Showing posts with label Health/Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health/Fitness. Show all posts

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gabrielle Union Speaks on Skin Cancer Prevention

Although summer is coming to a close, that doesn't mean that we should ditch our sunscreen. In fact, we BGs need to make our sunscreen usage a year-round routine. Far too often we think that once temps start to dip, it's ok to skip the SPF.

According to a recent survey conducted by Neutrogena, only 46% of African-American women use sunscreen in comparison to 76% White and 63% of Hispanic women.  That's why actress and Neutrogena spokeswoman, Gabrielle Union, urges us to take our skin's health more seriously.

Photo Courtesy: Neutrogena

"Just because summer is ending, sun-safe behavior should not," says Union. "Skin cancer is the one cancer that's preventable, yet it's still on the rise. I'm glad that I can help Neutrogena educate people by spotlighting common sun protection myths and spreading the word that it doesn't matter the color of your skin; everyone can get skin cancer."

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Watch Gabrielle Union speak on sun-safe behavior.

Here are a few facts according to Neutrogena and Dr. Darrell Rigel:

Cases of skin cancer in people with darker skin are often not detected until later stages, when it is more dangerous. The overall melanoma survival rate for African Americans is only 77 percent, versus 91 percent for Caucasians.

Sun's harmful rays are as deadly during the colder seasons as they are during summer. In fact, even under cloud cover, it is possible for the sun to harm your skin and eyes, so it is important to protect yourself with sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing even in cloudy weather.

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults aged 25 to 29. It is also increasing faster in women ages 15 to 29 than in men of the same age group.

Do you forget to wear sunscreen during the cooler seasons?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Giveway: Aveeno Sun-Protection Prize Pack

Sitting poolside soaking up the sun getting a pedicure is definitely on my summer agenda. Before I plan my fun days in the sun, I'll need to fill my tote with a few sun-protecting essentials: sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sun-shielding hat.

Thanks to Aveeno, I want to make sure that you're covered for summer too. I'm giving away one prize pack to a lucky reader filled with the following: Wide-Brimmed Hat, AVEENO Hydrosport Sunscreen SPF30, AVEENO Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Mositurizer SPF 30, a pair of 100% UV-Protecting Shades, and One Month of ACUVUE OASYS Brand Contacts.

If you're wondering how contact lenses fit into this summer bundle, well that's because most contacts don't offer any UV protection. These offer the highest level of UV blocking available in the marketplace.



For more information on how the sun affects vision, be sure to take a listen to HealthVision with Dr. Val's podcast here.



While those warm sun rays feel good beaming down on our bodies, we need to take the proper precautions to prevent skin cancer.  Sometimes we BGs forget that like our fair-skinned counterparts, we're also susceptible to the disease.

Simply leave a comment sharing your summer vacation plans for a chance to win the prize pack. **Exam and fitting fees not included. Winner must present current, valid prescription for ACUVUE Brand Contact Lenses. Please note that this giveaway is only open to U.S residents. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Monday, June 11th. 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

5 "Berry" Good Reasons to Eat Berries

Balmy weather, beach bumming, impromptu barbecues, and delicious berries are the cornerstones of summer. All fruits have outstanding health advantages, but berries are the crème de la crème when it comes to wellness and beautifying benefits.

Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, minerals, and more, these scrumptious bites can enhance complexions, contribute to weight loss, and even help prevent certain cancers. From strawberries to blueberries, berries are always at the top of my grocery list. Plus, they're the perfect snack for my 2-year-old daughter who can eat them by the carton!


Check out what these tasty, nutritious treats can do:

1. Antioxidants found in blueberries have been proven to soften skin, decrease inflammation, and reduce the onset of wrinkles.
2. Cranberries and blueberries contain compounds that help ward off bladder infections.
3. Blueberries and raspberries contain lutein, which help improve vision.
4. Blueberries' anthocyanins attack cancer-causing agents.
5.  Strawberries are used topically in traditional medicines to treat burns and other skin ailments due to their astringent properties.

What's your favorite berry?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

NYC Event Alert: Get Free Skin Cancer Screening

If you're in the New York City area today, be sure to stop by The Skin Cancer Foundation's Road to Healthy Skin Tour bus presented by Aveeno and Rite Aid for a free skin cancer screening. The bus will be at Lincoln Center on 62nd Street between Broadway and Columbus from 11am - 4pm.

Although we BGs are less likely to develop skin cancer due to our darker skin complexions than other groups, doesn't mean that we shouldn't take the proper precautions toward preventing this deadly disease.

Far too often we BGs fail to get screened for melanomas until it's too late. That's why it's important to wear sunscreen, be cognizant of new and existing moles, and get periodically screened.



Have you ever been screened for skin cancer? What's your favorite SPF moisturizer?


