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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 And when we say "workout" we don't mean those boring, outdated sessions.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...

Ernestine Shepherd

Body Builder Ernestine Shepherd’s Amazing Transformation

This week's #wcw is competitive body builder, model, and personal trainer Ernestine Shepherd. At 79 years old she is slaying stages and competitions with her body building skills and perfectly sculpted body. But, would you believe us if we told you, she wasn't always this way? We're sharing the story of this world record holder and all around diva, along with a few tips on how you can begin your body transformation as well. Ms. Ernestine Shepherd wasn't always into to athletics. To be honest, she was a certified girly girl. At the age of 56, however, things changed. The loss of her sister drew her closer to an activity they had started together (going to the gym) and from there Shepherd began to transform her...

Women and HIV

Women and HIV

We've discussed at length the various symptoms and how HIV affects the lives of those who have become infected with the virus. What we haven't talked about is how women, in particular, are affected by HIV and the unique complications that come along with a diagnosis. Here are a few issues that may affect the health of women in the event of an HIV infection. STI's & STD's  When it comes to women and HIV, there are a few sexually transmitted infections/diseases that affect women who have been diagnosed differently than those who haven't. Those infections and diseases are genital herpes, chancroid, and pelvic inflammatory disease. For each of these infections/diseases, women who have been infected with HIV may take longer to recover, sores make be slower...

Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Breaking Boundaries with Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Almost a year ago at the Miss USA 2016 pageant, it was announced that "District of Columbia!" was be to crowned the next Miss USA. That beauty queen was Deshauna Barber, an African American woman who broke countless boundaries with her flawless performance and now, legendary win. Here's everything you should know about our #wcw, KICKSTART special guest, and beauty queen Deshauna Barber. 5 Things You Should Know about Miss USA Deshauna Barber She is a member of the Army Reserves. Yes, you heard that right. This Miss USA is the first to hold the title while being an active member of the military. She credits her disciplined upbringing to helpi her excel both in the military AND in the pageantry world. Training, research, and holding...

HIV Stats

Let’s Talk Numbers: HIV Stats & Data You Should Know

Over the past couple of months we have been sharing all basic information about HIV, prevention, medications, what to do in the event of exposure and much more. Now, we're going to dig a little deeper and take a look at the numbers. Here're the main HIV stats and data that you should know. Although the United States has been making major strides over the years, when it comes to HIV infections, treatments, and quality of life for those who have been infected, it still remains a big medical issue, especially in communities of color. We hear about these things often, but rarely do we get a chance to see the big picture to really understand where we stand when it comes to HIV and AIDS. HIV...

Naturally Temi

Fabulously Natural with @NaturallyTemi

You know those natural hair guru’s that you see and immediately think “HAIR GOALS”. Yea, that’s how we feel about Temitope Adesina. Natural hair enthusiast and vlogger from the DMW. Whether you’re thinking about transitioning to natural hair or you’ve been in the game for awhile,you can find @naturallytemi serving natural hair inspo for days. Just one look at @naturallytemi’s Instagram will have you ready to get your natural hair together. Her gorgeous kinks and curls are always on fleek from cute jeweled updo’s to fluffed out fro’s. And it’s not just looks that she’s serving either. Within her popular Instagram and growing YouTube channel, you can find her sharing tips and dropping knowledge on all things natural hair and beauty related so you too can...