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Health & Wellness

Health and wellness are at the forefront of our organization. We are committed to enhancing the lives of communities by playing an active role to support and empower you to live a healthier life, mentally, physically, and socially. We created this page to offer a plethora of information, resources, and tips to help you live well. If you have suggestions on how we may improve our website, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

 

LIVE WELL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

 

HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

How bad do you want to live a healthier life? How hard are you trying? Are you consistent? Do you have a support system in place? Have you made the necessary changes to be a healthier you?


Well, I encourage you to do your part. Don't try to follow someone else's regiment or journey. You do you! Who knows you better than yourself (besides those who are closest to you.)? You know what works for you. Now, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that you shouldn't get expert advice and have support, because you should. What I am saying is to choose which method or resource works for you, and with the help of an expert or a coach do what you need to do to reach your goals.

For words of empowerment to motivate you to reach and exceed any goals, join our mailing list and have 12 Statements of Affirmation sent your email. And remember, do you and be hopeful!

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Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy — such as taking a brisk 10 minute walk to and from the parking lot, bus stop, or subway station. Or, join an exercise class. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days. Every little bit adds up and doing something is better than doing nothing. Get tips for increasing physical activities from ChooseMyPlate.gov

 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

 

MENTAL HEALTH

With our mind, the brain, we can think a certain way and become those thoughts. A wise king gave a warning about watching what we think. King Solomon wrote, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Prov. 23:7). That’s powerful! What we think about can impact our well-being. If our mind is clear and healthy, we can improve in all areas of our lives.


Below are some resources to help you live well mentally and physically. If you need a listening ear or mentoring, please do not hesitate to contact us. Schedule a 15-minute session with a team member to be empowered to live well mentally and physically.

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FROM A-Z

Verywell Mind is a trusted and compassionate online resource that provides the guidance you need to improve your mental health and find balance. - VeryWell Mind

MENTAL HEATH MONTH TOOLKIT

While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. - Mental Health America

RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. - National Alliance on Mental Illness

FEELING OVERWHELMED DURING COVID-19?

Feelings of worry, stress or fear can be scary and affect your mental and physical health. It’s important to remember that these feelings are normal, especially during a crisis, and can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to intense emotions depending on the person. - Mental Health First Aid

MENTAL HEALTH FACTS & FIGURES

National Council for Behavioral Health is recognizing Mental Health Month and celebrates the behavioral health heroes on the frontlines. They have resources to help you do the same. - National Council for Behavioral Health

 

CHILDREN'S HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

 
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TO THE LEAST OF THESE

Child abuse is a topic that tugs at our founder's heart. As a survivor of child abuse, Rhovonda knows how tough it is to need help and not know what to do, where to turn to and who to trust. Through spiritual guidance, mentoring, prayer, supportive family and friends, and learning to love and accept herself, Rhovonda was able to get through those difficult times.


Below are resources to help answer questions that may be gnawing at you. Our desire is that these resources will point you in the right direction and give you relief, help, healing, comfort, peace, and hope as you move forward in life. If you need a listening ear or mentoring, or would like to participate in our Talk About It group, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Prevention Resource Guide Download

The 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide recognizes that there are actions we can take as a society and within communities, organizations, and families to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect. The child abuse prevention guide seeks to highlight the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive. The protective factors have always been central to the Resource Guide. A protective factors approach focuses on positive ways to engage families by emphasizing their strengths, in addition to identifying areas where they have room to grow with support. Focusing on protective factors helps children, youth, and families build resilience and contributes to positive outcomes.. - Child Welfare Information Gateway

 

RESOURCES

PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT

CDC’s fact sheet that includes definitions, consequences, and prevention strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect. -CDC

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY

Child abuse and violence affect millions of children each year. Child abuse includes physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect. - AACAP

THE NATIONAL COALITION TO PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & EXPLOITATION

The Six Pillars of Prevention is a guiding document that outlines six critical components to the prevention of abuse. With the release of this document, the Prevention Coalition is hoping to build a dialogue around the creation of a comprehensive policy agenda to benefit children and prevent sexual abuse.


Explaining that there is no one policy that can combat child sexual abuse and exploitation, the Prevention Coalition chose instead to identify six areas in which policies can have the most impact on prevention. - The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation

STOP IT NOW!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused many families to be isolated at home, Stop It Now! is sharing tools and strategies for navigating these unprecedented times, while keeping children's sexual safety a priority. - Stop It Now

PREVENTION RESOURCE

The 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. - Child Welfare Information Gateway

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CARING FOR YOUR INFANT'S VISION

How proactive are you when it comes to the health of your child's vision? American Academy of Ophthalmology gives tips and prevention for children's vision and eye care. Click on the button below to learn more.

VACCINES FOR ADULTS

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends certain vaccines for adults? Click on the button below to find out what they are.

STAY UP TO DATE ON YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS

Have your scheduled an appointment for your child's immunizations? Are you behind and need to catch up? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an Immunization Schedule that you can download. Keep your family healthy by staying on top of all vaccinations. Click the button below to download the CDC Vaccine Schedules.

GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT BREASTFEEDING?

What's the best way to hold my infant when I breastfeed? Should I take medicine while breastfeeding? Which is best, formula or breast milk? 


Have those questions answered and more. Download "Your Guide to Breastfeeding" created by the Office on Women's Health. The sixty page guide will help you the benefits and challenges of breastfeeding your baby. For more information visit womenshealth.gov.

