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Whole Foods exec must think we’re whole fools

Whole Foods exec must think we’re  whole fools

There is a Whole Foods store about three blocks from my home, and around the corner from my gym. I am enamored by the displays of produce, the red peppers contrasting the yellow ones, the kale, chard, and collard glistening from their morning sprinkle. I love the way the fish gleams back at you, char and salmon, swordfish and tilapia. When I walk over to the prepared food, I grin at the ways the veggies are layered with cheese, crumbs, and so much more. They have sandwiches that I identify with, ingredients that I salivate about.

And now I must declare that I would rather drink muddy water or sleep in a hollow log than to indulge in whole foods.

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

Eat your veggies & be careful how you cook ’em

Eat your veggies & be careful how you cook ’em

"Eat your vegetables" are words we have heard the majority of our lives. They came from grandparents and parents. We still hear those words today. However, the vegetables come to us in different ways now. They come in the form of processed foods, dried foods, and, in most cases, they aren't veggies in a package, just a picture on the box.

There are great benefits to eating vegetables. They are essential for a healthy lifestyle and provide needed nutrients. They also include vitamins and minerals, plus fiber and phytochemicals that are important to strengthening the body's overall immune system.

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Obama gun photo a mistake

Obama gun photo a mistake

When then Sen. Obama was running for president, many of his critics accused him of being a Muslim – as if being a Muslim in a country that prides itself for its freedom of religion is a bad thing.

In fact a Pew Research Center poll taken October 2008 found 16 percent of voters who identified as conservative Republicans thought he was, despite numerous photos of him and his family attending a traditional Christian church.

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  • Written by LZ Granderson/CNN

Don’t get sacked by bad food choices

Don’t get sacked by bad food choices

Now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to move forward with the game of life. Each of us should focus on the things that are important to our overall health – such as exercising and eating healthy – to keep diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and stress from ravaging our bodies.

Some people may be looking for an oasis in the desert or a quick fix to their health problems. In reality, regardless of the problem, it's what you consume that can cause debilitating diseases to sack your body. In fact, it's the foods that you thought were good for you that are causing the problems.

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10 no-nos for white people during Black History Month

10 no-nos for white people during Black History Month

As Black History month begins and we take pride in the ancestors that help make this country great, it's only fair that we ask white people to refrain from some of the things they have the nerve to say to us on a regular basis. Please give us a break for at least this month.

So here it is...10 things white people should not say and/or cannot ask you during African-American History Month.

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  • Written by Zack Burgess/Real Times News Service

Black Women’s Agenda group leads call for gun control

Black Women’s Agenda group leads call for gun control

Like many Americans, I was horrified to learn that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has chosen to press its case for armed guards in the nation's schools with a commercial referencing President Obama's daughters. Haven't enough of our children been victimized by our inability to address gun violence?

Instead of lashing out and attacking anything and anyone who suggests there is a need for gun control legislation, The National Rifle Association should consider the model the Johnson & Johnson company provided during the 1982 Tylenol tampering scandal.

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Relationships, listening & the ‘better’ factor

Relationships, listening &  the ‘better’ factor

Building a case for better relationships through better listening, Florida A&M University professor Chandra Clark offers these tips for becoming "more active, engaged listeners."

CONSIDER THE COMMUNICATION CONTEXT. The physical setting, time and location of a communication exchange may well impact its reception. For example, if you have a sensitive message for someone, it may be better to speak in person or by phone rather than via text or email.

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