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Feb 09th


Moving from pain to power

I remember when I was around eleven years old growing up in the segregated rural town in the south.  The white folks lived on one side of the tracks and the Black folks—well, we lived on the other.  We seemed to walk everywhere –mostly because there were no cabs or busses—but also because we kids had more freedom if we did not rely on our parents to take us places.  The distance from our house “in the country” to “the flats” (which is where the Black folks lived), was about four miles.  One day, my brother, sister and I asked if we could go visit our friends in the flats.  My mother quickly gave us permission but having heard at the church (Mt. Zion) that the local bootlegger had opened up a “honky tonk” with a Jukebox, she warned us not to go there. 

Hypoallergenic nutritional counselor offers resource for African American families

Hypoallergenic nutritional counselor offers resource for African American familiesDid you know that in comparison to other races of children, African American boys are more than 4 times likely to have moderate to severe food allergies? This problem could be classified as a “silent epidemic” and as a result, African American mothers are often playing a game of Russian roulette when they purchase ANY prepackaged food or beverage for a child with food allergies.

Face the rage and turn the page: Tips on anger management

A few years ago, I was asked to make a presentation at a conference entitled: “Face the Rage and Turn the Page”.  When I looked at the title, I immediately started to laugh!  I laughed first, because it sounded like Rev. Jesse Jackson.  Then, I laughed because I thought that no serious Black person would ever consider turning the page on our rage.  Then I laughed because I thought about how many of us have rage and how every single day our rage seems to be compounded.  Soon after I laughed, however, a more somber notion took the place of my laughter because I realized that sometimes we Black folk… well we laugh to keep from crying.

NorthPoint celebrates National Health Center Week

NorthPoint celebrates National Health Center WeekMINNEAPOLIS—As part of National Health Center Week, US Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th district and who is long-time supporter of health issues and local community health centers, visited NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center Friday, August 12, to receive the NACHC 2011 Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award. The award recognizes Ellison’s “efforts in the second session of the 111th Congress to preserve, strengthen and expand access” to community health centers like NorthPoint Health & Wellness.

The pitfalls of loving narcissists

There is a difference between being selfish, self-less and self-caring.  People involved in unhealthy relationships often have imbalances in the degree to which they get what they want.  You’ve heard about it in movies like Tyler Perry’s “Why did I get married?” when the characters referred to that fact that at times you give eighty-percent and your partner gives twenty, but later the situation may be reversed so that you give twenty percent and your partner gives eighty.  This concept is called  reciprocity (give and take).  Many of us have been taught that in order to be in relationships we have to expect nothing (or very little) from others and that in order to be in relationships we must give them everything.  The problem is that many of us do not know how to give; we only know how to take.  Some of us do not know how to take, we only know how to give, and among this group are those who only know how to give to others and never to ourselves.  While future articles will address the differences between being self-less and self-caring, this article addresses those who are perceived as “selfish” or “takers” in relationships and how their personality traits affect others. 


McDonald’s unveils plans for healthier menu

The fast food chain McDonald’s last month announced nutritional changes to its menu intended to provide healthier options.

“Right now, America is having important conversations about childhood obesity, well-being and healthy choices and I’m proud that McDonald’s is engaged in those conversations,” Jan Field, president of McDonald’s USA, said in a statement.

The Green Cafe Network

The Green Cafe Network Dear EarthTalk: I heard about something called the Green Café Network. What is it and what are they trying to accomplish for the environment?   -- Jane Stevenson, Los Angeles, CA

The Green Café Network (GCN), a project of the non-profit Earth Island Institute, seeks to reduce Americans’ environmental impacts by greening the coffeehouse industry and harnessing cafe culture for community environmental awareness. By educating and working with cafe owners and staff, GCN helps network members reduce waste, save energy, conserve water and increase community stewardship. GCN’s 30-plus cafes scattered across Northern California (as well as one in New York City and another in Keshena, Wisconsin) are committed to reducing their carbon footprints, promoting environmental responsibility and generally operating in as sustainable a manner as possible.
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