Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness Day


The percentage of children that get diagnosed with autism is growing every year and the Lewin family takes this issue very seriously. A new development has arisen –showing that the prevalence of autism is on the rise.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there has been a 30% increase in the amount of children who suffer from the disorder in the span of two years. It had been believed up until recently that 1 in 88 children suffer from autism but the most recent study shows that in reality it’s 1 in 68.

There could be several attributes that explain this rapid increase. It’s possible that doctors are just getting better at identifying and diagnosing the disorder or there could be a growing amount of children with high intelligence who are also autistic. It could also be the combination of both.

The Lewin family believes that in order to help those who have autism it’s important that every child get screened in the early years of their life. Identifying the disorder can happen as early as two years old but most children aren’t diagnosed until they are at least four. This gap, whether it be one year or five, changes everything.

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism organizations celebrate by putting on fundraising and awareness-raising events all over the world that educate the public about autism and the issues surrounding it. In this way, funds are raised that go toward finding a cure or prevention for autism while also funding educational programs that go a long way in helping those affected.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety

The Lewin family believes that car seats are vital when ensuring your child stays safe while in a vehicle. Depending on age, weight and height children should be using a car seat or a booster seat before transitioning to a seat belt alone. From birth to age 2, the child should be using a rear facing car seat until they reach the weight or height limits on the specific car seat. From age 2-5, generally, the child should be in a front facing car seat. Booster seats should be used when the weight and height limits of the front facing car seat have been met.

To determine whether a child is ready to use a seat belt, check to see if it fits properly. Proper fit means the seat belt will lay across the upper thigh of the child, not on their stomach. The seatbelt should also lay across the child’s chest and not their neck. The recommended height that a child should reach before wearing a seatbelt is 57 inches or around age 10. The safest spot for a child to be buckled in is the middle of the back seat.

Using a car seat or a seatbelt is crucial. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat-belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. Leading by example is the best way to make sure your child wears a seat belt and makes it a habit that could save their lives.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dog Rescues in South Florida

Dog Rescues in South Florida

The Lewin Family loves animals. The idea of animal welfare and rescue took over
America in 1866 when Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City. Ten years later in 1877, the Humane
Society was formed. Pets are a huge part of the Lewin Family. According to The
American Pet Product Association’s 2013-2014 National Pet Owner’s Survey there are
83.3 million dogs owned and of those 20% were adopted from shelters. Even though it
sounds like a large number, there are still about 2.7 million pets that remain not
adopted every year. 

South Florida is home to many dog shelters. Rescue shelters like Paws4You in Miami,
Animal Aid in Oakland Park and Good Karma Pet Rescue in Ft. Lauderdale are just a
few that are actively saving dogs and trying to find them a forever home. They
strive to get the public to adopt or foster dogs by listing the animal’s online,
showcasing photos of them as well as a background story, health status and sometimes
even videos. They also host adoption events that focus on getting the public
interested in pet adoption by offering things like doggie fashion shows, pet
photographers and raffles while showing off the adoptable animals that are
available. 

Every animal deserves a home and thankfully, there are tons of organizations in
South Florida that aid in the effort to do so. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Welcoming Our New Pet, Sandy


The Lewins and the 411-PAIN team have recently made a new addition to their already large family.  Sandy is now part of the gang!  This beloved golden-doodle dog gets its name from the movie Annie, in which an orphan girl escapes the orphanage to find her parents.  She runs into Sandy, who happens to be a friendly and companionable dog.  She acts like the dog belongs to her by calling him Sandy when dog catchers are around. 

Welcoming a new pet into your home is not an easy task.  It requires a lot of patience, time and dedication to make it feel like part of the family.  Animals usually get very scared when they arrive at new places.  There are many local pet rescue centers where you can adopt a pet that has been abandoned or neglected.  It doesn’t matter what type of breed you choose, they all deserve a new home and a loving family.
Researchers have found interesting things about how pets can improve your health and can help you have a better quality of life.  For example, spending time with your pet lowers the level of hormones linked to stress.  Petting your dog lowers your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides.  You get to exercise more when you take your dog for a walk.  It’s proven that pet owners have fewer heart attacks than those who don’t own a pet.  Also, medical patients that own pets will recover faster than those who don’t.  Besides all that, people who were raised with pets at home have a stronger immune system; and also, kids with ADHD benefit greatly from canines.

