Raising Boys Into Extraordinary Young Men

By Dr. Monica Hawkins
For years, numerous parents, teachers, and coaches asked what I was doing special to raise my son. This book is my blueprint that I used to raise my son to be an articulate, self-confident, intelligent and extraordinary young man and leader.  I want to inspire other parents to raise their sons with similar attributes to my son who was taught to be extraordinary from the moment he was born. Purchase here.
Dr. Hawkins is a wife, mother, sports fan and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She has been a mentor, tutor, coach, and motivational speaker to numerous youngsters.  Dr. Hawkins earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University, a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University.

Biking Safety Tips by Trips For Kids Marin

Biking is a great way to form friendships, strengthen family bonds, get exercise, and reduce our impact on the environment. But, every child who gets on a bike needs to be prepared. According to Kaiser Permanente, more children between the ages of 5 and 14 get admitted to emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries than any other activity-related injury. Kaiser stresses the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet and following 10 basic safety rules:

  1. Choose an Appropriate Bike

For Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day or any other bike-riding adventure, it’s vital that kids are on the right bikes. Children should be able to have their hands on the handlebars and the balls of their feet touching the ground while they’re sitting on the seat. Don’t buy a bike your child will “grow into.” [Read more…]

Bring Your Kids to Our Free Community Biking Event: Santa Venetia, CA

Kicking-off our anniversary series, this outdoor festival in China Camp State Park on Saturday, July 21, from 10 AM to 4 PM will feature youth biking activities including skills courses and mountain bike trail rides. There will be food and beverages, bike industry and community vendors, and fun for all ages. All experience levels are welcome. Meet our skilled Ride Leaders and volunteers who will provide instruction and demonstrations throughout the day.

Sat, July 21, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT

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LOCATION

Miwok Meadows

Santa Venetia, CA 94901

Fiber: Follow the 5-to-1 Rule for Packaged Foods

 

When people think fiber, they think constipation. And it’s true: If we could get Americans to eat just the minimum recommended daily intake of fiber-containing foods, we could save our country $80 billion—and that’s just from the effects on constipation alone. But that’s not all. “Accumulating evidence indicates that greater dietary fiber intakes reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, weight gain, obesity, and diverticular disease, as well as functional constipation.” So, we need to eat more fiber-rich foods, which means eating more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes (beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils).

As fiber intake goes up, the risk of metabolic syndrome appears to go down, with less inflammation and an apparent step-wise drop in obesity risk. It’s therefore no surprise that greater dietary fiber intake is associated with a lower risk of heart disease: There is a 9 percent lower risk for every additional 7 grams a day of total fiber consumed, which is just some rice and beans or a few servings of fruits and veggies.

How does fiber do its magic? What are the mechanisms by which dietary fiber may extend our lifespan? It helps get rid of excess bile, feeds our good bacteria, and changes our gut hormones, which collectively helps control our cholesterol, body weight, blood sugar, and blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Reducing inflammation is a whole other mechanism by which fiber may help prevent chronic disease.

An accompanying editorial to a fiber and heart disease meta-analysis implored doctors to “enthusiastically and skil[l]fully recommend that patients consume more dietary fibre”––which means a lot of whole plant foods. If we do buy something packaged, however, the first word in the ingredients list should be “whole.” But, even if it is, the rest of the ingredients could be junk. A second strategy is to look at the ratio of grams of carbohydrates to grams of dietary fiber. We’re looking for about 5 to 1 or less. For example, whole-wheat Wonder Bread passes the first test: The first word in its ingredients list is “whole.” However, it then includes corn syrup and the contents of a chemistry set. So, let’s see if it passes the 5-to-1 rule.

In my video The 5-to-1 Fiber Rule. I show examples of some Nutrition Facts labels. The whole-wheat Wonder Bread lists 20 grams of carbs and 2.7 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Dividing the carbohydrates by the dietary fiber, 20 divided by 2.7, is about 7, which is obviously more than 5, so back it goes onto the shelf. It’s better than white Wonder Bread, though, which comes in at over 18. Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, however, makes the cut: 15 divided by 3 equals 5.

You can do the same thing with breakfast cereal. Multi-Grain Cheerios sounds healthy but has a ratio over 7. Uncle Sam original cereal is an example of one that makes the cut, sliding in under 4.

The editorial concluded that the “recommendation to consume diets with adequate amounts of dietary fibre may turn out to be the most important nutritional recommendation of all.”


I love producing videos about practical, day-to-day decision-making. Next time you go to the grocery store, look for products that fit the 5-to-1 ratio rule. They aren’t easy to find!

