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Get The Facts: Breastfeeding In The African American Community

A Feature By: Keyonda Noel
The decision to breastfeed my son was not something that my husband and I took lightly. As an African American woman, the odds were stacked against me. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 59 percent of black women breastfeed compared to 75 percent of white women. I understood early on that breastfeeding was a natural and recommended source of nutrients for my child. It also has numerous other benefits including bonding, as well as disease prevention and reduction for us both. As I began to research breastfeeding, I became aware of the many misconceptions that exist within the black community. So, let’s clear up a few of those myths.
Myth: Formula feeding is easier than breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can be a quick and convenient way to feed to your baby. This is especially helpful when you are on the go or at 3 a.m. when your baby is hungry. Unlike formula, you do not have to sterilize, measure, mix or heat breastmilk. There is also the add…

3 Easy Ways To Determine If You're A Healthy Weight

Most of the people in magazines and on TV are far slimmer than average, yet this is the ideal that many people aim for. Before you decide that you won’t be happy until you get down to a certain number of pounds, consider: Your age. You probably wish you could get back to your college weight. But normal changes in metabolism and hormone levels that occur with aging can make this more difficult and unrealistic.Your gender.In general, men have more muscle and heavier bones than women, which means that healthy men usually weigh more than healthy women of the same height.Your current weight.If you are very heavy, focus on losing a smaller amount (such as 10 percent of your body weight). Losing just 5 to 10 pounds can improve your health in many ways, both short term and long term.
A Better Way to Measure Weight: Many health professionals have recognized that the Body Mass Index (BMI) doesn’t show the complete picture when it comes to determining a healthy weight. Part of this is due to the fa…

The True Impact Of Brain Tumors

Did you know that there are 120 different types of brain tumors? This means having one may be more complex and diverse than you imagined. While not all brain tumors are malignant, they can still significantly impact individuals’ physical and psychological health. With nearly 78,000 new brain tumor diagnoses this year alone, this is a health condition that should not be overlooked.
The most common symptoms associated with brain tumors include: headaches, seizures, vision loss and fatigue; however, there are several psychological symptoms as well, including mood swings and cognitive changes. Surprisingly, these personality and behavioral changes are seen in a majority of individuals who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
The physical and psychological symptoms that accompany a brain tumor vary based on the part of the brain affected. There are seven major parts of the brain, with three areas that directly impact behavior and personality; these include the frontal lobe, the temporal…

The 5 Cancer Statistics You Should Know

Most often, when we hear something about cancer we hear about the statistics; our risk of getting cancer or whether treatment works. These statistics can be confusing or misleading if you do not understand how they are used. On top of that, cancer statistics can feel overwhelming when they are consistently changing as information and research continues to evolve.
The one basic rule to remember when it comes to looking at statistics of any kind, especially cancer statistics, is that they are an estimate based on information from large groups of people, at least 100,000 people to be exact. Statistics do not take into account a person’s individual risk factors, nor do they guarantee that it will happen to any person.
In an effort to help you better understand cancer statistics and how they apply to you and your loved ones, we have provided a brief overview of some of the most common statistics.
Lifetime risk:The lifetime risk is one person's chance of getting or dying of cancer over a l…

School Yourself In Children's Eye Health

When it comes to vision, you are your child's first line of defense.Because children’s eyes change so quickly, it can be hard to identify when your child may be experiencing problems. It is estimated that nearly 25 percent of children have some type of visual problem; this can include far-sightedness, near-sightedness or astigmatism. Some of the less common problems include crossed eyes, lazy eye, cataracts or glaucoma.
The best thing you can do to ensure your child’s eye health is to monitor them closely and practice preventative eye care, including routine medical visits, visual screening tests and eye traumaprevention. It is also important to learn the risk factors that may increase the likelihood of your child experiencing vision problems, those include:
Maternal infections while pregnantHeart disease in the infantAny problems with the actual structure of the eye when your child is bornFamily history of vision problemsHearing problemsPremature infantTrauma to the eye
If your chi…

The Pizza You've Never Had Before!

