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March Chairty ~ St Jude Research Hospital

March Is National Health Month

This month we are taking our $10.00 funds and donating to

St. Jude Research Hospital

https://www.stjude.org/

st judeThe Mission

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. St Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases.

The History

Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thank You For Your Support!

 

 

Community Corner…#RockTheREDPump Event

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Know. Act. Rock.

Today, we are excited to kickoff Women’s History Month by launching our 9th Annual Rock the Red Pump® campaign. Since the beginning, supporters like you have tweeted, posted, and shared photos and information to help us educate the women in our lives and fight the stigma that continues to surround HIV. And, many of you have done so while rocking some fabulous red shoes.
However, #RocktheRedPump has always been more than a fashion statement. It is a call-to-action for women and girls to know the facts about HIV, take the appropriate steps (act), and own the decisions that we make regarding our bodies and our health (rock).
Know. Act. Rock.
It’s that simple. From now until National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), we will be mobilizing our networks to stand fiercely in the face of stigma, judgement, and shame and counter those forces with facts, support and sisterhood. And, we want you to join us! After all, the more, the powerful.
Here are some things that you can do to show your support. Others are listed here.

  • If you’re a blogger, sign up for the 2017 #RocktheRedPump Campaign!
  • Register your house of worship to participate in Red Pump Sunday on March 12.
  • Post educational statistics to your networks about HIV. (Need some starters? We have you covered.)
  • Download the square button below and post on Instagram (and Facebook and Twitter), including the hashtag #RocktheRedPump.

 

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Cupcakes, Condoms, and You?

This month, Cupcakes & Condoms® will roll into Charlotte, Fayetteville (NC), Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Women and teen girls are invited to join us for a FREE event packed with female condom demonstrations, dialogue about ways to foster healthy intimate relationships, and delicious desserts. To get additional details about each event, visit the respective pages below.

Is your city not on the list? Drop us a note to suggest where we should go next.

Rock the Red is BACK in a New Venue!

Our signature fashion show and fundraiser, Rock the RED, will is back for the 8th year in a row and will be taking place in Chicago on Saturday, March 18 at Chez (247 E. Ontario, Chicago).
Tickets are on sale now and we hope that you will join us for an evening of style and awareness.
Thank you to our sponsors: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Chez, and Michael Stars.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email info@redpump.org for additional information.

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Our financial support is key to ensuring that The Red Pump Project can maintain its efforts to bring important conversations about HIV to the forefront for women and girls in our communities. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today via our fundraising page.
Donate Now

Thank you!

Thanks for standing with us and other women around the world to recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. ♥
P.S. If you’re on Instagram, follow us there at @redpump as we give you behind-the-scenes and other instant access of what we’re up to.

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Wellness Wednesday 2/22

Disclaimer: This information is comes from a New Year’s Workout  Jumpstart  Program provided by  Lauren Conrad that I am currently following and I want to share my  progress with you.

Jumpstart January: Challenge No. 4

Week four is upon us, ladies. It’s hard to believe that we’re already on our second to last Jumpstart January challenge. As of today, we’ve conquered three goals that we’re proud to say have slowly formed into habits. In the past few weeks we’ve worked out consistently, ditched alcohol and said goodbye to processed foods and white sugar. How’s that for starting out the new year strong? We can tell that our bodies are thanking us already. Not only do we sleep better at night, but we also have a renewed pep in our step that keeps us productive all day long. The only thing we’re wondering right now is why haven’t we done this for ourselves sooner…

  • Week 1: Work out 5 days a week
  • Week 2: Say sayonara to alcohol
  • Week 3: Nix processed foods and white sugar
  • Week 4: Lights out by 11p.m.
  • Week 5: Take 10,000 steps a day for a solid week

The past three weeks of our Jumpstart January challenges have been just that. We’ve been pushed physically and mentally and now it’s time to rest–literally! For our fourth challenge we’re turning the lights out by 11p.m. every night this week. We realize that everyone has a different start times in the morning, so feel free to adjust your bedtime as needed. The overall goal for this challenge is to go to bed early enough so that you treat your body to a full eight hours of sleep. That way you’re more likely to feel rejuvenated in the morning and ready to tackle your to-do list. Being a morning person has never sounded more appealing!

