Health and Wellness

v26_BlackWoman*(Via theGrio) – Veterans Affairs officials have announced that studying the uniquely supportive culture of black women might provide a key to addressing the spike in suicides occurring in the armed forces. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Suicides among U.S. military members have spiked this year, with an average of one suicide a day — the highest rate so far during a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

v26_DocMcStuffinsA pig-tailed girl whose favorite accessory is a pink stethoscope has become a symbol of pride and hope for black women in medicine and the daughters they want to inspire.

Doc McStuffins, the African-American title character of an animated TV series for children, dreams of becoming an M.D. and, for now, runs a cheerful home clinic for stuffed animals and dolls.

Valecia Weeks is a Professional Licensed Massage Therapist through the state of Texas as well as a Birth Doula. She is a licensed ZUMBA instructor and a certified personal trainter with NESTA.

Have you ever awakened early in the morning and said to yourself, “Hey, I sure could use a happiness cocktail”? Just in case you are wondering what a “happiness cocktail” is…keep reading. Although you may have a fairly sunny disposition by nature, even “sunny YOU” can feel down sometimes and need a quick fix mood booster.

During a recent debate addressing whether the United States should ban college football, an argument against the sport was summed up this way: Schools should not be in the business of encouraging young men to hit themselves over the head.

The reasoning behind that argument (by New Yorker magazine staff writer Malcolm Gladwell): Concussions are not what afflicts football, rather it is the cumulative effects of punishing, comparatively subtle, subconcussive hits.

"There isn't a helmet in the world that can be designed to take the sting out of those hits," said Gladwell, at the Intelligence Squared Debate hosted by Slate Magazine in New York last week. "What's the effect of all that neurological trauma? We know it's a condition called CTE."

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a degenerative brain disease found among contact sport athletes - and associated with repeated head trauma - that can lead to dramatic cognitive, memory and mood problems. What scares some people about CTE is that it resembles dementia, except that it can strike people in their prime. - CNN

v25_ImanUber model and beauty specialist Iman spoke out recently at the WWD 2012 Beauty CEO Summit, protesting that major retailers disrespect the black beauty world by moving ethnic products to the back shelves of most stores.

Specifically she’s calling out retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Walgreens who have been hesitant to carry her beauty line in their stores despite its success in stores such as J.C. Penney and Sephora.


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