Archive | February, 2013

Learn more about breast cancer at this Susan G. Komen-sponsored event

26 Feb

Learn more about breast cancer at this Susan G. Komen-sponsored event


Columbia women learn about heart health

18 Feb

photo (1) Our second-to-last event in Columbia, “From our hearts to yours,” was held Feb. 16 at Second Missionary Baptist Church.

About 25 women attended a presentation by Nancy Gazca of the American Heart Association. Mz. Gazca spoke about her family’s history with heart disease and provided invaluable tips about preventing heart disease and strokes and about general heart health for women and African-Americans.


The American Heart Association offers tons of resources relating to physical activity, nutrition, weight and stress management, smoking cessation, and consumption of fats and oils. Learn more here.

Foods that harm your heart

12 Feb

You might be eating steamed veggies, oatmeal with berries or even quinoa, but your diet may still include some foods that raise your blood pressure and risk of heart disease.

February is American Heart Month, so in addition to our event this Saturday in Columbia, we’d like to share this Huffington Post article about the worst foods for your heart, including processed and red meat. 

See the slideshow here.


Healthy soul food recipes

12 Feb

Byron Hurt’s documentary Soul Food Junkies explains how soul food can be detrimental for our health, but don’t worry, because there are ways to make your favorite foods tasty and nutritious. PBS’ Independent Lens offers eight recipes you can choose among, including collards and kale, smoked paprika chicken, corn pudding with roasted shrimp, and more!

Find the recipes here.

Whole grain? Whole wheat? Multi-grain? How to choose the best.

11 Feb

It can be difficult to know how to eat right when so many sources give conflicting or confusing information. Fad diets like Atkin’s spurred a nationwide uproar over carbohydrates, but eating only fats and proteins can lead to heart disease and keep our bodies from functioning as they should.

Women’s Health magazine writes about how to know when you’re really getting a whole-grain product and when you’re being fooled.

One of the tips says to read the nutrition label, because the first ingredient listed is the most present in the item.

Read the entire article here.

Depression common in African Americans

8 Feb

Mental health can be a difficult topic to bring up in our society and with our family members. Unfortunately, depressive illnesses are very common in the United States; more than 19 million Americans experience one, according to Mental Health America.

Depression isn’t a normal part of life for any person and shouldn’t be thought of as a passing phase. It’s not just experiencing life’s “ups” and “downs” and it’s not a personal weakness.

While any person can experience clinical depression, African Americans are more likely to be included in populations at greater risk for mental illness and depression in Blacks is often misdiagnosed.

“The myths and stigma that surround depression create needless pain and confusion, and can keep people from getting proper treatment. The following statements reflect some common misconceptions about African Americans and depression: “Why are you depressed? If our people could make it through slavery, we can make it through anything.” “When a black woman suffers from a mental disorder, the opinion is that she is weak. And weakness in black women is intolerable.” “You should take your troubles to Jesus, not some stranger/psychiatrist.” The truth is that getting help is a sign of strength. People with depression can’t just “snap out of it.” Also, spiritual support can be an important part of healing, but the care of a qualified mental health professional is essential. And the earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be,” the website says.

Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that can usually be treated. Symptoms include feeling sad or anxious a lot of the time, sleeping too much or too little, being less interested in activities you normally take pleasure in, having difficulty making decisions, losing weight or gaining weight, and many more.

For a thorough list of symptoms and treatment options, please visit Mental Health America’s website.


Recipe: Lamb chops with cherry salsa

6 Feb

The Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® passed along this recipe for  lamb chops with cherry salsa we thought we’d share with you. Find more recipes as well as information for survivors, prevention tips, and details about the annual Race for the Cure and other upcoming events here.

Lamb chops with cherry salsa


  • 3 cups pitted and chopped cherries
  • 2 thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds bone-in lamb loin chops
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest


  • For the cherry salsa, mix the cherries, jalapeno, green onions, lime juice, mint, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Rub 1/4 teaspoon salt and the lime zest onto the lamb chops.
  • Grill the lamb chops over medium heat for 5-6 minutes per side (cook longer if medium or well-done meat is desired).
  • Spoon cherry salsa over grilled lamb, and serve immediately.

Check out all of the recipes to find a special dish for Valentine’s Day.

Women abused as children much more likely to develop uterine fibroids

6 Feb

African American women who self-reported that they’d experienced sexual or physical abuse before age 11 faced greater risk of uterine fibroids in adulthood, according to new research led by Lauren Wise, ScD, of Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says these fibroids are common, noncancerous tumors in the uterus; the fibroids are rare in women under age 20 but common by age 50. Also, they’re linked to the estrogen horman and Black women are two to three times more likely to get them.

Wise’s study, which is published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, included a large sample of nearly 1,000 premenopausal African American women in  the Black Women’s Health Study. Women who’d experienced physical abuse as children under 11 had an incidence rate 16 percent higher than women who hadn’t experienced any abuse; women who’d been sexually abused had a 34 percent higher rate.

Read more here.

Celebrate World Cancer Day by learning the facts

4 Feb

Today is World Cancer Day! We encourage you to use Feb. 4 as a time to learn more about cancer and how you can lower your risk, as well as to honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones affected by it.

World Cancer Day is an organization that works to correct common myths about cancer and to provide educational resources, such as fact sheets and videos you can download and share with others.