In order to make this goal happen, you may need to start prepping for bedtime earlier in the evening and revamping your morning routine. We recommend packing your lunch, programming your coffee maker and laying out your outfit ahead of time so that your morning goes as smoothly as possible. Just think of how amazing the day will be with eight hours of sleep and an organized morning ahead of you. Sign us up!

Are you going to turn the lights out early this week?

Wellness Wednesday 2/8

 Get Me Bodied….

I think it’s time to rename my most popular series of articles (popularity that I did not see coming!!!), to “Fifty +, Fit and Fabulous”, adding that small but significant, “+” sign 🙂

Meet Ellen Ector, a 63-year-old mom of five, grandmother of four, and health inspiration to people everywhere.

After 20 years as a social worker, she decided to quit her job and pursue fitness training in 2009.

“I said, ‘Either you’re gonna do this fitness thing or you’ll be working for someone else for the rest of your life,'” she told BuzzFeed Life. “I haven’t looked back since… I love what I do!” .

After a career in social work, Ector decided to pursue fitness full time, founding “Black Girls Workout Too!” with her daughter, Lana.

Specifically focusing on health issues that face African American women, the workout DVD series aims to demolish the statistic that four our of five African American women are overweight.

Ellen also organizes walks for adults with diabetes and trains kids in track, field, and cross-country running — basically, she wants to help people from all walks of life learn to take care of their bodies.

If you’re ever in Georgia, you might run into the grandmother-turned-trainer at her Atlanta gym or cold-pressed juice company . . . or you can simply follow her impressive fitness journey
on Instagram. In the meantime, get inspired by Ellen’s incredible physical shape, and remember that anyone — no matter their age — can lead a healthy life!

 

Below, Ellen with daughter Jana

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She now co-owns Gymnetics Fitness and GymJuice in Atlanta.

She and her daughter Lana also released Black Girls Workout Too!, a fitness DVD series that’s developed a strong social media following.

All of the exercises can be done with little to no equipment, an intentional decision by the mom and daughter team.

Ector says, “Your body is a machine.”

She also says that it makes working out affordable for women who may not have the means to invest in a gym membership or buy workout machinery for their homes.

The series consists of two videos, with a third expected to release this winter. 

The fitness guru was especially interested in targeting black women after her mother died of uterine cancer at age 63.

The CDC reports that 57.6% of black women 20 years old and older are obese. And obesity, according to Mayo Clinic, increases the risk of uterine cancer.

(below,  Ellen Ector at right and daughter Jana at left)

To anyone who’s having trouble getting fit, Ector says, “Be patient. You have to take baby steps.”

And because health is so much bigger than the physical, she also dropped this little gem…….

“Don’t use your body as a dump. Stop dumping in boyfriend problems, stop dumping in the bad food!”

 Keep shining, Ellen! You’re all that and a bag of (kale) chips 🙂

“She lives around the corner from the Fountain of Youth” –(from a song by Michael Franks)

~stay healthy~

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Text from this article taken from articles I ran across on Buzzfeed.com and Popsugar.com

 

Wellness Wednesday 2/1

Disclaimer: This information is comes from a New Year’s Workout  Jumpstart  Program provided by  Lauren Conrad that I am currently following and I want to share my  progress with you.

Jumpstart January: Challenge No. 1

Welcome to 2017: a brand new year to put your best foot forward when it comes to fitness. In previous years on the blog we’ve shared our tried and true health and wellness plans. These plans consisted of only one post outlining a dedicated meal and fitness chart to get you through the entire month. Well this year we’ve decided to shake things up a bit.When it comes to fitness routines, every body is unique. Since creating one meal plan and one workout plan may not be tailored to everyone’s dietary and fitness needs, we’ve created a set of new weekly, all-inclusive challenges. Welcome to the new and improved Jumpstart January, a health and wellness guide that will challenge you to amp up your workout routine, eat healthier and keep your goals going strong all year long. Sounds pretty simple, right? Let us introduce you to the next 5 weeks of challenges…

  • Week 1: Work out 5 days a week
  • Week 2: Say sayonara to alcohol
  • Week 3: Nix processed foods and white sugar
  • Week 4: Lights out by 11p.m.
  • Week 5: Take 10,000 steps a day for a solid week

You can build on each of these challenges, keeping up the last one as you start a new one, or simply choose to focus on a single challenge per week and see how you feel.

