Recent scientific advances give us renewed hope that an end to the AIDS epidemic is within our reach, but we cannot allow ourselves to lose our sense of urgency in addressing the heavy burden of HIV/AIDS among Black Americans. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds us that though we have come a long way over the past 30 years, we have so much left to achieve, and the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) – to be held in Washington, D.C. from July 22-27 – will be an opportunity to re-focus the agenda on the U.S., particularly among hard-hit communities, including Black Americans.
A pilot program designed to increase fruit and vegetable intake among elementary school students is being put to the test by Saint Paul Public Schools and HealthPartners. Approximately 7,500 students in 21 schools are participating in the program including nine Saint Paul Public Schools.
"Research shows that habits established in elementary school often last a lifetime, so this is a great opportunity to help reverse the obesity epidemic in our community and our nation," says Valeria Silva, Saint Paul Public School Superintendent.
After experiencing kidney disease, dialysis, receiving a kidney transplant and becoming involved with the National Kidney Foundation serving Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa, Jerome Bill Aiken remains focused on giving back -- this time, at a National level. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced Aiken, current Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation’s Minnesota Board of Directors, was named to NKF’s 2012 National Board of Directors. Aiken was also elected Chairman of NKF’s National Leadership Council Committee.
The first Hawthorne Huddle meeting of 2012 was Thursday January 5, at 601 29th Ave. N. The meeting focused on health and wellness. Panelists included Dr. Paul Erickson, Medical Director of NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center; Paula Haywood, Human Service Area Manager of Hennepin County Human Services and the Public Health Department; John Munger, Executive Director, City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation; and Marques Armstrong, Executive Director, Imani Youth and Family Services, LLC.