No Smoking Till 21!!!…..Your Thoughts??

Greetings D2F Family and Friends!!

We could possibly see major change as it relates to freedoms for young-adults. Chicago Alderman, George Cardenas, is in favor of banning cigarettes sales to individuals under the age of 21 in order to help lower the rates of teen smokers. Many critics of the recommendation don’t understand how you can be drafted to fight in a war at age 18 but do not have the freedom to drink or smoke….It’s legal to be a trained killer in battle but illegal for me to smoke, GO FIGURE!. Supporters suggest that raising the legal age will benefit teen health and wellness and in the long-run lower health care cost. I’ll present some facts about smoking and let you decide where you stand on the issue.  Please answer the poll and share.

Smoking Facts

  • About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness that’s caused by smoking.
  • For every person that dies from a smoking-related disease, there are 20 more who suffer from at least one serious illness associated with smoking.
  • The CDC estimates that adult male smokers lose an average of 13.2 years of life and female smokers lose 14.5 years of life because of smoking
  • Every day over 3,800 teens, 18 and younger, smoke their first cigarette. While, 1,000 teens start smoking on a daily basis.
  • A single cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.

Eating Healthy Does NOT Have to be Expensive!!

Good Morning D2F Family and Friends!

Today I have food on the brain.  It seems to be a  struggle with what I should be eating on a DAILY basis.  Of course, I enjoy eating fast food on occasion but hamburgers and french fries get old really quick and I find myself  bored with my limited menu.  It also doesn’t help that  food prices are at an all time high( its almost cheaper to eat a $1 hamburger than to buy fresh meat and produce at the store)… so sad but it’s our reality.

Going to the grocery store can be depressing for someone on a small budget but I’ve found a tool through on the 3 P’s: Eating Healthy on a Budget.  I plan to start using this as a guide to help me with eating healthier foods that are also affordable.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress but I’ll leave you with the link to the website and a few of the tips. If you have any suggestions on where to shop for  healthy and reasonably priced foods in the Chicago-land area please leave a comment on the post! Also share any healthy recipes that I along with other readers could use as we become more conscious and healthier eaters TOGETHER:)



We Salute Public Health Pioneer: Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Dr. Joycelyn Elders Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 16th Surgeon General of the United States of America

Joycelyn Elders, the first person in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, was the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States, the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service.  Known as an outspoken advocate of public health, Elders was appointed Surgeon General by President Clinton in 1993.

While serving as Surgeon General, she campaigned for clinics and expanded sex education; she caused a storm of controversy among conservatives and some religious groups. Yet, largely because of her lobbying, in 1989 the Arkansas Legislature mandated a K-12 curriculum that included sex education, substance-abuse prevention, and programs to promote self-esteem. From 1987 to 1992, she nearly doubled childhood immunizations, expanded the state’s prenatal care program, and increased home-care options for the chronically or terminally ill. Although she served for only 15 months her impact in history will last forever.

Resilience and dedication is why we salute Dr. Elders. Although she came from very humble beginnings in rural Arkansas, she surpassed the dreams she imagined for herself. Dr. Elders is my inspiration to do more, be more, and dream bigger! My aspirations to one day serve my country as Surgeon General is realized through Dr. Elder’s accomplishments.

Thank You Dr. Joycelyn Elders!!….We Salute You!


Lauren Walton