Today is the beginning of the first challenge: try to work out 5 days this week. Everyone is usually amped up at the beginning of the year, so why not get the hardest challenge out of the way? Whether you have a gym membership or plan on doing a little exercising in the comfort of your own home, get up and get your blood pumping! Not only will you feel ready to take on the day, but you’ll be building up the endurance it will take to make working out a lasting habit. That way you’ll be more likely to stick with these challenges all year long as opposed to just one month! And if that sounds totally doable, the next four challenges this month will have you feeling even better.

Do you think you can keep up? We think you can!

So will you be joining our 2017 Jumpstart January challenges?

Let us know in the comments! And good luck on your first challenge…

P.S. Don’t forget to hydrate!

February Charity – World Cancer Day

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http://www.worldcancerday.org/

World Cancer Day

Saturday Feb 4, 2017

World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.[1]

World Cancer Day targets misinformation,[2] raises awareness, and reduces stigma.[3] Multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements is #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have “hairticipants” shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment.[4] Images of participants are then shared over social media. Local events also take place.

Disclaimer: I am not a Brand Ambassador for any particular group, I’m just a friendly advocate in giving to the community. If there are charities you are passionate about and would like for me to post or recognize for our charity of the month post feel free to send them to http://www.evolutioneventsllc@gmail.com

 Thank You For Your Support

 

7 Essential Habits for Peace

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7 Essential Habits for Peace

by: Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Embrace Compassion and Leave Conflict Behind

“It’s only when you make the process your goal that the big dream can follow.” – Oprah

We all want to contribute to global peace, but it can feel disheartening when we see discord in the news, in politics, and even in our own relationships. But you can take a different perspective by setting the more accessible goal of creating peace within yourself – which then expands like a ripple to your relationships, your community, and ultimately the world. Wisdom traditions teach that the source of violence, war, discontent, rebellion, and unrest lies inside each of us. When you become a unit of peace consciousness, you have added in a unique way to bringing the world to a state of peace.

Develop your peace consciousness with these seven essential habits for peace.

Habit #1—Being Calm and Centered

Peace is the natural state of the mind at its deepest level. Non-peace begins in small ways, when you are worried, restless, distracted, uneasy, or dissatisfied. Begin being mindful of those signals from your inner world. When you feel them, take a moment to return to your calm space. Either meditating or simply sitting in a quiet space with your eyes closed and taking easy, deep breaths, works very well. This is about learning how to act upon early signals that peace isn’t there inside.

Habit #2—Non-Participation

To be a unit of peace consciousness, don’t participate in the opposite attitude, which magnifies the reasons to be unpeaceful. Do your best to avoid conversations that include gossip, blame, backbiting, and discussions of how terrible the world is. You don’t have to be a Pollyanna, acting as if everything is already perfect. Simply focus on not participating when you can feel that a situation is turning toward anger, resentment, envy, and hostility in any form.

 Habit #3—Taking No Side

Peace consciousness wants peace to be equally shared by everyone. This isn’t possible if you take sides, judge against others, or indulge in us-versus-them thinking. Be aware of everyone’s right to have peace. When you find yourself reacting with a knee-jerk response against a certain person, group, faith, ethnicity, or belief system, remind yourself that you can hold a different viewpoint while still wishing peace for all concerned.

Habit #4—The Intention of Peace

Peace consciousness becomes more powerful as it deepens. One way to deepen your awareness is to put an intention out to the universe, which really means connecting with your higher self. Any time you witness or confront a situation that needs a peaceful resolution, ask inside that the way to peace be opened for everyone. Sit quietly with this intention for a few moments, letting your heart go out to those not at peace.

