Health Awareness

Flyy Girl Feature Friday: Aliah Davis-McHenry

Happy Friday Mofros!

I am so excited to be back with our beloved Flyy Girl Feature Friday series.

Today is about how one woman took her quest to live a healthier lifestyle and quintessentially embarked on an amazing career path which has opened many doors of opportunity and doors of success.

This Brown Beauty Fit Blogger has everything you need, from exercise tips to monthly recipes and apparel.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

                                                           Mrs. Aliah Davis-McHenryAliahDavis

Hello! Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Aliah Davis-McHenry, New Jersey

Tell us about your blog, Get Fit Diva:
GET FIT DIVA is a dynamic community for women who want to change their lives and become more active, find their fabulous, and live “balanced”.
Why did you begin blogging?
What started as a blog chronicling my own weight loss and healthy living journey has become a movement for women. No longer do I chase a size or number on the scale but promote being active doing things you love (for me: Zumba, spin, running, and kickboxing), finding your fabulous by traveling, eating right, and feeling your best…but also living balanced. Balance is like a unicorn but finding harmony in all that you do is paramount in your healthy living journey. 
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What motivates you to dedicate time to blogging?
I am motivated by my community! I love that I am connecting and helping women around the world make time for themselves to become healthier and happier. This means so much to me. We are ALL on this journey together so providing resources, workouts, and access to experts that offer “real” advice has been incredible.
In one year, what do you hope manifests from your blogging?
In the Fall, I am launching an online store with GET FIT DIVA branded merchandise and also hosting local events. I hope that this manifests into women on their journeys finding encouragement online and offline. 
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Name two of your favorite bloggers you follow.
Two of my favorite bloggers…that’s hard! I have so many but I love the ladies behind Brooklyn Active Mama, Losing In The City, Manifest Yourself, Mad Cool Fitness, Curvy Fashionista, Awesomely Luvvie…I am so thankful that there are so many bloggers doing their “thang” and empowering women in many, many ways.
What legacy do you want to leave behind for others to know about you?
I want to leave behind the legacy of being a great mother who loved hard and a multi-passionate woman that wanted to experience anything and everything this crazy/beautiful life brought her way!
Upcoming projects or events:
Currently, I’m working with Kohl’s on their #MakeYourMove campaign to encourage women and families to be active and eat healthier. I’m also an Ambassador for Katie K Active, Eleven by Venus, Premier Protein, and spokesperson for Adora Calcium. I love working with brands that are doing amazing things for women and families! In the Fall, I am launching branded merchandise and in the upcoming year will host, co-host, and speak at local and national events.
Please be sure to head over to GET FIT DIVA and join Aliah in her quest to motivate and inspire others on living their best life, the healthy way!
Twitter: @thegetfitdiva
Instagram: @getfitdiva 
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Self Inflicted Stress

This topic is very much-needed for myself as well as for each of you.

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As a matter of fact, I find in writing, I am able to better self reflect as well as lend an encouraging hand to others.

The cycle of going forth each day and daring to make it better than the previous, can consume me. I begin to think about all that I have yet to accomplish and the weight of my personal standards can be a bit overwhelming. Sometimes I wonder if God looks down upon me and shake his head at my adamant attempts of breaking my own will.

I have been attempting to write a book or two, begin to assemble a production team for my company, save money so that I can invest in my dreams and make more money in the process. And while it seems easy enough in theory, it has proven to pull out some insecurities I thought were long gone.

Appreciation is a strange concept when it comes to baring your inner most thoughts and relaying them to others. It was one thing when I was younger, singing in the choir or playing a character on stage; then everyone is willing to come and watch you or support your efforts. Getting older, appreciation seems to take a whole new action.

Maybe because in my mind, I see it as a matched excitement, while it comes as a “oh that’s nice” or a “half interested question quickly followed by a lack of interest.”

My stress comes from me believing I have to gain the approval of those around me, wanting them to desperately be fully engaged in what I have going on. Wanting them to support me by spreading the word of my blog or my ideas, my attributes, my gains….at 29, I am still forgetting that my will is my own and that it is rare to have those believe in what I am called to do, simply because they cannot see, dream or feel the things I am privy to.

And is that not the true blessing? That this was given to me, to grow and nurture. These dreams I have do not go to anyone else but me. Sure there are others who aspire to accomplish the same things I do, but what has been given to me to create, is completely my own.

In this moment, I am realizing I have a complex. And as much as I would like to shake it off, it is not working. I am going to dig a little deeper to pull through the muck of mental frustration and restless energy.

