Inspiration Report

It is difficult to consider anything related to child abuse as “good news” but the recent report stating that it is down by 26 percent is the best news we have had on that front for a while.

Jeanne Sager of StrollerDerby reports on the recent study today:

“Introduced in the fourth report of the National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect, the statistics provided to Congress by the Department of Health and Human Services show a twenty-six percent decrease in the number of kids who suffered physical, sexual or emotional abuse in 2005-06 compared to those who were traumatized in 1993.”

“Sex abuse on kids alone dipped thirty-eight percent in that period, while physical abuse was down fifteen percent, emotional abuse down by twenty-seven percent.”

Sadly, the study still showed nearly half a million American kids suffered abuse in the year studied. Read more on her blog.



From the publisher of the Thin Threads, this video about a woman who found her greatest strenght through illness is so moving. Also, go to the site and see the promotional trailor for the Thin Threads series. So inspiring!
View video here.

The mattress industry is trying to help out in Haiti and doing their part to aid displaced Haitians. With so many people injured, homeless and sleeping on the streets and random tent cities, this could be a blessing.


WorldBeds for Haitian Relief is a project now underway.


Mattress manufacturer Anatomic Global says it has pledged to get 200,000 transitional mattresses to Haiti (WorldBeds) and also said it was re-investing corporate profits in the first quarter of 2010 to manufacture WorldBeds for Haitian relief.


The company is joining forces with  five of its key suppliers to donate a specially designed “transitional” mattresses.


The first 500 mattresses were shipped from Southern California and are expected to arrive in Haiti later this week where they reportedly will be distributed through Parakletos International and Calvary Chapels. Several thousand mattresses will continue to be shipped until the company reaches its goal of supplying some 200,000 pieces, which they say is what experts have estimated the need to be.


Suppliers who have joined in on the project are:  FXI Foamex Innovations, UPS, Deslee Textiles USA, Royal Packaging and the Brookwood Companies. 


This is not the first time this group has stepped up to help in a disaster.  The first time was during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when they made 3,000 units that ended up benefitting more than 11,000 temporary residents of the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana.


This is obviously a much bigger project.


“There has never been concentrated destruction and human tragedy of the scale seen in Haiti,” said Anatomic Global CEO David Farley. “We learned from our Katrina relief effort that in the early stages of a disaster, there are very specific sleep surface needs that align with FEMA’s sustainable disaster relief phases, that displaced persons require and we wanted to use that expertise to help – and do it quickly.”


“This effort is part of Anatomic Global’s corporate genetic code and we are grateful to our business partners who share this responsibility with us.”


Women so often feel like victims of their own health and lives. The truth is that we can take charge of our own well-being and do things to lower stress in our lives. I find that to be inspiring news!

I came across an article this morning that offered 6 ways to keep your heart healthier, and none of them had to do with diet and exercise. They reminded me of Beliefnet tips because they were health tips for the soul. They reiterate things we share on the site every day. It occurred to me that these tips are good for your general sense of well-being so I thought I would share.

1. Create a Support System

2. Recognize Your Stress Triggers

3. Schedule Time-Outs

4. Find Fun Stress Relieving Activities

5. Soothe Your Soul With Music

6. Learn How to Say “No”

For more health tips on Beliefnet, check out the Fresh Living blog.