Habit #5—Commune in Peace

When people of peace get together, they magnify their consciousness. Start finding ways to commune with others who wants peace. This can be through sitting with a child and absorbing his or her innocence, or discussing the topic of peace with a sympathetic person. You might consider joining a group that is working at any level of peace, such as preventing violence or helping troubled teens. Feel the warmth of sharing your peace with others.

Habit #6—Selfless Service

Peace consciousness wants to be of service. It does little good to be at peace passively in isolation. Allow someone else to feel the peace you have found by being of service. Let yourself experience the kindness, good will, and compassion you can bring to a troubled situation. Your service can be as modest as visiting the elderly or as active as joining a community outreach project. Your aim is to give and receive at the level of peace that benefits both people at the same time.

 Habit #7—The Soul’s Peace

At the deepest level, there is infinite peace, undisturbed by the play of opposites and the clash of darkness versus light. From the soul’s perspective, there is only pure Being. Each day, take time to meditate on your true nature as unbounded love, compassion, reverence for life, and unity with the divine presence. See the light expanding from your heart in all directions. Let simply being here be enough.

Realize deeply that you are an indispensable part of the journey to enlightenment that lies ahead for everyone who steps on to the path.

 

Wellness Wednesday 11/16

From now until New Year’s Day, your schedule will likely be filled with family obligations, traveling and festive outings with all sorts of tempting treats. It’s no surprise that many of us see our waistlines expand during the holiday season. Even the most disciplined people can find it difficult to stick to their health and fitness routines.

But this year can be different.

To help keep us on track, I’ve enlisted the aid of several colleagues – leading experts in health, sports medicine, behavioral psychology, fitness and nutrition – for some much-needed advice. Here are their secrets to staying fit during the season of overindulgence:

1. Keep moving.

“In addition to staying active, try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as when watching football games or eating. Remember: Too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity (say, pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors.”

2. Be the man or woman with a plan. And hydrate.

“The holidays can be a real land mine in terms of disrupting your best exercise and weight-control intentions. Start each day with a game plan, just like a great coach going into a big game. First, track your food intake and activity level. Doing so makes you aware of the amount of calories in certain foods. Even if you decide to eat higher-calorie options, you will probably eat smaller portions and make other adjustments to stay within your daily caloric goals.

 “Also, stay hydrated. Your brain can sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. A large glass of water before a meal (and especially before considering seconds) can help lessen the amount of food you consume. Drink six to eight glasses of water per day, and be sure to have two big glasses of water before the big, calorie-rich meals.”

 

3. Make lists, exercise early and sleep.

“The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, but I recognize that it has the potential to be hard on my health. To alleviate the potential negative impacts of the season, I recommend making sure workouts are in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by parties, events or other holiday hoopla. I also recommendgetting plenty of rest and maintaining lists to stay organized and stress-free.”

 

4. Expect the unexpected.

“We are glass half-full people, so we hope for the best, but we prepare for the worst. We always have an emergency bag of healthy food that requires no refrigeration and can be readily eaten as is – a health umbrella of sorts. While the rain may indeed fall on the just and the unjust, it does not fall on the prepared.”

 

5. Be creative and get rid of ‘all or nothing’ mindsets.

“The holidays are hectic, but do your best to avoid the ‘all or nothing’ mentality when it comes to healthful eating and physical activity. In reality, there is more than just one way to live healthfully and be active.

 “During the holidays, get a bit creative with exercise and opt for fun ways that make physical activity a family affair. From exploring new group fitness classes to buildingphysical activity into holiday traditions – like taking a family walk around the neighborhood before opening Christmas presents – think outside the box when it comes to ways to have quality time with family and friends while also prioritizing your health.”

 

6. Plan – and remember there is always time and opportunity for a workout.

“Plan your workouts for the week and note them in your schedule to assure they are a part of your day. Also, remember that some exercise is better than none. Rather than skipping the gym altogether, make time for a quick workout. If my schedule keeps me from the gym, I find at least 15 minutes to do body-weight exercises or kettlebell swings in the evening. It may not be my normal weightlifting workout, but I do sweat and feel a lot better when I’m done.”

