Health & Wellness

Health and wellness covers issues and topics exploring the ways in which we work towards healthy and fulfilling lives.

Hunger becomes the norm in millions of US households

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Houston, TX: July 16, 2020 - USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue (blue/green gingham shirt and tan mask) and Senator John Cornyn blue gingham shirt and blue bandana mask) tour the Houston Food Bank, one of USDA’s partners in the Houston area helping feed Americans in need through various nutrition programs administered by the USDA Food. Houston Food Bank CEO Brian Green (black shirt and cap) and Chief Impact Officer Nicole Lander (red dress) lead them on a tour of the warehouse operations. Photo credit: Lance Cheung

Record numbers show food pantries cause major concern of what’s to come in the winter months as more families deal with food insecurity. 

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Yoga during the fall season is about balance and gratitude

Inviting you to a comfortable seat of practice, yoga teacher, Kali Alexander, ushers in fall with a Fall Equinox sequence of poses that encourage balance and gratitude into your life. Time to get grounded and open.

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Soulful yoginis say it’s time to reflect, stay grounded and keep good energy flowing

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Master yoga practitioners encourage us to go within to remain strong and fortified as the universe shifts.

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Dignity and Power organization provides families of those incarcerated with mental health and healing outside Los Angeles jails | Photo Story

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  • Dignity and Power director Guadeloupe Chavez remains steadfast in keeping the pop up wellness fair on the grounds of Twin Towers.

In the last days of May’s mental health month, Ark Republic highlights organizations and people who employ revolutionary approaches to mental health and awareness.

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Hypertension is the top chronic disease, yet and still, remains a silent killer | Podcast

Today’s topic is health, specifically looking at hypertension a common illness that silently impacts millions.

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NYC crackdown on sale of CBD infused edibles

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NYC Bakery selling CBD infused baked goods now find themselves in a sticky icky situation with the Department of Health.

Last week, Department of Health (DOH) officials began visiting restaurants in New York City which carry cannabidiol (CBD) edibles, bagging up the products, and marking them as ‘embargoed’.

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Rape

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Kaleesha Washington explores her experiences dealing with molestation and rape in the backdrop of #Meetoo and shaming of victims since Bill Cosby and Bret Kavanaugh.

An educator writes about dealing with molestation and rape as a child and teen against the backdrop of the #Meetoo movement, as well as, the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial and Senate Judiciary hearings on the appointment of Bret Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice.

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From re-entry to radical self care: The professional and personal journey of a social justice professor

“What we have to do is radically shift our perceptions of what it means to take care of ourselves . . . let’s take care of ourselves the way we take care of everybody else.”

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Navigating mental health, stigma and healthcare | Think Piece

As a man of color, it is particularly difficult to engage others in mental health discussion.

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Millennials raise awareness for mental health in Black community

Black millennials are transforming the narrative on mental health in their communities through unique, creative channels.

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‘Fair Kitchens’ initiative works to remove the pressure-cooker atmosphere in a stressful food industry

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Chef working in commercial kitchen

Private-Public partnership creates movement seeking to change the food industry for culinary workers in-and-out of the kitchen.

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Mental health is real: Two high profile suicides within days of each other, rock food and fashion industry

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In three days, two deaths occurred with people whom the public thought were living their best lives. Now more people are making mental health a priority in public discussion.

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‘Suck it Up’: Black women culinary professionals and the culture of silence

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Taught to be stalwart in dealing with stress and wellness, Black women are the least likely to speak up about what’s ailing them in culinary environments.

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CDC epidemiologist claimed flu shot caused deadly influenza outbreak, goes missing weeks later

Shortly after a high ranking CDC researcher discloses his concerns with the flu vaccine, he vanishes without a trace.

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Newark’s BlueBerry Cafe provides vegan options in an unlikely place

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Blueberry Cafe, a vegan eatery nestles itself in a Boost Mobile and doobie hair salon on Central Avenue. Just around the corner are several traps. It might appear to be odd to have a healthy cafe in the heart of Newark, Nj., but the people deserve the right to eat to live.

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Clench and Release: Kegel exercises strengthen the yin and yang

The Kegel is no longer only for women, as men are experiencing numerous benefits from this practice. This exercise plays a major role in bladder and bowel control, as well as healthy sexual function in both sexes.

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To heal a people: An intersection of yoga and activism

Kali Alexander, a yogini who grew up next door to Compton, says she makes the “woo woo” of yoga. For years, Alexander gives a free class in the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall every Saturday. The area of Los Angeles is a yoga desert that also deals with a plethora of fast-food and liquor stores. Bringing

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Sweeten the deal with lemons this holiday

Photo credit: Lauren Mancke

The American diet and sedentary lifestyle often leave bodies acidic which is fertile ground for sicknesses and disease. A simple tea made from lemons stimulates your digestive system and helps alkaline the body.

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Proponents of affordable healthcare push insurance enrollment, while POTUS continues to diminish it

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Open enrollment for health insurance started Nov 1, and runs through Dec 15. As a reminder, make sure to renew or sign up for coverage by Friday, December 15. But, if you rely on the current Administration to remind citizens, forget about it. Even the Obamas remind people to enroll into a health insurance program by

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You are full of it: Squat to eliminate

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Research found that our body is design to squat over a toilet rather than sit on it. As children, we instinctively crouched down when the time came to eliminate, which is why this position is still practiced by the majority of the world. From Korea to the Compton blocks, squatting is a natural resting position.

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Ooh baby I like it raw: 4 benefits of oysters

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Let’s talk about the benefits of oysters, whether eaten raw, grilled, seared, fried or as soup base, there is a way to consume and give back to earth.

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5 reasons why yin yoga is everything

Yin yoga is a beast. You’ve got to try it.

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Eat your water

Photo Credit: Jakub Kapusnak

Some of the most effective ways of staying hydrated are by consuming more water-rich foods, such as watermelon and spinach. These fruits and vegetables boost the body’s H2O consumption while adding a multitude of nutrient benefits. The water from cucumbers keep you hydrated inside and out. The cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, consists

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