk of heart attack and a 33% lower risk of any severe cardiovascular event, such as stroke. Blood donation has heart-protecting benefits because by donating blood regularly, you can prevent blood from thickening too much.
  • When you give a pint, your body immediately starts to replenish the lost blood. This is because once you give blood, you get rid of the old red blood cells and your body produces new red blood cells that are more efficient at carrying oxygen throughout the body.
  • Your blood can save people’s lives in a million ways. It can be used in surgeries, car accidents, in times of war and natural disasters, and to treat illnesses like kidney and liver diseases and cancer. You may not know the people who benefit from your donated pint, but it doesn’t change the fact that you have saved lives in one way or another
  • The best things in life are free and donating blood is one of them - when you donate blood, not only do you become healthier and potentially help save a life, you also get to do these life-changing acts without spending a dime… How is THAT for a New Year’s Resolution?

Donating blood is a win-win situation both for the donor and recipient. Now that we have an understanding of the benefits of donating blood, we should try our best to practice this act of altruism as often as we can and encourage others to do the same as well. 

Happy New Year!


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