What can I do with restless energy, besides sabotage my creative energy. Therefore I have looked into the option of yoga. Being able to center my focus and push through the volcanic pressure to channel my purpose solely to those things, I asked God to grant me.

Those things I would sit inside my dark closet and pour my heart and soul out to him. The stillness I felt after I would lift my face from the floor, tear-stained, face hot….I would sit and await the vibration that would sweep slowly and steadily through my body, setting me into a zone of total peace. I would listen for his voice. I would listen for my heart to connect to the energy and show me the way or reassure me that I was on the way.

I don’t know what others want. I only know what I need. And being that God says he will supply my every need, I know I will inadvertently give what needs to be given to others.

Self inflicted stress is a real issue. It haunts those who spend too much time thinking and not enough time doing. I realize that now. I see that by not attempting to write everyday, I force myself to worry about am I really a writer and should I just stick to the day-to-day grind of doing what needs to be done to survive, instead of doing what I love and being a survivor of the day-to-day to become a conqueror.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be in the same situation next year, wondering what would have been if I had started this year.

The book will be completed.

The production will begin.

I am tired of my self-inflicted stress.

I am ready to win.

Drop me comment about some things you have self reflected upon and what are the steps you are taking to rectify your present mind set. I would love to hear from each of you. And if you have any good books or articles, share those as well. Peace and Blessings

 

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Resist The Urge To Go Off

nostress_coverI was speaking with one of my dearest friends yesterday, who just happens to be over eighty, and she said a statement which could not have summed up my string of thoughts better:  Everyone wants to be grown. Everyone wants to be the boss. No one wants to listen.

I thought to myself, you ain’t never lied about that. I despise being in position of authority over adults. Why? Because adults have come to believe that being of a certain age entitles them to never have to learn a lesson ever again. Adults believe that age accounts for intelligence and know how, and that they are always at liberty to question any and all authority.

I am experiencing only my second time being a supervisor and for the second time in my life, I hate it. I have always worked better alone, because I appreciate the quiet, I welcome the solitude of the company of none, especially in matters of completing an important task or project. Yet when you couple a loner with know it all adults, it can create an energy like no other.

So here are some strategies I am adopting for the next month, as a trial basis to a new way of life.

1. Meditate before leaving home; I’ve even found a meditating station on my internet radio.

2. Learn to explain all instructions thoroughly and provide them in writing; I have to learn everyone receives information differently. In taking the time to effectively supervise, I in turn lower my stress levels.

3. Accept the fact that confrontations are a part of the role. It is time to embrace them as a way to finally clear the tension; whether your co workers know they piss you off to no end or not. Confrontations are the perfect time to be honest about how you feel about their work performance. All with respect and tact no less.

4. Leave work problems on your work desk. Do not. I repeat Do Not take work home with you. Your anger and frustration becomes an ant bed of irritation…and if others aren’t careful or aware, they could step into a mine trap. Don’t explode on the ones you love.

5. Pray for a successful and productive day for not only yourself, but for your co workers and the population you service. Ensure you speak positively into the workday before you begin. This way, your spirit can remind you of your request when you feel your temper rising.

6. Talk yourself off the ledge of “going off.” Sometimes before I respond to a co-worker, I have to tell myself to be mindful of my tone and my language. Pick a smile over a frown and a soft, steady tone over one filled with venom.

We have to be strong-minded enough to disengage from moments of pettiness. A lot of times, people will get off your back, when you no longer allow them the opportunity to get you all worked up. So shoulders back, head up and one foot in front of the other. Take the time to invest in your spiritual so when the attacks come to hit you with stress and frustration, you are prepared to win.

Have an awesome Peace of Mind today.

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HIV/AIDS Awareness: Public Health

red ribbon Today is the start of our HIV/AIDS Awareness here at Hey Girl Hey!!!

So gather your notepad, pens and friends,  move in closer and get informed on what is happening in our communities.

Introduce yourself to the HeyGirlHey readers please mam.

Hello, I am Latronda Davis, MPH and currently I work for Clayton County Board of Health as the HIV Linkage Coordinator. I have my Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Morehouse School of Medicine and a BS in Healthcare Management from Albany State University, and I was recently accepted into Emory University’s Nursing Program to become an RN. My professional background includes working with different federal, state, and local governments as well as with community-based organizations on various public health projects and outreach activities.

How did you become so passionate about Public Health?

