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01 Jul

                A haunting but touching story of a child soldier turned champion boxer   

            In 1986, six-year-old Kassim Ouma was abducted by Ugandan rebels. Ouma experienced and took part in things no one should ever be a part of, including such atrocities as torture and murder.

30 Jun

When it comes to sleeping, most people don't get nearly the amount that they need. Some even go as far as to categorize insufficient amounts of sleep as an epidemic in the United States.

26 Jun

Have you considered doing a detox lately? Although often associated with dieting, detoxing the body is a great way to stay healthy and rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. One way to know if you need a detox is if you are feeling sluggish, bloated, or have irritated skin. By going through a detox, you can help ease these issues by both resting and cleansing your body.

24 Jun

Four times a week, fresh, local food vendors set up their stalls on the west side of Union Square for GrowNYC’s Union Square GreenMarket.  It’s an impressive bazaar that features an eclectic range of produce.

20 Jun

It’s been three years since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed, thirty-seven years since Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and forty years since the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. The LGBTQ community’s fight for equal treatment and societal acceptance is decades old. Yet today LGBTQ youth comprise around 40% of America’s homeless, with up to 8,000 LGBTQ teenagers and young adults living on the streets of New York City alone.


19 Jun

It happens like clockwork every year. There’s a point where everyone realizes they need to get into the best shape they can before Summer rolls around. With this realization comes the last ditch effort to lose all of the weight that was gained during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and every other holiday where we stuff our faces. But many don’t actually know what exactly is best to eat when you reach this point. A lot of us just end up eating the wrong foods. Here are some foods that can help you lose weight while also being enjoyable to eat.

17 Jun

    Everyone has heard horror stories about where fast food is sourced from, but has anyone ever heard of fast food restaurants sourcing 100% antibiotic free meats? Chipotle has made it their mission to find as many respectable sources as possible.

16 Jun

Fresh Veggies Day is a great time to think back on what you’ve been eating lately. Have you been getting your daily vegetable servings? If not, consider incorporating more vegetables in your everyday meals starting today.

10 Jun

Iced Tea has always been a go-to treat for long summer days and relaxing days off. With National Iced Tea Day being today, learning more about this subject can be very beneficial. Studies show that regular iced tea drinkers have less heart disease and stroke, lower total and LDL cholesterol, and recover from heart attacks faster. This fact is mainly due to the high abundance of Catechins, which is a type of antioxidant found in the greatest abundance in the leaves of the tea plant. It can be hard to figure out what can be taken out of a cup of iced tea to make it more of a healthy treat, but with the right steps it’s easy to make an enjoyable drink into a healthy one as well.

06 Jun

With the turn of the century came a huge influx of different ways information and knowledge could be spread. It has helped people learn new things about keeping the earth healthy, caring for wildlife, and just making the earth a better place in general. With this newfound knowledge, people have joined together to make social change, especially through documentaries.


05 Jun

Happy World Environment Day! Celebrate this day by starting your own herb garden--without leaving your kitchen!


Stage One: Where to Start

On the sil of a window that receives a decent amount of sunlight, start your garden by planting the herbs of choice in seed starters.  Biodegradable starters allow you to easily plant the seedling still in the planter when your transfer to a larger pot or outside. From lemon peels to egg shells, there are plenty of possibilities!

05 Jun

Happy National Hug Your Cat Day! (Well yesterday…#publishingsetbacks)


What’s that? You’ve never heard of National Hug Your Cat Day? Well … most people haven’t. But, really, it ought to be appreciated more: an entire day dedicated to appreciating our furry friends. On a more productive note (if such a thing can be extrapolated from Hug Your Cat Day), it can also be viewed as an opportunity for those without  pets to consider adopting a cat (or dog) from a shelter. Before you do, though, you should put some real thought into where you want to adopt from.


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04 Jun


Social media trends on Facebook and Twitter have created a sense of community online through popular pages and hashtags. Many of these trends have supported healthier living and fitness through the public’s joint goals and visible progress.


On Twitter, there are general hashtags, like #fitness and #health, that often contain countless posts from across the globe. Twitter’s more popular hashtag trends go a step further by being more focused, like #transformationtuesday, one of the most popular hashtags to date. For #transformationtuesday, people put up before and after photos that show how their physical fitness and weight has improved over time. Facebook has gone through similar fitness-oriented trends in its statuses and pages.

02 Jun

Ever thought about what’s in your hair products? Trusted a product that said ‘organic’ without reading the ingredients label? Well, according to the Center for Environmental Health, there are thousands of ingredients in our cosmetic and personal care products that are linked to adverse health effects.

30 May

Summertime! This glorious season is an optimal opportunity to turn off that TV, walk out that door and get moving. For your mid-hike/bike ride/kayaking tour/rollerblading/brisk stroll snack, it’s likely you’ll want to pack an energy bar as it’s a rare food item that’s filling, convenient and good for you … or is it?


Energy bars aren’t always the nutritious snacks they’re marketed to be. Certains brands are so processed and packed with sugar and other ingredients that they’re hardly better than candy. If you’re looking for an energy bar that really is as healthy as it is tasty, you’d probably be best off trying one of the following brands.

29 May

One of the easiest ways to kickstart a healthier lifestyle is to drink water (to accurately calculate how much water you should drink a day click here). But from time to time, you may be tempted to drink something that has a bit more flavor.  Soda is completely out of the question and juices aren’t necessarily the next best option.  So what do you do?

05 Nov
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Like all parents I make sure I try to feed my children the healthiest lunches possible. We’ve gone between buying lunches and making lunches for both kids. The Mama Maven Blog is excited to join the “Healthy Eating Habits Start from the Ground Up” blog campaign, which features Lunch , a documentary that shines a light on school lunch programs and teaches kids about healthy habits, gardening, fresh foods and more.
05 Nov

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With summer in full force, now is the perfect time to invite friends over and entertain at your home. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and bring the party outside. Besides food, seating, and décor, a great way to welcome your guests and set the tone for a fabulous party is to make sure your outdoor space is lush and bountiful. Flowers add a pop of color, while well-manicured trees and plants lend to an eye-catching, attractive setting.

24 Sep

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My daughter is just finishing up the 2nd grade and has never bought a school lunch! Shocking, I know! I made the decision to pack her lunch every day (before we realized she had a food dye allergy). When she started kindergarten, the school gave us the first month’s breakfast and lunch menu. I was disgusted at what I saw. Very little fresh produce and everything was highly processed. The breakfast, which my daughter wouldn’t have needed, was french toast sticks, biscuits, syrup, etc. Really? Was yogurt, fruit, and granola that much more expensive? Apparently so!

11 Sep

Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Matt Miller reports on the philanthropic efforts of Bruce Richards, chief executive officer of Marathon Asset Management, and his wife, Avis. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Rewind." (Source: Bloomberg)

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