Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Today, we are bringing you facts about domestic violence.

Did you know?

  • Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors in a romantic relationship or between family members. This may include abuse by a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or parent. The abusive behaviors can include physical, sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse. (Prince William County Virginia)
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rates of domestic violence. (Prince William County Virginia)

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What can I do?

Domestic violence can impact everyone, but you can make a difference. If you are experiencing abuse, talk to someone you trust and consider getting help to end your relationship safely. If you know someone who is experiencing abuse, educate yourself to be an important source of information and support.

Check out these resources:

  1. Visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to learn more.
  2. To get help, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or go online to DomesticShelters.org.
  3. Domestic violence resources

Have a topic you would like to see covered on our blog? Let us know in the comments!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Sources:
  1. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  2. NCDV – New York
  3. Prince William County Virginia – Teenagers and Domestic Violence

Throwback Thursdays – Shirley Chisholm

Hey everyone! We are back with a throwback post about a woman, who was a groundbreaking activist, congresswoman, and health political leader in America. Her name is Shirley Chisholm. Shirley advocated for the needs of minorities, children, and women. She became the first woman ever to run for presidential candidacy and the first black woman in congress, which she served seven times afterwards.

Chisholm was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. She was there until 3 years old and then went to live with her grandmother in Barbados. She went back to New York as a young adult to continue her education, which led to her activism and political career.

Her efforts as a community activist not only did a lot for African Americans, but also for women of color. Shirley Chisholm wanted to help people in low income cities live better lives. She knew by creating a better government their quality of life would be better. She helped create more government support to provide healthcare, education and other needed social services.  For instance, Chisholm knew the importance of having child care options for working women. In 1953, she became the director of the Hamilton Madison Child Center for 4 years, and then served as an educational consultant for the Division of Daycare. She supported working families by sponsoring the increase of funding for daycares so their hours could be longer, and wanted a minimum annual income for families. She was a politician for the people and truly cared about America’s citizens.(Acasta,O’Reily,Taha, 2016).

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Shirley Chisholm went on to announce her presidential campaign in 1972. Chisholm’s presidential campaign aimed to address all of the issues and concerns of underrepresented groups, such as: African Americans, women, Native Americans, the poor and young people. Chisholm’s experience as a political activist pushed her to fight for better representation of minority groups.

Although Shirley received support from a few groups, she got backlash from others, which started the list of obstacles of her campaign.  Sexism was prevalent and the African American community was no exception. For every group that supported Chisholm, another felt it would be better if a man would improve the situation. Also, Chisholm gained physical support, but no endorsements from feminist organizations. Some felt it would be a lost cause to financially support her. Shirley was very smart because she wasn’t foreign to the issues experienced.

I ran because someone had to do it first. In this country every- body is supposed to be able to run for President, but that’s never been really true. I ran because most people think the country is not ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday . . . It was time in 1972 to make that someday come and, partly through a series of accidents that might never recur, it seemed to me that I was the best fitted to try . . .”  Chisholm (during an interview in the 1970s)

Shirley Chisholm saw many problems that needed to change through her life. Trying to become president in the 1970’s showed more of the problems that we have in America. This may seem like far in the past, this was only 44 years ago! As a country, the United States has a long, long way to go. We need everyone to understand that every human life matters and should be recognized in our political systems. If we don’t understand that value, equality won’t be able to exist and actually matter. Shirley Chisholm understood that, and never gave up even when she didn’t get support from everyone. By not giving up, you will eventually make a change.

References:

Shirley Chisholm Biography

Shirley Chisholm

6 Simple Healthy Eating Tips

We came across this infographic from the University of California, Davis campus’ Student Health and Counseling Services. This is a great resource for you all to apply these tips into your daily lives. Here are ways you can eat healthier by making simple changes in your diet.


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Click here for more information about this infographic.

 

 

Source:

University of California, Davis – Six Simple Ways to Eat Healthier

 

Throwback Thursdays – Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was a black tobacco farmer from southern Virginia who got cervical cancer when she was 30 years old. In 1951, a doctor at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland took a piece of Henrietta’s tumor without telling her and sent it down the hall to scientists there who had been trying to grow tissues in culture for decades without success. No one knows why, but Henrietta’s cells never died and were given the codename HeLa cells (for the first two letters in Henrietta and Lacks).

Why are her cells so important?

Henrietta’s cells were the first immortal human cells ever grown in culture. They were essential to developing the polio vaccine. They went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to cells in zero gravity. Henrietta’s cells have been used in many different scientific landmarks, including: cloning, gene mapping, and in vitro fertilization (a procedure in which eggs (ova) from a woman’s ovary are removed. They are fertilized with sperm in a laboratory procedure, and then the fertilized egg (embryo) is returned to the woman’s uterus.)

Sources:
Smithsonian – Henrietta Lacks
In Vitro Fertilization

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month

Healthy Eating PlateHealthy Eating PlateSeptember is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ® Month. Today, we are bringing you our Top 5 reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables from the Fruits & Veggies More Matters’ website. For their complete list, check out their website here.

  1. Fruits and veggies are delicious and nutritious. They come in all colors and sizes. Think of the rainbow when choosing your fruits and veggies. The more colors you have on your plate, the more nutrients and vitamins you are eating.  
  2. Convenience. Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice, so they’re ready when you are.
  3. Fiber. Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy and healthy.
  4. May reduce disease risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
  5. Vitamins and Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.

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We’ve only mentioned some reasons here, but there are so many more! Check out these different resources listed below:

Choose My Plate – Nutrients and Health Benefits

Check out these great Fruit & Veggie Recipes.

Do you know what is a serving size of fruits and vegetables? Learn more here.

Learn how to eat more fruits and vegetables here.

What are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Share them in the comments.

Stay Healthy! 🙂