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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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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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Halloween Candy Alternatives

Only 10 days away until the popular holiday of Halloween. Trying to be healthy during these fall and winter months can be extremely difficult as it seems as though there are holidays back to backfilled with delicious food and treats, but most of it is not the most healthy. Even if you have never officially celebrated Halloween, it is easy to figure out that candy is a huge part of this holiday tradition.  From children trick-or-treating, candy in offices and even the sales in the candy aisle, it seems as though October is filled with candy. We are not going to say ALL candy is bad, because it is not and anything in moderation is okay, but it is important to first recognize the importance of...

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Advocating for Your Breast Health

We’ve all been taught that if you see something, say something.  But what if you feel something?  Do you say something or do you remain silent? I was 31 years old when I had my first mammogram.  I remember describing what I felt as a heaviness in my breast.  I wasn’t sure if that translated well to my Gynecologist, so her examination was critical to ensuring that we were on the same page.  She didn’t feel that there was any real cause for concern, but sensing my anxiety [and having a paternal great grandmother with breast cancer] she thought it would be a good idea to get screened. Being Type A, I immediately called the Radiology Center to schedule an appointment for a mammogram.  My conversation with...

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Christie Champaign: “My Mission is to Connect As Many of You As I Can to Someone that Can Help.”

This week’s Black Girl Health Partner Spotlight goes to Ms. Christie Champaign. Back in 2008, Christie was dealing with unexplained health issues that were impacting her quality of life. She was the classic case of “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and decided that it was time to reclaim her health and wellbeing. Through her journey of healing her body naturally, she created Your Health Connect. This movement is all about connecting people with the resources they need to live their best lives. If you are looking for better health, and don’t know where to turn, it’s time to connect with Your Health Connect. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIk8CRo5WW4&feature=youtu.be[/embed] "One day, I got out of bed to get ready for work and I looked in the mirror...

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The Pros and Cons of Kombucha!

If you follow popular health trends, you have probably heard of this popular drink called Kombucha.  Like many health fads, people rave about the various health benefits of Kombucha but is Kombucha truly the all-powerful healing drink that people make it out to be? To start, what even is Kombucha? In short, Kombucha is simply a fermented green or black tea that is combined with various ingredients such as sugar, yeast and bacteria. (Yes, you read that correctly, bacteria).  We figured out what it is, but why do people drink it? Many individuals claim that drinking Kombucha can: improved digestion, increase metabolism, build immunity, improve liver function, increase heart health and more.   Based on the research, Kombucha can contain some of these properties but it truly depends on...

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