Monday, April 23, 2012

Sponsored - Aveeno's Beautiful Change Challenge: Part 5


Working out isn't something that comes naturally for me. While some people get an adrenaline rush and enjoying sweating it out, I don't. It takes a lot of coaxing from my husband to get me off the couch and actually get active.

But once I do get moving, I find that my go-to exercise usually involves working out my legs. I don't have excessively flabby thighs or calves, but in the spring and summer months toning is a must in order for me to confidently sport shorts, skirts, and flirty dresses.

Despite not being a die-hard work-out kind of person, the stationary bike is typically my exercise machine of choice. But, in and effort to switch things up for the Aveeno Beautiful Change Challenge, I've recently been running up several flights of stairs in my apartment to get killer gams.


So far, I've noticed that my legs look a little more muscular and I tend to have more stamina since I started using the stairwell. Also, after my workouts I make sure to let my body cool down before taking a lukewarm shower to maintain healthy hair and skin. We all know that showering too soon in excessively cold water can be a shock to the system.
New AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL™ lets you renew your hair to its naturally balanced state daily. Unlike ordinary shampoos, these sulphate-free formulas have Balancing Seaweed Extract; bringing hair back to its naturally healthy, most balanced state with each wash, for beautifully healthy-looking hair. Learn more here http://bit.ly/A1cjWg

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®”
 How do you switch up your workout routines?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Groove While Getting Bikini-Ready

Planning on flaunting your body on the beach this summer? If so, there's a cool gadget that will help you stay on track toward getting bikini-ready while grooving to some of your favorite tunes. Motorola's Motoactv effortlessly fuses music with a fitness performance tracker to help you get the most out of your workout.

With an easy-to-use touch-screen, the super lightweight Motoactv allows you to launch a new workout or tweak your playlist with the slightest tap. It's also simple to sync with your computer so that you can program various workouts and even compete with friends with a special web portal. Plus, it provides the stats you need to monitor your calories burned, heart rate, miles covered, what songs you perform the best to, and other fitness facts.

I'm not really a gadget kind-of-girl, but this nifty workout wristband is a great way to get in shape while shimmying to some of your favorite songs while tracking your pace and progress.

Available at www.motorola.com. Prices start at $249


How often do you workout? 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sponsored - Aveeno's Beautiful Change Challenge: Part 4


Our spirits and minds are the most important aspects of living a beautiful, healthy, and balanced  life. If those two major principles are out of whack, feeling good is nearly impossible. In an effort to feed my mind and keep my spirits high I've been trying to take 30 minutes of "me" time each day for the Aveeno's Beautiful Change Challenge.
Whether I use that time to take a relaxing bubble bath, flip through a magazine on my patio, or download a new app on my iPad, that "me" time is my opportunity to simply put myself first and do what I want to do. Being a mom and wife, that precious half-hour can seem even more necessary. While I felt guilty taking time for myself the first few days, I'm now getting used to it and aim to increase it to a full hour!
I took this photo when I took some "me" time and visited Mexico a few weeks ago. 

When you take time out of your day to unwind by yourself, it gives you clarity and allows you to recharge so that you can be the absolute best you that you can possibly be.



New AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL™ lets you renew your hair to its naturally balanced state daily. Unlike ordinary shampoos, these sulphate-free formulas have Balancing Seaweed Extract; bringing hair back to its naturally healthy, most balanced state with each wash, for beautifully healthy-looking hair. Learn more here http://bit.ly/A1cjWg

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®”


How do you maintain a healthy mind and spirit?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sponsored - Aveeno's Beautiful Change Challenge: Part 3


Who says you're ever too old for preschool TV programs? While, I'm well beyond the playground crowd, I'm still enlightened by shows that my toddler watches. Recently, I heard Barney – the beloved purple dinosaur, singing about the importance of brushing our teeth without letting the water run.
Call it a minor "Aha" moment," but before Barney belted out that catchy green tune I'd never thought twice about how ecologically irresponsible I'd been throughout the years. For as long as I can remember, I always kept the water on while I brushed my pearly whites.

                                      New AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL™ lets you renew your hair to its naturally balanced state daily. Unlike ordinary shampoos, these sulphate-free formulas have Balancing Seaweed Extract; bringing hair back to its naturally healthy, most balanced state with each wash, for beautifully healthy-looking hair. Learn more here http://bit.ly/A1cjWg “Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®”
How do you incorporate being green into your daily beauty, health, or household routines?

Since that eco-edification, I've made a conscious decision to turn off the tap while tending to my dental hygiene routine. Plus, I also use that same water-saving practice when I wash my face in cold water to get my blood cells flowing for healthy, clean skin.


I now realize just how smart and easy it is to conserve our precious H2O by making slight adjustments to our daily household and beauty routines.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sponsored - Aveeno's Beautiful Change Challenge: Part 1


While beautifying our bodies with blushes, bronzers and other cosmetics is fun and makes us feel and look good on the outside, it's what goes inside our bodies that's the most important. That's why lately I've been approaching the grocery aisles like I do makeup counters – the bolder the color of the product or produce the better! Whether it's a ripe cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, or a pretty coral nail polish, I  enjoy shopping for vibrant fruits and vegetables just as much as I do for beauty products.


