Contrary to popular belief, for most veteran dieters the battle to break the “pound-barrier” doesn’t stem from laziness or even an unwillingness to learn about what constitutes healthy eating and active living. Truth […]
Confessions of a Miseducated Dieter – A Blog Series and Online Forum on Health & Community Wellness
CSPI Report Highlights Childhood “Globesity” Crisis, Hits Hard at Big Soda
As the childhood “Globesity” epidemic continues to make headlines, The Center for the Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) released a new report this week called Carbonating the World, highlighting how Big Soda markets soda to children across the globe.
5 Essential Ways to Connect with Teens (For Parents & Educators)
Notice how I used the word “connect” over motivate or inspire? For those of us parents and educators in the field of teen advocacy, it may be easy to forget that before we can motivate and inspire teens to reach their potential we actually need to find connection with them first…
The Biracial Backlash: Zendaya, Alicia Keys and Other Activists Targeted Over Mixed Race Heritage
‘Biracial’ activists will continue to support black social justice causes even through anticipated blowback from mainstream and social media. This is nothing new. Contrary to popular misconceptions, we love our “blackness” too…
Mixed Like Us: How to Support Biracial Children and Their Shifting Identities
Growing up biracial, I’d learned that negative social perceptions of biracial, multiracial and transracially adopted children were largely impacting the growth, well-being, and resources available to members of our own community at home and in schools. Asserting that biracial children were more “mixed-up” than mixed-race only served to further perpetuate negative stereotypes about us…
Are You a Drone Parent?
The backlash against “drone” parenting stems from a view that these parents are using too much technology to monitor and keep tabs on their kids as opposed to taking the time for “real-life” interactions with them. This makes for older children and young adults who may be unable to have inner personal relationships outside of technology later on in life…
5 Daily Tips (You Already Know) For Pushing Through Your Depressive Rut
These feelings of defeat and shame, while often triggered by the loss of a loved one, divorce, job change, trauma or medical condition, cause us to hit the floor hard. But keeping it simple, we need to get back up. So how do we do that when even the smallest tasks like brushing our teeth feel like braving Mount Everest?
Great Expectations: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joins Forces With Marvel for ‘Black Panther’ Comic
His joining forces with the Marvel Empire at time in our history when the #BlackLivesMatter Movement makes national headlines protesting police brutality against African-Americans isn’t coincidence. It should be interesting to see the ways in which he will lend his voice to the comic genre. And of course, I’m most curious on how well it’s received by the public once published…
Parenting Beyond Racism: Ways to Support Aspiring Children of Color
We may be able to shake our heads in momentary disgust at incidents like these, but when it happens to our own children, the task of reconciling overt racism and discrimination is far more difficult. So how do we best support our kids after encountering racial discrimination?
Starbucks & Race Together…What’s Next?
Contrary to social media backlash and snarky headlines across mainstream news outlets, the Starbucks ‘Race Together’ campaign was never simply about baristas guiding discussions on racial inequality or white privilege in America — all while prepping your Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. If that’s what you may have gathered, it’s time to set the record straight…