Sending Office: Honorable Tony Cardenas
Sent By: Andy.Vargas@mail.house.gov

Become an Original Cosponsor of a Resolution Recognizing April as National Stress Awareness Month

Dear Colleague,

Please join me as an original cosponsor of a resolution (language below) recognizing April as Stress Awareness Month. Today’s fast-paced work environment has created significantly more on-the-job stress than there was a generation ago. Understanding that there are physical and mental consequences of stress on workers, students and our veterans that increase absenteeism and health care costs, more must be done to help Americans manage stress.

I am introducing this resolution to encourage Americans to take the opportunity to learn about and implement positive stress reduction methods. By joining me in support of recognizing the month of April as National Stress Awareness Month it is my sincere hope that we can work together to better promote a healthier, more productive workforce.

I believe this resolution is a critical step toward increasing public awareness about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of stress. Therefore, it is my sincere hope that you will join me as an original cosponsor in supporting April as National Stress Awareness Month. To cosponsor, please contact Jacqueline Usyk in my office at 56131 or at Jacqueline.Usyk@mail.house.gov.

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of April 2017 as National Stress Awareness Month.

Whereas the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, and Health Resource Network have declared the month of April 2017 as National Stress Awareness Month;

Whereas three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago;

Whereas stress can be brought about by a sudden negative change such as losing a job, divorce, illness, or traumatic event in which on may be seriously hurt or in danger of being killed;

Whereas the Secretary of Veterans Affairs reports that of veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn who are receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 570,000 have received a diagnosis for at least 1 mental health disorder;

Whereas a recent survey by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA, found that incoming students in 2014 possessed the lowest self-rated emotional health in 49 years since the survey began;

Whereas the physical effects of stress can start out as a simple headache or digestive problem, evidence gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that it can escalate to serious cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal disorders;

Whereas research shows that long-term exposure to stress creates an imbalance in grey and white matter in the brain, leading to decreased cognitive function;

Whereas among workers who report higher levels of stress, on average they miss 20 days of work and necessitate 50- percent higher health care costs compared with other workers; Whereas separate studies done through UCLA and the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, and the University of Oregon have showed that 12 minutes a day of meditation can have strong positive effects on reducing stress and lowering cortisol levels that affect memory function;

Whereas a survey done by the American Psychological Association found that more than half of people say it is very important to manage stress yet less than 37 percent proactively attempt to manage it through eating healthy or being physically active;

Whereas eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can help reduce stress and benefit both one’s personal environment and the broader global environment;

Whereas it is important to take time for oneself through exercise, meditation, and proper rest, in order to reduce stress; and

Whereas the month of April 2017 has been declared as National Stress Awareness Month by numerous groups:

Now, therefore, be it

1        Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

2        (1) supports the designation of National Stress

3        Awareness Month;

4        (2) supports the goals and ideas of National

5        Stress Awareness Month;

6        (3) honors and recognizes the efforts made by

7        the Department of Health and Human Services to

8        educate people in the United States about the

9        causes, symptoms, and treatment of stress; and

10      (4) encourages the people of the United States

11      to observe National Stress Awareness Month by tak-

12      ing the opportunity to learn about and implement

13      positive stress reduction methods.

 

Sincerely,

TONY CÁRDENAS

Member of Congress

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