Health and Wellness


Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? The Department of Health and Human Services projects that in 2018, there will be an estimated 250,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States. Whether or not people survive being diagnosed with cancer depends entirely on how early they detect it before it spreads and grows. Here’s a simple explanation of what breast cancer is, and how to preempt its infection.

The Basics

Cancer is a disease that is caused by abnormally escalated growth and division of cells in the human body. When cells become cancerous, they form lumps of tissue known as tumors. Tumors are a unique type of swelling in that they aren’t accompanied by inflammation. This is what makes cancer a particularly dangerous disease. The symptomless nature of early tumors means that people won’t even notice them unless they’re distinctly visible. Tumors can either be benign, or malignant. Benign tumors settle in a single area of the body without spreading to any neighboring tissue. On the other hand, malignant tumors not only grow in one area of the body, they also invade surrounding tissue and regenerate persistently. As indicated by its name, breast cancer is a type of cancer that exhibits these aforementioned characteristics, but is localized to the breasts or chest area. Even though it occurs ! rarely in men, both men and women can suffer breast cancer.

Normal breast cells become cancerous as a result of mutations in DNA. DNA is a material in each human cell that comprises genetic instructions – including instructions that dictate cell-division. As a result, when DNA in the breast cells mutates, it triggers dysfunctional cell-division which forms tumors. Most breast cancers originate in the mammary glands, which are the ducts that carry milk to the nipples. The lumps which form in other areas of the breast are either referred to as sarcomas or lymphomas. Any presence of breast lumps is cause for alarm, however the majority of them actually tend to be benign. Early detection through regular screenings not only discovers breast cancer before its symptoms can be felt, it increases the odds of successful treatment.

Early Detection

The most effective way to fight breast cancer is to nip it in the bud with early detection. Conversely, early detection can only happen if you make the decision not to ignore the possibility of cancer. Take the time not only to learn your body, but also to take care of it through healthy living and routine medical checkups. If you make a habit of keeping watch for indications of cancer it automatically increases your chances of diagnosing it before it becomes malignant.

1.      Schedule Regular Screening Tests: Screening Tests are specialized medical examinations that are designed to find or diagnose a given disease. Routine screenings make it possible to detect cancer before it spreads. The earlier cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.

2.      Schedule Routine Mammograms: Both mammograms and screening tests are essentially medical exams that evaluate patients for cancer, however mammograms are strong enough to detect cancer-related changes in tissue years before tumors start to form.

3.      Breast Self-Exam: Self-exams are not the most effective way to preventively diagnose cancer, however they still create a chance that you’ll detect a lump that needs treatment. At the very least, breast self-exams allow you to become familiar with your body and pay attention to any unusual symptoms you may notice.

There’s an age-old saying that says prevention is better than cure. This especially stands true when it comes to cancer. Screening tests and mammograms may sound tedious and involving, however their importance can’t possibly be understated. Be proactive and take charge of your health by making the right decisions today. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important ingredients to a healthy lifestyle. This is simply because good sleep enables people to be energetic and stay wide awake during the day. Good sleep is one of the little things in life that make a big difference in a person’s well-being. For example, it creates mental alertness. It also allows the body to heal and recuperate from routine physical trauma in daily life. Being well-rested isn’t just recommended, it’s a must for anyone to lead a healthy and happy life. While it may be easy for grown adults to control their sleep habits, every now and then, parents have a difficult time getting children to wind down and go to bed.

The Struggle is Real:

At some point or another, every parent goes through the frustration of coaxing kids to sleep. Aside from infants who wake up at random hours of the night, toddlers and pre-teen children can especially develop bad sleeping habits for a number of reasons. If parents do nothing to foster healthy nocturnal routines in their kids, bad sleep is an issue that can end up becoming instinctive to a child’s behavior as they mature into adults. When it comes to forming good behavior, it’s always a good idea to train kids sooner, rather than later. Here are three simple tips to develop good sleeping habits in children.

1.      Make Going to Bed a Ritual:

Children need to learn from an early age that going to sleep in a routine way is natural. Tuck them into bed using repetitive preparations such as brushing their teeth, giving them a bath, bedtime stories, or changing into pajamas.

2.      Let them Go Wild During the Day:

The more fatigued children are by the time the sun sets, the less reason they have to protest being told to go to bed. If you make time for them to visit a playground and be as active as possible during the day, the easier it is for them to nod off at night and sleep off their exhaustion.

3.      Reward them for Positive Behavior:

If your child is rebellious about going to bed, influencing them with rewards for being well behaved during bedtime can help them develop desirable habits. The rewards don’t even have to be elaborate. They can be something as simple as stickers for sleeping without incident.

It’s easy for parents to develop tunnel vision when it comes to raising children. We focus so much on what they do while they’re awake that we actually neglect how important sleep is for them as well. Being deliberate about encouraging good sleeping habits in kids is just as important as teaching them how to behave when they’re awake. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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The struggle is all too familiar. You’ve been faithfully going to the gym for a while, but for some reason everything feels off all of a sudden. And there’s no obvious reason why. You’ve got your gear on, but it feels tight and claustrophobic. You’ve got your routine set, but the thought of persisting through it makes you cringe with boredom. Even subliminally, you can’t help but drag your feet as you approach the treadmill again because working out has somehow degenerated into a predictable, mechanical chore.

You’re Not Alone:

Everyone experiences fatigue with fitness every now and then. As important as it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, sometimes it can be a challenge staying motivated to carry on with repetitive exercise routines. It doesn’t help either if you happen to workout at the same gym over and over and over again. Going through the motions in a single environment would make any reasonable person feel dull and uninspired. Yes, the struggle is real, but don’t ever lose sight of the fact that variety is the spice of life. This is especially true when it comes to keeping fit. If you happen to feel stuck in a rut with your physical fitness, here are a few simple ways to introduce an exciting change of pace to the way you keep fit:

1.      Get Some Sunshine:

Just because gyms are packed with sophisticated equipment doesn’t mean that’s the only place to exercise. Scout your neighborhood for footpaths, trails and parks that are suitable for some outdoor activity.

2.      Find Exercises that Need Multitasking:

Gym equipment tends to isolate specific muscles or areas of the body in order to tone them. Taking up a versatile sport like swimming, basketball or tennis is a great way to engage in activity that simultaneously strengthens multiple parts of the body through versatile ranges of motion.

3.      Reward Yourself:

Rather than forcing yourself to toil and sweat without any kind of incentive for your efforts, set specific milestones as part of your routine, and treat yourself to a reward when you reach them.

4.      Use the Buddy System:

Working out with a partner is a great way to keep exercise interesting. It creates conversation and can also inspire healthy competitiveness. It’s always that much harder to let go of a fitness routine once you become accountable for sharing that time with a friend.

The best thing a person can do in order to add variety to fitness routines is think outside the box. Instead of trapping yourself in a cycle of repetitive activities, surprise your body with a completely unusual hobby or activity. Even if you don’t excel at your new exercise, mixing things up is a healthy way to stay motivated about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Did you know that you don’t have to settle for the routine when it comes to salads? Lettuce doesn’t have to dominate all of the salads you prepare. Neither is store-bought dressing the only choice you have to add flavor to salads. One of the best things you can do to renovate your diet is think outside the box and use colorful ingredients to garnish your salads. Here’s a quick organic recipe which incorporates fruit, nuts, dairy and delicious preservative-free home-made dressing:

Ingredients: (Makes 6 Servings)

¼ Cup chopped and toasted Hazelnuts.

¼ Cup chopped and toasted Walnuts.

2 Tablespoons of chopped Red Onion.

2 Tablespoons of Water.

4 ½ Teaspoons of Balsamic Vinegar.

4 ½ Teaspoons of Sugar.

½ Teaspoon of Sea Salt.

1 Halved Garlic Clove.

1/8 Teaspoon of Paprika.

¼ Cup of Olive Oil.

5 oz. (1 Package) of Spring-Mix Salad Greens.

1 Medium Pear.

½ Cup crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese.

¼ Cup dried Cherries.


1.       Blend the dressing. Using a food processor, combine and mix:

·         The Hazelnuts

·         1 Tablespoon of the Chopped Onions

·         Water

·         Vinegar

·         Sugar

·         Salt

·         Garlic

·         Paprika

Gradually stir in the oil until the ingredients form into a consistent dressing.

2.       Combine the salad greens and remaining onions in a mixing bowl.

3.       Add ½ a cup of the previously blended dressing to the greens, and toss them to coat each leaf.

4.       Slice the pear into thin wedges.

5.       Serve six different portions of the tossed salad on separate plates (Feel free to serve as many, or as few portions as necessary).

6.       Sprinkle and top each serving with the cheese, cherries, walnuts, and sliced pears.

7.       Drizzle the remaining dressing on the salads for added flavor.

One of life’s sweetest pleasures is tasting the delightful crunch of fresh vegetables as you bite down on a leafy salad. And with summer weather starting to warm things up, there’s a good chance that salads are going to take center stage in your daily meals. Remember, you don’t have to settle for all of the cliché options you’re used to. Go ahead and add a little zest to your diet with this adventurous recipe. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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Chimichurri sauce is an Argentine condiment typically used to marinate and flavor a variety of dishes. Depending on the ingredients used to prepare it, chimichurri can either come in a green version known as chimichurri verde, or a red version known as chimichurri rojo. Chimichurri’s main herbs and spices give it a savory flavor that especially complements proteins in a delectable way. If you’re looking to add some zest to your menu, here’s a recipe for a Chimichurri Shrimp & Eggplant Skillet that’s sure to add some color to you diet.


2 Cups of White Rice

3 Cups of Diced Fresh Parsley Sprigs

½ Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Lime Juice

2 Halved Garlic Gloves

2 Teaspoons of Red Wine Vinegar

1½ Teaspoons of Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

½ Teaspoon of Pepper

1 Pound of Uncooked, Peeled and De-Veined Shrimp

2/3 Cup of Cubed Eggplant

½ Teaspoon of Butter

1 Cup of Chopped Sweet Red Peppers

1 Chopped Medium-Size Onion

1½ Cups of Halved Seedless Red Grapes

·         30-Minute Preparation Time.

·         Recipe Makes 6 Servings.


1.       Set rice to cook in a saucepan or rice-cooker, then proceed to prepare other components of the dish.

2.       Blend the parsley, oregano, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, vinegar, cumin, salt, and pepper into a consistent sauce in a food processor.

3.       On medium heat, sauté the eggplant, red pepper, and onion in a small frying pan with butter for one minute until vegetables are tender.

4.       Sauté the shrimp in a separate large skillet by shallow frying it for three minutes.

5.       Once the shrimp turns pink, add a ¼ cup of the blended parsley sauce, add the sautéed eggplant and stir fry together for one minute.

6.       Once the rice has cooked, add it to the skillet with the shrimp and sauce.

7.       Combine all remaining ingredients with the rice, including the grapes, then gently stir and fry it till the entire dish heats through.

8.       Serve when ready.

Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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On September 9, 2018, the Miss America Organization (MAO) will officially restructure its Miss America competition in a move to eliminate gender bias and stereotyping. To begin with, the Miss America event will be referred to as a competition from now on, as opposed to being a pageant. This longstanding decades-old tradition of pageantry is being done away with because the MAO wants to promote reputable ideals of beauty. The MAO board came to the conclusion that pageantry of the past has been too superficial to be held up as a standard of ideal beauty for American society.

From “beauty pageant”, to “beauty competition” but what is the difference and what does it change?

One thing that is different is that there will no longer be a swimsuit competition aspect to the Miss America event. Although Miss America all started as a swimsuit competition in the first place, the MAO board will now ask contestants to wear what makes them feel confident in order to showcase contestants’ own personal style.

Gretchen Carlson, who is a former Miss America crown-holder, now heads the organization’s board of trustees. Carlson said she isn’t worried about broadcast ratings suffering because most viewers enjoy the talent competition more. They also decided to make changes to the evening wear portion of the competition and will no longer judge contestants according to their clothes. Carlson said, “It’s what comes out of their mouths that we care about. ”

What do you think about these changes? Good or bad?

I believe this is awesome! Why? Because they are promoting beauty as internal and I believe that message is very needed in our world today. Women and young girls today are constantly being brainwashed by advertisements everywhere that project unrealistic beauty standards. Females are bombarded with messaging that encourages them to buy everything under the sun just to look beautiful. I do believe our culture has lost true appreciation for inward beauty, and there is much pressure on both men and women to look a certain way. Truth is that even for those that achieve what’s called “beautiful” today, it’s still difficult to feel truly confident or good enough. It’s impossible to count how many people go from using basic beauty products to extreme cosmetic surgery as time goes by.

Realistically speaking, I think removing the swimsuit competition will have an impact on ratings since that was such an integral part of the competition. But I applause the MAO for making this change. I think this transformation can be used to highlight personality, character, and moral values that transcend body image. I think in time they should also introduce some type of a healthy competition where contestants get points for healthy lifestyle habits.

Another thing this change does is that it opens up the Miss America competition to many more women who are filled with greatness to share with the world. Historically there have been so many women who declined to participate due to the social baggage associated with the swimsuit competition. Now that won’t be an issue. Again, I am in total agreement with the changes and give my applause.

I want to close with a word to all women. You are beautifully and wonderfully created by God. You are filled with goodness, wisdom and love. You are more than enough, and for you, all things are possible. May you realize your true power and value. You are light and goodness to the world around you.

Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert

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Health is more than just eating well. Think about this powerful truth: Much of our primary nutrition doesn’t originate from our plates! Below you will find lifestyle suggestions designed to help you live a healthy, happy life.

Eating Habits

·        Avoid cooking with electricity, especially microwave ovens.

·        Use spring water or a good-quality water filter.

·        Chew your food well, chew until it becomes liquid.

Relationship Habits

·        View everything and everyone you meet with gratitude.

·        Do your best to be on good terms with people, especially those you love the most.

Hygiene Habits

·        To increase your circulation, scrub your entire body with a hot, damp washcloth morning and/or night.

·        Avoid chemically perfumed cosmetics.

·        For dental hygiene, use natural toothpastes.

Attitude Habits

·        Give generously.

·        Live each day happily without focusing on your problems. Have an attitude of gratitude

·        Hum or sing a happy song

·        Offer thanks before and after meals.

Meditation and Exercise Habits

·        Daily quiet time – study, pray, meditate; recharge yourself.

·        Include exercise as part of your daily life. Try Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, walking, running, bicycling, rollerblading, swimming, dancing, etc.

Home Habits

·        Keep your home in good order and clean.

·        If possible, include large green plants in every room.

·        Minimize television watching

Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert

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Sugar is so sweet and makes everything taste better, yet it’s so poisonous and addictive. Sugar is in almost everything these days and has more-or-less become a food villain. Even though people like to think of sugar as a harmless seasoning, it’s actually comparable to hard drugs considering that so many who try to cut back on it experience withdrawals. Think about it. When we eat foods with high amounts of sugar, the reward centers of our brains are activated and we feel joy. The thing is that the more we repeat this cycle of consumption, the more we develop a tolerance for it, which in turn requires us to eat more and more just to get that same level of reward and pleasure. Doesn’t this sound like a drug to you? Sugar has the capacity to function exactly how actual drugs like heroin and cocaine do. Just like drugs, sugar is n! ot good for us and does a lot of damage. Below are 20 ways that this sweet-tasting poison destroys our futures.

Sugar can…

1.      Suppress the immune system.

2.      Interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

3.      Weaken eyesight.

4.      Cause hypoglycemia.

5.      Cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

6.      Contribute to obesity.

7.      Cause arthritis.

8.      Cause heart disease and emphysema.

9.      Contribute to osteoporosis.

10.  Increase cholesterol.

11.  Lead to both prostate cancer and ovarian cancer.

12.  Contribute to diabetes.

13.  Cause cardiovascular disease.

14.  Make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

15.  Produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

16.  Increase the body’s fluid retention.

17.  Cause headaches, including migraines.

18.  Cause depression.

19.  Contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

20.  Cause your energy levels to quickly rise and quickly crash

Adapted from 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D

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Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables in the world… or fruit if you want to be picky about it. They look so delicious that they garnish a countless assortment of dishes. Not only do they look good, but they also blend well across a variety of culinary textures and flavors. For instance tomatoes can be sliced into sandwiches, diced into salads, stewed into soups, or even pureed into sauces. Whether you eat them as part of a hearty meal, or nibble on them as a quick snack, you can’t go wrong with this delectable little treat. Here’s a quick recipe for Marinated Tomatoes that anyone can prepare on-the-go:


3 Large Tomatoes

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

¼ Cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 Teaspoon of Salt (Optional)

¼ Teaspoon of Pepper

½ a Garlic Clove (Minced)

2 Tablespoons of Chopped Onion

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Parsley

1 Tablespoon of Minced Fresh Basil

• 10-Minute Preparation Time.

• Recipe Makes 8 Servings.


1. Cut the tomatoes into thick slices.

2. Arrange the tomato slices into a large shallow dish. The dish should be deep enough for them to be drenched.

3. In a separate container, combine and stir all the other ingredients until they’re mixed together.

4. Pour the oil mixture into the dish with the tomato slices and gently turn them to make sure they get immersed in the oil.

5. Cover the dish and refrigerate the tomatoes for at least two hours.

6. Serve when ready.

Tomatoes aren’t just delicious, they’re also packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals. For example: tomatoes stabilize blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, contribute to bone health, contain insoluble fibers and provide numerous other health benefits. You can enjoy this Marinated Tomato recipe on its own as a snack, or use it to complement any other dish of your choice. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.


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We all know the feeling. It’s the end of the day and for some strange reason that pounding headache just won’t go away. You’ve tried everything to find relief but it still feels like a suitcase is weighing on your head. To make matters worse, someone may as well be shoveling sand into your eyes considering how much you need to rub them. These symptoms are all too familiar to many people these days, and unfortunately, they often have a root cause which easily goes unnoticed. That is, eye strain.

Eye strain is a series of symptoms which afflict people who exert their vision excessively. Symptoms of eye strain include: blurred vision, redness, headache, and irritation that feels like dryness. It’s easy for people to ignore eye strain because its indications are usually subtle. However, pushing through signs of physical discomfort is an unhealthy habit because when symptoms are left untreated, injuries can occur. Moreover because of how much we use screen-technology today, people are generally more susceptible to eye strain given that we expose our eyes repeatedly to electronic displays and rapid imagery. Here are five common-sense techniques to prevent and eliminate eye strain before it becomes problematic:

1. Visit an Optician:

If you ever happen to experience discomfort with your sight that causes any concern, your fist step should always be to consult professional medical help in order to treat the problem. Visiting an eye-doctor, especially when symptoms are still early, can prevent any unknown disorders from deteriorating into serious conditions.

2. Rest your Eyes:

The underlying cause of a majority of eye-strain cases is fatigue. Much like every other muscle system in our bodies, once eye-muscles become exhausted they need rest to heal and rejuvenate. Eye muscles are resilient, but they aren’t indestructible. A healthy dose of sleep is necessary to relax our eyes and the complex tissues that facilitate sight. Additionally, don’t use screen-technology for extended periods of time without taking breaks to look at natural objects in natural light.

3. Stretch your Eye Muscles:

Busy schedules may not always allow for a good-night’s sleep, but that doesn’t mean that people are powerless to find ways of relaxing eye-muscles. Stretching for instance is an effective way to relieve strain by loosening muscle-tension. At regular intervals of the day, make sure to take a brief moment and gently stretch your eye muscles specifically so as to eliminate rigidity that would otherwise turn into fatigue.

4. Don’t Sleep With Makeup or Contact Lenses On:

People who wear cosmetics or contact lenses routinely have foreign bodies in direct contact with their eyeballs. In the short-term this contact has no significant effect. However if such interaction is allowed to happen over a long period of time, it can end up irritating or even perforating the surface of an eyeball. This is why it’s important to always make sure that your eyes are clean if you either wear makeup or use contact lenses. Never fall asleep with contact lenses on.

5. Take your Vitamins:

Rest and relaxation are the most effective behavioral ways to remedy eye strain. Beyond changing our activities, healthy nutrition is also a good approach towards preventing or treating strain. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals supplies our eye muscles with nutrients that are essential for healing and metabolism. A wholesome diet keeps eyes lubricated and strong.

Learn to always listen to your body whenever symptoms of strain or pain manifest. Even when discomfort is slight, taking some time to investigate if it has a root cause reduces the odds of experiencing injury or infection in future. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on healthy living, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post.

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