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Help Stop Black Youth From Checking Out – Black People Forward (BPF) Fundraiser Looking for Support

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Help Stop Black Youth From Checking Out – Black People Forward (BPF) Fundraiser Looking for Support

Published on September 14, 2022

Black People Forward (BPF) kicks off their fundraising campaign for Black youth beginning September, National Suicide Awareness month through October, World Mental Health month. BPF provides Dope Wellness Experiences to help Black Millennials and Gen Zs navigate the choices, challenges and changes they face in today’s world and are seeking donations and partners to launch their program.

This September, non-profit Black People Forward (BPF) is launching a nationwide black mental health campaign aimed at the Black community called the “Are You Good ” – Check-in Campaign.

Recent research released by two public-health groups, Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust has shown more millennials are dying “deaths of despair,” or deaths related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide since 2007; The suicide rate for Black girls and women ages 10 to 24 has increased more than 30 percent since 2020; and African American men ages 20 to 24 have the highest suicide rate among African Americans of all ages, male and female. These statistics are alarming.

Non-profit founder, Lisa C. Williams explained, “In the Black community, we often ask, ‘Are You Good Bro? Are You Good Sis?’ and we answer, ‘I’m Good,’ but most of us really are NOT good. Suicide in the Black community has been on the rise and has increased significantly since 2020. It’s more important than ever that we check in and support black youth. This campaign is culturally designed to connect the black community, black athletes, black celebrities and others who care about our youth in a way that lets them feel seen and heard.”

Lillian Polanco-Roman, Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research explained, “Our prevention strategies are not culturally responsive. They’re most responsive to white populations, who are better represented in the research that we carry out.”

A plethora of problems have plagued the Black community and has brought many to a breaking point. Depression, anxiety and suicide are at an all-time high resulting from Covid to death by police and gun violence to drug overdoses. Just in the first half of 2022, the loss of several Black millennial celebrities, politicians and student-athletes to suicide has the Black community in shock.

BPF is lining up black celebrities and influencers to join them on IG live during the 30-day fundraiser to bring awareness and check in with their fans and followers.

Confirmed so far are:

Tabitha Brown, vegan cooking star and auntie to the Black community

Andre Chevalier, head coach of Sierra Canyon High School boys’ basketball team, coaching celebrity athlete’s sons, such as Brony James

Sonja Norwood, celebrity mother and manager of her children Brandy and Ray J who are both well celebrated artists in the industry

Dahntay Jones, former professional basketball player, now assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers

Jay Barnett, former pro football player turned mental health professional, as well as founder and author of Just Heal Bro

Brandi Harvey, founder of Beyond Her, podcast host, author, and daughter of Steve Harvey, comedian, author, radio and TV show host

The nonprofit aims to raise $10,000 as an initial goal to fund a pilot Dope Check-in Experience, cover start up and operating costs and to bring awareness to their project. Their year-end goal is to raise $100,000 to fund their Dope Experiences (programs) for black youth and young adults in 2023.  BPF is asking the Black community to check-in on one another and to support the fundraising campaign by donating. Even small donations – $10 – can help reach the fundraising goal.  The non-profit is also asking for the support of black-led organizations and those that want to support black youth.

BPF is dedicated to transforming and saving black lives and helping black youth reach their full potential. Williams adds, “The community can support BPF’s work by joining our fundraising team and rallying friends, family and members of your organization to help us in our effort to prevent more black youth from checking out.”

To assist in fundraising efforts or make a donation of any size, visit: www.bit.ly/10kfundraiser.

About Black People Forward (BPF)

Black People Forward (BPF) aims to restore racial identity, rebuild emotional wellness, and show Black youth and young adults’ new ways to earn a living (get the bag). We provide culturally focused and evidence-based experiences to help Black youth achieve better outcomes as adults. BPF is a new project, fiscally sponsored by F.L.O.S.S. – F & L Support Services. Donations are tax deductible.

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April Likins, Nationally Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and Stress Relief Expert, Interviewed on the Inspired Business Leaders Podcast

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April Likins, Nationally Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and Stress Relief Expert, Interviewed on the Inspired Business Leaders Podcast

Published on September 27, 2022

April discusses how she helps her private health coaching clients prevent and recover from burnout.

