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Feb 14th


NBA D-League player Marcus Hill teams up with youth determined to succeed in the fight against childhood obesity

NBA D-League player Marcus Hill teams up with youth determined to succeed in the fight against childhood obesitySince third grade, leading a healthy lifestyle inclusive of nutritional eating, a regular exercise regimen, and basketball has been second nature for newly signed NBA D-League player Marcus Hill. In contrast to Hill’s formative years, U.S. Obesity rates continue to rise in our youth and necessary measures to circumvent this silent killer must be put in place to send tomorrow’s leaders on a promising path today.  Youth Determined to Succeed (YDS), a program founded in 1999 by Melvin Anderson, a former Pittsburg Steeler, was created in an effort to guide our progeny through the fundamental steps of health and wellness and teach them how to combat childhood obesity on a day-to-day basis. On October 1st, YDS kicked off an 11-week activity packed program entitled “Kids 4 Health“ (K4H) in Minneapolis. Alongside Anderson this past weekend at the K4H camp, Hill was on hand to offer his wisdom and guidance on how to transition into a healthier way of living both mentally and physically.

Alafia Tyner Article

Alafia Tyner Article Minneapolis has its own relationship expert in a man named Alafia Tyner. The entrepreneur turned book author has spent years inspiring his digital audience with relationship advice, engaging conversation, and offering up authentic wisdom to the masses— a practice that he has now translated itself into a book entitled “The Guide to a Healthy Relationship.”

“Guide”, set for release early next year, was written by Tyner in an effort to repair the outlook the world has on love, life and relationships, an emotionally journey that seems to have lost its adhesiveness over time. Tyner’s ultimate quest is to keep families together, but he promises that the book will also offer mountains of advice for single individuals as well. In order to maintain a healthy relationship, the book will teach you to have to be a healthier “you” first.

Gone to Ghana: Harvest Festival

Gone to Ghana: Harvest FestivalCordie Aziz is a former congressional staffer who moved to Ghana after losing her job in January 2011. Follow her daily adventures at

The Fetu Afahye Festival Harvest Festival takes place the first Saturday in September and is one of the biggest and brightest festivals Ghana has to offer. Intended to honor the Gods of harvesting, this festival attracts thousands each year and consists of two days of non-stop celebration. Of course, I didn’t know anything about this until I haphazardly showed up the first Saturday in September.

Late season care for your garden

Late season care for your gardenSix things to do now for a better garden next year

As the summer garden season nears an end, don’t let your guard down.  Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season.

Continue weeding.  Removing weeds now before they go to seed will eliminate hundreds of weeds next season.  Destroy invasive weeds, those that have gone to seed and perennials that may root in the compost pile.  And mulch the soil if you haven’t already done so.

New study finds resistance training in first trimester of pregnancy beneficial to mother and child

New study finds resistance training in first trimester of pregnancy beneficial to mother and child Staying healthy during pregnancy is something most women prioritize, but when it comes to exercise, how much is too much?

In the past, pregnant women have had little accurate information concerning the effects resistance training may have during their pregnancy. However, this month, a first-of-its-kind study found that an exercise routine including resistance training in the first trimester is extremely beneficial to mother and child, and has no correlation to increased risk of complications during pregnancy. In fact it may also help reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension.

Equality does not mean attacking male self worth

Equality does not mean attacking male self worthAfter reading a piece in Insight News (MN Metro Vol. 37 No. 28, pg 10) last month that discussed global stress levels of women and requested additional help from men, I thought it was an appropriate time to elaborate on what that help might look like. I have written a piece that elaborates on some of the ways shifts in behavior and thinking can contribute to a reduction of stress levels amongst women, Black women in particular.

Easy ways to brighten-up your home

Easy ways to brighten-up your homeDoes your home feel drab or dark? Are you tired of the same old rooms and color schemes? 

There are many easy, cost-effective ways to brighten your home’s appearance, cheering up its occupants in the process. 

From fresh coats of paint to sunny lighting schemes to lively window treatments, small changes can have a big impact on your home. And some projects can be tackled in just one short weekend.
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