Today Was All About Self Care

Today was a self care day. It was ALL about me. All day today, I took care of me. I took a day off from work. The 1st thing I did was take time to consult with a blog coach, Mrs. Brandi Riley from Mama Knows It ALL, and strategically plan for 2016. I'm actually really excited about the direction this blog will take in 2016. You'll be seeing and hearing a lot more from me. Woot! After I was done with Brandi, I headed off to the spa. I turned 40 … [Read more...]

#GetCoveredMD Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment

Get covered with an affordable health insurance plan before the January 31, 2016 deadline. Watch my interview with a health navigator and read more about how to #getcoveredmd in this sponsored post. The Maryland Health Connection is the State of Maryland's official marketplace where residents can shop for and enroll in a health insurance plan. The plans offered through Maryland Health Connection meet the requirements of the Affordable Care … [Read more...]

Take a Pass on the Truffle Butter

Where do I start? Nicki Minaj featuring Drake and Lil' Wayne have a popular song out called "Truffle Butter." For the sake of transparency, I have been bobbing my head to this tune for at least 3 weeks. I didn't even know the name of the song, but the beat is catchy and I hear it on the radio no less then 3-4 times while I'm in the car commuting back and forth to work and running errands. I've seen/heard a few mentions of truffle butter on … [Read more...]

What Nobody Tells You About ACA

The open enrollment period for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act closed on February 15. Thanks to this legislation, 8.8 Million people now have health insurance. That’s a good thing, right? Indeed it is. What you probably don't know is what’s expected of you now. Nobody is really talking about. However, there are big plans for you. Beyond the goal of requiring health care coverage, another goal of the ACA is to improve our … [Read more...]

Cholesterol Counts

February is heart health awareness month. One of the important risk factors for heart disease and heart attack is high cholesterol. It's important to understand that all cholesterol is not created equal. Therefore, it is broken down into good and bad cholesterol. You can be proactive by visiting your primary care doctor and having your cholesterol checked. It is a simple battery of blood tests that typically include what's known as a lipid … [Read more...]

Hangout with HHS Secretary Burwell

Blogalicious Google Hangout with HHS Secretary Burwell On February 9, 2015, I sat down with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell and get answers to your questions about the Affordable Care Act. It was an extreme pleasure to do so. Not only was it highly informative, but she was appreciative for the opportunity, as well. The folks at HHS were warm and welcoming. They want to engage with the citizens … [Read more...]

Join The EMP and Get Covered America for #TakeCareChat March 4 @ 1PM ET

March 31st Is the Deadline to Enroll Did you know that 1 in 5 African-Americans don’t have health insurance?  And that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for people under 35)? Most are uninsured because they do not receive coverage from an employer, cannot afford coverage, or were previously denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition.  The uninsured are exposed to significant … [Read more...]

February is American Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, The Empowered Mocha Patient is proudly participating in American Heart Heath Month. Over 40% of African-Americans over the age of 20 are affected by heart disease and high blood pressure. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also … [Read more...]

HPV in Black Women: Are the odds currently stacked against us?

Recent news reports are shedding light on the theory that Black women and girls are less likely to be protected by the two HPV vaccines that are currently available on the market. HPV, the human papillomavirus, which can infect the genital area and is known to cause cervical cancer has over 100 different sub-types. Of those, 40 different subtypes can infect the genital area. New research has shown that the various sub-types are often linked to … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s a pretty big deal because 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Many families have been impacted by this devastating disease and I want to make sure we don’t close out this month without taking some action to help knock-out breast cancer. Here’s what you can do: Don’t keep your head in the sand, learn a few facts about breast cancer and assess your own risk. Talk to your … [Read more...]