NFLPA joins civic groups to highlight men’s health on January 24

A father enjoys quality time with his daughters.

A father enjoys quality time with his daughters.

On January 24, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) will team up with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care navigators, community agencies, and barbershops across the country to provide fathers with key tips, information and strategies that focuses on men’s health, encouraging fathers to “Take Time to be a Healthy Dad Today.”

The January 2015 Fatherhood Buzz: Men’s Health Matters will kick off on Friday, January 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA with the NFLPA. The kick-off event will set the stage for the national Fatherhood Buzz on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Barbershops and community partners nationwide, along with the NRFC, and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health navigators, will be partnering supporting father’s and families to learn more about health services in their communities.

A father reads with his children.

A father reads with his children.

The focus on men’s health is important because fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact on the development and health of their children. In fact, a number of studies have found that children who have actively engaged fathers are more likely to have good physical and emotional health, to achieve academically, and to avoid drugs, violence, and delinquent behavior.

This is also a significant time to talk about men’s health because of the new opportunities for health insurance coverage made available through the ACA. Millions of men will be eligible to be covered and receive access to preventative and care services that are critical for promoting and maintaining good health.

Two children shower their father with hugs and kisses.

Two children shower their father with hugs and kisses.

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The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.–




Medical tourism conference will highlight Caribbean contribution

Dr. Chandy Abraham

Dr. Chandy Abraham, facility director and head of Medical Services, Healthy City Cayman Islands, will participate in the medical tourism conference in Washington, D.C.

Cayman Islands: September 2014 – One of the Caribbean’s newest medical facilities will be introduced to the world as an excellent Caribbean contribution to the rapidly expanding medical tourism landscape at a major global meeting this month.

Health City Cayman Islands will be offered up as a center of excellence for medical tourism and destination healthcare at the World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress in Washington DC, September 20 to 24. Health City Cayman Islands, a leader and innovator in providing world-class, affordable, high quality health care in a compassionate, caring environment, will send a strong delegation to one of the most comprehensive international healthcare conferences and trade shows in the sector.

Dr. Chandy Abraham, Facility Director and Head of Medical Services, will introduce the special skills and capacities of the Caribbean’s state-of-the-art facility in his presentation to a Caribbean ministerial meeting.


“The networking value of these conferences is exceptional,” said Dr. Abraham, who added Health City Cayman Islands is looking forward to sharing its door-to-door concierge service and tropical atmosphere which promote a relaxing recovery.

Fielding questions and representing Health City at formal meetings will be Patient Care Relations Manager Joan Freedman; Marketing Director Shomari Scott; and Digital Marketing Specialist Aliya Dunstan.

“As the world’s population ages, non-communicable diseases continue to rise in frequency and healthcare costs inflate at an alarming rate. The issue of creating a healthcare destination that provides a high quality service for far less cost has never been more pressing,” said Scott.

The Health City Cayman Islands facility, he added, represented the Caribbean’s determination to step up to the burgeoning global medical tourism and travel market. Envisioned by Narayana Health’s storied Dr. Devi Shetty, a philanthropist and personal physician of the late Mother Teresa, Health City Cayman Islands opened its doors in February 2014. The state-of-the-art medical facility in the western Caribbean is one of 27 facilities operating under Dr. Shetty’s administration across the globe.

Health City Cayman Islands opened its first phase in early 2014, putting the Cayman Islands on the map as a healthcare destination, and offering patients a centre of excellence for cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopaedics, paediatric endocrinology and pulmonology. Once completed, Health City Cayman Islands will have 2,000 beds, a dedicated medical research university, assisted living centre and become one of the largest healthcare centres of its kind in the world. Health City recently created Caribbean surgical history by installing an artificial heart pump (LVAD – Left Ventricular Assist Device) to give a Caymanian man facing advanced stage heart failure a new lease on life. For more information, visit


3 ways to rescue your fitness regimen in time for summer

Donna Richardson Joyner shares many fitness tips.

Donna Richardson Joyner, 57, shares many fitness tips online, in her books and on television.

By Carmen Glover

If you are like many folks who yearn to be fit and toned but struggle with the discipline required to achieve that goal, don’t be discouraged; getting into shape is more challenging than people tend to realize. It’s usually easy to decide, often on a whim or after seeing the doctor for a yearly physical, that something drastic needs to be done to lose weight, tone up and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But the work that it takes to achieve those lofty goals is arduous, tedious and just plan difficult for many people who are trying to balance parenting, working, paying bills and simply surviving.

