African American blood donors needed to help sickle cell patients

African American blood donors needed to help sickle cell patients

A joint effort between the Levine Cancer Institute and the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is seeking to match African American blood donors with patients suffering from sickle cell disease.

Qcity woman overcomes fear of water to become a triathlete

Qcity woman overcomes fear of water to become a triathlete

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Meet Latisha Huckaby. She went from being afraid of water to swimming in 17 feet. This weekend, she'll complete her 12-week journey by participating in the Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon.

3 exercises to aid that aching back

3 exercises to aid that aching back

Lower back pain is one of the most common neurological ailment in the United States. Fortunately, a well-rounded exercise program can help protect, relieve and strength the back.

Ending the stigma surrounding mental health

Ending the stigma surrounding mental health

GUEST COMMENTARY

Awareness is growing, but the statistics surrounding mental health services for African Americans indicate that there is still a reluctance to get necessary treatment.

Ask a Fitness Expert

Ask a Fitness Expert

After knee replacement, a reader is looking for low-impact exercises so that she can maintain her current weight loss. Our fitness writer, Sondra E.Z. Hines, has some suggestions.

In Charlotte visit, J. Anthony Brown to spotlight diabetes prevention

In Charlotte visit, J. Anthony Brown to spotlight diabetes prevention

Brown's visit is part of a yearlong effort by Carolinas HealthCare System to identify 10,000 and treat people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

'People are living with HIV and dying with diabetes'

'People are living with HIV and dying with diabetes'

Carolinas HealthCare System wants to test 50,000 people for pre-diabetes, so it turned to community leaders for help spreading the word.

Yes you can...find time to exercise

Yes you can...find time to exercise

THE 80 PERCENT SOLUTION

Faced with a busy schedule that often keeps her from hitting the gym, Julie tells how she gets in a quick cardio workout right inside her building at work.

How weather affects your health

How weather affects your health

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

According to researchers in the field of biometeorology, weather conditions can trigger a range of physical ails -- migraines, heart attacks, psoriasis, arthritis and others.

The ABCs of heart health

The ABCs of heart health

Heart disease is a leading killer among African American women and women. Find out what the Centers of Disease Control is doing to address cardiovascular disease.

3 common fitness mistakes

3 common fitness mistakes

This week’s Wednesday Wellness looks at three common fitness mistakes and offers solutions.

5 questions for JCSU Wellness Director Victor Romano

5 questions for JCSU Wellness Director Victor Romano

Johnson C. Smith University Wellness Director Victor Romano has written a book about the seven dimensions of health that he says contribute to total wellbeing.

Male breasts, the causes and treatment

Male breasts, the causes and treatment

(VIDEO) Learn what causes male breast enlargement and what doctors can do to treat this potentially embarrassing condition.

3 exercises to burn those holiday calories

3 exercises to burn those holiday calories

Because the holidays are often busy, here is a quick workout that can be done at home with little to no equipment.

Can you survive the holidays and not overeat?

Can you survive the holidays and not overeat?

THE 80 PERCENT SOLUTION

Once the holiday eating starts at Halloween, it can go on for another two months. With so much food around, it’s easy to gain 5-10 pounds.

Doing push-ups the easy(er) way

Doing push-ups the easy(er) way

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Push-ups are a great way to tone the upper body, but not everyone can do them. So for those who need some additional body strength, here are two alternative methods.

Fitness for the faithful

Fitness for the faithful

Wednesday Wellness

A new Mecklenburg County program is recruiting black and Latino churches to take part in a health & wellness program.

Try a marathon: Walk, run or volunteer

Try a marathon: Walk, run or volunteer

The 80 Percent Solution

Whether you walk for fun or fitness, consider a full or half marathon. It requires a commitment, but the results can be worth the effort.

Healing in the 'hood

Healing in the 'hood

Adventures in the Qcity

At the Kamit Wellness Center in west Charlotte, Ama Bey offers natural medicines and advocates healthy eating to treat a wide range of maladies.

Take care of your feet

Take care of your feet

CLOSING THE GAP

When it comes to managing our health, our feet often get neglected. In this week's audio message, Dr. Thaddeus John Bell talks about the importance of foot care.

Sickle cell disease: Why care is so important?

Sickle cell disease: Why care is so important?

COMMENTARY

Although there is no simple cure for sickle cell disease, it can be managed with medical care.

Let's show support for women who battle breast cancer

Let's show support for women who battle breast cancer

Although the disease may not touch you personally, breast cancer affects African American women more severely than it does other race, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Thaddeus John Bell: Qcitymetro's new contributor

Dr. Thaddeus John Bell: Qcitymetro's new contributor

Each Wednesday, Qcitymetro will publish an audio message by Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, who is working to improve the health of African Americans and others in historically underserved communities.

JCSU campus will go tobacco-free

Starting January 1, Johnson C. Smith University will ban all tobacco products on the west Charlotte campus and on all university-owned and -operated properties.

Your ankle sprain may be more than 'just a sprain'

Your ankle sprain may be more than 'just a sprain'

HEALTH MATTERS

For some people, an ankle injury means permanent limitations in physical activity and impaired balance, which can lead to consequences in other areas of the body.

