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Data Book sheds light on conditions affecting children, community

UCI-Data-Book-225In "Data Book 2013: The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County," The Urban Child Institute explores social and economic conditions affecting optimal brain development for babies ages zero to three, and subsequently outlines critical areas that need improvement.

Research findings show that the environment and community in which a child is born and raised contributes greatly to her future well being, while the health and well-being of its children determines a community's future.

Now in its eighth year of publication, the "Data Book" includes improved community health statistics for Memphis and Shelby County that offer cause for pause and abbreviated celebration.

Exploring the link between emotions and good health

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY It seems that we often are willing to endure pain, hurt and suffering – unnecessarily – when it comes to our health.

We allow our bodies to function in a negative state, tolerating and accepting these ailments as normal. And while it may be difficult to accept, it is our emotional issues that have caused our physical bodies this distress.

The Bible tells us that Jesus died not only to bring us salvation and eternal life but also to bring divine healing for our bodies. What does that mean? It means that God wants you to be healed and He wants you to stay healthy.

The Zimmerman verdict and the flip side of the Obama era

Jason Johnson-160While most Americans were picking up the Zimmerman trial in clips and highlights on the news or the radio after work, I was immersed in the entire trial all day. Working as an analyst for several media outlets meant that I was watching every bit of eight-plus hours a day of testimony, evidence and cross-examination during the trial. The process was exhausting, and a wonderful reminder of why I decided not to pursue law in college.

When you are forced to watch a process from beginning to end you have a pretty good idea of where it's going, so you aren't surprised or even impressed by the conclusion. I knew after a botched investigation, bitter and reluctant cops, questionable jury selection and an incredibly uneven state prosecution that George Zimmerman was going to be found not guilty. So it wasn't the events that actually affected me, because I knew they were coming.

  • Written by Jason Johnson

Did Justice Prevail? Understanding the Zimmerman Verdict

Byron Pitts-450x300A key principle of the American Criminal Justice System is that a verdict of not guilty doesn’t mean that a defendant is innocent. It simply means that the prosecution could not meet their burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This principle was never more evident than in the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Unlike many lay persons, I was not surprised by the verdict. Non lawyer friends of mine expressed the gamut of emotions; sadness, anger, but most of all, they were confused as to how Trayvon’s killer could walk free. In the spirit of helping my friends understand the legal ramifications of the acquittal of Zimmerman, I’ve decided to write this letter.

  • Written by Byron Pitts

Digging into the need to make health changes

Chef Timothy Moore-160Change can be difficult when it comes to health. Why is this so?

Well, let's start with some observations. There seems to be a preoccupation with living our lives wishing for time to accomplish more of the tasks we have undertaken. This has caused many of us to lose focus and – in some cases – not pay attention to our health.

We're placing more and more trust in gadgets, medical shots, pills, liquid shakes, body wraps and fads thinking they can help us stay healthy. In search of quick-and-simple fixes we run the risk of incurring severe healthcare problems.

Spoiling vs nurturing – How to ensure that your child has it all

Tarrin McGhee-160Babies and young children often serve as the greatest sources of joy in our adult lives.

Maybe that's why we are all guilty at times of going against our better judgment – spending beyond our means or giving in to tearful requests even when we suspect it may not be the right thing to do.

This conflict leads many parents to worry whether they are "spoiling" their child. In common terms, a "spoiled" child is one who is used to getting whatever she wants – and prone to throw temper tantrums when she doesn't.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you want to live

Chef Timothy Moore-160CHEF TIMOTHY Eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is key to long life. But longevity cannot be achieved unless there is a lifestyle change. Too many people are afraid of change. They're complacent and uninspired to do what is best for their overall health.

Most people in society are lazy when it comes to taking good care of their health. They don't eat the right foods and don't drink enough water to keep their bodies hydrated. Also – and this is just as important – they don't spend enough time exercising. Many don't exercise at all.

In some respects, we don't think about our health failing. Eating poorly, in addition to living a sedentary lifestyle, is what causes the body to break down and lose its vigor. Food labels are responsible, in most cases, for causing people to err when choosing what foods to purchase.

‘Full plates’ and obesity overload African-American women

Chef Timothy Moore-160Four out of five African-American women have a problem with being obese and each year that number seems to increase. This is an epidemic that must be reversed.

I talked with a woman recently about her weight problem and her struggle to lose the pounds. She had tried every type of diet and weight loss program on the market, but none of them helped her lose the weight. So, instead, she decided to accept the fact that she would never return to her former self, when she was more than 50 pounds lighter.

An integral part of the household, too many African-American women busy themselves around the house and care for the children without regard for themselves. Sedentary lifestyles are associated with weight gain.