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Episode 211: 05-02-2013

Miami Dolphins Stadium Rehab

Jorge Arrizurieta, a local Miami entrepreneur and president of Arrizurieta and Associates, is one of the key members of the Miami First team that is working to help the Miami Dolphins refurbish Sun Life Stadium. We discuss the economic impact, the Miami First Pledge and other key points on this issue.

Mr. Arrizurieta is a past president of Florida Free Trade of the Americas (FTAA), where he was the driving force in the drafting of a policy recommendation that Governor Bush sent to President Bush and his administration that lead to the formation of the Interamerican Ethanol Commission and the important collaboration taking place between the United States government and the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Arrizurieta was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the United States Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Arrizurieta worked for South Florida entrepreneur H Wayne Huizenga in various capacities, initially as the Director of Community Relations at the Florida Marlins and then as Vice President of Public Affairs at Huizenga Holdings Inc. Prior to this he served U.S. Senator Connie Mack in his first five years as his Director of State Projects.

Weekend Warrior Recovery

Victor Franks, Ph.D., has spent the last 13 years on Fisher Island as a wellness consultant for the captains of industry and finance. Author of AquaBliss: the Zero-Gravity Solution, Dr. Francs is a knowledgeable and clear voice in the jungle of conflicting information regarding your personal health and well-being. He is a Ph.D. in Naturopathic medicine. Our topic: How to recover for the work week if you are a weekend warrior – daytime version or nighttime version!

What’s New at UHealth?

Dr. Efren Manjarrez, interim Chief of the Hospital Medicine Division, is our UHealth guest this week. He will discuss the big initiatives under way to improve the patient experience at University of Miami Hospital and what ‘hospitalists’ are and how they work to help patients.

Walk In Lauren’s Shoes

Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors by starting Lauren’s Kids. Lauren’s Kids encourages victims to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.” On March 19, Lauren embarked on her fourth annual 1,500-mile Walk in My Shoes education and awareness journey. This year’s Walk kicked off in the Florida Keys. Lauren will crisscross the state, traveling north and across the Panhandle, before concluding in Tallahassee for the Rally in Tally on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol on April 23, 2013. This year’s rally will be especially meaningful, as April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the national 2013 theme is focused on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

One of our first weekly themes was signs of abuse – things like nightmares, regression, sexualized behavior, mood swings, aggression, eating disorders – these are short-term effects of abuse. However, the effects of sexual abuse extend beyond childhood and into survivors’ adult lives. Many adult survivors of child sexual abuse experience low self-esteem, depression, self-injury, lack of trust, re-victimization in abusive adult relationships and flashbacks. Some adult survivors even get into drugs, alcohol dependence or prostitution.

Even as victims go through the healing process of becoming survivors, the abuse they suffered will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We know that prevention is key – 95% of abuse is preventable through awareness and education.

During the 2013 Walk, Lauren highlighted a different key aspect of child sexual abuse each week: Signs; Disclosure and Reporting; Predators: Grooming/Pedophile Tactics; Prevalence and Healing; Effects of Child Sexual Abuse; Youth-Serving Organizations; Education and Prevention. To learn more about Lauren and her annual statewide Walk in My Shoes, visit www.LaurensKids.org.

We talk to Lauren about the impact of her efforts to lobby our legislators. We also discuss her goals moving forward.

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