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Meet Chef Ebeth Johnson- Healthy Lifestyle Advocate and Culinary Genius!

Every Wednesday, the BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we want to introduce you to our newest partner  Chef Ebeth Johnson!  Ebeth is a mindful eating & well-life mentor for women who are ready to live deliciously. As a professional chef, plant-based culinary nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and media personality, Ebeth marries her love of food, cooking, wellness, and mindfulness while supporting women and their families to incorporate nourishing foods and nurturing lifestyle practices into daily life. Here are Chef Ebeth's 7 Core Values of Delicious Living: Value #1: The Power & Magic Of Whole Plant Foods A diet based on whole plant foods is one full of the micro-nutrients that nourish our mind, body, soul, and...

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From Being Injured to Becoming A Physical Fitness Instructor, Razz Sharpless Defies all Odds

In this week’s partner spotlight, we are acknowledging a driven individual who conquered her fitness goal, after a horrific injury. In 2014, Razz Sharpless experienced a devastating fall that caused her to break her tibia and fibula, shatter her ankle, and tear most of the tendons in that area. For eight months, she needed assistance to complete everyday tasks. Through hard work and physical therapy, she was able to regain her strength.  After experiencing her traumatic fall, Razz decided to attend different fitness classes to continue with her wellness journey. However, her previous injuries prevented her from performing the way she wanted to in class. Though she was embarrassed by her limitations, Sharpless was still feeling motivated to put her health and physical fitness at the forefront....

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The Inspirational Breast Cancer Survival Story of Jill Sturge

Breast Cancer death rates are falling due to advancements in medical treatments and early detection.  However black are still 40% more likely to die from this disease than any other racial or ethnic group.  This is because of the racial disparity in the healthcare resources available in the areas where many black women reside. According to the  CDC the District of Columbia leading the nation in both breast cancer incidence rates (153.1 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 122.0) and breast cancer mortality rates (26.3 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 21.5). Black Girl Health Black Girl Health Foundation are dedicated to raising awareness of signs of Breast Cancer, the importance self examination, and sharing the inspirational stories of survivors. The...

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From Ballet Dancer to Teacher: Sheona Little Educates her Community on their African Roots

A woman once said a powerful statement, “Please remember that you were Africans before you were anything”- Bose Ogulu. Bose is the mother of the Nigerian singer/songwriter Burna Boy. His mother accepted his award for Best International Act on his behalf at the BET awards in 2019. The previous statement identifies the cultural gap and misconception between Africans and African Americans. Specifically, Africans native to a country and culture they can proudly identify and represent their African heritage. In contrast, African Americans cannot identify where they come from because their ancestors were brought here because of African Diaspora; stripped them of their native language and culture. Everyone should appreciate their cultural ancestry, specifically in the African American community. By reducing the cultural divide, it will...

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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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Sweatbands and Waist-trainers: are they worth the hype?

With the weather slowly beginning to break, people are beginning to try and work on their “summer body” and with all of the social distancing and gyms being closed is adding an abdominal sweatband the extra push you need to reach your fitness goals? If you are on social media, I’m sure you have seen these many ads of companies marketing their waist trainer sweatband that will instantly take inches of your waist, flattening your stomach to give you the perfect hourglass figure.  Any product claiming to do such a thing without adequate exercise and even diet modifications is a scam. Basic waist trainers can be extremely dangerous as they have the potential to shift organs and cause damage to your ribs.  If you do want to...

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What Fitness Type Best for Your Body Type?

When trying to lose weight or build muscle, it is important to know what type of body you have and work best with it.  The three main body types are: Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells   As an ectomorph, this means that your body does well with processing carbohydrates for your body to use as energy for fuel. In addition, with this body type, you will have a metabolism on the faster side making it easy for you to burn off fat.  As an ectomorph, you might struggle with gaining weight because you lose weight so easily so be sure...

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Black Girl Health Highlights: Sherrell Moore-Tucker, MindBody Faith

For this highlight, we will be spotlighting our partner Sherrell Moore-Tucker, who is the Managing Partner for SAGE holistic center and the Founder of MindBody Faith, which is a mindful management and consulting company.  She is also a speaker, author, yoga, and meditation teacher. In addition to her already long list of qualifications, she is a trauma-informed wellness educator who specializes in leadership and holistic stress management. Since 2010, she has been educating communities and businesses about various forms of yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques for addressing stress, social and health-related trauma, as a form of self-care. As an iRest® Level 1 Meditation Teacher, Moore-Tucker specializes and studies include Somatic movement, Holy Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa flow-style yoga, Yin yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga for...

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National Women’s Health Week!

Did you know that it was National Women’s Health Week? Oh you didn’t? Well it was National Women’s Health Week! This starts every year right after Mother’s Day. This week is used to remind women to take their health into their own hands and make becoming healthier a priority. What are some ways that we, as women, can live healthier lifestyles? One way is trying to eat clean. Eating clean is eating more whole and natural foods and limiting the amount of processed foods from our diet. So many people think clean eating is like eating like a rabbit but in truth, clean eating can be just as satisfying and more beneficial than eating processed foods. Another way is to start enjoying your exercise. Some people...

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Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Hey sis! You are a rainbow in a sky full of grey, and I just thought it was important that you know that today. So one of the most archaic ways to control weight loss is calorie counting. Calorie counting was the thing to do before fad diets came along, and personally, calorie counting is my favorite way to control my weight and the easiest way for me to do so. Instead of special diets, depriving yourself, and/or spending extra hours in the kitchen, simply eating a little less than you normally would could be all you need to do to lose weight. So how many calories should I be eating? Well it depends. In a lot of cases your doctor will give you a nutritional diet...