Fueling our bodies with fresh produce and lean proteins is imperative to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Plus, eating well contributes to improving our skin, hair, and nails. So if you feel good and energized, you're going to radiate from within no matter what makeup, body or haircare products you use. But, if you can find products that give you the best of both worlds like Aveeno's Active Naturals by incorporating quality ingredients such as oats, seaweed extract, soy, and shiitake mushrooms into their products it's a win-win!



Bottom-line, stocking up on with richly-hued produce and products made with naturally enriching ingredients is always a good look.

New AVEENO® PURE RENEWAL™ lets you renew your hair to its naturally balanced state daily. Unlike ordinary shampoos, these sulphate-free formulas have Balancing Seaweed Extract; bringing hair back to its naturally healthy, most balanced state with each wash, for beautifully healthy-looking hair. Learn more here http://bit.ly/A1cjWg

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by AVEENO® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of AVEENO®”

I challenge you to make a beautiful change with your diet to uncover a healthy and even more gorgeous you! What foods do you enjoy eating to keep your skin and hair flawless?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Let Nicole Ari Parker "Save Your Do"

Nicole Ari Parker, one of our favorite BG actresses is now a budding entrepreneur. The former Soul Food star is on a quest to "save our 'dos," with the launch of her revolutionary "Save Your Do Gymwrap," to help keep our hair sweat-free during workouts.

While I've never sacrificed exercising for the sake of my strands, I do know many women who do. We all know those who see the gym as instant "kryptonite" when it comes to maintaining their styles. For those lock-loving ladies, this souped up sweatband is an answer to their hair-preserving prayers.

Save Your Do GymWrap is available here starting at $24.95

I recently used the "SYDGW" during a strenuous workout in in Park Slope and was incredibly pleased with the results. It kept my hair dry by keeping moisture away from the skin while letting cool air in. Even though I have natural hair, I still have it blown out periodically and it kept my edges smooth and frizz-free. 

Not only is this brilliantly-designed wrap good at protecting our 'dos, but it also gives back to a great cause.  10% of proceeds will go toward the Sophie's Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Parker and her husband, actor Boris Kodjoe, whose mission is to help individuals diagnosed with spina bifida.

Remember ladies, hair is hair; leading a healthy lifestyle is what's really important. Also, if you're wondering if Parker has given up her thespian roots, don't worry; you can catch her this spring starring in the Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Have you ever halted your workout plans to preserve your 'do? Would you wear the "Save Your Do Gymwrap?"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

She's Baaack...Beyonce Shows of Post-Baby Body

Looks like Beyonce will continue to be the envy of onlookers. The slim, superstar singer stepped out publicly in New York City for the first time since giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy, to celebrate her husband Jay-Z's upcoming concert dates at Carnegie Hall.

Merely a month after welcoming her new bundle of joy, Beyonce's body looks as if it's already bounced back into shape. Last night the new mom was spotted at the 40/40 club wearing a reddish-orange, Alice Temperly dress that accentuated her curves and of course a pair of embellished Christian Louboutin heels to top off her pulled-together look.

Beyonce at her first public appearance since giving birth at the 40/40 Club in New York City.

I must admit, I didn't have a hard time dropping my baby weight after having my daughter in 2010, but I credit it genetics and breastfeeding. Not sure what Mrs. Carter's secret is, but I'm sure we'll here about it in due time.

If you're a mother, how long did it take you to flaunt your pre-baby body again? How did you drop the weight?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's a brand new year, which means it's time to leave the past in the past and start anew. Whether you want to start your morning off with a quick run or implement a new skincare regimen, the top of the year is always a great place to start.



I typically don't make new year resolutions, but I do strive to be the best me that I can possibly be. For me, that means being more patient, eating less candy, and keeping in touch with my loved ones more. I'm ready and embracing everything that 2012 has to offer. Change is in the air and it feels so good!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? If so, do you usually stick to them?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

NEWS: World AIDS Day

There's a startling statistic that was featured in a recent article in PARADE that states: AIDS as being the third leading cause of death among African-American women in their 30s and 40s, and the number of new infections among gay and bisexual black men under 30 increased 48 percent between 2006 and 2009 (the latest U.S. figures available). This epidemic’s epicenter falls in the South, where poverty and lack of affordable health care are thwarting education, testing, and treatment.




The fact that we're the largest part of the demographic that's disproportionately suffering from this preventable epidemic, speaks volumes. That's why it's so important that we BGs educate ourselves and spread that knowledge to our loved ones near and far so that our mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, and friends can stop dying from this deadly disease.

Have you been tested? If not, do so TODAY.