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16 Jan

What has happened to us? Even though medical technology is getting advanced in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially among our younger population. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death. By the way, here is a film that could save our lives.

13 Jan

“Any society that adequately invests in its youth, has also invested in its future” – Stephen Powell, Executive Director at Mentoring USA.

16 Dec

With the holiday season coming, it may be challenging to find the perfect gift. Most of all, we are totally bored of typical Christmas gifts, such as calendar or diary for next year, gift card, chocolate and socks.  Are you looking for special holiday gift ideas? Then, why don’t you finish this year with green items? You can add these eco-friendly gift ideas to your shopping list. They will make your holiday more perfect and the world greener.

02 Dec



The holiday season is known for the shopping discounts around the country. Our weekend spree starts with Black Friday and ends with Cyber Monday. We shop for our family, friends and we buy a lot of things for ourselves. But now, I would like to ask you a question – “Have you ever heard of Giving Tuesday?”

19 Nov

We all have 24 hours in a day, but dedicating yourself to exercising an hour each day acts as a great beneficial factor for your health. In that sense, can running help your health? Where do some people look for motivation to run? How does it help in increasing your metabolism? Would you be willing to challenge yourself to do a 5K race? Let’s see what some of the NYC marathoners had to say about their accomplishments.

07 Nov

For chocolate-lovers, it is not easy to give up on something that makes you feel like flying to the heavens above after taking a bite of that savory bar of chocolaty goodness.

But alas, there is an unsavory side to this sweet pleasure. A film has been created that might make you think twice before reaching for that sweet indulgence.The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano, sheds light on the use of child labor and illegal trafficking of children in Ivory Coast’s cocoa industry. The country is the largest producer of cocoa, owning 40% of the world's production.

05 Nov

On Wednesday, October 29, students started to gather in front of Low Memorial Library on the campus of Columbia University in carrying around mattresses and pillows. It was a part of movement “Carry that weight” on National Day of Action to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Survivors, elected officials, and allies shared their stories and called on Columbia University and all schools to support survivors and adopt meaningful reform.

28 Oct


If you’re an avid watcher of the news, you are already familiar with Ebola. But if you’ve been living under a rock these past months, you’re missing out on an epidemic that may affect you in the future. The Q&A below contains the most important information you need to know about Ebola:

15 Oct

An estimated 130,000 people in the United States are currently living with Spina Bifida – the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S. Every day, around eight babies are born in the U.S. with Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. It was created by The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) in order to highlight the occurrence of the birth defect, offer recommendations to decrease the chances of developing Spina Bifida, and educate the public what it’s like to live with Spina Bifida. 

09 Oct

International Food Day is coming up on October 16th, and really, it’s never too early to start thinking of ways to help the hungry.  Founded by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in 1945, the idea behind Food Day is the “belief that the goal of freedom from want of food, suitable and adequate for the health and strength of all people, can be achieved." Almost 70 years later, hunger still remains a major issue in the US and around the world- but the UN’s belief that hunger can end still holds true.  But, before you can fight hunger, you also need to know the facts.

06 Oct

Exercise is one of the most important parts in a daily routine for the human body. It is essential to the well-being in the present and in the future. As everyone knows, exercise gets your blood moving through your body, furthering more oxygenation to the brain. This is why it is one of the best cures for emotional distress, anxiety and depression. Not to mention the amount of self-confidence that is found when you push your body further than you think is possible. It is also good for your heart.

03 Oct

On Sunday September 21 and Monday September 22, we witnessed the People’s Climate March and “Flood Wall Street” protests demanding climate change action. Although everyone is affected by this crisis, climate change effects are far greater on women compared to their male counterparts. Their struggles in dealing with climate change are not sufficiently acknowledged and taken into consideration by world leaders.  

25 Sep

The 52nd New York film festival starts rolling this Friday, September 26th and wraps up on October 12th, 2014.  The main slate movies this year has been placed with some of the most notable and talented filmmakers such as David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alejandro G. Iñarritu, Jean-Luc Godard and many more.  There are some special events offered as well, with notably “Dinner with Mr. Richard Gere”, and NYFF live talks with a few directors. 

25 Aug


Yoga are the physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that aim to transform body and mind. The term yoga is derived from the literal meaning of “yoking together” a span of horses or oxes, but came to be applied to the “yoking” of mind and body. The origins of yoga may date back to pre-vedic Indian traditions. Gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world.

21 Aug

On Tuesday, August 19th, Macy’s Inc held its 9th annual Give Back Day at Martin Luther King Jr Educational Complex in Manhattan. Over 500 volunteers were present and spent the day sorting and assembling 2700 backpacks for the students who will return in the fall, painting murals, planting bushes, mulching and installing gardens that Birds Nest Foundation donated to the school as part of The Ground Up Campaign.  

18 Aug

I was quite proud of the internet last week. With the exception of some truly reprehensible trolling on twitter, the the internet generally reacted to Robin Williams’ suicide in the best way possible: by starting a dialogue about the nature of depression and suicide prevention.

“We have to do more to prevent such tragic deaths through greater awareness of mental health issues, warning signs, effective interventions and treatment,” wrote the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “Suicide is preventable and we all have a role to play to end the tragedy of suicide.”  

13 Aug

leanne brown

Let’s be honest, we’d all like to eat well, but quality, homemade meals belong to a realm of the culinary world accessible only to the rich and completely off limits to anyone with a limited income ... right? WRONG! Don’t let the naysayers and pessimists get to you. Living on a budget does not mean you have to settle for fast food and microwavable dinners and food studies scholar, Leanne Brown, can prove it.

12 Aug

The largest terrestrial animal, Elephants need a lot of food and freedom to survive. The number of elephants has dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking their ivory, meat and body parts, leaving only 400,000 remained. World Elephant day was officially launched on August 12, 2012 to bring attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants worldwide, because both species face numerous threats pushing them towards extinction.

08 Aug

It’s astonishing to consider the impact a single organization can have on a community. Rather than provide supplemental or extraneous services that benefit only a marginalized few (as some people think they do… somehow), nonprofits, when well-run and adequately funded, deeply impact their communities and improve the lives of those they serve.

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