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Oct 09th


The Living Skills Fifth Grade Semester: A vision for fighting child obesity

The Living Skills Fifth Grade Semester: A vision for fighting child obesityAs a co-founder and the current Creative Director of the Rancho La Puerta fitness resort and Golden Door spas, Deborah Szekely has long been known as a pioneer in health and wellness. My remarkable friend Szekely is now focusing on a new target audience: our nation’s children. She is adding her extraordinary mind, energy, and voice to the chorus of those concerned about America’s child obesity problem. Together with Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner and now Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, she is promoting a pilot program they hope will help educate schoolchildren on the importance of healthy lifestyles.

It’s called the Living Skills Fifth Grade Semester. Szekely explains it is targeted to fifth graders because they believe children at that age still adore their teachers, parents, and friends and are old enough to understand lessons on healthy choices and to take on tasks like food preparation, gardening, shopping and budgeting. This makes them good candidates to be enthusiastic about learning how healthy food and exercise will make their bodies work best and makes them likely to be excited to share what they are learning at school with their families at home. As Szekely says, “We believe these children will become proselytizers to their family, much as past generations did when confronting their parents about smoking.”

Knowing is greater than doubt

Knowing is greater than doubt(NNPA) - What you need to know about HIV testing and why Black people should get tested on this June 27th, National HIV Testing Day.

Scientific denialists have been around since, well… the beginning of recorded science. One group of denialists refused to believe that the earth was round. Another group insisted that the sun revolved around the earth until long after scientific evidence had proved it works the other way around. A group of denialists wants us to believe that President Obama is Muslim, while another group, called "birthers," continues to challenge his presidency because they refuse to believe he was born in the United States. It should come as no surprise that there are AIDS denialists as well. Typically they either reject the fact that AIDS exists, disagree that HIV causes AIDS, claim that AIDS is caused by the very medications designed to treat it, or try to dissuade people from getting HIV tested. Given the magnitude of the AIDS epidemic in Black America, we cannot allow ourselves to be either distracted or bamboozled by these types of dubious claims. In fact, we should consider AIDS denialists not only dangerous, but even enemies of our community. Nevertheless, with all the myths and misinformation swirling around about HIV/AIDS, I completely understand how some of us might be nervous about getting tested. Let's consider the facts.

ECHO awarded $100,000 grant for fight against breast cancer

ECHO (Emergency, Community and Health Outreach) has been awarded a $100,000 grant by Susan B. Komen for the Cure Minnesota®. The grant will support outreach to the Latino, Hmong, Somali, and low literacy individuals and families in Minnesota to increase awareness of breast cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.

The grant will underwrite a portion of the cost to produce a television program, public service announcements for radio and phone, and Web resources in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and English. In addition to these tools, there will be direct outreach to these communities at events, other gatherings, and through ELL (English Language Learners) classes throughout the state.

HIV Testing Day is June 27: Here’s what you should know

HIV and AIDS have disproportionately affected the African American population.  Of the estimated one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. today, roughly half are Black.  Yet, as a racial group, African Americans represent just 13 percent of the population.  The lifetime risk of becoming infected with HIV is 1 in 16 for Black males, 1 in 30 for Black females in the U.S., a far greater risk than for white males (1 in 104) and white females (1 in 588).

On June 27th, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) and local organizations like the Positive Care Center at Hennepin County Medical Center, will sponsor National HIV Testing Day to promote early diagnosis and HIV testing.  The effort further raises awareness for the health risks and challenges associated with HIV and AIDS.

Milk in...bags?

Milk in...bags?Dear EarthTalk: I've been hearing about the popularity of milk sold in bags (as opposed to plastic or cardboard cartons) in India, Europe and Canada. What are the environmental advantages to milk in bags, and do you think it will catch on in the U.S.? And what other options are out there for milk drinkers trying to be green? -- Paul Howe, San Francisco, CA

(Earth Talk) Are this past winter's storms a sign of global warming?

(Earth Talk) Are this past winter's storms a sign of global warming?Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. got socked with several major storms this past winter. Local weather reports never mentioned this as odd. But is it a sign of global warming? -- R.A. Forbes, via e-mail

Weather patterns and trends are notoriously unpredictable, varying due to a great many different inputs. While it’s true that snowier, stormier winters could be the result of global warming, many meteorologists believe that El Nino—a climate pattern involving warmer-than-usual sea temperatures across the tropical Pacific that affects weather all over the globe—is mainly to blame for this past winter’s ongoing white misery.


National Cancer Institute: An information resource for African-Americans confronting cancer

National Cancer Institute: An information resource for African-Americans confronting cancerNNPA Special Commentary

(NNPA) - Do you know someone– a family member, a co-worker, a neighbor from down the street, or someone from your church – someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer? Or are you interested in finding the latest about reducing your risk of cancer? Where can you turn to find solid, accurate information that could help you or a loved one deal with cancer?

One good place to turn to is the National Cancer Institute (NCI). NCI is a reliable, trusted source of free cancer information that you can access over the Internet, by telephone, or through easy-to-understand pamphlets and brochures.
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