Black-Owned Health and Wellness Businesses to Support Now and Always

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As the country is still grappling with the tragic death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests in its wake, musician and activist Calvin Martyr has launched #BlackOutDay2020 on July 7. This campaign calls for an economic boycott where the Black community pauses on buying to highlight their economic spending power. If they do spend money, they are encouraged to buy from Black-owned businesses only.

Just like the fashion and beauty industries, the wellness and health space is full of brands that are founded and run by Black women and men. Whether they’re selling aromatherapy candles, producing fitness-minded podcasts or shattering stigmas of what it means to be “well” for Black women, each of these companies was once just a dream and is now a hard-earned reality.

But don’t just shop these Black-owned businesses today, or this week. Support them regularly, engage with them on social media and spread

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How one school district tends to students’ emotional health during coronavirus pandemic

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SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – Three months ago, the Saddle Brook school district was making steady progress toward social and emotional learning as part of a district initiative.

In-class yoga, mindfulness mantras and coping strategies for anxiety were part of the daily routine.

Then came the pandemic.

Virtual learning separated children from schoolmates and teachers as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other health experts noted a surge in stress and depression. Next came the killing of George Floyd and racial tensions that heightened anxiety for many families. 

“I’m glad that we were in front of social and emotional learning, that we had this wellness initiative in place, because we had already been talking about it and doing it,” Superintendent Danielle Shanley said.

To address a complicated new reality, the entire faculty worked together to keep social and emotional learning at the forefront.  

“My concern was the kids

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Beach Cities Health District Lowers Obesity Rate In Redondo Beach

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REDONDO BEACH, CA (June 22, 2020) – Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD), after teaming with Beach Cities Health District (BCHD), has witnessed a dramatic drop in childhood obesity among its students following the implementation of nutrition and exercise programs that started in 2007. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has taken notice and is publishing a Community Health Report detailing RBUSD’s success and hoping to inspire other school districts to combat obesity and improve health among their students.

The report, titled “Recent Trends in Childhood Obesity Prevalence in the Redondo Beach Unified School District: A Case Study,” notes data that showed one in five RBUSD elementary school students were obese – higher than the national average – leading BCHD to partner with RBUSD to launch the LiveWell Kids program in Redondo Beach schools in 2007. Within four years, the obesity rate in the school district fell

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Health Experts Explain the Link Between Chronic Illness and Healthy Eating

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From Prevention

  • June 13, 2020 was Global Wellness Day.
  • This year, the ninth annual Global Wellness Day hosted a 24-hour livestream of wellness-related events, including presentations, workouts, and breath work.
  • Here are three takeaways from Global Wellness Day 2020.

The ninth annual Global Wellness Day took place on June 13, 2020, and it did not disappoint. Each year, the annual event focuses on mental health, nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing with the motto, “One day can change your whole life.”

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Global Wellness Day took place virtually with a 24-hour live stream offering wellness-related events that included presentation, workouts, meditations, and other fun events hosted by experts from all around the world.

Here are three healthy eating tips from Global Wellness Day ambassadors.

1. View food as medicine.

Adedamola Ladejobi, certified personal nutritionist and weight loss expert, wants us to know that we are what

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