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Author: Valerie Pogue

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Women, we are one of God’s most precious creations. The world as we know it would not exist without us. The ability to build a nation rests within our wombs. We are the health of our households. We continue to break glass ceilings. We dominate boardrooms. We have enough multitasking abilities to take care of home and community. We are setting trends and blazing trails in every field imaginable. There’s not one piece of history that hasn’t been blessed by our presence. Now, compound all of this with being Black, and you have achieved greatness! But no matter how dope we are, our value is often downplayed, if acknowledged at all. Black women are labeled as aggressive, angry, attitudinal, and standoffish. Some very unattractive words for...

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The Feminine Touch with Anna J. Lewis

Our BGH Member spotlight shines bright on Mrs. Anna J. Lewis.  Anna is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a grandmother, a minister, and a women’s health advocate.  Anna knows that finding safe and effective feminine hygiene products is not always an easy feat.  You have to consider the fit, the level of protection, and whether or not the products are made from ingredients that may or may not impact your health and wellbeing.  Instead of sifting through the current options, Anna decided to do her part to revolutionize menstrual health. As a proud Ambassador for the Jewel Sanitary Napkins “Justice for my Jewel Campaign,” Anna helps to educate young women and girls about making healthier, more informed decisions when it comes to their...

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Gone Viral

It’s on every channel, in every newspaper, all over the Internet, and the topic of several memes on social media. It’s become a public health emergency and a possible pandemic. It’s the cause for travel fears, and empty store aisles that usually contain facial masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol, and bleach. By now, you've figured out that the culprit I’m referring to is the Coronavirus. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being unnerved at how quickly this disease has gone viral. But what concerns me more is the fact that we are still very reactive when it comes to our health and well-being. Colds, influenza, and other viruses have been in existence since the beginning of time. That’s not to make light of their impact,...

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Above All Else, Guard Your Heart

If you’ve ever been to a doctor’s office, it’s safe to say that you’ve had your blood pressure taken. You may not have understood what the numbers meant, or even asked what the numbers were, but I’m certain you knew that those numbers were significant to your overall health and wellbeing. As the daughter of two hypertensive (high blood pressure) parents, with countless relatives who are also hypertensive and/or have cardiovascular issues, I am at an increased risk for developing high blood pressure. I have managed to maintain a healthy blood pressure, but it’s not without effort. Since the only jeans I control are the ones I purchase in the store, I am very diligent about making sure that I know my numbers. Not only do...

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Limit Financial Stress in 2020

According to a study shared on Inc., financial stress can directly relate to your health. Two of the most common effects of financial stress are depression and anxiety—which can seriously disrupt your mental health. While some amount of stress can be good for you, constant stress is definitely not. Okay, so you know financial stress is not fun. It might keep you up late at night or lead to another common cold. But there are ways to manage and eliminate financial stress without feeling overwhelmed. Consider these tips to limit your financial stressors and improve your mental health in the new year.   Create A Budget One of the first things that you should do when trying to alleviate financial stress is to create a budget. This task...

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How One Woman Created Cooking Oils That Can Impact Your Health

This week’s BGH Partner Spotlight is shining on Ms. Jenifer Guinn, MSc., CEO of Vidaluxlook.  A true renaissance woman, Ms. Guinn is an advocate for low income families in Washington DC, a mom, and an entrepreneur.  She has always been a girl-boss, so it was no surprise when she stepped out on faith to create her own business. Her journey towards holistic health began in 2016 when she was diagnosed with depression and Social Anxiety Disorder. She discovered that using herbal-infused oils allowed her to heal from the inside out without having to rely on prescription medications. It was at this point she knew she was on to something big.  That something big was Vidaluxlook. When asked how her product could be used to help black...

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He Loves Me Not…Yet?

The desire to be loved is what Maslow identified as a psychological need. So it makes total sense why I drive myself crazy agonizing over this thing called love. Love, in and of itself, is not a concept that I’m unfamiliar with. I have the love of my family and friends. And let’s not forget about the ultimate expression of love that comes from God. But in spite of all the affection they provide, there’s still something missing. “God is customizing him for you as we speak.” “Be patient, he is just around the corner.” “It’ll happen when you least expect it.” These are the statements I hear all the time when discussing my love life, or lack thereof. I know the intentions are good, but...

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect As women, we have so many things to keep track of in order to stay on top of our health and wellbeing. We have to check our breasts. We have to check our “lady parts”. And, we have to check our necks! You may have read that last sentence and questioned why I would include something as benign as the neck. But truth be told, the neck is a pretty big deal. It’s not just a place to adorn your favorite statement piece or a cute scarf. It’s much more than just a pedestal for your head. The neck is home to a butterfly-shaped gland known as the thyroid. The thyroid releases hormones that control our growth, development, and metabolism. Breathing, menstruation, weight, and...

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Cheers to a Now Year!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve uttered the words “Come January…” followed by an unrealistic goal. For me, a new year represented my opportunity to start over. I could set new intentions, new declarations, and recreate my expectations moving forward. The New Year became my anecdote to failure. I was so fixated on the “new” and the “next” that I forgot to focus on the “now”. But when I began to reflect on the concept of newness, I realized that it had nothing to do with time and everything to do with my mindset. January is undoubtedly the start of the calendar year, but it is not the sole catalyst for change. A new year is simply another year if your perspective remains the...

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Permission to be a Priority

Being a woman is amazing, but it’s not an easy job! We have the awesome responsibility of caring for and attending to the wellbeing of our families, friends, and our communities. We hold titles such as mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, confidante, helpmate, rib, backbone, caretaker…you name it! We devote a great deal of who we are ensuring that others become who they need to be. We are socialized to do everything, and to be everything to everybody. But what do we do when being a woman becomes too much to handle? Many of us serve as the “glue”. We struggle with doing what’s best for us and doing what’s requested of us. Our capacity to keep giving and to keep going is often superseded by...

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