Thursday, July 16, 2015

Self-Service Safety

Pumping our own gas and checking ourselves out at the grocery store exposes us to all types of bacteria.  Touch a germ-infected surface, rub your nose or mouth, and the next thing you know, microbes are setting up shop in your body.  Viruses and bacteria live in public areas such as gas stations, shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants. They can live up to two hours on elevator buttons, shopping carts, escalator handrails, or doorknobs, waiting for their next victim.  Cover the gas pump with a paper towel from the windshield cleaning station next time you fill your car tank. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It's Gettin' Hot in Here - So Take Off...

I know you know the rest of the words to that song. :-) On a serious note, the summer temperatures are reaching record highs.  I call this desert weather. I lived in the southwest desert one summer and the heat is serious. You can become dehydrated in a matter of minutes.
So this is what my sister and the CDC taught me about surviving desert weather.
Can you spell H-Y-D-R-A-T-E.  Consider the following:
1. carry a bottle of water with you at all times. drink a lot of water - 8 cups are the usual, double that in the desert weather-also add a little sea salt himalayan pink and lemon to restore electrolytes; 2. wear sunglasses to keep your eyes from drying out; 3. carry an umbrella to provide shade; 4. run errands early morning and late afternoon when its cooler


Friday, May 1, 2015

This Land Is Your Land

We are so excited about our latest project.  We are building a farm. Land ownership is a vital asset to all communities. We hope this will spark discussion as a solution for the riots that are sprouting in this country.

I will post informal vlogs and interesting facts about the project as we move forward on this journey. We met with one of our collaborators from Tennessee State University.  Listen as he shares a little about his background.
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 The 1999 Agricultural Economics and Land Ownership Survey (AELOS), which assessed private rural landownership use  (i.e. farming, forestry, etc.), found that there are currently 68,000 African-American rural landowners and they own a total of approximately 7.7 million acres of land, less than 1% of all privately owned rural land in the United States.  (AELOS, 1999).  Sixty percent (60%) of which is owned by non-farmers.  (AELOS, 1999).  However, this acreage is valued at $14 billion.  (AELOS, 1999).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Catch Your Breath

Consider replacing chemical based cleaners and detergents with natural cleaning products to improve the air quality in your work and home environment.  This also helps clear breathing issues such as asthma and allergies. Alternatives include white vinegar, baking soda, borax and lemons. Source: Chemical Injury Network

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Find Your Edge

Studies suggest that engaging in an activity that pushes us to the edge of our limits releases chemicals in our body that activate the relaxation response in our body (i.e., a natural high maybe?).  The chart below identifies our limits.  How far will you go to find your edge? Resource:  Dr. Paul Zak

Friday, January 30, 2015

Preserving Your Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is a key component to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Studies suggest that we are the only species with the ability to change the quality of our health through our thoughts.  One recommendation for you to consider is practicing sound therapy through tools such as voice and instrument.  Soothing sound distracts the mind to break the cycle of stress.   Source:  Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Cornell Weil Medical College.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Be Good to Yourself

Be good to yourself this holiday season and eat real food that is nutrient dense.  The list below tells us that leafy greens have the most power to feed our bodies.

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