Shrimp Scampi Pizza Ingredients Cooking spray1 13.8-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough or a precooked pizza crust1 tablespoon cornmeal1/2 cup fat-free ricotta cheese1 pound cooked and peeled shrimp, sliced lengthwise6 cloves roasted* garlic2 cups shredded part-skim, low-moisture mozzarella cheese1 tablespoon crushed dried basil
Directions *If you don't have time to slow-roast garlic in a 325°F oven for an hour, microwave on high for about 30 seconds to soften cloves, then slice them. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray 10-1/2-by-15-1/2-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over pan. Stretch refrigerated pizza dough across pan. Bake dough for 8 minutes. Skip this step if using a precooked pizza crust.  Mix garlic into ricotta and spread over pizza base. Add a layer of shrimp. Cover pizza with mozzarella and sprinkle with basil. Bake on the bottom rack of an oven heated to 400°F for about 12 minutes, until cheese is bubbling. Cut into 12 pieces and serve immedi…

Drink Up To Slim Down

Water might just the secret weapon to losing weight. Of course, there are multiple factors that can influence weight, one of the major ones being a healthy diet. So…you may be wondering how is it that water can help us lose weight?
Arecent studyfound that those who were improperly hydrated had higher body mass indexes (BMIs) than those who were properly hydrated. This study also found that those who took in too little water had 50 percent higher odds for obesity. There are several factors that could explain these results:
When we are dehydrated our bodies send signals to us indicating that it is lacking something. Many of us confuse signals of dehydration as signals that we are hungry, so we eat something instead of drinking something. If we stay hydrated, we will feel fuller.When we do drink something to quench our thirst, it is often times something other than water. Whether it is coffee, juice or soda, many of us consume a larger amount of calories by reaching for a beverage other th…

The Truth About Pumping

Breast is best is a phrase that comes to mind when questions about feeding your baby arise. However, for many mothers breastfeeding is far more complicated than it may appear. Between difficulty with latching, sucking and nipple soreness, breastfeeding can feel like quite the tall task.
Enter pumping. This alternative option to express breastmilk may seem simple and effortless, but it has its fair share of difficulties as well. One of the biggest concerns with pumping is that there are simply a lot of unanswered questions, so knowing what to expect or what is normal can feel next to impossible.
So, on those days when you inevitably struggle with pumping, the first thing you need to remember is that you are not alone. There are numerous moms who have endured the same nuisances. Take it from a mom whose been pumping for six months, these tips will help you tackle the most common pumping problems.
Problem 1:You’re Not Getting Very Much Milk
Tip: Troubleshoot. First, are you drinking enough…

What Do You Know About Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a unique condition that impacts an estimated 7.5 million people in the U.S. This condition effects far more than just the skin, it is an autoimmune disorder that is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, worsening of arteries, depressionand arthritis.
Unfortunately, psoriasis is often misunderstood due to its appearance. Many mistake the inflamed, red raised patches to be a contagious skin condition, when in fact it is not contagious. While the cause of psoriasis is still largely a mystery, many believe that it is a hereditary condition that can be induced by triggers.
While there are multiple forms and severities of psoriasis, these are some of the common forms and symptoms:
Discoid psoriasis (also called plaque psoriasis).This type of psoriasis is the most common. Symptoms may include patches of red, raised skin on the trunk, arms, legs, knees, elbows, genitals, and scalp. Nails may also thicken, become pitted, and separate from the nail beds.
Guttate psoriasis.This type of…

Healthy Is Cool For Back To School

It’s that time of year again where children of all ages trade in the summer sun for some learning fun. While there are numerous things to cross off of that back to school list, like new clothes and school supplies, implementing healthy habits shouldn’t be overlooked.
By practicing safe, healthy behaviors, you are setting your child up for success in the classroom. Starting school is not only stressful for you as the parents, but it can also be an anxious time for children. Utilizing healthy habits and behaviors will keep them feeling their best despite the stress of school.
To settle those back to school jitters and keep your child happy and healthy all school year long, we have provided helpful tips for some of the most common concerns parents have.
Backpack Safety: While this is one you may have heard before, it bears repeating. Backpack safety is a major concern as upwards of 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack related injuries.
Tips: Always use both shoulder straps to …

Mix it Up for the Olympics

Healthful Trail MixIngredients1 cup wheat cereal 1/4 cup dried fruit: raisins, blueberries, cranberries, chopped apricots, plums, or peaches, or a mixture 1/4 cup cashews, pistachios, pecans or walnuts (1 ounce) DirectionsMix ingredients, split into 2 servings, and store in sandwich-sized plastic bags. Serves 2Each serving contains about 192 calories, 5 g protein, 9 g fat, 28 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 115 mg sodium.
Whole-Grain Party Mix Ingredients1/3 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 3 to 4 tablespoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning 5 cups whole-grain waffle-style cereal 2 cups whole-grain "O" cereal 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted soy nuts 1 cup mini-pretzels (whole wheat is best) DirectionsHeat oven to 250°. Pour olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and seasoning into a 9-by-13-inch pan. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir until cereal, nuts, and pretzels are coated. Bake for an hour, stirring about every 15 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight contai…