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IS MEASURING BMI A GOOD INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH?

As early as elementary school, health practitioners in the United States have measured a person’s health using body mass index (BMI). However, as more and more workplaces are shifting towards health rewards systems that track measures like BMI, studies have shown that it is not actually a good indicator of overall health. “Body mass index is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters.” One example of where BMI misses the mark is in the case of highly muscular individuals, who could be mislabeled as overweight because muscle weighs more than fat. A team of researchers from UCLA evaluated data from the 2005-2012 National Health Survey, contrasting measurements such as BMI with other indicators of health such as...

IT’S THROUGH FAILED ATTEMPTS, YOUR TRADE IS MASTERED

Remember when you were younger and thought by 25 you would be married with 3 kids a house, car & career working on your second degree? Or remember when you thought you could not live without that person who used to complete you? But look at you living & stuff! Or even remember the time you were sure your Homemade Makeup business would take off and you would be rich but you just ended up staining your carpets & most of the upholstery in your car with melted products?  This week I want to encourage you to go on. Plan A may not work, heck Plans B-E which were also pretty darn good ideas may not work either, but you’ve got 20+ more letters in...

BRINGING BACK THE 90’S LOOK WITH A TWIST

In the 90’s Janet Jackson set the stage for big braids in the movie “Poetic Justice”, now it seems like the look is coming back, this time in big twists, and its trending on social media. That is rocking the Crochet Twists. Natasha Ray explains the process saying "it involves getting my own hair cornrowed down to the base. Then the twists are added with an actual crochet hook. The hair comes pre-twisted." Ray also tells Blackgirlhealth that it’s a totally different look for here, but she is excited about it, “I was so nervous I'd never bought hair before after a failed attempt at cornrows years ago where my hair was easily distinguishable from the synthetic. So this way there's no blinding in process.” #Fabuloushairfridays ...

EXERCISE LINKED TO PREVENTING CANCER

Need motivation to get to the gym, well a new study may be all the motivation you need to burn a sweat. It shows that exercise can reduce the risk of developing 13 different varieties of cancers. The study involved the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and collaborating researchers in the U.S collected data from 1.44 million men and women .The researchers found a reduced risk of breast, lung and colon cancers, which has been reported before, but they also found a lower risk of tumors in the liver, esophagus, kidney, stomach, endometrium, blood, bone marrow, head and neck, rectum and bladder. As a part of the study researchers looked at the intensity of exercise and calculated how that effected a person’s' cancer risks over...

GO FROM EMBARRASSING TO EXQUISITE ELBOWS & KNEES

Are you embarrassed by your dark elbows or knees causing you to feel less confident in short sleeve tops, shorts or skirts and forced to cover up? Well, do not feel alone as lots of ladies have this concern more commonly than you think. Women of color, especially, can have more pronounced discoloration of elbows and knees given more pigment within skin. Get excited to understand the most likely reason why you are ‘hiding your elbows and knees’ and get real effective dermatology based solutions. So stop concealing and start revealing exquisite elbows and knees! In general, it is natural for your elbows and knees to look slightly darker than surrounding skin due to extra thick folds of skin, especially your elbows. This extra skin is...

GETTING RID OF THE INFLAMMATION MAY GET RID OF THE FAT

When you think of inflammation, you may think it’s just the body’s response to injury, which causes a part of the body to become reddened, swollen, and often painful. Well the truth of the matter is inflammation is part of the body's immune response; without it, our body can't heal. But when it's out of control it can bring on health problems from everything from digestive disorders and allergies to autoimmune and heart disease. Inflammation in your body can even stop you from losing weight. So if you’re not thinking it already reducing inflammation is an absolutely vital step in preventing diseases and allowing the body to lose unwanted fat. Dr. Natasha Turner list several ways to get inflammation under control, which include improving your...

BOBS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

Move over “Stella” this mom has gotten her “groove back.” She is rocking a sew-in weave with a fresh cut bob. These trendy bobs are in no danger of going out of style. Celebrities like Ciara, Rihanna, and Iman have all rocked chin-grazing bobs and the longer "demi-bobs" or long bobs. This mom is rocking a “demi bob” and she even jazzed it up with some color.  Red has become all the rage as we head into the summers months, and women from all ages are experimenting with “sizzling red”this year. If you are looking to get your bob action on with some spice for the summer contact Ashia Richardson at Mr’s. & Mrs. Hair Salon at 717-257-4956. #Fabuloushairfridays...

DON’T EAT AFTER 7PM TO LOSE WEIGHT

It’s time to shut down your kitchen early in the evening, if you are trying to lose weight. According to Dr. Oz, fasting for 12 hours after your last meal is key to weight loss. For example, “if you finish dinner at 9 p.m., you should not start eating breakfast until 9 a.m. This fasting method is great for people who want to try fasting but have fluctuating schedules and need the flexibility.” To learn more about times to eat to lose weight click on the link below. http://livelighter.org/weight-loss-info-eating-after-7pm/ #Transformationtuesdays ...

ACTRESS HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE MAKES BEING OVER 50 LOOK AMAZING!

At 51 years young Holly Robinson Peete is a firm believer of aging gracefully. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to look like it. This actress, author, and philanthropist has always been known for her flawless figure and not much has changed since she first entered the scene over 2 decades ago. When it comes to exercising Peete works out at least 4 times a week and believes in working up a sweat. Her favorite workouts include cardio, weights, and yoga. She also loves to the outdoors and climbs stairs as a toning exercise. Along with exercise Holly also has adopted a balanced diet. “She limits carbs and loads up on veggies and proteins. She also says that it is important to...

JOIN THE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULTS

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) believes that violence against women is never acceptable. Violence and abuse affect girls and women from all kinds of backgrounds and of all ages every day. In the United States, most women who have been raped were younger than 25 when the rape happened and almost half of female rape victims were under the age of 18. We need the help of young people like you to end sexual assault. Start by sharing a social media message below, it just may help a save life. FACEBOOK MESSAGES FOR FRIENDS: It’s ok if you don’t want to have sex. A good boyfriend or girlfriend will respect your decisions about your body. http://go.usa.gov/cAg3j #SAAM No one should pressure you to have sex. If this...