 

7. Indulge for a night, not a season.

“It’s easy to overindulge when the season of parties and leftoversso many leftovers – is upon us. Avoid allowing ‘treats’ to become staples by not letting them linger in the house after the celebration has ended. When the party is over, it is time to dump the junk!”

Sherry Pagoto, associate professor in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

8. Remember it’s a single day.

“Enjoy the holiday. If you worry about eating too much on this single day, the reality is that one day won’t make or break your health plan. Unfortunately, most people start a pattern of daily ‘treats’ in some form or another or skip exercise due to visiting relatives. That routine then somehow continues from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. Enjoy the holiday, but don’t let it go from a day of indulgence to a month of indulgence that leads to unwanted habits that continue beyond the holiday season.”

 

My Workout Playlist Today…..

Eminem-Love the Way You Lie
Mary Jane Girls-All Night Long
Dreamgirl- Jaquees
Hotline Bling-Drake
Dirty Laundry-Nickelback
Empire-Drake

Workout Wednesday…

Wellness Wednesday 11/9

20-Minute Home Cardio Workout

With the holidays just around the corner, traveling, parties, shopping, and other seasonal outings may start to take over your schedule, leaving little time for the gym. This does not mean your rockstar body (which you worked so hard for all year long) is going to vanish right before your eyes. Your prevention plan: Change up your routine so you can get in a full-body workout in half the time—no gym needed.

This at-home cardio workout is an efficient way to burn off extra calories and keep your metabolism stoked through the holiday season. It also works wonders for your attitude and mindset. Instead of feeling guilty after splurging on the pumpkin bread, knowing that you’ve kept up with your workouts will help you feel satisfied and strong.

Try this cardio workout in the morning and you’ll be energized and empowered throughout your day.

 

My Workout Playlist Today

Hit or Nah-Rayven Justice
Firework-Katy Perry
Blase-Ty Dolla
Ninjas in Paris-Jay n Kanye
Big Rings-Drake
Too Good and Needed Me Remix- Drake n Rihanna

Workout Wednesday….

Wellness Wednesday 11/02

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As we move into fall, the shorter, colder days can make it easy to become demotivated about your workout regime, but the change in season can also be a great time to try something new. Relaxnews rounds up three sports that will help mix up your workout and keep your fitness plan going through fall and beyond.

Hot yoga

If you hit up the park for an outdoor yoga class over summer, then keep your yoga flow going this fall by heading inside for a hot yoga class. Not only will hot yoga enable you to work out indoors, but the heated room will also keep you warm as the temperature starts to drop outside. Hot yoga provides the body with a great cardiovascular workout, according to Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher Mandy Ingber, with the high temperature an effective way of bringing the heart rate up. However, remember to hydrate before, during, and after class, advises Ingber.

Spinning

Outdoor cycling is great for warm summer days, but it isn’t as fun if you get caught in the rain. If you’re a cycling fan though, why not try an indoor spinning class? You won’t be able to explore the outdoors, but a class environment can bring its own benefits, with motivation from an expert trainer, a team atmosphere, and a chance to make new friends. Spinning also brings with it incredible health benefits, including burning up to 675 calories in 30 minutes, with the sprint cycling techniques used in classes also challenging the muscles in the legs and bum, and boosting cardiovascular activity for rapid results.

Trail running

You do have to head outdoors for trail running, but this is one sport that is worth getting caught in the rain for. First of all, summer can simply be too hot for running, making the cooler fall temperatures the perfect time to be outside. Trail running breaks the monotony of road running and has more health benefits than treadmill running, thanks to the more challenging terrain and the rugged ups and downs. Getting started is easy, with National Cross Country Running champion, fitness coach and trail runner Lesley Paterson advising wannabe runners to “just find a local park or trail, and just run!” If you are completely new to running, says Paterson, alternate between walking and running for one minute until you can run continuously without stopping, even if you try to run for just five minutes at first. As you build up fitness and strength, you may be able to run for an hour or even longer.

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My Workout Playlist Today

24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Bossy-Kelis
Blow The Whistle-Too Short
He Dont-Byrson Tiller
My Way-Fetty Wap
Wenesday Weekend-Bj the Chicago Kid

Workout Wednesday…