Many people tackle the fitness agenda with great enthusiasm at the beginning of the year, only to lose focus, drive and discipline as the winter months drag on, battering their psyches with inclement weather and sheer exhaustion. But wait, there is hope. Here are three things you can do right away to restart your fitness engine. These tips were culled from information provided by experts including medical doctors, fitness professionals, nurses and nutritionists.

The Biggest Loser trainer also has a book and DVD set describing ways to lose weight the healthy way.

“The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels, 40, also has a book and DVD set describing ways to lose weight the healthy way.

1. Take Little Steps Daily

Rather than becoming consumed with the desired end result, it is more practical and useful to commit to taking several small steps each day. The steps can include simple things such as five minutes of stretching, followed by five minutes of brisk walking from room to room in the home, combined with aerobic activities such as jumping jacks, jogging in place or outside if possible, working the abs and lifting some weights, using items around the home. Try to aim for 15 to 30 minutes each session and if you feel like breaking up the time into two or more sessions per day, do that. According to physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts, it’s the consistent routine that matters, not gym memberships or extensive, hours-long, workout sessions.

Dr. Ian Smith has written several books about losing weight the right way.

Dr. Ian Smith, 44, has written several books about losing weight the right way and keeping it off.

2. Consult a Personal Trainer, Read Books or Take Classes for Specific Goals

If you have specific goals to achieve and you fear that your motivation level is not as high as it should be, consult with a personal trainer who will be your official cheerleader and drill sergeant to keep you on schedule. If you thrive in a setting which offers camaraderie in numbers, look into classes. Zumba, yoga, step and boot camp classes are offered at most gyms. Other classes include spinning and strength training. It is also helpful to read books written by professionals who share their expertise on safe and effective weight loss strategies. Among those experts who are currently promoting fitness books are Donna Richardson Joyner, Jillian Michaels, Dr. Ian Smith and Dr. Travis Stork.

3. Increase Fruits, Vegetables and Water Intake, Reduce Sugars and Fat 

During the cold months of Winter, comfort foods serve a dual purpose of encouraging nesting while satisfying hunger. But with Spring comes the extended daytime hours, sunshine and the urge to get up and move. Experts recommend increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, water and protein while reducing the intake from carbohydrates, sugars and fat. Also, they recommend eating six times per day, to include three main meals and three snacks to boost the metabolic rate, which, in turn, burns calories. But avoid fast and processed foods and try to eat less, since experts state that people tend to eat more and exercise less than they usually care to admit.

Dr. Travis Stork of "The Doctors" recently released a book sharing his tips for safe weight loss.

Dr. Travis Stork, 42, of “The Doctors” recently released a book sharing his tips for safe weight loss.

By utilizing these measures as well as keeping a good record of what you eat each day, you will be in a good position to monitor all facets of your weight loss and fitness regimen such as your energy output, the food and calories consumed and the degree of activity that is included in your daily routine. The best mentality to have is that it takes a long period of time to gain excess weight, therefore expecting to shed enormous amounts of weight and become svelte and toned in a short period of time is not only unrealistic, it is dangerous.

Follow the experts and pace yourself, while trying to have fun along the way by indulging regularly in activities that you like whether it is dancing, jogging or using the treadmill or elliptical. Ask a friend or relative to join your quest so you can motivate each other. Don’t forget to incorporate regular household activities such as cleaning, which includes bending routines that often work the legs and arms while giving a good cardiovascular workout. The bottom line is that Summer is several months away so there is ample time to become focused, lose weight, become toned and achieve measurable results.

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Deadline for healthcare enrollment extended

President Barack Obama.

President Barack Obama.

By Carmen Glover

The White House announced yesterday that the deadline for people to enroll in healthcare plans and have coverage in place on January 1, 2014 has been extended by one day. As a result, people who are interested in obtaining healthcare coverage by January 1, have until midnight on Christmas Eve to sign up. The extension was deemed necessary because many people who tried to enroll in healthcare plans on Monday, December 23, the original deadline, were unsuccessful because the traffic to the site was so great. With the new extension, people have a little more time to take advantage of the enrollment process in order to have healthcare coverage on January 1, 2014.

The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” launched officially on October, 1, 2013, coinciding with the government shutdown in Congress. While millions of people flocked to the website to shop for appropriate coverage packages, many were unable to shop for health care plans because of technological problems which plagued the site at the time of its launch and for the entire month of October.