Adopting a pet can be the most rewarding thing in the world.  You’ll definitely have the perfect companion and life-long friend.  Sandy is a lucky dog indeed, and so is the Lewin family and 411-PAIN for having such an adorable golden-doodle.  The entire family is committed to Sandy’s care.
Hellen Keller, blind and deaf writer said: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.”  I’m sure one of those things was her adorable canine companion.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Tradition of Generosity

A Tradition of Generosity

The Lewins have been well-known for their generosity.  They have donated thousands of dollars for humanitarian purposes.  One of their latest contributions was at North Miami Elementary where 411-PAIN in partnership with Clear Channel Radio gathered at the school’s spacious cafeteria for a special event.  A large check was donated to the school for their sacrificial and continual dedication to educate and nurture our future generation.

411 PAIN in partnership with Clear Channel Radio picked North Miami Elementary for a special event held on Wednesday May 1, 2013.  We got the whole school together in their ample cafeteria to celebrate and read stories to the kids.  The school band played mirthfully as students walked in and sat orderly on the cafeteria benches.  The crowd applauded and their leader welcomed everyone to this amazing event.  Stories were read, music was played, and seven students held high a sign which read “THANK YOU 411-PAIN!” after a big $3085.00 check was presented to the school principal.

It was truly an inspiring event which reminded us about the purpose of giving.  The Lewins are so proud of North Miami Elementary for creating the environment our kids need to grow and become healthy adults.  Teachers and parents, a child will thank you ‘one day.’  Live for that day, any ordinary day can be it.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

411 PAIN - A Tradition of Generosity

411 PAIN - A Tradition of Generosity

The Lewins’ have been well known for their generosity. They have donated tens of thousands for humanitarian purposes. One of their latest contributions was at North Miami Elementary where 411 PAIN in partnership with Clear Channel Radio gathered at the schools’ spacious cafeteria for a special event. A large check was donated to the school for their continual dedication to educate and nurture future generations.

 411-PAIN in partnership with Clear Channel Radio picked North Miami Elementary for a special event held on Wednesday May 1, 2013. We got the whole school together in their ample cafeteria to celebrate and read stories to the kids. The school band played brightly as students walked in and sat orderly on the cafeteria benches. The crowd clapped and their Principal welcomed everyone to this amazing event. Stories were read, music was played, and seven students held high a sign which read THANK YOU 411-PAIN! after a big $3085.00 check was presented to the school principal.

It was truly an inspiring event which reminded us about the purpose of giving. The Lewins’ are so proud of North Miami Elementary for creating the environment our kids need to grow and become healthy adults. Teachers and parents, a child will thank you ‘one day.’ Live for that day, any ordinary day can be it.

The Read and Rise program has been an ongoing philanthropic campaign that has benefited schools in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Carol City, Hialeah, Cooper City, Weston, Miami's Overtown, Downtown Miami and West Palm Beach.

Robert Lewin is owner of the 1-800-411-PAIN phone number.

Friday, April 5, 2013

411 Pain Celebrates Arbor Day 2013 By Giving Away FREE TREES!

411 Pain Celebrates Arbor Day 2013 By Giving Away FREE TREES!


Robert Lewin, founder of 411-Pain, is always giving back to the community. He and 411 Pain are proud to sponsor the Read And Rise program which brings books and reading to underprivileged children.
This year, Robert Lewin and 411 Pain are giving the gift of clean air and helping beautify the landscape by supporting the Arbor Day foundation and making the world, YOUR world, a greener place.

Most people have heard of Arbor Day and The Arbor Day Foundation, but 411 Pain would like to share a bit of the history with you.

