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    Safe Fitness During Injuries

    Have you been consistent on your journey or just started your journey and injured yourself?  On June 3, 2018, I was sitting on my left leg in bed and from hip to toe fell asleep. I didn’t know it.  I get out of bed, take on step with my right foot and with my left foot, I step down and hear, pop, pop, pop.  As I look down my foot was on the side. Instead of stepping down on the bottom of my foot, I stepped down on the side of my foot, OUCH!!  I grabbed my foot, my blood pressure shot up, saw a few stars, took deep breaths…

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    Do You See the Signs?

    Suicide is a highly stigmatized topic, thus preventing much outward expression about it in families, churches, and communities. Because suicide rates are growing, especially in certain populations of people, it’s time to speak out! Let’s hit the high points related to suicide. The Facts: More than 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the U.S. Suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999. Suicide can affect anyone, no matter the age, gender, or background. Suicide can be the result of a mental health condition, treated or untreated;  – such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorder, etc. Many times, the family and friends of those who die by suicide have…

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    Stop the Excuses

    Before typing this month’s article I was thinking, what could I tell the readers this month to either help them get started, stay on the journey or get up if they have fallen down.  What did I decide to talk about, NO EXCUSES! Now let me tell you how I came to this. On June 3rd I was sitting in my bed on my ankle and my entire, yes, entire leg went to sleep.  From hip to toe and I didn’t know it. At the time I was prepping my meals for the next week.  I get out the bed to check the food, put my right foot down on…

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    Summer Fun: Safety Tips

    Amusement parks, beaches, community swimming pools, summer sports, bike riding, hiking…Yes honey! With that said, let’s cover a few safety tips for fun in the sun as we creep towards the end of this season. Chilling in the Sun… Summer fun brings forth increased time in the sun, hence greater exposure to UV Radiation. Exposure to UV radiation is a cause of skin cancer, so as you can imagine, it is very important all year around. Now I know women of color embrace that “Melanin Poppin” skin; however, please remember, melanin is protective, not preventative. With that said, here are a few sun safety tips: Wear sunscreen of at least…

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    Summer Fitness for a Summer Body

    What time is it?  It’s spring/summer time.  This is the time where we want to wear shorts, sundresses, sleeveless shirts and swimming suits.  Are you ready? If you aren’t, that is perfectly okay. You can start this journey any day of the week.  Now, let’s discuss how you can reach your goals as the weather warms up. Previously I gave tips on how we can workout at home or on the go.  What are some of the things we can do outside now that the weather is warming up?  There are sooo many options of things we can do for the first time or just very simple things that will…

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    Miscarriages: Facts & Faith

    Having a miscarriage can be a devastating event for a family unit, one that can lead to friction and separation. On the other hand, it can lead to closeness and perseverance to move forward and try again. Most commonly, when family units remain steadfast, one can move forward and have a normal, healthy pregnancy. It is only in 1% of cases that women will experience a concept called, recurrent pregnancy loss, a condition where one has two or more miscarriages. If you or a friend is in this 1%, there is hope! Let’s learn about miscarriages and recurrent pregnancy loss. The Facts Most miscarriages are by chance. There is nothing…

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    Fitness Made Easy

    We are almost half-way through 2018. Are you still striving to reach your goals? If you have fallen down and you need help getting on track again, we are here to help you take baby steps to reaching your weight loss goals. At the beginning of the year we are excited to start our weight loss journey. We say things like, “This year I am not going to quit.” “I’m going to eat healthy.” “I’m going to go to the gym.” “I’m going to be consistent.” And more. We are off to a great start and somehow life happens to us. We wake up one day and we are back…

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    Road to Redemption

    Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to abuse and addiction or even be a gateway to drugs. Alcohol use leads to 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost. Each year between 2006 and 2010, it claimed the lives of 1 in 10 individuals between ages 20 and 64. The cost of excessive alcohol use in 2010 was $249 billion, which means people spent approximately $2.05 per drink. Opioid abuse is a growing problem in the United States and has now attracted national attention. In 2016, 116 people died daily from opioid overdoses – 11.5 million individuals misused prescription opioids (Percocet, Norco, Roxicodone, Lortab, MS Contin, etc.) and…

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    Body Goals, Gyms can Go

    WOW, can you believe it?  We are in a new year already!  Where has the time gone? Like most people, the new year brings many resolutions, and one of those is, “I’m going to the gym.”  The first couple of months of the new year all gyms across the world see an increase in membership.  After that time, the number of gym goers dwindles down to the regular members, with only a few of the new members still going.   Are you tired of buying a gym membership and not following through?  Tired of paying for a gym membership year after year, to find yourself not going after a couple…

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    Womens Health: Cervical Cancer Awareness

    It’s time to get back to some health education! January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month so let’s take some time to learn a little about cervical cancer facts, symptoms, causes and how to prevent it. What is Cancer? Cancer is a disease that allows the cells in your body to grow more than they normally would. How is the Type of Cancer Determined? The type of cancer is always named according to the body part that it starts in, even if it spreads to other areas. If one has cervical cancer and it spreads to the lungs, she would say, “I was diagnosed with cervical cancer with metastasis (spread) to…

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    Holiday Weight Loss Survival

    It’s the HOLIDAY season! It’s also the end of the year. For some of us, this is the time of year we deal with massive weight gain. Let’s discuss how we can survive the holiday season without a lot of weight gain and go into the New Year healthier. 7 Holiday Eating Survival Tips: 1. If you’re going to travel for the holidays, eat healthy meals the day(s) before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve/Day. Eat healthy carbs, vegetables and protein. Stay away from desserts (as you might eat these on the holiday). 2. Bring your own food. If you cook your own food for the holiday and take it…

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    My Body, His Creation: Altered By Surgery

    Have you considered having surgery to improve your appearance, but refrained or are on the fence because of your religious beliefs or others’ opinions? Are you a person feels that others should not undergo surgical procedures to enhance their appearances? Well, I had the opportunity to interview two women who graciously shared their stories. As you read these narratives, I implore you to have an open mind to receive the stories in their entirety. Obesity is one of the leading causes of most preventable medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers, sleep apnea and more. Individuals living with obesity also suffer from eating disorders, malnutrition, depression,…