NC A&T Professor seeks answers to Alzheimer’s

Since the start of her Alzheimer’s work in 2003, Goldi Byrd, now chair of the department of biological sciences at N.C. A&T State University, has focused on the African-American population. In the beginning, she studied the science; now she also looks at the social factors and perceptions about health studies in the African-American community.

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Alumni Wellness: The 20 Minute Workout Part 2

20 minutes to a flat stomach. Part 2: The workout.

The following circuit should be completed in the order designated below in three cycles. Complete 12 reps of each exercise for the first cycle, 15 reps for the second cycle, and 20 reps for the third cycle. It should only take 20 minutes to complete all three cycles of this circuit. At that pace you will accomplish muscle toning strength building, as well as fat burning. After completion of 3 cycles, complete three sets of 20 reps of the abdominal exercises depicted on the video. Good Luck!

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African Americans Lead the Field in High Blood Pressure. Here’s what to do…

Leading the Field

African Americans are genetically at a greater risk of developing High Blood pressure (hypertension) than other racial groups. It’s unknown exactly why, but African Americans also tend to have a high number of risk factors that can lead to high Blood pressure. Poor diet, high stress levels and increased salt intake are some of the factors that may lead to African Americans leading the Pack as far as High blood Pressure is concerned.

Some of the very serious side effects of high blood pressure left untreated are:

  • Vision Loss
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Kidney Damage

Trading old habits for new ones

In addition to the genetic factors, African Americans faced with lower socioeconomic status are directly affected by bad nutrition habits. Urban Grocery Stores just don’t have as much variety as their Suburban counter parts.

It’s one thing to not make the right food choices, another to not have healthy food choices available to you.

It may be unknown why African Americans are genetically more prone to develop High Blood Pressure, but thinking someone is going to take Healthy Preventive measures for you isn’t the way to go. African Americans should get their blood pressure checked, and find out if it runs in their family.

Knowing is half the battle