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3 Ways to Boost Body Confidence

The season of sun dresses, bathing suits, and cutoff shorts is upon us. But if there's one season that has the ability to impact your confidence like no other, it's the summer. Regardless of whether you have "beach body" goals or you simply want to feel comfortable in your summer outfits, we have three ways to help you be confident in your own skin, no matter what. Body confidence is something so many women struggle to achieve but very few talk about. We live in the age of filters and photoshop and, oftentimes, we find ourselves slipping into the comparison trap. Nothing hits self confidence like comparing yourself to others. And while, gaining self confidence isn't a switch you can simply flip on and off as...

Miss USA 2017 – Her Crowning Look by CHI Haircare

When it comes to fabulous hair, it doesn't get much better than beauty pageants. And for the past two years, the Miss USA beauty queens just so happen to be black women which means we had the chance to see hairstyles that we could relate to. Yasss! Want to know how Miss USA 2017 achieved her flawless hair to hold her crown? We have all the details. With CHI as the official haircare sponsor for the 2017 Miss USA Pageant, Farouk Systems Global Artist Albert Luiz was responsible for creating Kára McCullough‘s crowning look. Highlighting and amplifying her natural hair texture, Albert shares his step by steps tips and the key CHI products used to achieve her winning look. Products used: CHI Deep Brilliance Shampoo & Conditioner ...

Naturally Temi

BGH Live! Talking Beauty with Miss USA 2016 & @NaturallyTemi

Every good talk show needs a beauty segment and it was no different for BGH Live! We chatted with Deshauna Barber about what it's really like being a pageant queen, what's next, and of course, her beauty secrets! We also got a quick natural hair demo from the natural hair guru Temitope Adesina to keep our crown on point, even when we're working out! Beauty and health go hand in hand so of course we were more than excited to chat it up with a pageant queen and a natural hair guru! Deshauna sat down and shared what life was like being Miss USA and a member of the army reserves. From having her life and schedule taken over by her manager to carving out time...

BGH Live! A Conversation with Ernestine Shepherd

Coming out to the Rocky theme song and letting us know the champ was here, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd arrived to chat with us and give us the real deal behind how she keeps herself fit and in shape—including her insane morning routine! At 80 years young, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd came to KICKSTART and BGH Live! to play. Dressed to the T and with a ton of energy, she gave us the scoop on the morning routine of all morning routines. Ready for this one? She wakes up every morning at 2:30am—yup we were like whaattt too. She starts her morning with devotionals and meditation to get her mind in a positive space. After that, it’s an easy breakfast of liquid egg whites and she’s off for a 2...

BGH Live! Making Better Food Choices & Socanomics

To kick off BGH Live! we’re chatting with a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor to get the best of both of worlds to learn how to optimize our gut health. And because a good diet goes hand in hand with a good fitness routine, we had to include a Socanomics dance break! To start us off right, Dr. Robinson schooled us on what exactly gut health is and why is it so important. To keep it simple: Gut health is thinking about the diseases that affect your gut like diabetes and making better food choices. The best way to do this is by eating foods that are good for gut and avoiding those that aren’t. Ready to know which is which? AVOID LIST: High cholesterol, high...

Working Out at KICKSTART: Pound, Zoombalicious, & Spin

We've been talking about it for months but the day has arrived! KICKSTART, our health & wellness expo empowering minority women to take charge of their health is going down today! If you aren't able to join us, don't worry we'll be documenting it all here and on our social media accounts! When it comes to the conversation surrounding health & wellness, fitness plays a huge role. With this in mind, at KICKSTART we have multiple workouts and fitness sessions to kickoff the expo. And when we say "workout" we don't mean those boring, outdated sessions. We're talking about workouts they get you up, get you moving, and get you sweating with some of the best experts in the industry. Walking down halls dancing to the music coming out of each workshop alone...

Hyleas Fountain

Go the Distance with Your Health like Olympic Medalist Hyleas Fountain

Our #wcw this week is Olympic medalist, Hyleas Fountain. Known as one of the most talented heptathletes in the country, Fountain knows a thing or two about going the distance. And, even though most of us aren't training to compete in Olympic events, we all can relate to the challenges that come along when you're in the race to take charge of your health. With a track record that includes accolades the likes of Hyleas Fountain, being healthy is just a part of life. But, for the rest of us, in order to go the distance that staying fit, eating well, and taking care of our bodies requires, we have to be intentional. And, according to Fountain, it all starts with approaching being healthy as a...

National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Join us in bringing awareness to HIV/AIDS testing in Caribbean-American communities on June 8, 2017 for National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Held during Caribbean Heritage Month, this day is dedicated empowering Caribbean American communities in preventative health and beyond. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Caribbean region has the highest instances of HIV and AIDS infections outside of the Sub-Saharan Africa. And these statistics reach beyond the region to millions of Caribbean-Americans living in the United States. The National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was established to share information, resources, HIV education, and opportunities to the Caribbean-American community. On June 8, 2017, cities across the United States in partnership with the CDC will lead diverse initiatives and activities to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS along with...

Selena Watkins

Move Your Body in Shape with Selena Watkins

This week our #wcw is the gorgeous Selena Watkins. Creator of the caribbean inspired dance fitness program Socanomics, SoulCycle instructor, and Women's Health Next Fitness Star. Get to know about her and how she uses movement--and dance in particular--to stay fit and in shape. Fitness workouts inspired by dance aren't anything new. But for Selena Watkins, her passion for movement, caribbean flavor, and a career in dance that spans over a decade, she was able to carve a space in the dance fitness space that changed the game. From Selena's dance choreography to her love for fitness, it's all rooted in her belief in movement. In order to succeed in life, she believes we must all be active participants. And the "active" part is literally infused into...

HIV Testing

A Complete Guide to HIV Testing

HIV testing is the cornerstone of the conversation around HIV/Aids. We are huge advocates of getting tested regularly and immediately if you think you may have been exposed to the virus. Here's everything you need to know about HIV testing so you can stay prepared and informed. WHO should get tested for HIV? According to the CDC, it is recommended that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested in their lifetime. However, if you are a high risk for HIV infection, you should be getting tested annually. People who are high risk include those who have unprotected sex without knowing their partner's HIV status, sharing needles, having an STD, or having intercourse with someone who practices any of the mentioned risk behaviors. Pregnant women, and...