Being involved in a public health internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Morehouse College, gave me the opportunity to see health in a different light. I was able to see preventive measure that were being implemented to safeguard the public’s health. That experience coupled with other practicum experiences, helped to form my passion and knowledge surrounding public health.

Most people wonder what public health is and when asked the question, I always say “public health is everything.” Everything we do involves public health. It is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. It involves the social determinants of health which include socioeconomic status, education, housing, access to health care, etc. These are shaped by social policies, politics and economics. I am passionate about public health because it is my everyday life, everyone, should be passionate about public health because it is you!

How did you become involved with HIV/AIDS Awareness?

I became involved with HIV/AIDS when I took my first testing in undergrad. The first test meant that I was taking control of my health, my life and I was not to allow anyone to be the determinant factor for my sexual health and well-being. After that, I interned with the South West Georgia Health District promoting STD and HIV awareness on my school campus. Years later, HIV fell into my lap again at a community based organization called STAND Inc., with whom I worked with for two years. Our primary work focused on substance abuse, domestic abuse, re-entry population as well as HIV/AIDS. I provided HIV testings and counseling to the public, as well as worked with HIV positive clients. 

Before becoming educated and involved with HIV/AIDS prevention, what preconceptions did you have about the disease, that you now know better about?

The only preconception I had about the disease is that it was only sexually transmitted. I learned about this disease very early in life and when I found out that it was transmitted more than one way, it made it clearer and helped me to understand the virus more. There are four modes of transmission: 1) vaginal fluids, 2) semen, 3) blood and 4) breast milk.

What are some of the steps being taken within the area of preventive care for HIV/AIDS?

Promoting condom usage, abstinence, encouraging individuals to get tested regularly and monogamy are the most effective preventive measures. HIV causes AIDS so the only way to prevent AIDS, is to prevent HIV. One preventive measure that is taking place is the implementation of the PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) drug. it is targeted towards individuals who do not have HIV, but who are significantly at a higher risk of of contracting HIV. The pill is to be taken once everyday and the effectiveness of this drug has been shown to reduce the HIV infection by 92%. But to reiterate, condom usage, abstinence, regular testing and monogamy are still the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus.

What are some changes would you like to see implemented in prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS?

Right now, I think there should be more education about HIV and efforts to reduce the stigma around HIV to the public. Individuals with HIV are living long, healthy lives. It is not a death sentence. It is a result of a choice that was made. No one wants to have any type of illness, but we all make choices that result in some form of consequence that were not in our favor. In public health, we try to modify behavior so that make better choices. The better choices we make, the less likely we are to put ourselves at risk for disease.

Please tell us about upcoming programs with your organization.

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day; Clayton County Board of Health (Jonesboro, GA) will provide free HIV testing 5pm-7pm (we also offer free testing every Wednesday 9am-3pm)

Also CCBOH will partner with the local Walgreens Pharmacy in Clayton County to provide free testing June 26-28, 2014

Please visit these websites to find free and local testing sites in your area: www.claytoncountypublichealth.org and www.walgreens.com

Latronda

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Hello my dearest readers!

June is HIV/AIDS Awareness here at HeyGirlHey!!! This month will feature interviews with public health care professionals who work in the field of preventive care, as well as aftercare, individuals living their life diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and other activists who are standing in the trenches to combat and eradicate this myth fill disease.  Stay tuned for the articles and discussions!

Get Informed+ Inform others=Community Awareness=Community Engagement=Change!

What I’m Reading: What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day

I first discovered the insatiable Pearl Cleage during college. Although I’ve read this book before, it never ceases to inspire me. The book is about a woman who is positive for HIV. Her world changes, and she goes back home to visit with her sister, before heading to San Francisco to live the rest of her life….. Only she finds it won’t be so easy to leave her family and friends for good, due to the wretched conditions of the community. The following is an excerpt from the novel. It really makes me think about my prayer/meditation lifestyle. Am I waiting to pray out of danger or to remain safe?

Before we hung up, Joyce asked me if I ever prayed. I told her I had tried to start up when I got sick, but I quit because I knew I was hedging my bets. I figured if I was smart enough to know that, God must know it too, and would probably not only grant my selfish prayers, but might figure I needed to be taught a lesson for trying to bullshit him in the first place. I know once you repent, Jesus himself isn’t big on punishment, but according to all the Old Testament stories I ever heard, his father was not above it.

June is National AIDS Awareness Month, and June 27th is International AIDS Awareness Day. Get informed+Inform Others+Community Awareness+Community Engagement= Change