Health and Wellness

v33_SistersNetSisters Network Inc., has joined forces with Solis Women's Health to provide free mammograms for women nationwide through Sisters' Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP). The BCAP provides free mammograms to all women and various financial assistance for breast cancer survivors health-related expenses, including medical related lodging, co-pay, office visits and prosthesis. BCAP donors include Comerica Bank, Sysco, United Airlines Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. Funds are also generated from Sisters Network Stop the Silence National 5k Walk/Run event.

As part of the partnership, Solis will provide the mammogram screenings at their clinics located in Texas, Arizona; Indiana; North Carolina and Ohio.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 26,840 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among African American women. African American women have a five year survival rate of 78%, as compared to 90% for white women. Additionally, the incidence rate of breast cancer is higher among African American women (under age 45) than white women.

v33_EyesClosedForget brain-training exercises, 12-hour shifts and those long, uninterrupted, caffeine-fueled study binges. When you really need new information to sink in, you can't skimp on taking breaks, new research suggests.

That's the message from a study by psychologists and neuroscientists at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, who asked a small group of normally aging elderly men and women to recall as many details as possible from two stories they were told.

Following one of the stories (but not always the same one for all the participants), the men and women were instructed to relax, take a brief break and close their eyes for 10 minutes in a dark room. Following the other story, those same participants were instead distracted with a new task, spotting the differences between pairs of nearly identical images.

Overall, the study participants remembered many more details of whichever story they heard before they were told to rest — and their striking memory boost persisted even a full week out after the story-telling.

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banner_val_weeks_healthValecia Weeks is a certified personal trainer with NESTA, as well as a licensed ZUMBA instructor. She is also licensed through the state of Texas for Therapeutic Massage Therapy.

Atten-Hut! Is that what we think of when we hear the phrase, “good posture”? Talk of good posture often generates images of women walking in a circle with books balanced on their heads or soldiers standing at attention. But good posture does not have to be rigid or ridiculous. In fact, far from ridiculous, it may be the key to good health.

v32_DougEFreshDoug E. Fresh is about more than Hip Hop.

The 45-year-old veteran rapper is using his fame to push good health. A vegetarian, Fresh believes the key to a good life is good health, reports

“Health has always been an important thing to me. I exercise and try to take care of myself, and drink a lot of water! And I push that to my kids so that they can carry on that same energy,” said Fresh.

One of his biggest projects has been a partnership with New York Dr. Olajide Williams in a fight against childhood obesity. Together they managed to merge a youth movement with health as an avenue to educate African American and Latino children about the disease and healthy alternatives through a program called Hip Hop Public Health.

*(Via Yahoo News) – Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whose whereabouts haven’t been disclosed since he quietly took a medical leave from Congress several weeks ago, is being treated for depression at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, according to a statement released by the hospital.

Jackson is undergoing an extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and for gastrointestinal issues, the hospital said, providing the first details about his medical condition. But the statement released late Friday didn’t disclose where the longtime Chicago congressman, the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, had previously been staying.


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