Category Archives: Public Health

Today is National HIV Testing Day

By Barrett White You can observe the 27th annual Testing Day by knowing your own HIV status. Everybody has one, what’s yours?   National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995. This is a day to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to prevention, …

Here’s the Scoop on Monkeypox

By Barrett White Per the CDC, monkeypox is rare and does not easily spread between people without close contact. Threat to the general population remains low.   Just two years ago, we were learning the first details of what would become the COVID-19 pandemic – a global health crisis not experienced in generations. Understandably, current …

Managing High Blood Pressure with Nutrition

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Managing your high blood pressure can be such a pain. Fortunately, with a better understanding of nutrition’s role, it doesn’t have to be. By Rita Zapien, Registered Dietitian   According to the American Heart Association, about half of Americans have high blood pressure, known as hypertension. Many people don’t know they have it because most …

Understanding Nutritional Wellness and HIV

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It’s possible – even easy – to support your immune system with proper nutrition. By Carol Wolin, MA RD LD   “But, I have HIV” is an expression I often hear when discussing nutrition with my clients. My response is that malnutrition never benefitted anyone’s health, but good nutritional foundations lay the framework for energy, …

Legacy Recognizes 20th Annual LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week

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The annual observance shines a light on health experiences by LGBTQ+ folk – and uplifts LGBTQ+ providers working to turn the tide. By Barrett White “Started 20 years ago by [the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health], this week raises awareness of the unique and important health needs of the LGBTQ communities and coalesces the LGBTQ …

Dietitians on Diabetes: Eating What You Want and Enjoying It

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Living with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t have what you crave. The trick is knowing how to manage the craving. By Ileana Martinez, Registered Dietitian   This year’s national nutrition month theme invites us to embrace global cultures and cuisines by celebrating a “world of flavors”. As a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist I have …

Legacy Celebrates and Honors Black Women in the HIV Movement

Founded by the Positive Women’s Network in 2021, Celebrate and Honor Black Women in the HIV Movement Day is observed annually on March 12. By Barrett White   In the early 1980s, Dr. Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer, a Black Muslim nurse, spent her evenings in Black gay bars in Philadelphia teaching the men to put condoms on …

Legacy Observes National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that takes place on March 10. By Barrett White   Did you know that a woman in Texas is diagnosed with HIV every 12 hours? Though the HIV epidemic may not get as many headlines, HIV infections are still on the rise. This …

Registered Dietitian Weighs in on When to Seek a Nutrition Consult

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There are many reasons you might want to consult a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), including achieving a healthy weight, supporting a healthy pregnancy, boosting athletic performance, and more. By Barrett White   Your body is like a machine, and food is fuel. Your body uses what you put into it – carbs for fuel, proteins …

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant Day

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By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate Today, Wednesday, March 1, 2022, is International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants Day. This annual global event highlights the services lactation consultants provide to expecting parents. A lactation consultant is a certified health professional who specializes in breastfeeding/chest feeding issues. They are trained to help parents and infants with feeding concerns and …