February 2, 2018

Helga Luest Interview on Public Interest Podcast

February 02, 2018 OVERCOMING TRAUMA & FOSTERING HEALING Helga Luest, a Democratic candidate for state delegate and former President of Witness Justice and Mission Works Communications, speaks about her history for being an advocate, a survivor of trauma, and a facilitator of dialogue designed to both foster healing and the formation of healthy relationships.   http://www.publicinterestpodcast.com/2018/02/overcoming-trauma-fostering-healing.html

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January 17, 2018

Interfaith Efforts to Address Religious-Based Bullying

Originally Published in HuffPost – 1/16/18 Through the 2016 election cycle and since inauguration there has been as serious uptick in youth bullying, violence, vandalism, and hate crime in schools and online. With leaders in the highest levels of government making racial slurs and policy decisions that exclude, blame, and intimidate distinct groups, it is not difficult to understand how …

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January 3, 2018

MD Candidate Hopes to Trend “Low-Carb” Campaign – Digital Canvassing, Modernization

Helga Luest with 2x2 enviro-friendly business card - half the carbon footprint

Rockville, MD (January 3, 2018) – Maryland Delegate Candidate Helga Luest announced today that she plans to run a modern, personable, and sustainable campaign. After considering the traditional approaches, she announced today her commitment to an environmentally-friendly approach to campaigning. At the core of Luest’s decision is her intention to lead this campaign in a way that matches how she, …

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December 10, 2017

Helga Luest Launches Campaign for Maryland Delegate in District 18

Victim Advocate and Policy Expert Pledges Commitment to Positive Social Change FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2017 ROCKVILLE, MD – Helga Luest launched her campaign today to represent District 18 in the Maryland House of Delegates. Luest, a Rockville resident, is a nationally known advocate for trauma victims, having herself been the victim of a violent crime. A communications executive, …

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December 6, 2017

The Environmental Footprint of a Load of Laundry

Clothes Line

by Helga Luest – Originally published in HuffPost Before you throw it into the wash or the trash, there is a lot to consider about the environmental impact of what you do with your clothing. Seriously. Microparticles and Emissions Just look at the lint catcher in your dryer after one load – all of that fabric cast off from your …

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November 30, 2017

Political Roundup: Two New Candidates Enter Races for District 16, 18 Delegate Seats

From Bethesda Magazine: “Victims’ rights advocate pursuing legislative opening In District 18 Helga Luest, who has lobbied the Maryland House of Delegates as president of a victims’ rights organization, is hoping to win election to that chamber. Luest, a Rockville resident, filed late last week in District 18, where two delegate seats will be open in next June’s Democratic primary: …

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November 30, 2017

Expanding Sick and Safe Leave to Maryland Families

The benefits of the Healthy Working Families Act (HB1) were clear to policymakers – safeguarding paid sick and safe leave for more than 700,000 Maryland families – which is why it passed both the House and Senate in Maryland’s last legislative session.But this new provision will not be in place this January as expected. Soon after the Maryland legislature was …

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November 29, 2017

Studies Link Bullying and Diabetes

Diabetes Testing Kit

by Helga Luest and Susan Swearer, Professor with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Co-Director of the Bullying Research Network– Originally published in HuffPost A recent large study in Scandinavia links bullying and violence at work with a 46 percent increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The multinational study found that one in ten employees reported bullying or violence, or threats of harm …

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November 29, 2017

Measuring Progress in Bullying Prevention

One-in-five youth ages 12 through 18 reported being bullied at school in the United States during the 2014–15 school year. Millions of teens are affected each year, and we know from research that bullying may have serious, lasting effects. For that reason, prevention has become an essential component of preserving a child’s emotional, mental, and physical health.

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