Health & Wellness News & Info Recap, 5/4

Happy “Star Wars Day.” Today on May 4, we all celebrate and say, “May the FOR-ce be with you.” It’s also “Petite and Proud Day.” At 5’2″, that’s something I celebrate not just today, but all year round. As you can see, I’m one of those people who loves all the made-up holidays. It gives me a reason to cheer or if nothing else smile at the world. This week in the Healthy & Wellness News & Info Recap there are a few posts that really make me happy. This includes studies substituting water to reduce risk of diabetes, a post highlighting the process around organic farming and an inspirational story about a well-known sports reporter and the mother-daughter relationship during her cancer treatment.

Health & Wellness News & Info Recap 5/4


Clean Eating

Easing Diabetes Risk, One Beverage at a Time

I’ve heard it time and time again, “Drink More Water.” A recent study supports that substituting one sugary or caloric drink with water or unsweetened tea can greatly reduce the risk of diabetes.

Active Living

10 Reasons Running is The Best Kind of Therapy

I’ve been running my whole life from the school track team to around the block with kids, yet I still don’t consider myself a runner. It’s posts like these that inspire me to commit and reap the benefits of pushing myself mentally and physically.

Non-Toxic Living

The Facts about Organic Pesticides

Want to start a garden? Here’s ten reasons why you should grow organic. Mamavation also outlines sustainable practices for organic farmers.


How to Protect Yourself from Melanoma: 10-minutes Can Save Your Life

The Today Show featured The Doctors’ Dr. Travis Stork and dermatologist, Dr. Debra Wattenberg, for May is Skin Cancer Month.  They highlighted the importance of checking skin regularly for new moles and growths because melanoma, if caught early, can be treated. According to the American Academy of Dermatology 37% of people do not use sunscreen on their back, which is the most common site for malignant melanoma. Though self-checking should be done often, seeing a doctor is important for routine checks and especially when changes are noted in your body.

Beautifully Bald Shelley Smith Continues Her Battle with Cancer

This week long-time ESPN reporter Shelley Smith returned to work after cancer treatment. Brave and beautiful, she flew to Hawaii and covered an NFL draft story bald. I understand what it’s like to feel like your hair defines you. Like her, I’ve also learned, it doesn’t. This reporter, woman, mother radiates positivity and chronicles some of her inspirational cancer story with her daughter on

What inspired you this past week?


  1. My dad has found 3 melanoma’s this year, very helpful. Thank you for this weekly post – I love it!!
    Kristen recently posted…The Best Guacamole Recipe Ever

    • For as much as I go to the doctor, the piece on Melanoma Monday reminded me how I never check my back or moles or even put sunscreen on it often. It is so very important and I’m adding a “self check” for it now into our routine. Thanks for always reading this feature and sharing it.xoxo

  2. Thank you for sharing the melanoma article. I had it ten years ago, my husband 8 years ago – so needless to say, our kids BATHE in sun screen since we live in South Florida. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan!”
    Tove Maren recently posted…DIY Melted Bead Bowl

    • I’m sorry to hear that your family has been touched by cancer. I’m so happy that you caught it early and that you are both doing well. Do you also wear clothing with SPF or continue to coat sunscreen on the kids?

  3. These weekly posts are great – you always provide such helpful information and tips.

    I love the information about organic pesticides.

    Oh melanomas…. I just found this blogger and her husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma. She has four children and one on the way. Such devastating news.

    I have lots of “beauty spots” that I monitor quite often – thanks for sharing the link – very helpful.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…What Happened to All the Moments?

    • Thanks for the kind words. It means a lot coming from such a professional and distinguished writer/blogger like you. I’m a huge proponent of body self checks, but also going to the doctor…and not just the internist, but dermatologists, opthamologists, etc. Have a great rest of your week and weekend.

  4. That story from Shelley was lovely!

    I just recently stated using cinnamon to keep ants out of my yard and it works! Who knew?? Good bye yucky killer stuff and hello to a new way of keeping those pests out. Plus my yard smells lovely!
    Jen recently posted…The Dirty Little Secrets (no one talks about) On Pinterest

    • I’m gonna try and use cinnamon, too. That’s great advice. I boil it in hot water to make the house smell fresh (and like a big ol cinnabon.) Have a great weekend.

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