Listen to the full interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network:

https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/ep-12-interview-with-april-likins-nationally-board-certified-health-wellness-coach-with-nick-bour-founder-of-inspire-wealth/

Burnout is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that can be caused by chronic stress. It’s no secret that people constantly under stress are more likely to suffer from burnout. Symptoms of burnout include feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and exhausted all the time. If someone is struggling with burnout, they might feel like they can’t keep up with the demands of their life. They might start checking out at work, neglecting responsibilities, or withdrawing from social activities.

April shared “There’s a common misconception that self-care and taking a vacation will solve burnout, or that burnout is a syndrome that hits all at once. When in reality burnout is caused by a series of small things stacking up over time… and the good news is it’s very much preventable.”

If a person is dealing with burnout, it’s essential to take steps to recover and build resiliency tools to help mitigate stress. This includes getting plenty of rest, identifying hidden stressors, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise. They might also need to make some changes in their life to reduce their stress levels. For example, they might need to delegate some of their responsibilities or set boundaries with the people in their life.

In addition to taking care of themselves, it’s also important to optimize their sleep. Sleep is essential for recovery and is a powerful tool for reducing stress levels. Here are a few tips that can help optimize your sleep:

– Make sleep a priority, aiming for 7-9 hours of high-quality sleep a night.

– Stick to a regular sleep schedule.

– Create a relaxing bedtime routine.

– Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.

– Limit screen time a few hours before bed because blue light suppresses our natural melatonin production.

If someone is struggling with burnout, they shouldn’t try to tough it out alone. Talking to a doctor or mental health professional about ways to recover and get back on track is essential.

Likins explained: “You’re not alone. I’ve been there too. You can beat burnout and take control of your life and health by learning to manage stress better. I can show you how to uncover hidden stressors, build resilience tools, and find balance. Imagine if you woke up feeling balanced, more energized, and excited to have your life back. Let’s make that a reality!”

Client Cherry C. says: “Working with April has been life-changing! She is compassionate and exceptional at what she does. Working together really helped me to refocus on my goals and get my mental and physical health back on track!”

About April Likins

April Likins is a board-certified health coach dual-trained at Duke Integrative Medicine and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She’s passionate about helping busy professionals and overwhelmed high achievers reduce their stress, find balance, and feel the confidence, joy, and freedom to live their purpose and passions. Her area of health coaching expertise includes stress management, building resilience, preventing (and recovering from) burnout, and sleep optimization.

She lives in Virginia with her family, and when she’s not working with clients, April enjoys writing and speaking on wellness topics, traveling, photography, and a great matcha latte.

Learn more: www.aprillikins.com

April’s Recent Published Articles:

When Burnout Hits: 12 Powerful Lessons From a Coach Who’s Beat It  |  Better Humans

6 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Tonight  |  Wellbeing Magazine

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Carol A Santella And C&G Small Business Association Join Business Innovators Magazine To Assist With Vast And Unforeseen Changes Affecting The Hospitality, Holistic And Integrative Medical Industries

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Carol A Santella And C&G Small Business Association Join Business Innovators Magazine To Assist With Vast And Unforeseen Changes Affecting The Hospitality, Holistic And Integrative Medical Industries

Published on September 26, 2022

Carol A Santella, C&G Small Business Association and Business Innovators Magazine seek innovative and passionate professionals in the hospitality, holistic, integrative and functional medicine communities to be a part of a Special Project addressing the vast changes, projections, innovative and strategic solutions affecting the present and futures of these industries.

Carol A Santella of Interviews to Fame™ confirmed the official launch of a focused global search for restauranteurs, integrative and functional medicine professionals to partake in a Special Project that will assist peers, customers, clients and patients with issues ranging from staffing, consumer spending, health safety, self-care, acquisition and retention to adjustments needed in marketing and advertising as well as addressing the very important patient and customer experience.

This will be followed by inclusion in a News Release shortly thereafter and a full positioning and publicity package to be included for those participating in the project.

What is being sought for now are comments, input, shared successes, pivots, strategies, innovative ideas. Explaining the search process further, Santella commented: “This isn’t a complicated process, but a critical and specific process.”

