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02 Mar

Union Settlement Association has been a long-standing organization in East Harlem since 1895; the community has embraced Union Settlement as a vital part of the neighborhood. Sara Stuart, Director of Development and Communication at Union Settlement, shared her thoughts on the organization and how much they have progressed in the past few years.

19 Feb

 We all know cancer is a serious problem in the United States. Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death. Furthermore, a total of 1,658,370 new cancer cases and 589,430 cancer deaths are projected to occur in the United States in 2015. Cancer is not only a major public health problem in the United States, but also in many parts of the world.  Worldwide cancer rates are set to jump more than 75% by 2030. Even 22.2 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008.

16 Feb

(Source: Skeptical Science)

By now you may have heard that 2014 was declared the hottest year since record keeping by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). This declaration is certainly alarming, but it overshadows another piece of startling news: ocean warming. Along with the planet’s surface temperature, the ocean is becoming warmer that it keeps “breaking scientists’ charts.” It’s important to note that 90% of global warming heat ends up in the ocean, as seen in the illustration above.

05 Feb

'I believe absolutely in the importance and power of the shared table. In many cultures, eating together around a table is the center of family life.'

– Stephanie Alexander, Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Stephanie Alexander founder of an Australian non-profit the ‘Kitchen Garden Foundation’ has strong values on the importance of food in culture. In the United States we have our own program taking successful strides towards progressive learning. The EcoSPACES program at Philips Academy in New Jersey shares Stephanie Alexander’s view, teaching their students the importance of sustainability and a healthy food culture.

04 Feb

 We all know that cancer epidemic is huge and it is increasing. Currently 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely. According to the Agency for Research on Cancer, if rates don’t change, the global cancer is expected to nearly 13.15 million deaths by 2030. Furthermore, the increasing graph of the developing countries is steeper than the graph of the developed countries.

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.

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