Charlotte women work to end stigma of mental illness

Charlotte women work to end stigma of mental illness

Charlotte grandmother Fonda Bryant has struggled with depression for years and considered ending her life more than once.

On hot days, modify your outdoor workout

On hot days, modify your outdoor workout

Just because the calendar says late August doesn't mean the hot days of summer are completely gone. So when exercising outside, here are some precautions you should take.

J. Anthony Brown talks about life with diabetes

J. Anthony Brown talks about life with diabetes

Video: Comedian and radio personality J. Anthony Brown dropped by the “Health Matters” event on Saturday to talk about living with diabetes. Watch our video.

A decision to get healthy

A decision to get healthy

WENDESDAY WELLNESS

When his bathroom scales tipped 318 pounds, Terrell Roberts knew it was time to act, so he set out to lose weight though exercise and health eating.

Sitting down but not sitting still

Sitting down but not sitting still

Ask a Fitness Expert

Even at work there are exercises you can do to burn calories, tone muscles and raise your resting heart rate.

 

Report: Diabetes rates soar in N.C.

Report: Diabetes rates soar in N.C.

Diabetes rates in North Carolina have nearly doubled in 20 years, reflecting a growing "epidemic," a new report from Harvard University says.

Churches combat health risks through Village HeartBEAT program

Churches combat health risks through Village HeartBEAT program

Village HeartBEAT is a 10-month wellness program that encourages Mecklenburg County church teams to engage in activities from exercise classes to healthy cooking demonstrations.

A good reason to skip my workout

A good reason to skip my workout

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Instead of my normal Saturday morning workout at the gym, I joined about 30 other volunteers who stepped up for a community service project at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

A Charlotte family torn apart by stroke

A Charlotte family torn apart by stroke

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS


 

Speaking of health

Speaking of health

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

This week, Sondra E. Z. Hines asks two local health warriors to identify areas of personal health where African Americans should focus their attention.

Menthol cigarettes and onscreen smoking…not kool

Menthol cigarettes and onscreen smoking…not kool

GUEST COMMENTARY

Despite an overall decline in tobacco use nationwide, young people and African Americans continue to take up the habit in growing numbers.

3 exercises to tone the legs

3 exercises to tone the legs

Now that warm weather has arrived, a reader wants to know what exercises are best for toning the legs.

CDC: Nearly 1,700 births a week to young teens

Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 have declined, they still account for more than a quarter of all teen births, according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Weighted down with health concerns

Weighted down with health concerns

THE 80 PERCENT SOLUTION

A recent burst of energy made me realize just how drab my life had been during the last three-plus years of health concerns.

I added a new tool in my weight-loss journey

I added a new tool in my weight-loss journey

THE 80 PERCENT SOLUTION

Several weeks ago I started wearing a fitness band, an electronic gadget that is like a food and workout journal on steroids.

Adding weight to my workout

Adding weight to my workout

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

Unable to teach my fitness classes or go to the gym, I used the recent snow days to test a new exercise device.

How I reduced the salt in my diet

How I reduced the salt in my diet

The 80 Percent Solution

When I reduced the amount of sodium in our food because of my husband's heart failure, my blood pressure dropped enough for me to reduce my blood pressure medication.

Eating to achieve a flatter tummy

Eating to achieve a flatter tummy

ASK AN EXPERT

Although food alone won't help you tone that belly, some foods are more beneficial than others when combined with proper exercise.

Speaking out about painful intercourse

Speaking out about painful intercourse

(Video) Women in menopause often suffer from dyspareunia, or painful intercourse. Find out the cause and treatment.

Gaining weight and feeling down

Gaining weight and feeling down

THE 80 PERCENT SOLUTION

For almost 10 years I’ve kept the weight off, and it wasn’t too hard to do. But lately my weight has been creeping up, and I’m feeling pretty stressed about it.

3 heroes of fitness

3 heroes of fitness

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

This week Sondra E.Z. Hines introduces readers to three women who faithfully meet each Tuesday in her aerobics class. But that's only part of what makes them special.

Online coupons mostly for junk food

As consumers, food coupons often influence what we buy and eat. Now researchers have found that most of the coupons we receive online are for foods that are largely unhealthy.

The myth of being fat and healthy

The myth of being fat and healthy

(VIDEO) New research says there's no such thing as a healthy person who's also overweight.

Portions, servings and calories

Portions, servings and calories

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

When it comes to eating, we sometimes confuse the meaning of the words "portions" and "servings." And that can lead to excess calories.

5 steps to a healthier holiday season

5 steps to a healthier holiday season

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS

With careful planning, you can get through the biggest eating days of the year and stay on your fitness journey, too.

A joint effort to combat diabetes

A joint effort to combat diabetes

Carolinas HealthCare System and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte have set out to identify and treat 10,000 people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Does your exercise routine match your body type?

Does your exercise routine match your body type?

Wednesday Wellness

Ever wonder why your body doesn’t appear to be in sync with your fitness regime? Blame it on Mother Nature.

Stop arguing and focus on what matters

Stop arguing and focus on what matters

The 80 Percent Solution

My husband and I have been arguing lately. I’m tired of being tired, and he’s tired of being sick. So we do what couples and good friends do: We take it out on each other.

 
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