Eating fiber-rich foods is more than just a way to avoid constipation. For example, watch my videos Fiber vs. Breast Cancer and How to Prevent a Stroke.

There’s a misconception that we can’t digest fiber. We can’t do it alone, but we can with a little help from our gut flora friends. See Prebiotics: Tending Our Inner Garden and Gut Microbiome: Strike It Rich with Whole Grains.

This isn’t to downplay all the suffering caused by constipation. Check out How Many Bowel Movements Should You Have Every Day? and Should You Sit, Squat, or Lean During a Bowel Movement? to learn more.

Isn’t this talk of fiber reductionist? Good question! So good, in fact, that I created an entire video about it. See Is the Fiber Theory Wrong?.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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Hopkins Students Encourage Classmates to Skip Meat for a Day

Hopkins School freshman Sophie Sonnenfeld, 15, had an awakening over chicken fingers.

Sophie, a Branford resident, said shebegan to reevaluate her diet when, in the third-grade, she realized chicken fingers weren’t actually chicken’s fingers. It spurred her interest in evaluating what she eats more closely, and now she does not eat red meat.

At her school, Sophie is an ambassador for Meatless Mondays, a campaign run by The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities that encourages people to commit to making healthier choices on Mondays. In addition to going meatless, the initiative runs campaigns for doing things on Mondays such as exercise, quitting smoking and promoting sexual health. [Read more…]

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Introduces New Wellness Program 

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa recently announced a new program, allowing guests to participate in thoughtfully-designed ocean adventures with paddle boarders, boat captains, canoe racers, and others who want to share their respect for the water and passion for the environment with travelers, while giving back to the local community.  These watermen and women will also lead guests to learn about the national marine sanctuary fronting Ka’anapali Beach and the importance of “malama aina” (“protecting the land”) through the beach clean-up activity as the sun rises above the majestic Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains). [Read more…]

The Kids Cook Monday: Mini Mushroom Burgers

When grilling season hits one of life’s simple pleasures is to throw a portabella mushroom on the grill and let it absorb those delicious smoky flavors. These mushroom sliders are so cute they use a dinner roll for a bun! This recipe comes to us from our friends at The Mushroom Council.

Food For Thought: Is it portabella, portabello, or portobello? All are correct! It might be confusing, but sometimes words have different spellings and pronunciations depending on where you’re from or who you ask. The Mushroom Council uses the “two a” spelling, so we’re following their lead. [Read more…]

Free! 5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

5th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Sunday, June 17th 10am to 12pm

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Register

 

– Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids –

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise and health celebration with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins, Conscious Crusade, Sofia Rodriguez (Glute Camp) and Z Sweat Dance and Fitness. Also enjoy Zumba, healthy snacks, fitness games, dynamic boxing by Coach T (Hard Training Club), an interactive playground and tunes from DJ Blinks. Win over $2,500 in prizes from Sean John, Modell’s, Yokohama, Vibram, Gym Source, SoulCycle, Live Nation, Striders, Thule and Road Runner Sports  by competing in the

Mr. Fit Father contest and female plank challenge.

All fitness levels and ages. Special tribute to hip hop fathers!

– Capoeira performance by RODA Movements and jump rope demo from Greenbelt SITY Stars –

*Groove & Flow yoga begins at 9:45am so please arrive by 9:30am

Special Auto Fit car show featuring active lifestyle vehicles from Mazda, Chrysler, Toyota, VW, Nissan and Kia!

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Meet Out-of-Town Friends at the Gym, Not the Bar!

 

It’s great having Fitness Friends across the country so when you land in their city you can connect at the gym or track. The formula is simple. Instead of meeting at bars to catch up make a plan to workout at a health enhancing location while vibing with one another. Collectively, you will keep one another accountable.

Men’s Health Month Is Coming — Join The Thunderclap

Men’s Health Month is just a few weeks away starting June 1.

The annual awareness period includes Men’s Health Week and our Wear Blue Friday event. All month long,  Men’s Health Month will educate the public on preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

But we need YOUR help to get the word out about Men’s Health Month this year. We’re asking that you and all your friends sign up for the Men’s Health Month Thunderclap message by May 31.

Here how it works:

  • At least 100 people must join the Thunderclap Campaign by May 31
  • Users can sign up via Facebook and/or Twitter and Tumblr
  • On June 1 at 11: 00 a.m. a synchronized message will be posted to participating social media accounts announcing the start of Men’s Health Month

JOIN THE THUNDERCLAP