Health and Wellness

v28_sugarThere’s no doubt that Americans are addicted to sugar. We consume an average of 150 lbs. per person per year. For many of us, that means we eat our own weight in sugar every year! So it might be helpful to find out what that means – what sugar really is, what food value it has, and what problems it causes.

The sugar industry is big: $1billion per year. As with any other billion-dollar business, there’s bound to be a ton of information that will support such an empire anywhere you look – the media, bookstores, advertising, etc.

Boats like this don’t like to be rocked.

Motivational Speaker, Author and Fitness Guru, Bridgette L. Collins, brings her “Game Up For Wellness” Program to the NAACP Author Pavilion Book Signing for her new book, Broken In Plain Sight.

HOUSTON, TX (July 1, 2012) - - Motivational Speaker, Author and Fitness Guru Bridgette Collins has been confirmed as a participant of the NAACP Author Pavilion 2012 at the Commerce and Industry Show in Houston, TX from July 7th – July 10th. The NAACP Author Pavilion is sponsored by the NAACP National Office. Collins, who grew up in Houston’s Kashmere Gardens area attended The High School for Performing and Visual Arts and received her bachelors from Lamar University. In a recent interview, Ms. Collins stated, “I am so honored and humbled to be selected to participate in such a prestigious event.” Collins recognized for her latest project “Game Up for Wellness” and her third book, Broken In Plain Sight, is excited about being one of the featured authors at the NAACP’s 103rd Annual Conference. Ms. Collins’ book will be available for purchase at the Author Pavilion and she will be onsite to meet conference guests and attendees, and autograph copies on Saturday, July 7th from 4pm to 6pm and Sunday, July 8th 12pm to 2pm. Her dynamic book exposes the struggles, secrets, and corruption within an African American family and their journey to find love, truth, and healing. The Author Pavilion is free and open to the public and will feature African American authors including: Hill Harper, Antonia Wright, and Etan Thomas.

Because of knee surgery, there will be no Olympics for newly crowned NBA champ Dwyane Wade. The Miami Heat guard called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday and let them know that he is not healthy enough to participate in the Olympics. Wade was playing through pain for much of the postseason, yet still averaged 22.6 points during Miami’s five-game win over Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals.

Wade was the leading scorer on the team that won Olympic gold in Beijing four years ago. He also played for the U.S. on the squad that won bronze at Athens in 2004. Wade and his doctors are in the process of scheduling the surgery.

banner_val_weeks_healthValecia Weeks is a Professional Licensed Massage Therapist through the state of Texas as well as a Birth Doula. She is a licensed ZUMBA instructor and a certified personal trainter with NESTA.

When we feel as though we may literally “bust a gut," follow these simple steps to help you resolve that extra bloating.

If your waist band feels a little snug after that great meal, the worse thing you can do is go lie on the couch and be a “couch potato."

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes breathing hard at times; in fact, it can make life downright miserable, if not addressed properly. It can develop at any age, but most often it begins in children, generally in the first 5 years of life. For some urban children, asthma rates can be as high as 25% to 40%. It is the leading cause of hospitalization for children, and is the number one chronic condition causing elementary school absenteeism.


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