This search hasn’t and will continue not to involve just anyone in these industries.
Several industry leaders have already expressed interest and have also shared their insights and truly valuable comments and ideas.

Regarding the health industry, one insight given by Geoff Martha, Chairman and CEO, Medtronic shared Davos agenda https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/
“Systemic socioeconomic, racial, geographic and even generational factors all contribute to reaching – and maintaining – good health. We must step-up to close the gaps, particularly with the rise in chronic disease posing a significant public health threat. Barriers to education, diagnosis and treatment must be urgently addressed.”

Addressing the hospitality industry, Maria Pearman, Beverage Practice Leader, GHJ shared:  “The industry has been incredibly resilient, especially manufacturers who also have a retail outlet. The pandemic forced companies to think creatively about how to get their product into the hands of consumers when the neighborhood retail outlet was no longer an option. Many restaurants and processors showed an amazing degree of creativity to keep their workforce and used those employees in new and different ways in the face of local and state regulations that changed rapidly. Yet, the COVID story is not finished being written. Subsidy funds are drying up and now will truly be the test for small businesses.” https://www.latimes.com/b2bpublishing/story/2022-05-30/

Santella concluded: “We are seeking self-aware and evolved professionals who demonstrate their position as true advocates for the success and wellbeing of the industry, their peers, patrons, patients and clients for a true win-win result.”

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Feng Shui Master Marie Diamond Self-Help App Launches To Improve Users’ Lives Through Energy Shift

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Feng Shui Master Marie Diamond Self-Help App Launches To Improve Users’ Lives Through Energy Shift

Published on September 25, 2022

Marie Diamond’s latest app takes users on a personal energy journey; transforming their inner mindset by shifting their surroundings. 

The energy within and around you plays a crucial role in your development. You can conquer the world by being surrounded by pleasant and good energy. However, even the tiniest amount of negative energy can ruin your enthusiasm and purpose in life. Adjusting the energy within ourselves, for example, thinking pleasant thoughts can have a big effect on our mood.

Reshaping your inner self requires a lot of hard work and the authentic transformation can only come around by taking practical steps to shift the energy. For that one has to be guided throughout the process. One of the top 30 Law of Attraction speakers globally, Marie Diamond is educating this empowering lifestyle. A loving personality, with love, transformation, and enlightenment values, Marie is known for touching the hearts and souls of her audience.

Dame Marie Diamond: A Global Feng Shui And Energy Master

A top transformational leader, speaker and internationally bestselling author, Dame Marie Diamond, is a renowned expert in the Law of Attraction, Feng Shui and Dowsing. The creator of the Diamond Feng Shui, Diamond Dowsing and Inner Diamond Meditation Programs, she is a ‘seer’ in a modern context and the only European star featured in the worldwide phenomenon, The Secret. 

Marie combines her deep intuitive understanding of Energy and the Law of Attraction with comprehensive studies in Quantum Physics, Meditation, Feng Shui, and Dowsing to redefine the success, economic status, relationships, motivations, and inspirations of individuals, organizations and corporations.

Her clients include A-list celebrities in film and music (from Steven Spielberg to Hip Hop Artists like Big Sean), top-selling writers, motivational speakers, world-class athletes, leading CEOs, Fortune 500 Companies, and MLM Companies. Marie has assisted many governments, government leaders, and governmental organizations worldwide by providing comprehensive advice and solutions based on her expertise. 

Your Personal Energy Number And Marie Diamond App

At the core of Marie’s teachings is what she calls the ‘Energy Number’, which everybody is assigned based on their birth date and birth sex. One’s personal energy number reveals the compass directions from which the energy flows into the universe, supporting personal success, health, relationships, and spiritual growth.

Now, Marie has launched the Marie Diamond App that lets users explore the depths of their Energy Number journey, and how they can use personalized steps to attract their desired results using the Law of Attraction. This app is personal to each and allows users to personalize their energy in a way that guarantees more success, especially after covid, when more people are working from home and need a shift in their energy. 

Lastly, Marie believes that many people have been using the law of attraction but have been missing out on the part of the law of attraction, that is their environment. A third of the success can be garnered from your home. How easy is that! 

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