It all began back in 1845, when the first pioneers were moving out to Nebraska. Among them was J Sterling Morton of Detroit.
Once the settlers arrived in Nebraska, they were surprised and disappointed at the lack of trees. Nebraska is, after all, in the Great American Prairie.
The pioneers missed trees and also understood the need for them - trees provide shade, shelter from wind and a weight to keep soil in place and wood with it's myriad of uses.
Morton spread his enthusiasm and by 1872, a plan was set in motion to have an "Arbor Day" with prizes awarded to whoever planted the most trees. The date was April 10, and an estimated ONE MILLION TREES were planted in Nebraska that day!
In 1885, Arbor Day became a legal holiday and April 22 - J Sterling Morton's birthday, became the official date of it's celebration.
Celebrations took place with parades and tree plantings - and school children would gather together by grade and plant a tree that they would care for.
Throughout the 1870s, more states passed legislation to celebrate Arbor Day and in 1882 the the schools nationwide adopted the tradition.

Arbor Day is currently celebrated in the United States the last Friday in April, but due to variance in planting seasons, some states celebrate in different months. 411 Pain provides the following list of when Arbor Day is observed in each state and the state tree.

411 Pain Florida tree giveaway Arbor Day

Alabama  Last full week in February (Longleaf Pine)
Alaska  Third Monday in May (Sitka Spruce)
Arizona  Last Friday in April (Paloverde)
Arkansas  Third Monday in March ( Pine)
California  March 7-14 (California Redwood)
Colorado  Third Friday in April ( Blue Spruce)
Connecticut  April 30 ( White Oak)
Delaware  Last Friday in April ( American Holly)
District of Columbia  Last Friday in April (Scarlet Oak)
Florida  Third Friday in January ( Cabbage Palmetto)
Georgia  Third Friday in February ( Live Oak)
Hawaii  First Friday in November (Kukui)
Idaho  Last Friday in April ( Western White Pine)
Illinois  Last Friday in April ( White Oak)
Indiana  Last Friday in April (Tuliptree)
Iowa  Last Friday in April (Oak)
Kansas  Last Friday in March (Cottonwood)
Kentucky  First Friday in April (Tulip Poplar)
Louisiana  Third Friday in January (Baldcypress)
Maine  Third full week in May ( Eastern White Pine)
Maryland  First Wednesday in April ( White Oak)
Massachusetts  April 28-May 5 ( American Elm)
Michigan  Last Friday in April ( Eastern White Pine)
Minnesota  Last Friday in April (Red Pine)
Mississippi  Second Friday in February ( Southern Magnolia)
Missouri  First Friday in April ( Flowering Dogwood)
Montana  Last Friday in April (Ponderosa Pine)
Nebraska  Last Friday in April (Cottonwood)
Nevada  Southern: February 28; Northern: April 23 (Singleleaf Pinyon)
New Hampshire  Last Friday in April ( Paper Birch)
New Jersey  Last Friday in April ( Northern Red Oak)
New Mexico  Second Friday in March (Pinyon)
New York  Last Friday in April ( Sugar Maple)
North Carolina  First Friday following March 15 ( Pine)
North Dakota  First Friday in May ( American Elm)
Ohio  Last Friday in April (Ohio Buckeye)
Oklahoma  Last full week in March (Eastern Redbud)
Oregon  First full week in April (Douglas Fir)
Pennsylvania  Last Friday in April (Eastern Hemlock)
Rhode Island  Last Friday in April ( Red Maple)
South Carolina  First Friday in December ( Cabbage Palmetto)
South Dakota  Last Friday in April ( White Spruce)
Tennessee  First Friday in March (Yellow Poplar)
Texas  Last Friday in April (Pecan)
Utah  Last Friday in April ( Blue Spruce)
Vermont  First Friday in May ( Sugar Maple)
Virginia  Second Friday in April ( Flowering Dogwood)
Washington  Second Wednesday in April (Western Hemlock)
West Virginia  Second Friday in April ( Sugar Maple)
Wisconsin  Last Friday in April ( Sugar Maple)
Wyoming  Last Monday in April (Cottonwood)

411 Pain wants to carry on the Arbor Day tradition and encourages everyone to plant a tree.
To get YOUR FREE TREE from Robert Lewin and 411-Pain, visit us at http://411painpromo.com/411-pain-tree-giveaway-arbor-day/
Help spread the GREEN!

Robert Lewin and 411 Pain, the undisputed leader in road safety awareness, reminds you to PLEASE: NEVER drink and drive, NEVER text and drive and ALWAYS wear your seat belt!