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Why More Americans Can't Access Healthy Food

Why More Americans Can’t Access Healthy Food

by Julianne Hing on March 2 2012, 9:04AM

Why don’t more people have access to healthy food? In a new book, journalist Tracie McMillian looks beyond fast food restaurants to untangle a web that’s proven deadly for people living in poverty.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

The New-Old Southern Strategy Mixes Racism and Sexism for Nasty Results

by Akiba Solomon on February 28 2012, 10:19AM

GOP presidential candidates have thrown gender dog-whistle politics into the race pot. It’s looking an awful lot like the odious 1960s Southern strategy.

Topics: 2012 Election, Gender, GOP Primary, Gender & Sexuality, Health

Why the 'He Can Beat Me' Tweets About Chris Brown Aren't Funny Infographic

Why the ‘He Can Beat Me’ Tweets About Chris Brown Aren’t Funny

by Hatty Lee on February 17 2012, 9:00AM

Every year, almost 1.5 million high school students experience dating abuse, and it takes on many different forms

Topics: Chris Brown, Health

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

Komen Is Just the Latest Round in the Anti-Choice Game of Chess

by Akiba Solomon on February 9 2012, 10:43AM

And poor women and women of color remain the pawns who get sacrificed.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Michelle Obama Can Do A Lot More Push-Ups than Jimmy Fallon [Video]

Michelle Obama Can Do A Lot More Push-Ups than Jimmy Fallon [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 3:26PM

First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance on Tuesday night’s “Late Night” and got in to a friendly competition with host Jimmy Fallon….

Topics: Health, /NOW

Should I Continue Supporting Komen? Here's How To Find Out

Should I Continue Supporting Komen? Here’s How To Find Out

by Kavita Das on February 8 2012, 9:22AM

With the dust settling on the Komen for the Cure controversy, Colorlines.com readers have asked, What do I do now? A former Komen program director and permanent women’s health advocate offers some next steps.

Topics: Health

CDC: 1 in 16 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed with HIV During Their Lifetime

CDC: 1 in 16 Black Men Will Be Diagnosed with HIV During Their Lifetime

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 4:12PM

The impact of HIV has been devastating among black youth, with approximately 40 percent of new infections among blacks now occurring among those between the ages of 13 and 29.

Topics: Health, /NOW

House GOP Memo: 'Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death' for Blacks

House GOP Memo: ‘Abortion Is Leading Cause of Death’ for Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 12:36PM

A new bill in the House, pushed by the GOP, would separately classify ‘black abortions’ from abortions in general.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

Remember HIV/AIDS? It's Still Raging in the U.S. Infographic

Remember HIV/AIDS? It’s Still Raging in the U.S.

by Kai Wright, Hatty Lee on February 7 2012, 10:13AM

When times are tough, it’s easy to ignore things like health and wellness. We all know what happens when we do that in our personal lives—it comes back to haunt us. Same’s true as a society, and the U.S. AIDS epidemic is proof of that fact.

Topics: Health, Kai Wright

Jerome Bettis's Hall of Fame-Worthy Fight to Save Kids From Asthma

Jerome Bettis’s Hall of Fame-Worthy Fight to Save Kids From Asthma

by Brentin Mock on February 3 2012, 10:01AM

“The Bus” is up for NFL Hall of Fame induction this Super Bowl weekend. Brentin Mock says his bold activism on behalf of EPA’s clean air rules is proof enough that he’s among the greatest.

Topics: Environment, Health

Why Komen's Decision to Pull Funding Is So Deadly [Infographic]

Why Komen’s Decision to Pull Funding Is So Deadly [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2012, 2:21PM

African-American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer.

Topics: Health, /NOW

The Tragic, Craven Undoing of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Noble Mission

The Tragic, Craven Undoing of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Noble Mission

by Akiba Solomon on February 1 2012, 10:01AM

Whether they like it or not, defunding Planned Parenthood’s breast health programs makes Susan G. Komen Foundation look anti-choice. And of course, poor women of color will suffer most.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Anti Choicers Pressure Pink Ribbon Organization to Nix Breast Exams for Poor Women

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2012, 6:58PM

The nation’s largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the US., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will cutoff grants made to Planned Parenthood that were mostly used for breast exams.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, /NOW

Bryant Terry's 'Inspired Vegan' Shows Healthy Food Isn't Just for White Folks

Bryant Terry’s ‘Inspired Vegan’ Shows Healthy Food Isn’t Just for White Folks

by Julianne Hing on January 26 2012, 9:00AM

The revolution begins at people’s kitchen tables.

Topics: Health, How We Eat

Homelessness on the Rise for Female Veterans, African-Americans Hit Hardest

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 2:55PM

Last month the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that found the number of women veterans that are homeless has grown substantially and the majority are black women.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Bad and Good News on Women's Right to Reproductive Health

Bad and Good News on Women’s Right to Reproductive Health

by Akiba Solomon on January 23 2012, 9:21AM

The bad news: According to a new report, anti-choice laws hit a near-record high in 2011. The good news: The Obama administration didn’t buckle to conscience clause bullies hoping to deny women copay-free birth control.

Topics: Gender, Health, Personhood

Weight Watchers Goes After Black Males: Charles Barkley Star of New Campaign

by Jorge Rivas on January 18 2012, 3:56PM

Weight Watchers has launched a new campaign that goes after men with former basketball player Charles Barkley endorsing the weight loss program.

Topics: Health, /NOW

North Carolina Panel: Sterilization Victims Should Get $50K

by Jorge Rivas on January 10 2012, 12:55PM

If the legislature approves the panel’s recommendation it will mark the first time a state compensates victims of a once-common public health practice called eugenics.

Topics: Health, /NOW

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

Clarence Thomas, Elena Kagan and the Battle Over Who Gets To Rule

by Victor Goode on January 9 2012, 8:58AM

As the Supreme Court prepares to take on a slate of big, history-shaping cases, the most weighty question is which justices will—or won’t—get to decide the outcome. Victor Goode explains the ethics fight that’s not going away any time soon.

Topics: Health, Politics

Navajo Nation Sees Alarming Rise in HIV/AIDS Infections

Navajo Nation Sees Alarming Rise in HIV/AIDS Infections

by Jorge Rivas on January 6 2012, 10:50AM

Poor education is partly to blame, with some tribal members learning about HIV and AIDS only upon diagnosis.

Topics: Health, /NOW