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Why Should I Donate Blood?

September 10th, 2019

Donating blood may not be on your to-do list, but there are many great reasons to donate blood. By donating blood, you can help someone's life, even across the world! You may have noticed that your social media timelines, television screens, and phone news notifications were filled with news of Hurricane Dorian, the destructive Category 5 hurricane affecting the Bahamas, Southeastern United States, and Atlantic Canada recently. Blood donations are invaluable, especially during natural disasters when many people are in need. Not to mention, the selfless act of donating blood can help save 3 lives. People in hospitals, accidents, or with certain medical conditions, for instance, can benefit from blood donations.
Plus, the good thing is that it's a very easy process! There are some requirements needed before the blood donation can be given, such as you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and feeling well, and be over the age of 16.
Individuals with Type O blood are known as universal donors, and people with all blood types can receive this blood donation. But, interestingly enough, you are benefiting from the blood donation just like the person recieving the donation. Donating blood helps improve your cardiovascular health, lowers your risk of cancer, allows the production of new blood cells, and you can receive a free health screening.
Don't worry, donating blood is not harmful to your body. After about a day your body replaces the lost fluids. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy meal before donating blood.

Our caring team at the Wellesley Dental Group is happily co-hosting a community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center this month of September! Check out the details:

  • Date: Wednesday September 18th, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm.
  • Location Wellesley Community Center
    219 Washington Street
    Wellesley, MA 02482.

For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online here. We hope to see you there!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist, Dr. Derek, and Dr. Emad is happy to help with your TMJ and orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs, Dr. Stephens would love to help, and our gum-specialist Dr. Singh can help with your gum-related concerns.

References:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/blood-donation-process/donation-process-overview.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/blood-donation/about/pac-20385144

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Donating Blood Benefits You, Too!

March 21st, 2019

A whopping 5 million Americans are in need of a blood transfusion every year - that's a lot of blood! It's common to hear about the positive impact donated blood has on the lives of those in need , but what about the benefits for the individuals donating the blood? In addition to helping save lives across the world, there are health benefits both psychologically and physically for donors, too! According to the Mental Health Foundation, donating blood can help improve your emotional state by reducing stress, and eliminating negative feelings. Not to mention, giving blood has been found to improve cardiovascular health, and lower the risk of cancer, obesity, and hemochromatosis. It also helps in lowering the risk of damage to the liver and pancreas. Here's how:

Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Donating blood at least once a year has been found to lower the risk of heart problems such as a heart attack because it helps lower the blood's viscosity so that there is more room for blood flow. Research also shows that it lowers the average total cholesterol, iron stores, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (also known as the "bad" cholesterol), which all protect against cardiovascular disease.

Lower Risk of Cancer

Research reports that the risk of cancer was lowered blood donors with medical conditions including hemochromatosis and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). They found the risk to be lowered particularly to cancers linked to high iron levels, including liver, colon, lung, esophageal, and stomach cancer. Increased iron levels in the body can lead to iron storage in organs such as the heart, liver and pancreas. As a result, the risk of cirrhosis, liver failure, damage to the pancreas, and heart problems increase. By donating blood, this helps maintain iron levels and reduce the risks of damage to vital organs. Plus, donating bleed has also been found to lower inflammatory markers according to a 2016 study.

Free health Screening

Before donating blood you'll receive a free health screening, which although doesn't equate to your regular primary care visit, it can still help you keep an eye on your blood pressure, body temperature, pulse, and hemoglobin levels. This way you can detect any discrepancies that may need attention to ensure a healthy body. Your blood will also be tested for several diseases including hepatitis B and C, HIV, West Nile Virus and more.

Red Blood Cell Stimulation

Once you've donated blood the body begins to produce new blood cells to compensate for the blood loss, which helps maintain good health.

 

With all of these benefits in mind, we hope that you will join us at our upcoming community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center.  Sign up online by going to www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter: WellesleyDental or you can call the office and we will be happy to help your register! The American Red Cross notes that even 1 donation can save up to 3 lives. At our upcoming blood drive we are aiming to help thousands of people in need, and you can benefit too!

 

Date: Wednesday April 3rd, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm-5:30 pm.
Location:

Wellesley Community Center
219 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482.

