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Amateur Boxer Turn Certified Personal Trainer and Medical Exercise Specialist Marita Martina Gumbs

Competing as an amateur boxer, Marita Martina Gumbs knew that in 2010, she wanted to become a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer. Since her early twenties, her desire has been to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle. More than just gaining muscle or losing weight, she acknowledges that "playing ball with my kids, going on long walking tours to explore a new city, embarking on adventurous excursions while on vacation, and waking up in the morning with the energy to seize the day and give her best" is what fuels her and brings her joy. In 2017, Marita became certified through the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) (a part of the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals) as a Medical...

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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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5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Your heart is important.  Very, VERY important.  Just take a minute to think about how NECESSARY your heart is.  Your heart pumps all the blood, delivering oxygen to your body, keeping your mind sharp for you to tackle the day. We put so much emphasis on being healthy, we need to make sure that our muscles are healthy and strong.  So how do we keep our Hearts Healthy?   Eat Healthily  How does our food affect our heart? Your diet plays a role in your risk of coronary heart disease. Food-related risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and a diet high in saturated fats. Therefore, if you are already at risk, it is important to implement a low-saturated fat, high-fiber, high plant food diet as...

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How this Cancer Survivor Turned Her Pain Into Purpose as a Holistic Healer

This month for our partner highlight, we are honoring LaDawn "Khetnu Nefer" Frasier.  Although she did not plan on being a “healer” looking back she realized that she always had a high intuition for the needs of others. Khetnu Nefer is a Gullah/Geechee holistic health practitioner originally from John's Island, SC who is a passionate womb warrior and women's health advocate. After spending 8 years in the army, she began her healing career as a massage therapist.  Through her work as a massage therapist, she gained a more personal connection with her clients, taking her healing beyond the physical.   Through her own personal experience, she learned the importance and impact of holistic wellness.  During her own battle with uterine cancer, she took it upon herself to...

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The Hidden Myths About Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

BIPOLAR DISORDER People's moods can change back and forth depending on the situation they are facing in life. Life can be challenging sometimes and that can have an impact on our mood. Usually, positive situations make us happy and negative situations make us sad. For example, if a student gets an “A” in exams, he will be happy and continue to work hard while if a student gets an “F” in exams, he will feel sad and may go through an unhappy mood.  According to medlineplus.gov, Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

As days go by people go through a lot of things in their lives, it could be emotionally or socially. This can happen at home, workplace, social events, or it could be anywhere.  We try to do things to take care of ourselves emotionally, psychologically, or socially. We can manage things sometimes but not all the time. According to medlineplus.gov, Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, related to others, and make choices.  Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. They may come occasionally, or they may be long-lasting. Mental illness can affect a person’s ability to...

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DEPRESSION

Sometimes people may feel sad, empty, or hopeless or trouble to sleep. Most people experience this kind of feeling but usually for a little time. Depression symptoms may last for a while. According to medlineplus.gov, depression also called “clinical depression” or a “depressive disorder” is a mood disorder that causes distressing symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day for two weeks. Common Types of Depression. There are different types of depression. Some forms are mild and take a longer time to go away. Also due to different personalities, people will go through depression in different ways.   Major depression—having symptoms of depression most...

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13 Ways to be Healthy this Spooky Season

Here are 13 Tips to Stay Healthy this Halloween Season: Exercise. If you are going out, if possible, use this time (Trick or Treating) or not, and get some exercise. Especially if you are with little ones, use this as a time to get some exercise. Be Sanitary. If you are passing out candy this Halloween, be mindful of germs.  Use hand sanitizer and when you get the change, wash your hands. Do not overeat. Although Halloween is one day and Halloweekend is 3, the candy sales seem to last forever.  Everything in MODERATION is okay, but remember, portion control is key, especially as it pertains to sugar. Hydrate yourself. Especially if you choose to indulge in a few alcoholic beverages, hydrate yourself with water....

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