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HIV OUTBREAK IN INDIANA LINKED TO DRUG — USE

At least 79 people in a southern corner of Indiana have been affected by a recent outbreak of HIV. State Governor Mike Pence approved a needle exchange program to help reduce disease spread. All cases have been linked to intravenous drug use, and without intervention, the cases are expected to increase. "The people of Scott County are working hard to address this crisis, and with additional state resources and new tools provided by this emergency declaration, I am confident that together we will stop this HIV outbreak in its tracks,” Pence said in a statement announcing the 30-day needle-exchange program. While the program is in place, health workers will be exempt from the criminal penalties to normally apply to those distributing drug use paraphernalia. However, Pence has also...

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN YOUR COCKTAIL?

Whether it be happy hour during the week or celebrating a special moment or holiday, the drinks are always flowing. When you are watching your weight, or trying to lose it, cocktails should not be an exception to your diet. Many of us think since it’s not a solid food, you don’t have to worry about alcohol adding on extra pounds, WRONG! Actually, alcohol consumption could be the reason you are not losing or continuing to gain, especially if you are overindulging or drinking sugary drinks. Cocktails can be considered empty calories, these are calories that add little or no nutritional value. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who consumed less than an ounce of alcohol over a 30-minute...

Chopped Vegetable Salad

Need a different spin on your salad. Tired of just lettuce and tomatoes, well try chopping up a variety of vegetables and making that your salad! ENJOY!! INGREDIENTS: 2 carrots (chopped) 2 celery stalks (chopped) 1/2 of a small red onion (chopped) 1 small can of sliced black olives 1 cup of kale ( chopped) 1 cucumber (chopped) 2 Tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds or walnuts (chopped) 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 to a teaspoon of agave nectar or honey or more Sea salt and pepper to taste  DIRECTIONS: For the dressing: In large bowl whisk together oil, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, agave nectar or honey, salt, pepper until smooth. Now add all chopped vegetables and...

IS RED HAIR….THE NEW YOU?

Sometimes it’s time for a change. From Black to Red, BGH Girl Indira Case kicks off the spring and summer of 2016 with some spice.  No need to rock it on the runway, Indira is making “Red Hair” a trend on social media. Hence, Blackgirlhealth picks Indira as this week’s #fabuloushairfridays, for stepping out of the box and into a new HER, which could soon be a NEW YOU.   #Fabuloushairfridays...

BE A DREAMER AND DREAM BIG!

All men dream but they do not dream equally. Those who dream by night wake to find it was vanity. But the dangerous dreamer is she who dares to dream by day. For she may act & make her dreams possible! - T. E. Lawrence If you want to see a transformation in your life, <bold> start day dreaming! </bold> Instead of just dreaming wishing & hoping, set aside an hour or two just to do research. Find out how much airfare is for your dream vacation!  Search your friends list for people who can help you start training for that full marathon you've dreamed of finishing! (EHHEM *WAVES HANDS IN AIR* I VOLUNTEER AS Tribute) Find out how much you need for an initial investment....

GREAT TURNOUT AT KICKSTART

Women came out to Reservoir Park on Saturday ready for a workout and that’s exactly what they got and more. KICKSTART was a day NOT about competition, but motivating and supporting women to kick in gear their workout plan as the warmer months are ahead. [gallery size="medium" ids="2637,2638,2639"] This event was aimed at encouraging women to take control of their health by making better choices, not just with fitness and nutrition, but with relationships, and behaviors that affect your mental, physical, and emotional health. Gaudenzia New Option was our primary partner to promote women’s health at Kickstart.   This event was an extension of the partnership between Gaudenzia and BGH to mobilize minority women to advocates women’s health by spreading HIV awareness sponsored by the National...

HOW TO MAKE SHRIMP FRIED RICE HEALTHY

Making your own fried rice is a lot healthier than buying it. This is because you are using healthier oils such as grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil; not to mention you can even use brown rice and control the sodium. ENJOY!!!! INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil 8 ounces of medium fresh shrimp (peel and deveined) 3 eggs lightly beaten and (scrambled) 1 teaspoon ginger (grated) 2 teaspoon garlic (minced) 1 bunch scallions white and green parts (sliced thinly) 4-5 cups cooked white or brown rice 2 cups of frozen peas and carrots (thawed ) 1/3 or 1/4 cups low sodium soy sauce (or less) DIRECTIONS: In a wok or non-stick skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat. Add shrimp, and stir until pink. Remove the shrimp to...

IESHIA SCOTT LEARNED SHE HAD HIV AT 15

At first, it was hard for me. At times, I suffered from severe depression and had thoughts of suicide. It was hard being "the girl with HIV" in my city. Mentally, I had to create another name and be somebody else, not "the girl with HIV." I would tell my sexual partners, but when it came to other people, I felt my business didn't concern them. Yet, where I grew up, it seems like your business belongs to everyone. I’m, 26 now, but I found out I was HIV-positive at 15. I was attending Camp Hope, a week-long summer camp for children 7 through 16 who are living with HIV. Only, I didn't know that when I went. I was in an administrator's office when I found...

BGH PRESENTS “HEALTHY EATING WORKSHOP”

Black Girl Health’s healthy eating workshop led and organized by Indira Case spread a powerful message about the importance of taking control of your health, instead of it controlling you. The workshop demonstrated how healthy eating can be incorporated under strict time constraints, lack funds, and resources. It is also debunked stereotypes associated with organic/natural foods, such as the belief these foods are NOT affordable or easily attainable.   [gallery size="medium" ids="2621,2620,2619"] The workshop shop held at Capital Presbyterian Church at 14th and Cumberland Streets on Saturday, April 16th drew a full house of both men and women of all ages.  Many women expressed they don’t have enough time to eat balance diets. A big part of a balance diet is getting the proper nutrients, vitamins, and...

AFTER A LONG AFFAIR WITH BUNDLES, IM LOVING MY OWN HAIR

Well its 2016, resolutions have been created and broken by now. The “new year, new me” slogan is slowing replaced by whatever trending hashtag, and yet I have embarked on my own 2016 hair journey: wearing my real hair out! Trust me, when I say I had a whole complex. Wigs and weaves have been my go-to style for years now. I received chemotherapy two years ago, and with not enough hair to even make a ponytail, I opted for wigs and weaves to mask my extreme hair loss. I didn’t even know what my hair looked like other than in my infamous “wig” braids (you know the beat-down, can’t see the parts, girl-please-put-those-away- braids, yeah I had them). Until one day when my funds...