 

For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or register online using this link: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?order=DATE&range=10&zipSponsor=WellesleyDental

Please bring picture identification, and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

We invite you to attend and are looking forward to seeing you there! The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-donating-blood#1https://www.brmsonline.com/blog/wellness/healthcare/2018/benefits-of-blood-donation

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Save the Date/Save a Life! WDG Blood Drive 2019

January 19th, 2019

 

Your caring team at WDG is excited and looking forward to co-hosting a community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center again this year! The WDG Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday April 3rd, 2019 from 12:30pm-5:30pm. The blood drive will be located at the Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482).

Why should you join us in donating blood? Sadly, every 2 seconds that passes by someone in the United States is in need of blood, which can save their life, according to the American Red Cross. On the bright side, just a single donation can save up to 3 individual's lives. At our upcoming blood drive we are aiming to help thousands of people in need. Everyone is invited to attend.

Here's a glimpse at our past blood drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41IU8UX98V8

Please spread the word and we can't wait to see you there! The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn.

For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)  or register online at tiny.cc/WDGdonateblood. Please bring picture identification, and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Save a Life: Join Us for the Wellesley Dental Group Blood Drive

September 10th, 2018

 

Our WDG team is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a community blood donation drive with the American Red Cross and the Wellesley Community Center on Wednesday September 26th, 2018 from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm. The blood drive will be located at the Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482).

According to the American Red Cross, each two seconds that passes by someone in the United States is depending on a lifesaving blood donation. However, it has been found that less than 38% of people in the U.S. meets the requirements to donate their blood. At our upcoming blood drive we are aiming to help thousands of people in need. The American Red Cross notes that even 1 donation can save up to 3 lives.

We invite you to attend and are looking forward to seeing you there! The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn.

For more information and to register for the blood drive, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)  or register online at tiny.cc/WDGdonateblood. Please bring picture identification, and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

Spread the Love at the Wellesley Community Blood Drive!

February 1st, 2017

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It's February, the month of Valentine's Day, which means that love is in the air! Circulate the love by giving blood to the Wellesley Community Blood Drive on Friday, February 17 from 1-6 PM sponsored by Wellesley Dental Group at the Wellesley Community Center! The drive, held in cooperation with the American Red Cross, aims to collect at least 50 units of lifesaving blood.

Millions of people in need are helped by the critical blood donations provided by American Red Cross. We are delighted to sponsor this event with this incredible organization and have the opportunity to help our fellow Americans through this blood drive. Your donation can make a huge difference, since every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

The American Red Cross has also issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations due to cancellations from ice, snow, and subfreezing temperatures in many states.

Interested in helping a great cause? Join our Facebook event!

Here's what you need to know if you want to donate:

Donors with the following blood types are invited to donate by the Red Cross’ double red cell technology (2RBC): O- , O+, A- , B-. There are height and weight requirements, more information is available here.

You can also pre-register by visiting www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WellesleyCC or click HERE. You can also complete pre-reading and health history questions online at Red Cross RapidPass and print out the form on the day of the blood drive.

Note: The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the Zika virus. We ask that you not to donate if any Zika Virus exposures apply to you. (Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Miami, Dade and Broward Counties, Florida). Donate blood four weeks after your last risk exposure.

Please bring picture identification and remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of fluids before donating! We look forward to seeing you!

Feel free to contact Drs. Femina, Ejaz, and Zarah Ali if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com.

Wellesley Wonderful Weekend 2015: Schedule of Events

May 5th, 2015

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Mark your calendars and spread the word! We are eagerly looking forward to spending the weekend with you and your family at Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend.  Also, stay tuned for more blog posts regarding further information and a glimpse at all the fun.

The 2015 Schedule is as follows:

Friday - May 15th 

3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Annual Hunnewell Fun Fair*  — Hunnewell School PTO
Hunnewell Elementary School, 28 Cameron Street, Rides, games, crafts

Saturday - May 16th 

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m.
Pancake Festival* at the Wellesley Middle School — Rotary Club of Wellesley
50 Kingsbury Street

7:00a.m.—2:30p.m.
Free Eye Exams at the Needham Lions Club Eye Mobile at the Wellesley Middle School — Needham Lions Club
50 Kingsbury Street

Saturday—Sunday

(decamp after parade)
18th Century Military Encampment at Town Hall Grounds

The Royal Irish Artillery, Tours all day, Cannon Firing on the half hour on Saturday
525 Washington Street

9:00a.m.—10:00a.m.
Morses Pond Walk — Wellesley Trails Committee
Meet at 9:00am at gate to Morses Pond at end of Turner Road (off Weston Road)

9:00a.m.—3:30p.m.
8:00a.m. start for members
Gardeners' Fair at Elm Bank*  Mass Horticultural Society
Elm Bank Horticulture Center, 900 Washington Street
(free for members)

Fun for Kids, Food, Special Lectures, Garden Tours

Garden tours at 9a.m. and noon. Fairy houses at 10:00a.m. Herbal Seed starting at 1:00p.m.

