Are these surprising fitness myths holding you back?
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by Michelle Rogers, CPT
3w ago
From TikTok influencers to magazine covers and TV ads, it seems everywhere we look there’s something about getting in shape. The problem is, not all of this information is reliable, credible or based on science. Sometimes it’s misleading on purpose, to sell you something or to gain followers. Sometimes we hear conflicting advice from well-meaning friends or family. And sometimes, we have long-held beliefs within ourselves that may not actually be true. Let’s take a look at some common fitness misconceptions. MYTH: Sit-ups are the best way to lose belly fat. TRUTH: No exercise can target fat ..read more
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Why dental health matters
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by Susan Burke
3w ago
Did you know that your dentist might be the first to notice a medical problem? The fact is, symptoms of more than 100 diseases can show up in the mouth.1 That’s why regular exams are such an important part of protecting your total health as well as your dental health. If you are one of the 37.3 million Americans living with diabetes,2 it is even more important. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease and other oral problems. Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes.3 And that can help decrease the progr ..read more
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Life after lockdown: How formerly incarcerated people are helping each other heal
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by StrengthenNC Team
2M ago
L to R: Dorel Clayton, Mentor & Board Member; Nichole Shackelford, Program Director; Tommy Green, Mentor & Board Member; Terence Johnson, Interim Executive Director How to vote, use a computer, open a bank account, and use a credit card were just a few of the things that Edward “Scottso” Scott, age 55, did not know how to do until recently. When he walked out of Orange Correctional Center in 2019 after being incarcerated for 30 years, a changed world lay before him. Scottso found himself facing the same uphill battle that all formerly incarcerated people (FIP) experience upon reent ..read more
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8 surprising ways a walk can help you de-stress
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by Michelle Rogers, CPT
2M ago
A number of years ago, I decided to try “one more time” with exercise, and chose walking because it seemed doable. While at first it was just about feeling less stiff and sore, I soon realized that I loved walking for more than just that. To my surprise, walking helped me feel much better mentally and emotionally, too. In the past, exercise was itself a kind of a stress, because I thought of exercise as something I had to do, not something I actually wanted to do. But the benefits of my new daily walking routine were so strong that it made me want to stick with it. At the time I was in a st ..read more
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Rural communities face higher rates of childhood trauma. One woman is using Stanford methodology to help them heal.
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by StrengthenNC Team
3M ago
One autumn day in November of 1962, a preacher stood inside a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and delivered an early iteration of what would become one of the most revered speeches in American history. “I have a dream that one day right here in Rocky Mount, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will meet at the table of brotherhood, knowing that one God brought man to the face of the Earth.” Though Martin Luther King Jr. may be one of Rocky Mount’s most famous visitors, his appearance is just one treasure within an extraordinary trove of Black ..read more
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Essential care to keep your pre-teen safe and healthy this holiday season
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by Dr. Larry Wu
3M ago
Now that the school year is well on its way, and as we enter flu and holiday travel season, it’s time to ensure your pre-teen is up to date on essential care. 1 Keeping your pre-teen current on recommended immunizations is one way to keep them healthy throughout the school year, flu season and beyond. Vaccines work best if your child gets them at the recommended age.2 What vaccines are recommended at 11-12 years of age? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 11- to 12-year-olds get vaccinated against the following diseases:3 Meningococcal disease Multiple strains o ..read more
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Here’s Why We’re Helping Children and Youth Get Their Kicks in the Grass
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by Santiago Estrada
4M ago
As we near the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I have my mind on fútbol (or, “soccer” in American English). To be honest, this isn’t very unusual, as we are approaching the FIFA World Cup (la Copa Mundial), the quadrennial sporting event for soccer that the whole world – myself included – will be watching. More locally, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s (Blue Cross NC) key support for several community-based organizations provides children and youth greater access to this sport that I love dearly. Soccer isn’t a uniquely Hispanic fixation. But passion for the game is so ..read more
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Challenging mental health stigma in the Hispanic community
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by Stephanie Cortez Chavarria
4M ago
From an early age, I was conditioned to believe that mental illnesses are embarrassing and shameful. I was taught to build walls around my feelings, and in doing so I have condemned myself to fighting them alone. Being part of the Hispanic community has proven to be a challenging experience when it comes to mental health. Mental health disorders are one of many battles negatively affecting our community due to the stigma and misconceptions surrounding them. Sometimes those who have the courage to ask for help wind up feeling unsupported or belittled by their own family and cultural misconcep ..read more
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An unlikely prescription for good health: Read to your kids every day.
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by Angela Boykin
4M ago
Ten million children currently experiencing poverty in the United States don’t have easy access to books. Most children, from all walks of life, don’t have caregivers who make time for shared reading activities. From an early age, children are fascinated by the images and tales that unfold across pages. When a child loses access to those pages, the long-term effects reach far beyond the issue of literacy. Health and family well-being are at stake. In an era when there’s so much attention rightly focused on the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, it’s eas ..read more
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Rural communities face higher rates of childhood trauma. One woman is using Stanford methodology to help them heal.
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by StrengthenNC Team
5M ago
One autumn day in November of 1962, a preacher stood inside a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and delivered an early iteration of what would become one of the most revered speeches in American history. “I have a dream that one day right here in Rocky Mount, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will meet at the table of brotherhood, knowing that one God brought man to the face of the Earth.” Though Martin Luther King Jr. may be one of Rocky Mount’s most famous visitors, his appearance is just one treasure within an extraordinary trove of Black ..read more
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