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Staying Jolly during the Holly: Managing the Holiday Blues

By Dr. Amandia Speakes-Lewis, PhD, LCSW-R
NCBW Long Island Member & Associate Professor, LIU, Brooklyn and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

This is the season to be jolly while preparing for the holly. We put up Christmas trees, we prepare for Kwanzaa, and the air is filled with holiday cheer. Typically, everyone is festive and happy, but this season can also cause what is known as the “holiday blues.” During this time of year, many people feel sad, anxious, and depressed.

There are many reasons why people feel blue during the holidays -- here are a few causes and suggestions on how to manage the blues:

Longing for Beloved Ones: People have a tendency to reflect during the holidays. Thoughts related to longing for beloved family and friends who have passed on typically occur during this time. This sense of loss can bring on that feeling of sadness or depression.

Jolly during Holly: During this time of year, create new traditions that pay homage to loved ones passed. You can display pictures or even talk about happy times when that individual was present for past holiday events.

Never Too Late to Practice Prevention

By Dr. Michele C. Reed,
NCBW Long Island Health Committee Chair



It is one of the buzz words that pops up these days during conversations about health and wellness. We all know that it is important to eat in moderation and increase our exercise routine to help avoid serious diseases.

On the other hand, what does it mean for those who already have a chronic disease or have extra weight to lose? I deal with this question daily in my Long Island, NY practice and I always say “It’s never too late for prevention.”

For example, if you have diabetes, it is important to eat three to four healthy meals per day and exercise to prevent some of the other issues that could be more devastating. If you are already overweight, it’s important to prevent even more weight gain.

Here are a few tips for weaving a little prevention into your daily routine, regardless of your health status:

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Happy Holidays 2013! Choose to Live: Sisters Strong Together!


Happy Holidays, my Coalition Sisters!

As we approach 2014, let us try something a little different this year!

I want to encourage each of you to take our advocacy to the next level for 2014. We advocated for quite a few topics this year, but how many of us advocated for our own health? Who had their annual mammogram, physical or colonoscopy at 50 years old?

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Colorectal Cancer Month 2013


Greeting everyone!

As we celebrate March for Colorectal Cancer month I would like to also discuss obesity. Some of you are probably wondering how they are related but you have to continue reading.

Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon and the rectum. Studies show that African Americans have the highest rate of colorectal cancer followed by whites and Hispanics. African American women are more likely to die from colorectal cancer compared to any other race of women.

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