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What Carbohydrates Do To Your Body

Written by Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity on Monday, 12 March 2012 15:29.

There’s lots of information out there these days about nutrition and health, and some of it can be very confusing!  One nutrition topic that has gotten a lot of attention lately is carbohydrates, or “carbs.”  It seems that every time we turn around, some has developed a new weight loss program that focuses on cutting or increasing carbs. But what are carbohydrates, and why are they so important to us?


Positive Parenting During Early Childhood May Prevent Obesity

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 06 February 2012 18:01.

Programs that support parents during their child’s early years hold promise for obesity prevention, according to a new study in the online February 6 issue of Pediatrics.
Today, one out of five American children is obese. Young children who are overweight are five times more likely than their peers of normal weight to be obese by adolescence. Obese children and adolescents, especially low-income and minority youth, are at increased risk for a range of medical, social and academic problems.

Author to Speak on a Slave Escape from a Durham Plantation

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 20 January 2012 20:00.

106RALEIGH - In 1848, Mary Walker fled slavery and the plantation that is now Historic Stagville in Durham, leaving behind her son and daughter.  She spent 17 years trying to recover her family.  Dr. Syd Nathans, professor emeritus with Duke University, tells of Walker's remarkable ordeal in the book "To Free A Family:  The Journey of Mary Walker" at Historic Stagville on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., and at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, on Monday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m.  The programs are free.


Peeved About My Parents' Predicament: class warfare and Medicare cuts

Written by Phill Wilson on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 16:09.

If asking billionaires and millionaires to pay taxes on luxury yachts and private jets is class warfare, then why isn't it class warfare when legislators propose to cut my parents' Social Security and undermine their Medicare? Already they have to make choices between paying their mortgage and buying the prescriptions that my mom needs for diabetes and my dad needs for high blood pressure--which he didn't have until he experienced the stress of financial hardship and began taking the additional medicines he needs to recover from his accident.

Heart Failure Before Age 50 Substantially More Common in Blacks

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 08 December 2011 19:05.

As many as 1 in 100 black men and women develop heart failure before the age of 50, 20 times the rate in whites in this age group, according to new findings from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health. In the study, heart failure developed in black participants at an average age of 39, often preceded by risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and chronic kidney disease 10 to 20 years earlier.


African Americans & Heart Disease

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 08 December 2011 19:04.

Greater Diversity News’ Heart Disease Special Publication Click Here to Download Special Edition

What is Heart Disease and Why Does it Occur?  Coronary heart disease is the most common form of heart disease. It is a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack. A heart attack occurs when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart.