National Nutrition Week: What are Acai berries, how to make acai bowls and can acai berries fight Covid-19 – health

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Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries are one of the healthiest berry varieties in the world along with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and others. They are about 1-inch (2.5-cm) round that grow on acai palms in the Amazon rainforests. Their dark purple skin and yellow flesh cover a large seed, while the pits are similar to those of apricots and olives.

Technically acai berries are drupes but are still considered a part of the berry family. They are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the body and are also known to aid weight loss, reduce bad cholesterol, and promote a healthy heart.

Acai berries are usually soaked to soften their outer skin and mashed to form a dark purple paste. The shelf-life of fresh Acai berries is a small window, hence these are largely exported in puréed or powder form to add to meals, smoothies and more.

However, one

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Mental health and wellness during the age of COVID-19

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – The Alachua County Crisis Center is hosting a variety of free mental health and wellness sessions this week.

The Alachua County Crisis Center is hosting a variety of mental health and wellness sessions related to COVID-19 and suicide prevention this week.

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The Alachua County Crisis Center is hosting a variety of mental health and wellness sessions related to COVID-19 and suicide prevention this week.

This four day virtual symposium started Monday and will go through Thursday evening.

Topics up for discussion range from suicide prevention to the impacts of being a frontline worker during the pandemic to racial injustice.

Some classes on Tuesdays schedule include: LGBTQ+ mental health, parenting during the pandemic and dealing with grief and loss during the pandemic.

Crisis center staff members, along with local and national experts, are giving the presentations.

In addition to this symposium, the crisis center offers 24/7 crisis and suicide intervention phone counseling for all Alachua County residents

Mobile Response Team Coordinator, Amanda Dilorenzo-Garcia, said

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Locally Owned Moore Fitness Center At Brink Of Closure, COVID-19 To Blame

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Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 10:37 pm

By: Clayton Cummins

MOORE, Okla. –

A locally owned tanning and fitness center in Moore says they’re days away from closing their doors for good.  

The owner of Val’s Sun and Shape, Valerie Carter, blames COVID-19 and tells News 9 she’s not giving up without a fight.  

You don’t have to spend much time at Val’s Sun and Shape in Moore to find the passion. 

“It is beyond rewarding,” said Carter. “This is the best job, the best place, and I have the best women that work with me.” 

But for co-owner Carter and her five employees that all may be coming to an end soon. 

Following the COVID-19 shutdown, Carter said things just haven’t been the same.  

“We kind of knew that was coming because we knew how many people were coming in and cancelling. I mean it is affecting everybody. This is

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Yakima Valley fitness center, gym owners frustrated by prolonged COVID-19 closure | Local

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In early March, Dana Ward was ready to open StarCycle, a boutique indoor cycling studio in Yakima.

She had planned a grand opening for the first week of April, with 22 free classes over four days. She knew there was strong demand, as all the classes were full weeks in advance.

Then Yakima County reported its first two cases of COVID-19.

“By mid-March, I knew that (opening) wasn’t going to happen,” Ward said.

In April, she started doing classes on Instagram and offered bike rentals for a nominal fee. She also worked on an opening plan that would implement safety measures, including deep sanitation and social distancing.

Nearly six months later, Ward is still waiting to open StarCycle. With no revenue, she has been covering expenses with personal funds.

“It’s so disheartening to have to sit back and wait and have no control over the situation,” she said.

Gym and

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Foundation grants additional $625,000 for COVID-19 relief

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The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) has granted more than $625,000 to area for-impact organizations serving individuals, families, and communities most impacted by COVID-19. 
Hadley Streng is president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
The GHACF extended a challenge to the community to raise an initial $150,000, which the foundation matched. 

Due to increasing needs, the GHACF doubled the original match and extended the campaign which raised more than $300,000 (totaling more than $600,000 with the Restoring Hope Challenge Match).

“We are extremely grateful to all those who generously contributed to the Community Relief and Recovery Fund,” says Hadley Streng, President at the GHACF. “The continued care and compassion exemplified by community members, fundholders, and area businesses has been inspiring. We are also equally grateful to our partner organizations, who continue to do all that they can to provide critically important services to individuals within our community during

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COVID-19 and a summer of gun violence have hit Jane and Finch youth hard. A new mental health program is trying to help

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Fifteen-year-olds Colin Kishundial and Saif Khan have called Toronto’s Jane  and Finch area home for the entirety of their young lives. 


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It’s a neighbourhood that has notoriously struggled with higher  rates of gun violence, higher  tenant eviction rates and more recently, higher  numbers of COVID-19 cases than the rest of the city.

But despite a challenging backdrop compounded by the physical and social  perils of a global  pandemic, youth like Kishundial and Khan say they are determined to succeed  in school and life afterward. They have ambitions of finishing their education,  becoming entrepreneurs and giving back to the community that raised them without  fear of violence or discrimination. 

It is why Black Creek Community Health Centre began its education support  program for youth three years ago, which Kishundial and Khan have been attending  since January after struggling academically and emotionally at their local  public Toronto schools.

And it

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Thousands of Manitobans reaching out for mental health support amid COVID-19 pandemic

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a man sitting in front of a window: Coronavirus: Canadians struggling with mental health during pandemic

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Coronavirus: Canadians struggling with mental health during pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is an added layer of anxiety and stress for many, but it also has many reaching out for help.


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In late March, the province launched an online program with Canadian HR firm Morneau Shepell, aimed at providing support for Manitobans struggling with anxiety and depression related to COVID-19.

Since then, 3,460 Manitobans have used the service, according to a provincial spokesperson.

“I can tell you that number has been steadily growing,” Manitoba health minister Cameron Friesen said during a press conference Tuesday.

“None of us are untouched by this. There (are) the challenges of COVID-19 that we can see and they’re tangible in our every day lives, but the mental health challenges and our anxiety is no less real even though it is more invisible.”

Read more: Manitoba launches online program targeting those anxious

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Tips for maintaining your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

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Almost everyone has experienced some sense of loss or grieving during the pandemic.

Tips for maintaining your mental health during COVID-19 pandemic



It could be losing a loved one, losing a job, or just mourning the loss of the way life used to be.

Grief can be overwhelming and unexpected endings can cause strong negative emotions. Mental health experts say it’s important to keep the following things in mind:

  • Acknowledge the feelings of loss without judgment, allow yourself to feel sad.
  • Stay connected and talk to friends and family — call, video chat or meet outside with precautions
  • Journaling can also help express feelings
  • Create a new routine. Be sure to include exercise, hobbies and sleep.
  • If you’re struggling, reach out to a mental health professional for help.

It’s been said getting through the pandemic is a marathon and not a sprint, which means it’s

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70% of Covid-19 patients in Rwanda are men, here’s why | The New Times

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The coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every country in this world.

However, this virus surfaced at a time when the use of technology to collect and analyze data is at advanced levels many have never seen before.


In analyzing the data from Rwanda, one of the notable interpretation of the information is how more men are getting infected as compared to women.


Data from the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) the organisation at the forefront of fighting the pandemic, shows that nearly 70 per cent of active infections in Rwanda are men.


As of August 24, Rwanda had recorded 3,089 active Covid-19 cases, of which 2,124 (68.76 per cent) infections were from men while 965 infections were from women.

To understand the reason behind the high infection rates among men, The New Times reached out to various experts.

Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, the Director-General at RBC attributed the gender disparity in

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Coronavirus vaccine: Health officials worry nation not ready for COVID-19 vaccine

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Millions of Americans are counting on a COVID-19 vaccine to curb the global pandemic and return life to normal.

While one or more options could be available toward the end of this year or early next, the path to delivering vaccines to 330 million people remains unclear for the local health officials expected to carry out the work.

“We haven’t gotten a lot of information about how this is going to roll out,” said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Texas’ Harris County Public Health department, which includes Houston.

In a four-page memo this summer, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told health departments across the country to draft vaccination plans by Oct. 1 “to coincide with the earliest possible release of COVID-19 vaccine.”

But health departments that have been underfunded for decades say they currently lack the staff, money and tools to educate people about vaccines and

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