 

MEN'S HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

 

HEALTHLINE: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH?

Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor and ignoring unusual symptoms. This may help explain why women tend to live longer. Don’t let complacency take a toll on your health.

Schedule yearly checkups with your doctor and keep these appointments. Your doctor can help monitor your weight, blood pressure, and the level of cholesterol in your blood. Excess weight, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes, medications, or other treatments to help get your weight, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol under control. - Healthline

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SLMA: 13 TIPS TO HELP MEN LIVE HAPPIER, HEALTHIER AND LONGER LIVES

We all want to be happy and healthy, but it’s often something we feel like we have no control over. While it’s true that external circumstances can impact happiness and health, it’s possible to develop habits that help improve your life. This can not only help to boost your mood on a daily basis but may also help you live a longer, healthier life. Consider these simple tips to help you live a happier, healthier and longer life. - South Louisiana Medical Associates (SLMA)

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CLEVELAND CLINIC: MEN'S HEALTH: LIFESTYLE TIPS FOR MEN OVER AGE 50

Men over 50 can be just as healthy, fit and active as younger guys. It may take a little more effort, but eating right, exercising regularly and getting your routine health screenings can keep you going strong. - Cleveland Clinic

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CHOOSEMYPLATE.GOV: 10 TIPS FOR MEN’S HEALTH

Take charge of your eating habits by choosing the types and amounts of foods you need. Make your food choices a priority and be physically active so you can be the healthy man you want to be.


Resource provided by USDA  ChooseMyPlate.gov

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CHOOSEMYPLATE.GOV: 10 TIPS FOR TEEN GUYS

Feed your growing body by making better food choices today as a teen and as you continue to grow into your twenties. Make time to be physically active every day to help you be fit and healthy as you grow. 


Resource provided by USDA  ChooseMyPlate.gov

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WOMEN/TEEN'S HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES

WEBMD: GAINING WEIGHT IN YOUR 40S? TIPS FROM A GYN

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When you get more mature (a much better term than "aging"), your metabolism begins to decrease. So if your diet and exercise look the same in your 30s as they did in your 20s, you will likely begin to gain weight. - BY HEATHER RUPE, DO Board-certified OB/GYNJANUARY 29, 2021 (WebMD)

HEALTHLINE: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH?

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Healthy habits are the best way to avoid disease, prolong your life, and live more happily. But in the chaos of a woman’s daily life, healthy living may take back seat to chores, work, busy schedules, and more. Take these simple steps toward a longer, healthier life. - Healthline

USFDA: 5 HEALTHY AGING TIPS FOR WOMEN

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Healthy aging involves good habits like eating healthyavoiding common medication mistakesmanaging health conditionsgetting recommended screenings, and being active.  FDA has tips to help you age fabulously. - U.S. Food & Drug Administration

WEBMD: TOP 10 HEALTH TIPS FOR WOMEN

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Let's face it, ladies: Doctor visits are short. And they're getting shorter. What if your doctor had more time? They might tell you the same things that OB-GYN Alyssa Dweck, MD, co-author of V Is for Vagina, wants you to know.

Consider Dweck's tips your prescription for a lifetime of wellness. - 

By Colleen Oakley

Medically Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on December 01, 2015

WEBMD: AFFORDABLE, HEALTHY INDULGENCES TO HELP YOU RELAX

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A quick self-massage can take your stress down a notch or two. (It may also give your immune system a boost.) Stand against a wall and place a tennis ball between your shoulder blades. Gently bend your knees to give yourself a back rub. For a neck massage, clasp your hands behind your head and make small, deep circles with your thumbs. To release tension in your face, try rubbing your forehead and jaw with your fingers. - WebMD

SELECTHEALTH: WOMEN’S HEALTH: HEALTH TIPS FOR WOMEN IN THEIR 30S

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Your 30s are a vital time for your body, and a lot of the decisions you make during this time can have lasting effects on your future health. With that being said, here are a few women’s health tips to keep you feeling young long after you leave this decade behind: - SelectHealth

NYC HEALTH+ HOSPITALS: ASK OUR EXPERT: 5 HEALTHY TIPS FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

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As you move from adolescence to becoming a young woman, it becomes important to get more involved in taking care of your own health. That means working together with supportive adults like parents or guardians and a physician or another health care provider who can help clarify questions on body changes. - NYC Health+ Hospital

TEEN SURVIVAL GUIDE: HEALTH TIPS FOR ON-THE-GO GIRLS (GIRLSHEALTH.GOV)

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Have you ever had a question that you were too shy to ask? Maybe something like:

• “Does chocolate cause pimples?”

• “What do I do if the kids at school make fun of me?”

• “Can I get a sexually transmitted disease from kissing?”


Don’t worry—you’re not the only one! Every young woman has questions like these. Everyone can use some advice. Having questions is a sign that you are growing up. It shows that you want to take care of yourself. Don’t be afraid to go to a parent or guardian, school nurse, or other trusted adult for honest and straight answers. They were young once, too! - GirlsHealth.gov

NIH: TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH: A GUIDE FOR TEENAGERS

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As you get older, you’re able to start making your own decisions about a lot of things that matter most to you. You may choose your own clothes, music, and friends. You also may be ready to make decisions about your body and health.

Making healthy decisions about what you eat and drink, how active you are, and how much sleep you get is a great place to start. - NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

 

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