Sunday, April 26, 2015

Are Scare Tactics Causing More Harm Than Good?

How to live in a processed world and make right choices. Do scare tactics work? I know the new documentary Fed Up declares that scare tactics have worked for decreasing tobacco sales. Personally, I worry that scare tactics will actually contribute to more fat shaming, diet shaming and finger pointing. I was really surprised that […]

Four Secrets to Authentic Love

As the saying goes, “Love is all around us.”   Make a commitment today to see and experience love at least once per hour.  Try it for a day.  Notice the love with which a coworker holds the door for you with a smile.  Notice the love between the couple in the car next you […]

Interview with voice actress, Maddy Peters: Standing up for others

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? Hey, I’m Maddy. I’m a voice actress on TV shows like Martha Speaks and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and I’m also an art student studying illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. I love drawing and animation and when I graduate I want to […]

Interview with Miss Vermont, Lucy Edwards: Being a role model to younger women

April 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am the current Miss Vermont. I’m taking time off of school right now to serve the state, and promote the four points of the Miss America Organization- scholarship, success, style, and service.   Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events […]

How To Build Mental Fitness in Schools

After working in schools across the nation the last 8 years to bring evidence-based mental fitness prevention programs to educators and kids, I thought I’d share some key strategies for ways to build mental fitness in youth. With one in five children currently struggling from mental illness* and with more than 38 million Americans struggling […]

Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link?

New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). When I started researching PANDAS I came upon hundreds of stories of healing. Some were heartbreaking to read and learn what the children and families went through. But most end with […]

#RealDeal Applauds #FatIsNotAFeeling

@MentalFitness and #RealDeal’s very own Caroline Rothstein has been part of launching an international movement.  In just a few days, her #FatIsNotAFeeling video had over 1 million hits after this BuzzFeed article was released. This week, HuffPo writer, Hannah R. Winsten outlined the counter-movement being formed (#FatIsAFeeling) and described how “Endangered Bodies, the feminist, body-positive activist and support group […]

Interview with Frankenstein, MD’s star, Anna Lore: You have to love you

March 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Body Image

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Anna Lore and I’m an actor. I’m originally from Iowa and I’ve been living in LA for a couple years now. I love writing and performing sketch and comedy and I play Victoria Frankenstein on Frankenstein MD from PBS Digital Studios and Pemberley […]

Interview with Sunny Lenarduzzi: Don’t put pressure to be everything to everyone

March 13, 2015 by  
Filed under Body Image

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m a social butterfly and a believer in the power of positivity. I love connecting with people, exercising, and laughing. I’m an entrepreneur, social media consultant and a digital lifestyle contributor for Hootsuite’s Social Update, The Huffington Post, CITY TV, CMS Connected, N3TWORK and the host […]

Socially Constructed

February 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Body Image

The late Stuart Hall explained how race is a “floating signifier” which means that it travels across time and space and is dependent upon the historical, geographical, political and cultural landscape that it rests itself upon. In this time, space and location; I still ponder on bell hooks and her lesson to me as a […]

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