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Ending Youth Violence

Published in TEENS



Do you remember the Jena 6? If not- Google it and then gain tips on how to prevent it in your community.

What can be done to Prevent Youth Violence?

During the past two decades, CDC has provided scientific and programmatic expertise to help communities prevent youth violence before it starts. Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide, Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence, offer examples of strategies, approaches, and activities that work to prevent youth violence.


The report encourages communities to identify a range of approaches and to implement several activities to achieve community-wide and sustained reduction in youth violence. Check out Web page about the full report for a list of approaches and a few examples.

Download the full report, Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action, for more detailed information about the key strategies and approaches to prevent youth violence.

Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action

Who can Help Prevent Youth Violence?

Everyone has a role in preventing youth violence and can take steps today that will make real and lasting differences. CDC's Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and its companion guide, Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence, provide information and action steps to help all community members be part of the solution. Community leaders and members, public health professionals, families, adults who work with youth, and young people can take steps today to stop youth violence before it starts.

  • Community leaders and members can take steps, such as enhancing the skills of young people and using evidence-based prevention strategies.
  • Public health professionals can strengthen their community's ability to understand and prevent youth violence through sharing information, using data, and continuing research.
  • Families and other adults who work with youth can be nonviolent role models, closely monitor youth's activities, and seek out help when needed.
  • Youth can make safe choices and help others be violence free.

The new releases explain these and other opportunities for action. Download the companion guide, Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence for more information.

Report Resources



A Toast to Michelle Obama

Published in Parent


First Lady Michelle Obama proposes a toast during a "Let's Move!" Drink Up festival at Watertown High School in Watertown, Wis., Sept. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

A Toast to the First Anniversary of Drink Up

September also marks the one-year anniversary of the Drink Up campaign launched by the Partnership for a Healthier America and First Lady Michelle Obama. Over the last year, Drink Up has encouraged millions of Americans to drink more water more often as a way to improve their health.

To date, the Drink Up message has been seen on more than 1 billion products, and more than 60 companies and organizations have joined to support the movement to remind everyone that you are what you drink, and when you drink water, you Drink Up. We are excited that the movement is contributing to a shift in some behaviors, and we have seen water consumption and purchasing on the rise.

Check out our top five Drink Up moments from this past year, and join in the effort on social media to help #SpreadTheWater.

#EatSmart with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

Last week, members of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition came to the White House to talk with kids and stakeholders about leading a healthy lifestyle through staying active and eating healthy. They joined youth ambassadors from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Fuel Up to Play 60 for a roundtable discussion on school nutrition and focused on the importance of eating smart to perform at their best in school and in life. The Council Members and kids took to social media to share why they #EatSmart.

We encourage you to join in and share why you #EatSmart on social media, and stay tuned for more to come from the President's Council Members!

For the full recap of recent activities and to get involved, visit the Let's Move! blog, like us onFacebook, and follow us on Twitter.


Student Research Rocks at NASA

Published in TEENS


Howard University students Josh Brown, Jade Noel Parker, Daril Brown, and Phathom Donald conduct rocket experiment.

WASHINGTON (September 2014) – A team of Howard University students made history when their in-flight research project was launched into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The project collected atmospheric samples near the highest point of the flight to test for the presence of microorganisms. Data from the samples will be used to develop a bio-signature that can help look for life on Earth-like, extra-solar planets.

The Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket was launched at 7:21 a.m. EST and flew to a height of 73.3 miles. It landed in the Atlantic Ocean 43.9 miles from Wallops Flight Facility, 12.16 minutes after launch. It contained several other student-built experiments.

The project was part of the RockSat-C 2014 Program which provides an opportunity for students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and launch the payload on a rocket. Student teams, like Howard’s, had been steadily working since the fall to design, plan, and build a payload that would perform an in-flight experiment. The RockSat program is funded and supported by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA.

The Howard University students involved were: Ajamu Abdullah, Daril Brown, Josh Brown, Olivia Dickens, Phathom Donald, Hilton Hosannah, Shii-Anna Mudie, Jade Noel Parker, and Aara'LYarber.

Marcus Alfred, associate professor in physics and astronomy, directed the project along with Vernon Morris, professor of chemistry and atmospheric sciences, and Broderick Eribo, an associate professor in biology

“I believe this is the first payload ever launched into space that was entirely designed and built at Howard University – and only the second from an HBCU,” Alfred said. “The students accomplished a unique feat and deserve kudos and recognition. We are excited about the prospect of analyzing the ‘space samples’ in the weeks to come.”

Alfred said Howard is planning to participate in the launch annually and has begun gearing up for next summer’s project. He also said students and professors are designing and constructing a small satellite to put into orbit within the next 24 months.

