Monday, September 26, 2011

An evening with the Phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou

Hello friends,

This post is not my typical health related posts, but I had to share after an awesome evening with the Phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou this past weekend. She fed my soul and uplifted my spirit.

Its not everyday that you get to meet the force that is Dr. Angelou in person. So, when I got the opportunity to listen to her speak, I grabbed/pounced/jumped at the opportunity.

Who is Dr. Angelou?
 Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. She is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker, historian, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou has served on two presidential committees, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts, the Lincoln Medal and has received three Grammy Awards. In addition, she holds 60 honorary doctorates....Yes 60!. More about this phenomenal educator can be found on her website HERE.
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  Dr. Angelou's wisdom is awe-inspiring. She said many things, but the one quote that resonated with me was the quote by a former African slave in 160 BC who became one of the most famous playwright in the Roman Empire, Plubius Terrence. The quote reads:
 "I am human, and nothing human can be alien to me"
 According to Dr. Angelou, if we live by this quote, we can master anything that we set ourselves to do. You can be the next CEO of company X, You can open your own business, You can be that A student, You can learn and master another language or several other languages (Dr. Angelou has master French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic & Fanti). Basically, most of what we want to achieve has already been done before by other humans; therefore, You, a human can do it as well. If its not alien to them, then it can't be alien to You. Isn't that great advice...She is full of wisdom.Words have power and the quote above has tremendous power.

Another quote, which recurred throughout her talk was: "Be willing to be someone's rainbow in their clouds." Basically, inspire others to do well, to do better, because, "A good student, can make a mediocre teacher great!" 

Sure enough when I came out of that auditorium, I felt renewed, motivated and in some ways in control of my destiny. I can't really explain it. The night was great, because this woman is Phenomenal!

 P.S. Dr. Angelou is so funny. She had us laughing from beginning to end.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

UN Summit on NCDs

How does a government change behaviors to promote more healthier ones? Well, according to NYC mayor, Mr. Bloomberg, the government should engage in policy to change the environment in which we live? Do you agree?

Changing the environment in which we live is one way to promote health and decrease illness. NYC is progressive in health policy. For instance, the New York Smoke Free Air Act bans smoking all city parks and beaches. Doing so decreases one's chances of being exposed to second hand smoke (I personally couldn't be happier). Also, there are restrictions on trans fats in all city restaurants and food places.

Mayor Bloomberg was asked to speak at the summit due to his efforts in working to reduce NCDs and their causes thus far. After a summer working with the NYC Department of Health, I have seen first hand, the many projects that the his Health department has been working on to decrease cancers, obesity, asthma etc. By having the mayor speak at the Summit, the UN is hoping that his health projects could be transferred to other countries of the world.  
Is it possible to use the same tactics by the NYC mayor to other countries, such as countries labeled as 'developing' where their people are suffering the most from the devastating effects of NCDs? You tell me?
For more of what the Mayor discussed at the UN Summit, click here.

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Photo credit: NYC Dept. of Heath & Mental Hygiene.
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Guinness World Record Holder: Largest Natural Afro

 Aevin Dugas is from New Orleans, Louisiana and she currently holds the title of the 'wold's largest natural afro.' Although she experiences issues with her hair (like it being caught in her car door etc.) she LOVES it and wouldn't change a thing. I think it's dope.

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Video credit: GuinnessWorldRecords.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Highly Nutritious Foods I love & You should love them too!

These seven food items are highly nutritious and delicious, and make up a big part of my diet.

1. Spinach: A rich source of plant-based omega 3's, which helps reduce one's risk of heart disease, stroke, & osteoporosis.

2. Yogurt: Builds Bone and boots immunity.

3.Tomatoes: They are heart healthy and also boosts the immune system.

4. Carrots: Love them! Are cancer fighting, also build the immune system and enhances eye sight.

5. Blueberries: Also cancer fighting (because antioxidants in found in blueberries fight free radicals)

6. Black beans: Heart healthy, build protein, great source of fiber.

7. Oats: Also heart healthy, builds protein, & a good source of fiber.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Song of the Week: 'Work Hard, Play Hard'

Hello friends,


So lately I've been listening to the song titled: 'Work Hard, Play Hard' by Tiesto feat. Kay and I love it. So, I thought that I would share. Here is a link of the song here. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Take care,


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Little Known Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

SEPTEMBER is 'Fruits & Vegetables- More Matters More Month'  - such a mouth full right!

Well, this post is not desired to bore you about the ever-ending health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. Here I will provide you with a few tips that may be helpful to you when shopping for fruits & vegetables:
  • A great tip when buying fruits and vegetables is to always buy in season . Summer is over & Fall has arrived! I love shopping in the Fall, because one of my favorites is in season...Pumpkins, acorn squash and butternut squash...I love cutting them into bite size pieces for a quick stir fry or mashing and frying them into fritters for a quick and tasty treat (which I tried today). Here is a great list of what you can find in season this Fall (& every Fall)
  • I usually opt for whole produce when at the grocery store, but buying frozen is just as nutritious. They're easier to store and take less time to prepare. I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for a quick and easy meals to compliment my busy schedule.
  • Don't forget to make a list of what you intend to buy once you get to the grocery store. Stick to you list once you get there. Doing so will help you save time and money. 

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