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From Being Injured to Becoming Physical Fit, Razz Sharpless Defies all Norms When it Comes to Fitness

In this week’s partner spotlight article we are acknowledging a driven individual who conquered her fitness goal. Back in 2014, Razz Sharpless experienced a devastating fall that caused her to break her tibia, fibula, shattered my ankle, and tore most of the tendons in that area. For eight months, she has to be constantly assisted and during that time she attended physical therapy where she was able to regain her strength. After experiencing her traumatic fall, Razz decided to attend different fitness classes to continue with her fitness journey. Because of her previous injuries, it prevented her from performing and doing a lot of movements such as running and jumping. Razz felt embarrassed because she was told countless times to “run or jog in place”...

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How Tech Can Maintain Your Health During COVID-19

Coronavirus is changing how we approach our day-to-day. We are no longer working or living the same way, and this can have a serious impact on our overall health. Although this is a difficult time for many, it’s important to try to maintain some normalcy.  If you’re struggling to adjust, here are some ways technology can help you maintain your health! Start Your Fitness Journey While spending countless hours at home, you might start to notice that you have become glued to your television more than usual. Although, there is no harm in taking some time to relax, being confined to your couch can be damaging your health. Minimal physical activity can have a negative impact on not only your physical health but your mental health. It can...

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Psychological Hurdles preventing weight loss + 5 tips to beat them!

Hey sis! I hope that things are going well in your life, and that with it being halfway through the year, you are halfway to your goals. Even if you are not, it is never too late to start. One of the toughest things about making a lifestyle change, when it comes to dieting and weight loss especially, is the psychological part. I mean, just think about it, who doesn’t know that they are supposed to eat vegetables (besides your standard 2 year old of course)? So there has to be something else at play here, and that something else is psychological hurdles. What are Psychological hurdles? Okay, I see you, asking all the right questions. Psychological hurdles are the non physical factors that are stopping you...

5 Mediterranean Recipes, I’m going to try and I think you should too!

Hey Sis!  While I was spending time scouring the internet for new ideas and topics to write about during the pandemic, I found something interesting. Since we are at home, this not the perfect time to spice up your dinner and try something new? I knew you would agree, so today I have listed 5 Keto-Friendly Mediterranean recipes that I tried this month, and I think you should too. Mediterranean food? Yes, Mediterranean food is the cuisine style of people from countries along the Mediterranean. Places like Greece, Turkey, Israel and Morocco are just a couple on the long list. Their diet consists of a lot of healthy fats, lean protein, and fresh fruits and veggies making it easy include for those of us on the keto...

Time to Morph with Lauren Keir Wellness

Our BGH Partner spotlight is shining bright on Dr. Lauren Keir Simmons, EdD. Dr. Simmons is a New Orleans native who moved to DC at age 19 to attend Howard University. She has an undergraduate degree in Human Growth and Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and an EdD in Child, Youth & Adolescence from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Lauren is no stranger to academic or professional success and is constantly excelling in all endeavors. So a certain level of stress is expected when you have that kind of drive. But when her physical health started to change, she knew something wasn’t quite right. Dr. Simmons started experiencing severe migraines, blood pressure spikes, and unexplained and uncontrolled weight gain. Lifestyle changes and working with her health...

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From Fighting Emotional Trauma to Healing and Becoming A Relationship Expert – Meet Montrella Cowan, MSW, LICSW

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Montrella Cowan, MSW, LICSW who is the founding CEO of Affinity Health Affairs and International bestselling author is a personal trauma and relationship expert. She has spent her career helping men and women heal from personal trauma as a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and Life Coach. Montrella decided to start her business because of the dire need in our society for Black, culturally-competent mental health professionals who are psychotherapists. Right now more approximately 87% of psychotherapists are Caucasian - leaving all other practitioners of color to make up only 13%. There are also fewer Black therapists. At Affinity Health Affairs, in her practice, she offers a holistic and practical approach, where she gives her clients tips and tools that can...

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How Her Battle with an Autoimmune Disorder Pushed Her to Become a Powerhouse – Meet Lauren Wells

Have you ever received a diagnosis that you weren’t sure how to tackle?  Have you experienced health issues that impacted your outer appearance and overall self-esteem?  Have you lost your spark and felt drained emotionally, physically, and spiritually?  At one point, Lauren Wells responded to say ‘yes’ to all of the above. She was suffering from an autoimmune disorder and had constant battles with her health. Fitness and wellness were here saving graces during some of the darkest moments of her life. Over the past 7 years, she has coupled her journey with extensive study in holistic health to assist Black women on their journey to achieve optimal health and longevity.  Lauren, or LC, is the CEO & Founder of LC Fits You!  She provides holistic and realistic...

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Changing the Trajectory of Black Women’s Health through Holistic Wellness with Erica Woods

As a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, Erica runs fitness classes and offers one-on-one training sessions. In addition, over the past 4 years, Erica Woods has taught empowered women and young girls with life skills by organizing grant-funded health conferences in the DMV, reaching over 200 participants.  She addresses a wide array of topics such as financial literacy, mental health, goal setting, and relationship building. Her passion for health and fitness with the intent to help women and young girls live a holistic lifestyle stems from a doctor finding a cyst in her breast. After six months of monitoring its growth, they decided to remove it for precaution. In 2019, Erica established SPN Fitness, LLC in an effort to redefine what it means to live...

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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 to Help Someone Suffering from Addiction.

Do you know someone who is struggling with addiction?  NIH's National Institute of Mental Health shared this article with tips on how to help a friend with addiction. https://magazine.medlineplus.gov/…/how-to-help-someone-with… To get more tips and resources consider registering for the mental health campaign brought to you by  Black Girl Health Foundation, Inc in partnership with NNLM Middle Atlantic Region and Dauphin Library System. Stay tuned we will be sharing more tips, tricks, and articles every Monday # Minds Matter #Mental health # BlackgirlGirlHealth. "The Black Girl Health Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 geared to creating pathways to engage, empower, and educate women of color on healthy behaviors and disease prevention.”...

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