Health & Fitness (54)
Who would have guessed Michael Harris would develop a passion for fitness that would change the lives of others? Probably his mother who watched him do push-ups and jump rope with an imaginary rope at four years old, the Chicago native says. The loss of his grandmother to cancer catapulted his decision to not only achieve personal fitness, but to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle.
Advocacy and activism are roles Lamman Rucker doesn’t have to audition for because they’re a part of him. Born to inform and inspire, the Philadelphia-native says he realized at an early age the difference he could make in the lives of others as he watched loved ones die from a disease that continues to affect African Americans more than any other community. As he witnessed the devastating effects of AIDS in the black community, Lamman worked with his peers to fuse his passion for the arts and love for people to evoke awareness when they established W.A.I.T.T. (Washington Area Improvisational Teen Theatre). The company promoted abstinence and educated youth about safe sex, teen pregnancy and STDs, including HIV/AIDS and through the organization, Lamman became a certified peer sex counselor.
In this day and age with explicit music and the “reality-TV takeover” with shows like MTV’s “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore” exuding sex, more than ever teenagers are becoming more sexually active and are now starting a new “baby-boom” generation.
Hydeia Broadbent gives the word ‘normal’ a new meaning in Webster’s dictionary. As a part of the first generation of children with AIDS, she vowed to make it her mission to spread awareness about the disease. At the age of six, the activist started to speak out about it nationally, only a few years after her adoptive parents were told by doctors she was HIV positive-advanced with AIDS. In 1987, Hydeia’s birth mother gave birth to another child, at which time both were tested for a virus few medical experts and people knew about, except they thought the disease was only prevalent among homosexual males and drug abusers.
Maybe you or someone you know is trying to shed pounds off for the summer. It's not as easy as it seems. According to celebrity fitness trainer Yusuf Myers, you should start a food blog, meet with a trainer, and then start your workout regimen.
Nutritionist Karen Coruthers made a name for herself in the food industry, and now she is conquering books and community development. She made her literary debut with, “Karen’s Exquisite Cuisine Cook Book,” which details a variety of seafood, vegetarian and healthy recipes. Karen discusses the value of being knowledgeable about ingredients and understanding how to be in control of your diet. Karen is looking to expand ways to encourage families to develop good eating habits that will lead to a prosperous lifestyle.
With the highest obesity rate in the country, heart disease and illnesses affiliated with the pulmonary system are inevitable and prevalent in the African American community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of adults are obese (33.8 percent), and blacks have an obesity rate of 44.1 percent, the highest compared to any other ethnic group.