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Are You a Busy Parent and Think You Have No Time for Working Out? Elethia Gay Thinks Otherwise

We all wish we had more time. Time to sleep, time to work, time to relax, time to exercise, time for everything. Lack of time is to accomplish something is just an excuse. It is one of the biggest reasons people have used to put off exercising or eating healthier, or just living a healthier lifestyle. We often say things like: "Once, I get caught up with work, I'll have more time and energy to work out." Or "My kids have such a crazy schedule there is no room for me to fit in meal prepping." Stop putting your health and fitness goals on the back burner and follow Elethia Gay. Elethia is a health and wellness coach and speaker for AQ Health and Wellness, where...

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Change Your Mindset and Achieve Your Fitness Goals with Farah Green

It's still early in the year, which means right now, people are still working on their New Years Resolutions. One of the most common new years resolutions is to lose weight. Many people are so determined that this is the year they will lose a few pounds and finally have the summer body they always wanted. It's nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but what is the reasoning behind wanting to shed a few pounds, especially for curvy women? Is it baby weight? Having gained a few extra pounds during quarantine? Or maybe the weight is affecting their health. These are all great reasons, but for some women, it's just because society told them they need to have a "slim thick body" which includes a small waist with a big butt...

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Meet Essential Oils Expert Renee Jones!

Renee Jones is owner and Wellness Advocate with Forever Wellness, Inc., a health and wellness firm, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Forever Wellness shares how to maintain optimum mental, physical and spiritual health utilizing Essential Oils and other natural solutions. She was introduced to dōTERRA Essential Oils, by a friend in 2012.  Her primary health challenges were focus and insomnia.  Her friend recommended trying doTERRA Blended Oils Balance for focus and Serenity for insomnia.  There was immediate results for her. As a person that subscribes to an integrative and a wholistic approach to wellness, she right away began to educate herself on doTERRA Essential Oils and Products Now, she spends her time sharing her experiences and helping others learn about the powerful impact of doTERRA Essential Oils, in...

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Learn How Health and Wealth Connect Through Everyday Life With Nicole Varnando

Most people can agree that health and wealth are two of the most important aspects of life. But do most people believe that they go hand and hand? When someone is in a situation where they are struggling with finances it can cause stress. With stress comes, lack of sleep, lack of appetite, anxiety, and more. On the other hand, when someone is sick, they don’t go to work which can lead to not being able to pay bills or to properly provide for their family financially. One person who strongly believes in these connections is Nicole Varnado. Varnado is a single mom to a beautiful 6-year-old boy who she says is her reason for stiving. She was intrigued by the financial industry due to...

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Labor and Delivery Nurse to Midwifery: Demetrice Smith’s Story of Birth, Loss and Empowering Mother’s Through Education

Demetrice Smith is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Nurse Midwife  for a non-profit organization in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Nursing with a specialization in Educational Leadership. She is the founder Melanated Midwife, where she teaches pregnancy and wellness courses.  Demetrice and her husband are parents to 3 earthly children and 4 angel babies. She has experienced almost every type of pregnancy loss which allows her to truly connect with her clients and is committed to empowering mothers and their families through education.  Here is a part of her truly inspiring story… “When I walked into the hospital to have our first baby, I was only 25 weeks pregnant. It was July and my due date was not until October! I...

Relationship Therapist, Love Coach, Author and Speaker: Montrella Cowan believe that you can have it all!

Happy Wednesday ladies! Today we want to introduce you to one of our newest partner members, Montrella Cowan! Montrella is a widely sought after motivational speaker, trainer, and founder of Affinity Health Affairs, LLC. The Brooklyn, New York native and mother of two is a licensed Psychotherapist and Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Life Coach. Montrella earned a Master's in Social Work from Howard University and holds a Bachelors's in Social Work and Interdisciplinary Studies from Catholic University of America.  At Affinity Health Affairs, Montrella uses a holistic (mind-body-spirit) approach to talk therapy and relationship coaching. Strives to provide high-quality service, knowledge, personal care, and passion to help people have healthy relationships and families.  Affinity Health Affairs focuses on helping individuals and couples with : 1. Self-Determinism Our core...

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Meet Chef Ebeth Johnson- Healthy Lifestyle Advocate and Culinary Genius!

Every Wednesday, the BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we want to introduce you to our newest partner  Chef Ebeth Johnson!  Ebeth is a mindful eating & well-life mentor for women who are ready to live deliciously. As a professional chef, plant-based culinary nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and media personality, Ebeth marries her love of food, cooking, wellness, and mindfulness while supporting women and their families to incorporate nourishing foods and nurturing lifestyle practices into daily life. Here are Chef Ebeth's 7 Core Values of Delicious Living: Value #1: The Power & Magic Of Whole Plant Foods A diet based on whole plant foods is one full of the micro-nutrients that nourish our mind, body, soul, and...

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Surviving Cancer: The Inspiring Story of Lakysha Laing

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and experiences.  I pray that it will help someone else. Lakysha Laing and live in Chesapeake, VA for the past 4 1/2 years. At 45 years old I was initially diagnosed with Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), non-invasive breast cancer in my left breast on September 28, 2018.  I am ER/PR + and HER2-.  I do not carry the gene and I do not know my family history.   I underwent a lumpectomy and it was revealed that I was a stage 1A.  Based on my research and communication from the doctor a 1A diagnosis means that the cancer is only evident in the area where the first abnormal cells began to develop, tumor is smaller...

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The Inspirational Breast Cancer Survival Story of Jill Sturge

Breast Cancer death rates are falling due to advancements in medical treatments and early detection.  However black are still 40% more likely to die from this disease than any other racial or ethnic group.  This is because of the racial disparity in the healthcare resources available in the areas where many black women reside. According to the  CDC the District of Columbia leading the nation in both breast cancer incidence rates (153.1 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 122.0) and breast cancer mortality rates (26.3 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 21.5). Black Girl Health Black Girl Health Foundation are dedicated to raising awareness of signs of Breast Cancer, the importance self examination, and sharing the inspirational stories of survivors. The...

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Dr. Melanye Maclin: A revolutionary Dermatologist Who Changed How The Industry Treats Black Skin

The BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner. Dermatologist Melanye Maclin, M.D., aka “Dr Mac” founded Innovative Hair Technology, Inc. in September 1999 based in Maryland. She created the research and product development company through determination based on her early childhood medical interest in hair and skin. Dr. Maclin’s initial efforts were towards the research of natural nutrients for hair and skin. It began with branding the natural hair supplement, Viviscal via national multi-media endorsement and distribution until 2003. Dr. Maclin then went on to successfully develop more effective advanced all-natural hair and skin supplements, ‘BellaNutri®’ for Women (2004) and ‘BeauNutri®’ for Men (2008). These products...

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