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Are you Living in a Food Desert?

Hey sis! I hope you’re working hard to create a life that you love, I know I am! However, sometimes working hard towards your goals isn’t enough. Not only do you need the drive to go forth and achieve, but you also need the right supplies and environment in order to assist and sustain you. If you are starting a weight-loss journey, you will have to be able to access to the fruits and vegetables needed to sustain your diet. Unfortunately, some people don’t have access to the fruits and vegetables needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle because of where they live, these areas are called food deserts. What is a food desert? A food desert an urban area in which it is difficult to buy affordable...

Top 3 VEGAN recipes that Omnivores will Love!

Hey sis! I hope all is going well on your journeys, and that day by day you are inching closer to your goals whatever they may be. Speaking of goals and journeys, I know a lot of us have the goals that we want to live healthier lives and to lose our maintain weight. Many people will tell you that a vegan lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and be healthier overall. I’m no doctor so I can't say for sure, but what I can say is that incorporating vegan meals into your lifestyle, will not only help you shed a few pounds, but can also help you save a few bucks on your grocery bill. I have tried on and off several...

Nutrition and HIV/AIDS | Fighting Back

Hello my lovely BGH sisters! I hope that all is well in your lives, and you're pursuing your dreams even in the wake of failure. When I talk of pursuing your dreams I mean that to be anything you fancy, however I hope that we have one dream in common, which is to live healthy and full lives. When you have an HIV diagnosis (especially a recent one), that may seem only like a dream, but with the knowledge and medicinal advances we have today, you can live a fulfilling life with HIV/AIDS. While there are multiple things that you can do to increase your longevity living with the infection, like making sure you're taking your medication appropriately, exercising regularly, and giving up poor habits...

Dos and Donts for a heart healthy meal prep

As National Heart health month draws to a close, I thought that I would share some information with you that you can use throughout the year. Not that anything I’ve shared can't be used year round but when it comes to matters of the heart they can be easily forgotten. We all know about how the heart functions, pumping blood throughout your body, and taking on the burden of keeping us alive. With so much resting on your heart the least you can do is keep it healthy right? The food that you put in your body can make, or break, the health of your heart. Which is why today I thought i’d leave you with some dos and don'ts on making a heart healthy...

Slay 2019 with a Financial Fresh Start | Financial Health

How many times have you gotten to the end of the year, and felt like you didn't quite accomplish the things you wanted to? I have, and as you probably already know it’s not a good feeling. One of the main reasons I’ve noticed is that they are creating all kinds of large goals for the new year and struggling to keep them. (If this is you, check our our post here on goal setting VS adopting a system). However, there is an even bigger problem that no one is talking about. Most people are not making any financial goals, and if they are, they're not making them in a way that's improving their day to day lives. So you might be wondering “Isn't this a...

Here’s How To #Popthequestion To Your Man #Likeaboss

Pop the Question to Your Man like a BOSS Before you get into a serious relationship, it's always important to sit down with your partner and have 'the talk' because 46 percent of blacks in the U.S. are living with HIV.  I know this conversation can be somewhat uncomfortable, but you should always think about your sexual health, first. Here is a video that can help lighten up the mood before approaching your partner with the conversation. Make it a Shared Experience. If you put yourself out there and word it in a way that's hows you're also willing to take the brave walk with them, "I think it would be smart if we both got tested for the sake of our health," then you stand a better chance...

The 81-year-old bodybuilder that’s defying all odds

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpBo2dl3PBc[/embed] When we think of bodybuilders, we often think of men and women who are young, athletic and ripped. One never thinks about an 81-year old black woman fighting the odds and becoming a record-holding world’s oldest bodybuilder. Well meet Ernestine Shepherd, she is motivating women around the world to become healthy and fit. At the age of 70, she started training to become a bodybuilder. Shepherd trains more than 30 hours a week in the gym and runs ten miles a day. Aside from participating in bodybuilding competitions, she conducts a workout class with a group of women every morning at her local gym. And here’s a secret - Shepherd works out in heels! If she can do it, why can’t we? This woman is the...

Advocate for Uterine Fibroids

3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Uterine Fibroids

July is Uterine Fibroids Awareness Month. A condition that affects between 80-90%% of black women by the time they reach the age of 50! And while uterine fibroids is a condition that is so common in our community, it is one that isn’t talked about enough and one that many of us suffer in silence. This month, take control of the narrative surrounding uterine fibroids and become an advocate for yourself, your sisters, and your friends. 3 Ways to Be an Advocate for Fibroids Become Aware. So many of us have heard of uterine fibroids but we don’t know much about them. Uterine fibroids are treatable, non-cancerous growths that develop on or around the uterus. They can be painful or painless and are treatable. Simply...

BGH Live! A Conversation with Ernestine Shepherd

Coming out to the Rocky theme song and letting us know the champ was here, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd arrived to chat with us and give us the real deal behind how she keeps herself fit and in shape—including her insane morning routine! At 80 years young, Ms. Ernestine Shepherd came to KICKSTART and BGH Live! to play. Dressed to the T and with a ton of energy, she gave us the scoop on the morning routine of all morning routines. Ready for this one? She wakes up every morning at 2:30am—yup we were like whaattt too. She starts her morning with devotionals and meditation to get her mind in a positive space. After that, it’s an easy breakfast of liquid egg whites and she’s off for a 2...

Working Out at KICKSTART: Pound, Zoombalicious, & Spin

We've been talking about it for months but the day has arrived! KICKSTART, our health & wellness expo empowering minority women to take charge of their health is going down today! If you aren't able to join us, don't worry we'll be documenting it all here and on our social media accounts! When it comes to the conversation surrounding health & wellness, fitness plays a huge role. With this in mind, at KICKSTART we have multiple workouts and fitness sessions to kickoff the expo. And when we say "workout" we don't mean those boring, outdated sessions. We're talking about workouts they get you up, get you moving, and get you sweating with some of the best experts in the industry. Walking down halls dancing to the music coming out of each workshop alone...