Insight News

Feb 10th


Free eye exams for children and youth

One Sight, Luxottica Foundation & Minneapolis Urban League will assist children and youth with free eye exams and eyewear on October 3-7, 2011 at the Minneapolis Urban League, 2000 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis MN 55411. One Sight volunteers from independent practitioners offices, (Lens Crafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, Target Optical, Sunglass Hut) and within the community will work to provide free vision care and eyewear to those in need in the Twin Cities. There will be a big vision van parked in the MUL parking lot Mon – Fri of next week, which are equipped with two eye exam lanes, finishing labs and dispensing areas. One Sight volunteers will provide free vision care. The hours of operation is approximately 9-2pm for children/youth and making eyewear 2-4pm.


We’re being “lynched”—And we don’t even know it

I recently attended a conference during which a speaker who addressed the issue of children and gang violence moved me.  Soon after he began to speak, I thought about how gang culture is similar to many groups within our communities.  I started to think about how gangs have a culture of their own, and that our Black children are often divided by the “colors” of their clothes rather than the “color” of their skin.  

The childhood obesity epidemic

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in America, especially in America’s communities of color. Over the past forty years, obesity rates have soared more than four-fold among children ages 6 to 11. Today, 31.8 percent of youth between two and nineteen years of age – or twenty-three million kids – are obese or significantly overweight. If nothing is done, this may be the first generation that will not outlive their parents.

New public-private sector initiative aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in five years

Million Hearts focuses on improving aspirin use, blood pressure, cholesterol control and tobacco prevention


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with several key initial partners, today launched Million Hearts, an initiative that aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Currently, cardiovascular disease costs $444 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity in Americans. Building on work already underway thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Million Hearts will help improve Americans’ health and increase productivity.

Reducing the harm of tobacco smoke

New research shows that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) continues to pose measurable health hazards to children.

Hennepin County Strong Beginnings Child Care offers new series of workshops to educate parents about how to reduce the harms of ETS exposure for infants and young children.

Hennepin County Strong Beginnings Centers serve approximately 750 children in predominantly urban areas of North and South Minneapolis.  Sixty-five percent are low-income and support high-quality early care to promote early childhood development and school readiness.  Their mission is to work with parents to improve development of the children they service and to promote school readiness ( 

From the jail track to the well track: Reducing the impact of incarceration on children

One of my family members spent most of his life in jail.  It was strange because whenever he got out, he seemed to be totally disconnected from what was going on in the world.  Cell phones, the internet, DVDs and “texting” were invented while he was incarcerated.  More importantly, all of us—his children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and best friends-continued with our day to day lives- wondering every day (or at least every so often) whether he was “okay” or not.  Before going to prison, when it came to making good decisions, he seemed most often to make the wrong choices for himself.  When it came to handling conflict, he would do anything to avoid being “punked” or shamed into backing down or making a compromise.  When it came to anger, he seemed to choose to express it through violence and confrontational approaches.

From my spirit: Sacred, special, and unique

I am not a theologian; however, it would be very difficult for me to practice as a Black psychologist if I did not understand the concepts of faith and spirituality.  In fact a recent survey ("Faith," Barna by Topic: African Americans, indicted that 52.8% of African-Americans believe overwhelmingly in an Authoritarian God, and compared to 66 percent of whites, 83 percent of African Americans say their religious faith is very important in their lives (2001).  Therefore, it is not strange to me that I believe from my Spirit, that every human being is a child of a Living (not dead) God and that we are sacred, special, and uniquely created.  I believe with all of my heart that even the lowest among us is worthy of love, respect, hope and power.  I believe that when people have suffered as much as many of us have, that we have earned a right to be well.  I also believe that somewhere in our past, the price has already been paid for us ---by grandmothers who had calloused knees scrubbing floors in rich folk’s houses, and grandfathers who pushed brooms and mops as janitors, and aunties who “did hair in the kitchen.”
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