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Aug 30th

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How toxic is Black hair care?

Little attention has been paid to the connection between African American beauty products and adverse health outcomes. Recent studies suggest that may change.  "Take the kinks out of your mind,” intoned Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), “instead of out of your hair.”

As founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Garvey refused advertisements for products to lighten the skin and straighten the hair of African Americans in The Negro World, the UNIA’s newspaper. That was “back in the day” – between 1918 and 1933 – when the paper had a circulation estimated at close to 200,000 per week.

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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.

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Health Partners initiative increases fruit, vegetable intake

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.

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Poll reveals deep support for food stamps, opposition to cutting the program

By an overwhelming margin, American voters oppose cutting food stamp assistance (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) as a way to reduce government spending, according to new poll data released recently by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Seventy-seven percent of voters say this is the wrong way to reduce spending and only 15 percent favor cutting such assistance.

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Aiken Elected to National Kidney Foundation's National Board of Directors.

Aiken Elected to National Kidney Foundation's National Board of Directors.

 

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.

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How pregnant women can avoid dangerous everyday chemicals

Pregnant women are trying to be healthier.  Many take all the right steps to promote the birth of a healthy baby, including eating right, taking vitamins and eliminating alcohol and nicotine from their lives.

Unfortunately, all those efforts may be for naught if they are still being exposed to unseen chemicals in their daily lives. Dr. Doris Rapp, an experienced physician and expert on all the hidden household and environmental hazards, wants women to know about the many insidious and dangerous threats to their unborn babies. The harmful exposures can cause serious harm and damaging birth defects to babies in the womb, and they are right under our noses.

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January Hawthorne Huddle: NorthPoint means access

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.

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