Health Rewind: Why Black Kids Lag Behind in Well-Being

Plus, can texting prevent teen violence?

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Study: African-American Children Have the Worst Well-Being - A report released Tuesday paints a troubled picture of African-American youth, saying they are significantly less positioned for success than their white and Asian counterparts. Researchers found that 65 percent of Black children live below the poverty level; 40 percent of Black high school students were obese; and that infant mortality was highest among Black babies, writes The Battle Creek Inquirer. —Kellee Terrell (@kelleent) (Photo: Photodisc/Getty Images)

Overweight Woman Tries to Change the Way World Sees Beauty - Amani Terrell  is trying to broaden the scope of what beauty is and to promote healthy body image, an L.A. Fox affiliate reports. Terrell, who weighs 260 pounds, stripped down to her bikini and walked the streets. She told Fox, ?This world is very cruel. You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself."(Photo: Courtesy Fox LA)

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Overweight Woman Tries to Change the Way World Sees Beauty - Amani Terrell  is trying to broaden the scope of what beauty is and to promote healthy body image, an L.A. Fox affiliate reports. Terrell, who weighs 260 pounds, stripped down to her bikini and walked the streets. She told Fox, “This world is very cruel. You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself."(Photo: Courtesy Fox LA)

Organic Fruits and Veggies Ain't All That - For years, we?ve heard that organic foods are ?better? and safer for us, but a new study indicated that more expensive organic meats, fruits, vegetables and milk may not contain more nutrients than conventional food.   (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Eating 7 Servings of Produce Can Save Our Lives - Eating seven or more servings of fruits and veggies per day can reduce our risk of death by a whopping 42 percent compared to those who don’t eat any produce, says a new study. Researchers also found that eating veggies has a greater effect than eating fruit and that drinking canned fruit juice, with its high sugar content, may actually increase death risk, Health Day News wrote. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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HIV-Positive Men More At Risk for Heart Disease - The risk for heart disease may be higher among men living with HIV. A new study found that HIV-positive men were more likely to have buildup in their arteries than HIV-negative men. This raises the chance of blockage and heart disease, the Huffington Post writes. It’s believed that AIDS medications may play into this disparity. (Photo: Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

How Dangerous Is It to Be a Young Athlete? - While concussions and sports is a popular topic right now, a recent New York Times piece highlights the number one killer of all student athletes: Sudden cardiac arrest. Usually a symptom of a pre-existing condition, SCA kills one student athlete every three days in the U.S. Heat stroke, especially in the summer, is another issue that parents, coaches and students need to pay attention to.  (Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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How Strong Muscles in Teens Can Reduce Diabetes Risk - Stronger teens with a lower BMI are less likely to develop diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure than teens with a higher BMI. Researchers analyzed the muscle strength of sixth graders and found that being strong reduced the risk for diabetes and other diseases, Science Daily reported. (Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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Time Is Running Out to Enroll in Obamacare - Have you signed up for health care in the Health Insurance Marketplace? Well 11:59 p.m. tonight is the deadline for enrolling in Obamacare. However, for those who create a profile by that time, you have until mid April to finish enrolling in a plan. Learn more about enrolling in Obamacare here. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On Mental Health in the Black Community - On April 8, Baltimore?s Black Mental Health Alliance, the American Psychiatric Association and Baltimore City Healthy Start will host a conference addressing mental health in the African-American community. Black and Blue: The State of African American Mental Health will discuss gaining better access to mental health services and how professionals can better serve Black patients, the Afro.Com reports. (Photo: Courtesy Black Mental Health Alliance)

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On Mental Health in the Black Community - On April 8, Baltimore’s Black Mental Health Alliance, the American Psychiatric Association and Baltimore City Healthy Start will host a conference addressing mental health in the African-American community. Black and Blue: The State of African American Mental Health will discuss gaining better access to mental health services and how professionals can better serve Black patients, the Afro.Com reports. (Photo: Courtesy Black Mental Health Alliance)

Food Stamp Diet Not So Bad? - Republican congressional staffer Danny Ferguson recently went on a food stamp diet "to personally experience the effects of the proposed cuts to food stamps." Ferguson claims he was able to buy a week's worth of groceries with a few bucks left over. As a result, "we have room to cut about 12 percent more" from the program he said.(Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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North Carolina Makes Huge Mistake in Food Stamp Program - Last year, a computer glitch in North Carolina’s food stamp program caused thousands of poor residents to go without benefits, the Huffington Post writes. Accenture, the computer system being used, was to blame for these serious discrepancies. More than 1/3 of families waiting more than three months to get assistance. (Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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Controversial Blood Pressure Medicine Guidelines Released - More than 5.8 million Americans who are taking high blood pressure medication may go off of it thanks to new controversial treatment guidelines. The Eighth Joint National Committee believes that treatment should begin for people with blood pressure of 150/90 as opposed to 140/90, HealthDay.Com reported. Critics worry that these new guidelines will raise the risk of hypertension and stroke.  (Photo: Rick Gershon/Getty Images)

He Can Be Hard to Find - Emotionally unavailable folks can often be physically unavailable, too. He may pop up when it?s convenient for him, then disappear for a week with or without excuses.   (Photo: GettyImages)

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Can Texting Reduce Violence Against Teenage Girls? - Mobile texting programs may cut down violence among teen girls, says a new study. Researchers found that girls seeking health care in the ER (who screened as at at high risk for violence) were interested in receiving texts on violence prevention, Science Daily reported. They also said that health text messages are better received when they are personalized, positive and conversational. (Photo: GettyImages)