10:00a.m.—11:30a.m.
Dog Contest
Wellesley Board of Health, & Wellesley Animal Control
Warren School Field, 90 Washington Street (Route 16)

Prizes awarded in various categories including "shaggiest", "best grooomed", "best tricks", "wiggliest", and many more!

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m
Wheels of Wellesley at Wellesley Community Center
219 Washington Street

Featuring Exotic and Antique Cars, Motorcycles, and Bicycles plus live music from Cindy Lane Adams Band plus the Back to the Future Car

10:00a.m.—2:00p.m
Wellesley Farmers' Market
309 Washington Street

Come enjoy a variety of just picked fruits and vegetables, award winning fine food purveyors and special events to delight shoppers of all ages.

10:00a.m.— 3:00p.m

MLP Open House and Sustainable Living Festival at Wellesley Municipal Light Plant — 4 Municipal Way (455 Worcester Street, Route 9)

Family event for everyone with ideas for your home, garden, finances, health, plus kids' zone, fashions, beauty products, guitars, cars, etc.

10:00a.m.—4:00p.m
Raptors, Goats, and You - Explore the North 40 - Wellesley Celebrations Committee
Morses Pond Parking Lot (and follow signs)

Hay rides from Morses Pond parking lot, Garden tours, the Raptor Project - Birds of Prey, The Goat Girls.

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.
Open House at Wellesley Police Station
485 Washington Street

11:00a.m.— 3:00p.m.
Open House at Wellesley Main Fire Station #2
457 Worcester Street (Route 9)

noon — 4:00p.m.
UU Wellesley Spring Carnival
309 Washington Street

Classic carnival games and activities for all ages. Kiddie bounce house, face painting, pie eating contest, teen obstacle course, dunk tank, concessions and music!

1:00p.m. — 3:00p.m.
Build Your Own Woodland Troll & Fairy House — Wellesley Conservation Council
Cochituate Aqueduct, Russell Road / Kendall Road (for elementary school kids)

1:00p.m.—4:00p.m.
Art in the Park — Wellesley Community Art Project & Wellesley Women Artisans
Simon’s  Park (Corner of Washington & Brook Street, left of the Library)

4:00p.m.
Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Mass at Saint Paul Church
Wellesley Veterans’ Council
502 Washington Street

7:30p.m.
Sol y Canto* "Sublime ambassadors of Pan Latin traditional Music"
Wellesley Rotary in partnership with the WHS Spanish Club
Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street

8:00p.m.
Spring Concert featuring Edward Whalen* — Wellesley Choral Society
Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street

Sunday - May 17th

8:00a.m.-5K Run
9:00a.m.-Kids 1K Run
Wonder Run 5K and Kids Fun Run 1K* Wellesley Hills Junior Women's Club
Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street
Registration here.

1:00p.m.—3:00p.m.
47th Annual Wellesley Veterans’ Parade
2015 Theme: 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War
Wellesley Celebrations’ Committee

Bring a food item to the parade for the Wellesley Food Pantry - Look for the World of Wellesley (WOW) Float

The parade starts at the intersection of Route 16 (Washington Street) and Route 9 and continues westbound along Route 16 to Wellesley Square. The reviewing stand is in Wellesley Square.

4:00p.m.—5:30p.m.
Grace Knight Babson Fund for Religious Education — 55th Annual Program
Knight Auditorium, Babson College Campus, Wellesley Avenue

5:00p.m. — DUSK
Picnic in the Park at Hunnewell Field
Food*, drinks*,kid’s rides*, Hay rides*, crafts, games & other fun
Food by Charles River Rotary and others

6:30p.m. Main Attraction
Concert for Wellesley at Hunnewell Field
Featuring the Reminisants

DUSK
Fireworks —the Biggest Ever! at Hunnewell Field
Sponsors: Roche Brothers/Sudbury Farms and Wellesley Dental Group, Drs Ali and Ali

*Please note, asterisk indicates a small fee may be charged.

(Check here for last minute updates)

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Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com!

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