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The Importance of Hydration

Hydration is essential, especially during summer months when the temperature continues to rise. How much water should we be drinking daily? It is estimated that men should drink at least 120 ounces of water daily, while women should consume at least 96 ounces of water daily (Chilu, 2023). Both fresh fruit and vegetables contain a percentage of water as well. Fruits and vegetables that are high in water content include: cucumber, celery, romaine lettuce, watermelon, strawberries, mushrooms,...

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that progresses significantly over time. Individuals usually have symptoms ranging from mild to severe trembling. Typically occurring on one side of the body. These symptoms often display themselves in several different areas of the body including the arms, legs, feet, and hands. Furthermore, this disease can cause significant decrease in daily kinesthetic activity. An individual with Parkinson’s Disease can have concerns with muscle spasms,...

7 Habits of Habits of Highly Effective People

From Steven R. Covey’s release The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, brings essential factors that highlight success in both personal and professional life. He places into perspective the importance of seven steps to work effectively and perform responsibly in today’s era. Be proactive: Focus specifically on what it is you wish to change and begin. (i.e. weight loss, relationship status, new employment, new skills, new location, silence, etc.) Begin an end goal in mind: Define a goal and...

Lipedema and Obesity

Lipedema is caused by an excess of adipose tissue typically in regions of the feet, buttocks, thighs, hips, stomach, and arms (Herbst, 2014). The disorder typically occurs in 11% of the population, and is typically found in females rather than males (Herbst. 2014). Development of this condition can cause early onset of Diabetes. Lipedema occurs when the dermis and epidermis is made up of enlarged adipose cells that continue their growth beneath the skin. Lipedema develops in three stages:...

Healthcare in Louisiana Prisons

Louisiana is one of the states with the highest incarceration rates, with a total of 28,387 incarcerations (Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 2020). African Americans make up the highest percentage rates of individuals being incarcerated, followed by Caucasian Americans (Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 2020). With such a massive amount of incarcerations, physical and mental health disparities are at an all time high. There have been several barriers that have led to...

7 Ways to Support Those in Need

1. Be patient, while allowing those in need to communicate following a tragic occurrence. When tragedy strikes, one may not be readily open to communicate . 2. Acknowledge how the individual looks and feels. Ask open ended questions when needed. 3. Provide support. Allow sufficient resources and assistance to be provided to individuals when needed. 4. Provide comfort in the form of physical touch (i.e. hug, gentle rub of the shoulder or hand within boundaries), to ensure the individual feels...

Artificial Intelligence in the African American Community

Artificial Intelligence is one of the fastest growing sectors that is growing within the career industry. Specifically within the African American community, and the career industries of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This particular sector is becoming more and more visible in our daily lives and will continue to provide future growth in various industrial and commercial industries. AI is an uprising technology tool that provides essential measures for African Americans...

The Governor of Arizona Proclaimed “Arizona Trauma Awareness Month” at the Weave and Cleave Conference by The Faithful City (May 2, 2024)

In January, I announced the “Weave and Cleave Movement,” defining it as The Faithful City (TFC)’s social and cultural movement that invites every human being and all sectors to come alongside, where everyone experiences being connected before being corrected, sharing struggles in compassion, and raising hope and resilience for the future journey altogether. The second annual Weave and Cleave Conference, which I organized with Marcia Stanton, the founder of the Arizona ACEs Consortium, was...

Simple Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is often the source of infection, and can be seen as a result of increased blood pressure (HTN), heart disease, pain, or specific health disorders such as cardiac arrest, joint Inflammation, constipation, diabetes, and cancer (Ellis, 2022). This article explains additional information on how to ease inflammation symptoms associated with co-morbid disorders as such. Aim to reduce inflammation by consistently getting 7-8 hours of rest per night in a cool and quiet space. Be sure...

Plans afoot to bring stability to PACEs Connection

To all of you, who, like me, love this website and want to see it and its communities flourish as we work to prevent and heal trauma; build resiliency: please know there is a move afoot by a small group of strategic partners to find a suitable host for PACEs Connection. More will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, friends, we are figuring out email addresses and other communications logistics and opportunities. PEACE! Carey Sipp, former director of strategic partnerships ...

Resilience

Resilience is the art of giving thanks when less is more. It is seeing expectancy, when there seems like no end. It is simply staying true to what matters most; faith, respect, dignity, and persistence. Resilience is often displayed daily. Whether we have a small or large task to achieve. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. What will allow one to have the greatest hope and resiliency in any situation is to remain grounded. Never forget the solid principles that allowed you to navigate...

Returning Children to School Following the Holiday Season

Some may recall the struggle of getting adjusted to the busy schedule of being a parent and returning your child back to school following the holiday season. I have completed a review that will allow both children and families to have a much more successful transition back into the workplace and classroom setting. Here are a few tips that will make the transition more smoother. 1. Ensure to keep a consistent bedtime schedule. While this may be difficult, it is important to stick as close as...

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