To get more information about signing up for healthcare coverage, a good place to start is the official government website, The site directs shoppers to the marketplace exchanges, including independent, state-run websites. The most attractive feature of the Affordable Care Act is that “It does not allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions,” President Obama has said repeatedly. One thing is clear: No one who needs healthcare coverage should go without, or incur a fine, without first exploring what is available and how that fits into the family’s budget. So go ahead, take your time and shop around for the coverage that best meets your family’s needs.–

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson provides insight about living with HIV

Earvin "Magic" Johnson talks to Oprah about his HIV diagnosis on World AIDS Day.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson talks to Oprah about his HIV diagnosis on World AIDS Day.

By Carmen Glover

A smiling Magic Johnson calmly described his life, 22 years after announcing that he was infected with the HIV virus, in a compelling interview with Oprah Winfrey in his Beverly Hills, California, home. The interview aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on December 1, 2013, in honor of World AIDS Day. Crediting his wife, Cookie, who joined him for a portion of the interview, Johnson said he would not “be here today, if Cookie had left me,” when he disclosed his diagnosis two months after their wedding. At the time, Johnson said his wife was pregnant with their son, E.J., who recently declared that he is gay.
Johnson explained that he experienced periods of depression while coping with the disease, but he said he was never angry to have contracted the virus. Rather, he spoke honestly about the lifestyle that contributed to an environment in which he engaged in careless sexual activity, did not discriminate with his romantic partners, and refrained from using protection. Reflecting on his journey from star basketball player to a formidable entrepreneur, Johnson said he felt there was a lesson for him to learn from his circumstances: the importance of publicizing the disease and educating those infected so that they are aware of the many things they can achieve despite the diagnosis.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson and his wife, Cookie, share their journey of dealing with his HIV diagnosis in an interview with Oprah.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his wife, Cookie, share their journey of dealing with his HIV diagnosis in an interview with Oprah.

Johnson said his faith, and the love of his family have kept him strong over the years. Most importantly, however, he explained that he has been very disciplined in taking his medications, eating right and exercising. The conversation about the high incidence of HIV infection in the African-American community is a subject that deserves regular, ongoing attention. This is especially important since statistics continue to show that HIV infection rates for African-Americans far outpace the overall percentage of that community in the general population. Despite African-Americans accounting for 13 percent of the US population, that group represents over 44 percent of all new HIV infections. The increased HIV infection rates among African-Americans is alarming because many people resist learning their HIV status because they are immobilized by fear.

The greatest source of HIV infection in the African-American community is unprotected sex, with many teens and young adults feeling invincible while insisting that condom use is unnecessary. This is further compounded by more mature adults engaging in conduct that ignore the risks associated with participating in unprotected sexual contact even as they convince themselves that it is not necessary to take precautions that could save their lives. In the more than 30 years that HIV and AIDS have ravaged different communities across the globe, the importance of ongoing dialogue about protection and prevention cannot be over-emphasized. As another World AIDS Day ends activists have a huge task of convincing more people that preserving their lives should always take precedence over the fleeting pleasure that is often pursued, while safety and precaution take a back seat. Johnson’s life offers the opportunity to be viewed as a cautionary tale, for those who chose to take notice and internalize the message.–


Emotional, physical health equally important for athletes

Mike Tyson recently admitted he's been untruthful about his recovery and he still struggles with alcoholism.

Mike Tyson recently admitted that he’s been untruthful about his recovery. He said that he still struggles with alcoholism.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Athletes are often revered for their exceptional physical gifts and spectacular performances, yet many athletes are less successful in conquering their emotional issues and the subsequent struggles that accompany those problems. Alcoholism, drug abuse and violent outbursts are symptoms of unresolved emotional issues that unfortunately have troubled  many revered athletes across the vast sports landscape.

Former Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding

Former Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding, who assaulted her competitor Nancy Kerrigan with a bat, injuring her knee.

Whether its retired boxer Mike Tyson, former NBA star Allen Iverson and Lamar Odom, who has no current NBA team, there are many athletes who have had prolonged public battles with emotional issues.

There is still a large segment of the population that believes that seeking help for emotional issues should still be reserved for extreme cases only. The same belief often exists when dealing with drug and alcohol problems as well.

Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden released his autobiography in June 2013 detailing his numerous struggles with addiction while dealing with personal and professional success and failures.

