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Posts Tagged ‘Health’

Get Tested!!!

In Daily Musings on June 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

 

Artwork ~ Red Ribbon © rachi creations

 

Today is National HIV Awareness Day. It’s really simple people, GET TESTED!! Know your status! It’s important. If you were tested last year, 2 years ago, whatever, get tested again. Your current status is important to your LIFE!!! Just last week I read there is a female crisis among poor black women in the Washington, DC area. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-06-21/news/32356377_1_hiv-cases-hiv-rate-heterosexual-epidemic 

Whether you’re poor, middle class, rich, black, white or green, The HIV infection is an equal opportunity disease. WRAP UP ~ TAKE THE TEST~ TAKE CONTROL! What’s your excuse?

The artwork above by Rachi Creations is a symbol of solidarity for people already living with HIV/AIDS.

Estee Lauder And The “Together” Breasts…

In Daily Musings on June 19, 2012 at 11:24 am

 

When I opened the latest issue of “Harper’s Bazaar” and saw this ad campaign, my mind went absolutely blank, I truly did not know what to think about this ad; and I still don’t know how I really feel about it.  Breast Cancer is such a serious and most times fatal disease, that it made me wonder what the Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Foundation was thinking when their ad people came up with this 1 page spread.  Maybe I’ve got a dirty mind, but the first thing I thought after the initial shock was soft porn (like I said, maybe I’ve got a dirty mind!)

 I myself ask what were they thinking, because as a creative person, I’m really interested in what the thought process was to come up with this shot.  I am far from a prude (at least in my opinion) and I’m one of the most open people I know (my sister will attest to this), but I just don’t think this ad sends the right message, what is the message?  When I think of breast cancer, I don’t think of nubile, full-lipped young women under 20, with high perky breasts (I’m not saying it cannot happen to a young woman);  but I think of the pain, constant medications, chemo, loss of  hair, and families trying to come to terms with what’s happening to a loved one.

I think of going for your mammogram, waiting and then freaking out when you get that phone call, telling you that you need to come back, because the image wasn’t clear or they couldn’t see properly or they saw something.  A version of this scenario happened to both myself and my sister, and in my sister’s case, twice!  We were both blessed that there was nothing serious, but the anguish of waiting was awful.  I’ve also had other friends go though this, its nerve-racking.

Apparently this ad has been around since last year, but I’ve never seen it until recently (where was I?).  This campaign was staged by renowned fashion photographer Michael Thompson, who has contributed to high-end magazines, such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair to name a few.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions regarding this ad; I’d like to have an open dialogue if possible.  No one’s answer/opinion is right or wrong, I’d just love to know your thoughts.  In your opinion does it send a clear message?  Is it an artful way of talking about Breast Cancer or is it just plain offensive to you?

Let’s talk!

Are You Rocking Red Today???

In Daily Musings on March 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

As I mentioned on Thursday, today March 10th, is National Women and Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The Red Pump Project has asked for all bloggers to blanket the blogosphere red, today, so here I am.  Remember it’s more than a fashion statement, it’s about women demonstrating that awareness is always in style.  Remember every 35 minutes a woman is diagnosed with HIV.  Here’s my own spin, if you don’t own a pair of red pumps, rock your red blouse, belt, handbag, whatever you have in red, lets show support for this very important day.

Go to www.theredpumpproject.org for more information.

March 10th - Women & Girls' HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Rock Yours!!

 

Will You Be Rocking Your Red Pumps?

In Charities, Daily Musings on March 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

Saturday March 10, is National Women & Girls’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  This is a nationwide observance launched by the Office of Women’s Health in the United States to encourage people to take action against the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Those of you who have been following me, will remember that I wrote  a post about “The Red Pump Project” a couple of months ago; highlighting what they do, within my post I said I would remind you closer to the date, Well ladies the time is here. 

The Red Pump Project raises awareness about the impact of  HIV/AIDS on women and girls.   Black women represent 66% of  all new diagnoses.  This is a subject of high importance to every single one of us, whether in a committed relationship or not.  We need to take care of ourselves.  Ladies talk to your daughters, talk to your relatives, talk to your friends.  GET TESTED.  Too many of us are dying from what is mostly a preventable disease (there have been cases of tainted blood transfusions, but steps have now been put in place to prevent this, though too late for the father of a good friend of mine).  Please take the time to think before you act.  No amount of pleasure is worth dying for!  Click here for HIV/AIDS 101  http://www.theredpumpproject.org/hivaids-101/

Once again, THINK BEFORE YOU ACT, GET TESTED!!

Click on the pic which will take you to http://www.theredpumpproject.org for more information

Are you rocking yours?

Heavier & Happier…

In Daily Musings on March 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

Michelle Gibson, a full figured woman who runs circles around her thiner counterparts, teaches 10 classes a week to full figured women.

Well it’s March 1st ladies, the last 2 months have flown by and it’s time to start shaping up to fit into the beautiful bold prints that are going to be around this spring/summer.  Before you know it, May will be here and you’ll realize you haven’t shed those extra pounds from Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I found this inspiring article in the Washington Post via Facebook a couple of days ago and thought it was worth posting. You’ll understand my post title once you read the article.  One of my many reasons for starting a blog was to help women no matter who they are feel good about themselves.  In my opinion, everyone is fabulous whether you are a size 4 or a size 20, it’s all about how you carry yourself, and more importantly are you healthy?  Being thin, does not instantly make you fabulous, or gives you an instant ticket to good health.  In the same token, being overweight is not good for your health and as you already know can lead to various problems to your overall well-being.

Dress appropriately for your body type, no matter what size you are, there is no excuse for being sloppy with your appearance.  You never really see articles posted in newspapers/magazines where they show real women working out, most print ads show size 4 models without any body fat lifting weights… yeah OK.  This article demonstrates the fact that you can be fit and agile no matter what your size and real women do work out.

Please take the time to read this article, it really is a good read and start your workout regimen NOW, even if it’s only walking for 30 minutes 3 times a week, every little bit counts.

Happy reading and work that body!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/black-women-heavier-and-happier-with-their-bodies-than-white-women-poll-finds/2012/02/22/gIQAPmcHeR_story.html

Rock The Red Pump…

In Daily Musings on January 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

On March 10, the United States will recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). Launched by the Office of Women’s Health, NWGHAAD is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.

While great progress has been made in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group.

In observance of NWGHAAD, they are back with their 4th Annual Rock the Red Pump™ Campaign! he campaign’s goal is to generate conversation in blogosphere about the issue of HIV/AIDS and how it affects women. (please note text was taken from website.)

For more information go to: http://www.theredpumpproject.org/rock-the-red-pump/

I will be posting more about this campaign closer to the date.

Oh well…

In Daily Musings on January 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Well I’m worse for wear today, this is where I am… in this bottle.  I’m about to move onto the hard stuff which is Mucinex cold & flu which I used a month ago when I was sick (hate this back and forth weather) and it knocked my sinus congestion out! Mucinex rocks!! So to cheer myself up I’m posting Corrine Bailey Rae wearing this beautiful fuschia dress I’m coveting, which will make me think of spring which seems really far away right now.

Beautiful Fuschia Dress... I want this!

Not Feeling Great Today…

In Daily Musings on January 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I have the beginnings of a cold, you know sore throat, sneezing, feeling irritable, you know the drill…  So today I’m just going to post this positive caption.  See you tomorrow (hopefully).

Always remember this!