Health

  • Sugar Hits a Sour Note in Some Cities

    We all know, by now, that Berkeley, Calif. became the first city in the United States to pass a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages – soda, sweetened teas, sugary juices, and energy drinks.  Also, in 2014, Mexico’s congress passed a tax on sugary beverages that went into effect all ...

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  • How the Contraceptive Equity Act Will Work in Maryland

    On Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan signed 196 bills into law. One of those was the Contraceptive Equity Act, which will make birth control more affordable and accessible to Maryland residents. Maryland’s insurance companies will now cover all forms of over-the-counter birth control and male ...

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  • Cancer Survivor Preaches Self Love, Prosperous Living

    As a pillar of Black womanhood, Bershan Shaw exemplifies courage, confidence, strength, and positivity. As a nine year cancer survivor, motivational speaker, and writer, she emphasizes the importance of Black woman loving and caring for themselves. During a Love You Experience meeting/ Mother’s ...

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  • Putting Your Health Business in Order

    A seemingly wave of several high-profile deaths has been sobering for many readers. In light of these developers, it seemed fitting to, once again, provide a revisit those matters to which we should all take heed.   Most of us have experienced being in the hallway of an intensive care ward of a ...

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  • Time for Focus on Children’s Health

    Healthy lifestyles are learned at a young age. Like everything else, what you eat related to health, and it disproportionately impacts poor, African-American children. It’s no secret that for years, low-income communities of color have suffered as grocery stores and fresh, affordable food ...

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  • Outreach and Health Education Highlighted

    While National Minority Health Month has existed for more than 100 years (started as Negro Health Week by Booker T. Washington in 1915), many of the systemic issues surrounding health disparities and access facing Blacks, continue. Calling good health “the true measure of race ...

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  • Eating Healthy on a Budget

    Let’s face it, eating healthy can be a challenge, especially those of us living on a budget. However, there are ways to have a healthy diet without having to empty out your pockets. For me, a full-time college student and a part-time security guard, I have to budget between rent, car note, gas, ...

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  • Diabetes Pervasive Among Blacks

    As rampant as diabetes is in our community, it is well past time we took some serious action. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (blood sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. ...

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  • Balto. County Builds Bridges to Caregivers

    Edgemere Senior Center in partnership with the Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) will host the Caregivers Mini-Conference on “Healthy Living for Today and Smart Planning for the Future” on April 16 at 6600 North Point Road from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference will be for family ...

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  • Life in Flint; Living with Deadly Water

    FLINT, Mich. — Life over the past months has changed dramatically for Alaya Smith and her family, which includes her two-year-old son, Amarus Jones, and her fiancé.    They live in fear of the water. Consequently, she no longer uses regular water for showers or to wash dishes or to drink ...

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