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Dear Colleagues: We SUCK!

A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference. -- Gertrude Stein This is another open letter to my colleagues. This is to everyone devoted to health promotion, disease prevention, lifestyle medicine, and all manner of related clinical and public health practice: We suck! Don't get me wrong; I love you guys (well, most of you). Show More Summary

Evolving our social media strategy to reach women and their families

In March 2012,  I shared Iris House’s social media strategy. We are a community-based organization that provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women, families, and communities impacted by HIV/AIDS. As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I want to take this opportunity to share with you how our strategy has evolved over...

Osho Meditation, Unconditional Love, Krishna Das & the Squat

Yes, the saying "time flies when you're having fun" sure has been true for me. I'm still not sure what happened in February, but I do remember having lots of fun. Unfortunately, all of the fun took away from my...

Running The 20s Marathon: How Mindfulness Can Help the Stress of Your Twenties

Living through your 20s is exhausting. Suddenly you are faced with big questions that seem to require as-soon-as-possible answers. As if it wasn't hard enough, social media has transformed this time of life into what seems like a sprint-to-the-finish-line marathon. Show More Summary

Mayo Clinic Radio: Precision Medicine/Meditation

Precision medicine, also called personalized medicine, uses human genetics to tailor treatments for a growing number of diseases. On this week's Mayo Clinic Radio,  Dr. Richard Weinshilboum explains the basics and benefits of precision medicine and the $270 million Precision Medicine Initiative announced recently by President Obama. Show More Summary

Digital resources for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  We are 5 days away from the 10th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD. This annual March 10th observance aims to reduce stigma, share resources, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. Digital storytelling is an effective way to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS. Watch...


Stay active to keep fit. That can be difficult for people with spinal stenosis, a condition that causes serious back pain. On the next Mayo Clinic Radio, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Huddleston explains how spinal stenosis is treated....Show More Summary

Eden To Addo Great Corridor Hike

3 weeks agoFitness / Hiking :

South Africa, Sept 3-23, 2015 400KM. 20 days. US$2060 donation. Click PLAY or watch the 2014 hike promo on Vimeo. OUR VISION: To link three mega-reserves, namely the Garden Route National Park, The Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Addo Elephant … Continue reading ?

Pledging for quality in Australia

It's only 11 days, or 10 days, or 9 days till Change Day 2015 (March 11) in Australia. I'm not sure how many days are left because that darned International Date Line always gets me confused. (Maybe that's why Australia often beats America...Show More Summary

Google launches new YouTube App just for little kids

3 weeks agoHealth / Pregnancy : Belly Itch

Each of my kids have been addicted to YouTube and YouTube videos beginning at age 6, but as a parent I am always concerned that they could easily navigate away from family-friendly cartoons and mine-craft play and onto the more nefarious and R-rated content that can be found freely on the social media video sharing site. Show More Summary

Video: Day+Dream Nepal

Kraig Becker: Ever wonder what a day spent trekking the Himalaya of Nepal is like? Than this video is definitely for you. It encapsulates that experience very nicely, boiling it down to a two-and-a-half minute clip that captures the essence … Continue reading ?

VALLEY UPRISING — Official Trailer

VALLEY UPRISING is the much-anticipated documentary from Sender Films about the epic history of climbing in Yosemite National Park and the counterculture roots of outdoor sports. Narrated by Peter Sarsgaard, the film features digitally-animated archival photography, spectacular climbing footage and … Continue reading ?

Aconcagua – the music video

Guido Patrignani climbs Aconcagua, a trekking peak, while … singing. :-) Kraig Becker: Check out his latest fun clip below and get a sense of what it is like on one of the Seven Summits. Click PLAY or watch it … Continue reading ?

Laugavegur trek, Iceland

One of the best hikes in the world is the Laugavegur  (Landmannalaugar to Skógar route) AT A GLANCE Iceland‘s best hike weird and wonderful landscapes best route is Skógar – Landmannalaugar 77km (48mi) in 4-6 days in either direction shorter options 55km (34mi) or … Continue reading ?

Weekend Link Love – Edition 334

Research of the Week Plastic exposure is linked to earlier menopause. Obese women vigorously exercise for an hour a year. Obese men, 3.6 hours. Cause, effect, or both? Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs. Kids who are free to explore the neighborhood and play without adult supervision are healthier than children raised under the […]

Multiple Sclerosis Icebergs: What’s Going on in 90 Percent That Lies Beneath?

At a meeting a few months ago, someone referred to multiple sclerosis as an “iceberg disease.” I jotted down a note to help me remember to write a blog about that idea. In shuffling through a file this week I ran across that note and I thought about it for a while. Many analogies of [...]

off trail in Iceland

2 months agoFitness / Hiking :

Hank Leukart: Two brothers search for eternal life in the Icelandic wilderness during what may be the last time in history anyone is able to see all of Iceland’s natural, untouched beauty. Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (17min) … Continue reading ?

Amazing Wildlife of Africa

2 months agoFitness / Hiking :

June 2015 I’m planning another trip to Africa, my 5th over the past few years. I’m getting to be an old African hand. :-) Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (via Adventure Blog)

Two Weeks in Iceland

2 months agoFitness / Hiking :

Kraig Becker linked to this inspiring edit. I’ve hiked Iceland once. But need to go again. SOON. A new low cost airline might help flight costs go down. :-) Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

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