Monarch launches Support Inclusion Saturday in March to bring awareness to businesses, organizations that support inclusion

SupportInclusionLogo REVISEDJosh Walker personifies the value of community leadership and inclusion. Many local residents know Walker, a Stanly County resident, from his volunteer work at the Stanly Community Christian Ministry’s Community Table, a Norwood food pantry, or through his job at Oakboro Nursery where he happily tends to the plants year round.

“I love working. Helping people makes my day,” said Walker, who was once very shy and withdrawn.

Like Walker, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities welcome the opportunity to contribute to their community – either by volunteering or employment – so long as they’re given the chance to participate.

That is why on March 1, Monarch invites businesses and organizations across North Carolina – and in all of the state’s 100 counties – to join the Support Inclusion Saturday campaign in observance of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The campaign is a new, grassroots initiative that aims to celebrate stories like Walker’s and the companies that provide inclusion opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Know your numbers: Monarch hosts free health screenings provided by Novant Health on March 8 in Winston-Salem

Monarch and Novant Health know that health is a priority for many North Carolinians in 2017. A free health screening will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at Monarch’s Studio 651 in Winston-Salem.

Attendees will get valuable information about where their health stands and tips for improvement and how to stay on track.

Health professionals will examine and provide free screenings for the following metrics: Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Glucose, and Hemoglobin A1C.

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Are you SAD? Monarch expert shares ways to overcome the Winter Blues

Judith Chappell headshot 2017Ever find yourself dreading the time change each fall? Do the long, cold winter nights seem endless? If you feel this way year after year, you might be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

Judith Chappell headshot 2017According to the Cleveland Clinic, a small percentage of the population — about 4 to 6 percent — may have SAD during the winter months.

“It has to do with the loss of sunlight,” says Judith Chappell, MA, LCAS, LPC, CSI, CSOTS, a behavioral health therapist at Monarch and clinical operations manager in the Stanly office. “I have patients who will tell me, ‘Every year at this time, I get the blahs and I don’t understand this.’ When the time changes and we’re spending more of our waking hours in darkness, people can be affected.”

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Achieving Your Goals and Finding Balance in the New Year

New Years Resolutions picHow many people have set more New Year’s Resolutions this year? It's likely that most of us have set one or more goals to achieve in 2017.

By setting more realistic goals and not limiting yourself to the once-a-year, all-out assault on those finances, that mound of debt,the pledge to spend more time in the gym, get more organized, become more punctual, or whatever resolve is made at the start of the year, you may find that the finish line isn't so far away after all.

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'Tis the season. Expert discusses ways to cope with holiday stress

HolidaystresswwwThe holiday season is a happy and exciting time for many. But for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, experienced family conflict, job loss or financial stress, this time of year can be less than jolly.

Feelings of stress can easily be exacerbated by a variety of situations that arise during the holiday season There are parties to host or attend, decorations to hang, shopping lists to be crossed off and visits with family members – all of which have to be squeezed into a short amount of time.

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