To learn more, visit the student webpage:


Conscious Parenting

Published in LIFESTYLE

Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, New York. She is the author of the multi-award-winning, The Conscious Parent. Heralded as a game-changer in the parenting genre, this book turns the traditional parenting paradigms on its head and revolutionizes how we raise our families. She has been exposed to Eastern mindfulness at an early age and integrates its teachings with Western psychology. This blend of East and West allows her to reach a global audience. Her ability to appeal to both a psychologically astute and consciousness-driven audience establishes her as one of a kind in the parenting field. She lectures extensively on mindful living and conscious parenting around the world and is in private practice. She resides with her husband and daughter in New York.

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Change for our Families

Published in WEALTH


President Obama urges Congress and American businesses to change for our families by raising the Federal minimum wage.

From the White House:

In the 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. While Republicans in Congress continue to block the President's proposal, a number of state legislatures and governors, mayors and city councils, and business owners have answered the President’s call and raised wages for their residents and employees. Read a report on the progress that's been made so far across the country.

Learn more below about why we need to raise the wage, and share this page with your friends and family.



Officer wins Miss Black USA 2014

Published in Fashion



Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander is named Miss Black USA

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation recently announced Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander as the new Miss Black USA 2014. On Sunday night at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., a distinguished panel of judges chose Alexander for top honors out of 25 contestants from across the nation. Alexander is a 26-year-old Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed at Peterson Air Force Base.

In 2013, Alexander was deployed to Afghanistan on a special mission to provide pertinent information to the troops to secure their safety. Immediately after being crowned, Alexander said, “As a member of the Armed Forces and now as Miss Black USA, I can’t think of a better way to serve my country.”

The newly crowned beauty queen will use her reign to promote the Heart Truth campaign to raise awareness of heart disease. “One in every four women die of heart disease and we really need to push fitness, healthy living, and a healthy lifestyle so that will be one of the first endeavors I undertake as Miss Black USA,” explains Alexander.

Alexander’s Miss Black USA prize package included a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Africa. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and a Master’s degree in Human Services and Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Alexander is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The 2014 Miss Black USA pageant was sponsored by Arik International Airways, K. Khristian Michael, and the NYS Collection. Please contact Carita Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (571) 403-1596 for interview requests.


Winner: Miss Black Colorado, Jasmin Alexander; First Runner up: Miss Black Tennessee Gabrielle Lewis;Second Runner up: Miss Black California, Jasmine Johnson; Third Runner up: Miss Black Ohio, Terra Strong;Fourth Runner up: Miss Black Washington, Alexandra Morton; Founder’s Award: Miss Black Kentucky, LaPrecious Brewer; Community Service Award: Miss Black Maryland, DeJanee Fennell; Miss Congeniality: Miss Black Alabama, Jessica Alexander and Miss Talented Teen 2014: Miss Black California, Kylee Johnson.

The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color. The Miss Black USA Pageant was founded by Karen Arrington in 1986.





Published in BABY


Why breastfeeding is important?

Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child.

When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy start that will last a lifetime.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby:

  • Protects your baby
  • Breastfed infants have fewer and shorter episodes of illness
  • Nutrition provided by breast milk benefits baby's IQ
  • Reduced risk of obesity and hypertension
  • Helps baby's immune system mature
  • Increases the effectiveness of immunizations
  • Protects against developing chronic diseases

Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom & Dad:

  • FREE
  • Increases weight loss in most mothers
  • Always ready for baby
  • Research shows it helps overall health of mothers
  • Perfect temperature for baby!
  • Mothers miss work less since babies are healthier on breast milk
  • Moms & Dads spend less time and money on pediatric care
  • Dad gets to help & watch so baby, mom & dad can bond
  • Benefits society
What's your breastfeeding benefits, tips, or baby story? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn more and share: Breastfeeding Brochure



When Children meet Trauma

Published in Uncategorized


Picture Source: Black Celebrity Giving

Violence is now a part of the fabric of life. From video games and tablet apps that contain extreme adult themes to local community conflict becoming a normal reality such as school shootings... Just think of how many violent related acts that you can think of that our children see and absorb every day?

Then, to make things more intense- there is a war on everything. Drugs, religion, gang wars and even international wars being covered on nightly news. Today, children are growing up with the reality that this world is not always peaceful.

As parents, we try to shield our children from as much as we can. However, through research as Urban Parent Coaches, we've learned that it is a stress reliever for both the parent and child when we empower each other to heal from trauma together, rather than hide from it.


Below are some uplifting ways that parents can play a life changing role in helping their children recover from trauma:

  • Draw pictures or use stuffed animals and even sock puppets to help your child express their feelings of loss. Kids can use the objects to share their feelings.
  • Share stories of past happy experiences to encourage healing.
  • Read an age appropriate book with your child about loss and discuss it.
  • Offer opportunities for your child to share their feelings.
  • Answer questions honestly and briefly.
  • Be available to spend quality time with your child.
  • Use patience whenever possible and don't be afraid to share your feelings.
  • Seek professional help if certain feelings or behavior (shock, denial, anger, guilt, depression, loneliness or hope) get too overwhelming for you and your child.
  • Allow your child to be involved in making up new routines and keeping old ones.
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