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All Locations- On Friday, February 6th, 2015, The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day was celebrated all over the country as part of their Go Red for Women campaign. Each of our campuses held different activities to recognize this important day. American Institute participated again this year as a day to support the fight against heart disease in women.
West Hartford hosted a Go Red Selfie contest, to encourage participants not on campus that day to wear red and share it on social media to help spread awareness throughout our community. Students in Clifton gave a presentation about heart health to educate their classmates about healthy choices and how to recognize heart disease in women. Toms River and Margate campuses also wore red to show support.
National Wear Red Day, celebrated the first Friday each February, is a day to bring attention to the fact that although 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke every year, many women do not recognize their symptoms. Women tend to think that breast cancer is their largest threat, yet heart disease kills 10X more women a year than breast cancer, according to the American Heart Association’s 2012 Statistical Report.
The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Through research and education about healthy lifestyle changes, the American Heart Association has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women, and death in women has decreased more then 30 percent over the past 10 years! You can learn more at https://www.goredforwomen.org.
West Hartford, CT- On Friday, November 14th, 2014, World Diabetes Day was celebrated around the world. Our West Hartford and Clifton campuses both held Open Houses this year to recognize the important day. Diabetes is a disease American Institute holds close to its heart, especially at our West Hartford and Clifton campuses, with key staff members directly affected.
The West Hartford campus celebrated World Diabetes Day by inviting the community to attend our Open House to speak with specialist Betsy Gaudian about the disease. Ms. Gaudian is a Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Dietician, with extensive knowledge on treating and preventing diabetes, as well as tips to help manage living with diabetes to avoid potentially serious complications. FastTrack Phlebotomy Technician students were on hand for the Open House to test blood sugar for attendees to identify if they were at risk. In Clifton, Medical Assisting students gained experience while preforming the tests, helping to expand awareness in the community about diabetes while helping attendees find out their personal blood sugar numbers.
Every year on November 14th, World Diabetes Day is celebrated. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the growing need for knowledge about diabetes. While the campaign lasts year-round, the day itself is celebrated November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. 387 million people around the world live with diabetes, and one in four don’t even realize they have it! Learn more at http://www.idf.org.
West Hartford, CT— On Friday, October 10th, 2014, American Institute presented Andy Fleischmann, President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be shared among each of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies where American Institute schools are located, in addition to supporting the national organization, as part of American Institute’s ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in the communities where we work and live. American Institute has locations in Toms River, NJ, Clifton, NJ, and Margate, FL, in addition to the West Hartford, CT main campus.
Each campus held multiple fundraising events throughout the summer to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, as the premier charity partner of American Institute for 2014, raising almost $2,500 from these direct efforts. The company then chose to bring the overall total to $10,000 in honor of all the ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ throughout our American Institute family.
Said Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, “We are so proud of our students, faculty, and staff who took part in the company-wide challenge to support Big Brothers Big Sisters this summer. Many of our students and their families either know someone or have directly benefitted themselves from the Big Brothers Big Sisters efforts, and we’re delighted to be able to raise awareness as well as funds on their behalf.”
“We’re so happy to have the support of American Institute as a first year partner raising funds for our mission,” said Charleston Edwards, VP of National Events and Sponsorship. “The funds raised in these communities will greatly impact the odds for at-risk youth in the need of a mentor.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 500,000 youth, their families and volunteers. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.
September 22, 2014, West Hartford, CT— American Institute is pleased to announce the launch of two new, short-term programs as part of a new FastTrack training now available at the West Hartford, CT campus. Both the Certified Nurse’s Aide and Phlebotomy Technician programs can be completed in as little as four weeks, depending on the schedule selected, and prepare students for certification in their desired field.
Said Campus Director Kim Colbert, “We’re delighted to bring these additional programs to our campus as we continue to enhance our ability to provide career-focused training to our community. The FastTrack team is an excellent addition to our American Institute family, and I am excited to welcome this new group of students to the school.”
Visit www.AIFastTrack.com to learn more about these new programs today!
September 17th, 2014, All Campuses: On September 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Every year on this day, we celebrate the document that solidified the birth of this great country: The Constitution.
It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world! Our campuses celebrated in style by wearing their Red, White, and Blue and participating in various activities to commemorate this important day in our nation’s history. Everyone who celebrated had a great time honoring our Constitution, and we look forward to next year’s Constitution Day!
July 21, 2014, Toms River, NJ and Clifton, NJ - Each year massage therapists and bodyworkers nationwide lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies during EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week. This year that fell July 13-19, and Toms River and Clifton massage therapy students and faculty joined in and raised not only awareness about the benefits of massage, but also about a great cause.
Each campus hosted a Massage-A-Thon, welcoming walk-ins and appointments to help raise funds for donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Institute’s premier charity partner for 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country, to help at-risk children succeed and thrive. American Institute is proud to support this effort in each of our communities this year.
June 6, 2014, Toms River, NJ- Each year across the country there are an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth.
On June 6th, our Toms River campus helped support them for one night at the Harbor House Sleep Out event, raising $1,000 for this important cause.
In Ocean and Monmouth Counties, there are an estimated 300 homeless kids; many are running away from abusive homes, violent situations, drug stricken family members, or the death of their guardian. American Institute showed the homeless kids of Harbor House that they are not invisible, and that they are not alone.
June 1, 2014, Hartford, CT- For the second year, American Institute was a proud sponsor of this year’s Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival del Coqui on Sunday, June 1st. The parade is dedicated to social engagement, community building and cultural enrichment, all values that American Institute embraces. Over 50,000 people from around the region gathered at Bushnell Park this year to celebrate the sensational influences that Puerto Rican heritage has on society as a whole. Our team rode in the parade, cheered on by excited students and staff of the West Hartford campus. We also had a table in the parade, where we distributed cold water bottles and stress balls to all who came by. Everyone who attended had a great time enjoying music and festivities, while celebrating Puerto Rican heritage, and we look forward to next year’s parade.
May 11, 2013, West Hartford, CT- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.* The CT Breast Health Initiative is one of many organizations striving to change this frightening statistic. Their mission is to make a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer through education and research.
One way that they fund much of their efforts is the CT Breast Health Initiative 2013 Race in the Park, and American Institute West Hartford was pleased to have a team of students and staff walk in the race again this year. Thousands joined together to honor survivors, remember loved ones, celebrate life and most importantly, raise vital funds for the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut. All of the money that the CT Breast Health Initiative raises stays in Connecticut, making this a great partnership for American Institute and supporting our core value of local community service.
May 5, 2014, Toms River, NJ- American Institute Toms River celebrated “Cinco de Mayo” with a special “Drinko de Mayo” celebration, in which they raised funds for the nearby after school program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a life changing preventive program that ultimately reduces the need for possible future juvenile justice and school disciplinary intervention, through nurturing children, and empowering them to succeed. Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, starting a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential.Research found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in the program, were 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school.
The organization aims to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, and American Institute is proud to have a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. All funds that were raised at our “Drinko de Mayo” event was used to purchase juice boxes for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ocean County’s after school program, and the event proved to be huge success.
All Locations- On Friday, February 6th, 2015, The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day was celebrated all over the country as part of their Go Red for Women campaign. Each of our campuses held different activities to recognize this important day. American Institute participated again this year as a day to support the fight […]
West Hartford, CT- On Friday, November 14th, 2014, World Diabetes Day was celebrated around the world. Our West Hartford and Clifton campuses both held Open Houses this year to recognize the important day. Diabetes is a disease American Institute holds close to its heart, especially at our West Hartford and Clifton campuses, with key staff […]