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Fast Facts

Status of Men's Health

  • African American men live 7.1 years less than other racial groups
  • African American men experience disproportionately higher death rates in all the leading causes of death
  • 40% of African American men die prematurely from cardiovascular disease as compared to 21% of White men
  • African American men are 5 times more likely to die of HIV/AIDS
  • 44% of African American men are considered overweight and 24% are obese
  • African American men suffer a higher incidence of diabetes and prostate cancer
  • African American men do commit suicide. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year old Black males

 

Healthy Snack Options

 

Snacking is easy and fun. Snacking on the right foods can be a lot more difficult. That is why we are recommending these low-carb, healthy snacks as substitutes for your typical grab-and-go foods.

Apples and Cheese

Sweet and salty flavors add up to a great snack. Pair half a cup of apple slices with string cheese for about 10 grams of carbs. The combination of protein, fat, and fiber makes it a filling and satisfying nosh.

Avocado on a Crisp

Avocados have a place in your diet outside the guacamole bowl. Mash one-quarter of a ripe avocado and spread it on two light rye crisps for a crunchy, creamy snack with 18 grams of carbs, plus plenty of fiber and heart-healthy fat. It’s like a mini open-faced sandwich.

Yogurt and Cucumbers

Take your yogurt in a savory direction. Use a cup of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt as a creamy dip for 1 cup of refreshing cucumber spears. It adds up to 12 grams of carbs and a mega dose (20 grams) of appetite-satisfying protein. It’s like a version of the famous Greek dish, tzatziki.

Celery and Peanut Butter

Remember eating this snack with your homework after school? It's still a good idea! Fill two medium celery stalks with 2 tablespoons of natural-style peanut butter for a nibble that will take you back to your childhood, with only 9 grams of carbs.

 

Health Topics - Brain, Kidney and Blood Sugar

 

  • Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help keep your brain healthy and thinking sharp, according to a Harvard study. When subjects drank cocoa scientists could see increased blood flow to the brain.
  • After Johns Hopkins University researchers found that 60% of Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, the Kidney Foundation recommended a yearly urine test.
  • A 15 minute walk after meals can help diabetes risks by lowering blood sugar levels for hours says a study in Diabetes Care.
 

Leisure Travel

 

  • Book your airline flights on the weekend. That’s what an analysis of years of ticket sales found. The research revealed that fares on Saturday and Sunday were 5% lower on average.
  • The reason? Business travelers, who tend to book on weekdays, often fly on the company dime. Airlines attract more price sensitive leisure travelers with lower fares on the weekends.

 

 Finance - Investing, Socialfunds and Pension Advances

 

  • If you want to invest in a company that’s doing what you consider the right thing on causes ranging from global warming to animal testing, look for socially responsible mutual funds. Each fund has its own rules about the types of companies it won’t own.
  • You can check out SocialFunds.com, where you can find mutual funds vetted by your criteria, sign up for news alerts and get a prospectus.
  • Beware: Pension Advances. A growing numbers of ventures offer lump sum payments to retirees who need extra money and agree to sign over all or part of their pension checks. But beware: “Pension advances are nothing more than payday loans in sheep’s clothing,” says Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services.
  • When the New York Times reviewed more than 2 dozen contracts for the advances, it found effective interest rates of 27 to 106 percent – information that’s not disclosed in advertising or even in the fine print of the contracts themselves.
  • Typically, firms that market pension advances argue that their products are not loans, freeing them from the need to comply with state usury laws and licensing regulations as well as the federal Truth in Lending Act.

 

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