Former MLB pitcher Dwight Gooden released his autobiography in June 2013 detailing his numerous struggles with addiction while dealing with personal and professional success and failures.



The result of this unhelpful attitude towards mental and emotional health are the numerous are seen in questionable conduct shown by troubled athletes. Mike Tyson, Dwight Gooden, JaMarcus Russell, Tanya Harding, and current NBA players Lamar Odom and Michael Beasley have all had brushes with infamy due to untreated issues. The recurring theme of legal, financial and personal struggles that these athletes have experienced has a direct link to their approach to addressing their myriad of emotional issues.

Oscar De la Hoya's issue with substance abuse resurfaced as he checked himself back into rehab just days before the mega fight featuring Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 14,2013 that De la Hoya's Golden Boy company helped promote.

Oscar De La Hoya’s struggles with substance abuse resurfaced  recently. He checked himself back into rehab just days before the mega fight featuring Floyd Mayweather on Sept. 14,2013 that De La Hoya’s Golden Boy company helped promote.

There is no guarantee that addressing emotional issues will result in complete recovery. in fact, it is likely there will be relapses because relapse is a part of the recovery process. Oscar De La Hoya had to admit himself into rehab for his continued struggle with recovering from drug abuse. Jason Kidd is largely past the issues that landed him in trouble with the law. However, Kidd was arrested for suspicion of DUI during last year’s NBA off-season. Emotional issues are commonly dealt with by excessive drug and alcohol abuse as sufferers have not been able to find a productive manner in which to cope with their issues.

Lamar Odom has seen his current problems with substance abuse become front page news over the past several weeks.

Lamar Odom has seen his current problems with substance abuse become front page news over the past several weeks.

With the prominence of social media and the constant news cycle, athletes have an extremely difficult time hiding their emotional struggles when begin to unravel. This summer has been less than kind to Lamar Odom as his struggles with drug abuse resurfaced. But his refusal to engage in sustained treatment by checking himself out of rehab after only one day demonstrates a level of denial that will continue to fuel his struggles. However, there are examples of athletes who seem to be gaining a better understanding of how to cope with challenges.

Former WNBA star Chamika Holdsclaw on Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2013

Former WNBA star Chamika Holdsclaw appeared on Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2013

A recent episode of “Iyanla, Fix My Life” featured Chamika Holdsclaw, former WNBA and women’s college basketball star. The show gave a glimpse into Holdsclaw’s internal scars as viewers watched her begin to learn to accept her past and gain tools on how to improve her future. Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) was known for his numerous outbursts in the past. Now, he often acknowledges the benefit of his therapist and readily spreads the word of how effective therapy can be.

There’s cause for optimism for affected athletes because of the varying success stories of recovery from emotional turmoil. Michael Irvin faced public scrutiny for his substance abuse problems during his NFL career. He has overcome those issues to have a successful career as an analyst.

Tennis star Andre Agassi

Tennis star Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi’s substance abuse problems threatened to derail a thriving tennis career until successful rehabilitation allowed him to rebound and have a resounding professional and personal revival. Herschel Walker was often described as angry and aloof while playing in the NFL. He was diagnosed with Dis-associative Identity Disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder. After the diagnosis, Walker gained greater clarity and understanding, leading to multiple successful business ventures including a food service company, an appearance on NBC’s Apprentice, and a brief career in mixed martial arts.

All struggles are different and any degree of success is helpful when acknowledged. Rookie NFL player Tyrann Mathieu made headlines last year when he was dismissed from LSU after multiple failed drug tests. Mathieu has been able to rehabilitate his image and revive his career with the help of John Lucas II, president of John Lucas Enterprises, a network of drug treatment centers that mostly features athletes as clients.

Former NBA player and coach John Lucas II has found success in his post-athletic career in running his Houston based John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center for  individuals struggling with substance abuse.

Former NBA player and coach John Lucas II has found success in his post-athletic career in running his Houston- based John Lucas Treatment and Recovery Center for individuals struggling with substance abuse.

Essentially, the best way to ensure that current and future athletes get the help they need to address their emotional concerns is to shift the narrative. Lucas, who once faced serious substance abuse problems while playing in the NBA, is a prime example of an athlete recognizing the importance of addressing the negative results of untreated emotional issues. If more athletes attach the same vigor, and diligence to their emotional and mental health as they do to their physical health and abilities, there will be more comprehensive success stories. When that happens, athletes will experience success in multiple areas of their lives which will allow them to be their complete best.  –


Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant.