American Red Cross in need of blood donations

(CNN) -- Start your new year off by doing a good deed consider donating blood.


The American Red Cross says someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. The American Red Cross is in critical need of O negative, which is considered a universal donor- and B negative, because it's so rare.

Consider these factors when determining if you are an eligible donor:

-Whether you're in good general health.

-You have to be at least 17-years-old in most states, 16 in others with parental consent, and weigh at least 110 pounds.

-If you are taking medication, that will not disqualify you as a blood donor in most cases, according to the Red Cross. However, the reason that you are taking the medication might. A short health history and physical evaluation at the donor center or blood drive will determine that.

The process for general donations takes about 8-10 minutes and can save a life.

For today's health minute, I'm Reid Binion.