Miami & Spring Break: Obesity epidemic cure

Ladies and gentlemen, I divert from your regularly scheduled health programming to bring you this very important PSA. Consider it my community service for today. Read on. Please. I recently returned from a wonderful visit to Miami and, unbeknownst to me, it was the same week of spring break in […]

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Why going natural is driving me insane

Disney hosted its annual Dreamer’s Academy event last weekend. The Academy is an annual youth enrichment program that supports the dreams of more than 100 imaginative teens every year. The program was designed to immerse the students in creative and non-conventional career opportunities and was created for high school students who […]

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Healthwatch: Serena Williams

Oooh chile, help me. Serena had a major scare last month and I really don’t know how I feel about it. If this could happen to her, what does that mean for me? *sigh* For some reason, the advice from my 9th grade P.E. instructor is ringing in my head […]

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No joke: April 1 is National Walk to Work Day

Yes, you read the post title correctly and this is no April Fool’s joke (wouldn’t that be cruel? lol). I can’t make this stuff up, people. I don’t think I have ever heard of this particular public health observance day (there are so many – for a full list, please […]

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6 things we can learn from Elizabeth Taylor (RIP)

Last week, we lost a great American icon, Elizabeth Taylor.  I have always had a fond respect for her – not only was she an academy award-winning actress, she was a beautiful, confident and quick-witted vixen that seemed to be generous in many ways.  I appreciated her candor and can […]

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The morning after pill – everyday?

I just had to share this article. I have never been a 1-a-day pill advocate. Whether it be vitamins, medication or birth control – I am always inconsistent.  When it comes to birth control, this leaves a tremendous amount of room for error – enough for a 9-month special delivery. […]

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Are happy people healthier?

By Nancy Gottesman, O – The Oprah Magazine The powerful link between emotional outlook and physical health is no secret. “I didn’t believe in it when I started out 40 years ago,” says Martin Seligman, PhD, one of the preeminent experts in the field of positive psychology and author of […]

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Slate.com reports: Sex is Cheap

Not to beat the ‘Single/Degreed Black Women’ debate to death, but I am really interested in the so-called ‘residual’ effects of all of the relationship dynamics that are dominating our cultural dialogue (insert Steve Harvey book link, recent article from Tracy McMillan, etc. – you get my point).  Has anybody looked […]

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Got Free Condoms and Lollipops?

For every new thing that sticks in today’s culture, there has to be some context – context about why it’s needed, why it’s relevant and why it should stay and remain a part of a community’s culture.  Free Condoms and Lollipops may not bring you as much pleasure as your […]

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Birth control and abortion aren’t the same

The Washington Post’s On Faith blog recently posed some important questions re: our country’s views on planned pregnancy, abortion and birth control – claiming that with all the strides made in other areas (e.g. civil rights, women’s right’s technology), the US has made few strides in its societal beliefs in the […]

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HIV/AIDS in America: A vaccine is finally here

I plan to do a series of posts on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. This is an important year for HIV/AIDS – 2011 marks the 30th year since it was first discovered.  Also, I’ve spoken with a few people who believe that the public perception about the disease is […]

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Fast Food Nation: McDonald’s oatmeal is not so healthy

McDonald’s sells its oatmeal as a healthy breakfast alternative, but according to one food critic, it includes too many not-so-healthy ingredients. Its new oatmeal, which McDonald’s released nationwide last month as a “bowl full of wholesome,” is actually a crock full of something else, according to Mark Bittman, a food […]

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