GivingTuesday. The second annual event was kicked off last year by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a national day of charitable giving to counteract all the getting of the holidays.
The movement has taken off in a big way this year, with a frenzy of #GivingTuesday tweets, Google+ Hangout-a-thon speakers, crowd-sourcing campaigns, and nonprofit blogs asking for much-needed donations. So how to cut through the onslaught of appeals? Skim through and give where your heart is, basically. You can go big — Save the Children, Human Rights Watch, American Cancer Society— or small, though the little guys can be harder to pick out. So allow us to note a few lesser-known, women-focused charities that caught our eye to check out on GivingTuesday and beyond:
This San Francisco-based organization equips women and girls with
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 5:52 PM EST
GivingTuesday. The second annual event was kicked off last year by New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a national day of charitable giving to counteract all the getting of the holidays.The best salve for the psychic damage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday (besides holing up with a jar of Nutella and a spoon, of course) is Read More »from GivingTuesday: 4 Great Ways to Support Women and Girls
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 4:56 PM EST
Angela Palmer has spent most of her life believing that her own mother abandoned her as a baby. Now, at 44, she's learned the truth and has spoken with her mom for the first time in decades. And while Palmer is thrilled, her quest isn't over yet. Now she has to raise funds to bring the mother she never knew from Croatia to the United States.
Palmer, a medical health project services coordinator, is seeking the money through the website Fundly, where, as of Tuesday, she had raised more than $1,200 of the $4,000 she needs for two round-trip plane tickets for her mother and her husband.
The new beginning was triggered by, of all things, a Facebook friend request. "I was at work the week before Thanksgiving, when I received a friend request from a woman named Helga Simeckie in Croatia," Palmer, from Oceanside, California, tells Yahoo Shine. "I didn't think much of it because I get random requests all the time, until she sent me a message written in German asking when I was born." Palmer,Read More »from Kidnapped Daughter and Her Mother Reunite Through Facebook After 44 Years
- Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 4:08 PM EST
In a war of words, which will reign supreme in 2013: "selfie" or "science"?
In November, Oxford Dictionary deemed "selfie," defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," its word of the year. But rival Merriam-Webster disagrees and has declared the word "science" — "knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation" — the winner.
"Selfie" and "science" aren't remotely similar words, so how did these dictionaries come up with such different results?
Merriam-Webster determined "science" to be the top word by analyzing approximately 100 million searches per month on its online dictionary, then detecting words with the greatest increase in searches compared with last year'sRead More »from 'Selfie' or 'Science'? Merriam-Webster and Oxford Battle Over the Word of the Year
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 3:28 PM EST
gene story on Wednesday, it touched off a major controversy. One missing voice in the din, though, was that of the 28-year-old woman in the photo—whose face was not in the frame but whose upper torso, including a lumpectomy scar, small Star of David tattoo, and partial left areola were there for all to see. But on Monday she spoke out, albeit anonymously, to the New York Times.When the New York Times ran a powerful front-page photo illustrating a breast-cancer Read More »from Breast Cancer Survivor Responds to NYT Photo Controversy
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“When I first saw the photo I did not find it either provocative or inappropriate,” begins her personal statement, published by the newspaper on Monday. “I thought it was powerful and told my story—I am a proud, young Jewish woman who had breast cancer, and I have a scar that proves it. I am not ashamed or embarrassed by the scar.… I didn’t expect such controversy around the photo—but I’m glad the photo caused an impact.”
- Unemployed man holding a signBy: Keith Roach, MD
Unemployed men appear to age faster than those who are employed, according to a PLOS ONE study in November 2013. It's just the latest research suggesting that being unemployed - or underemployed - is bad for your health.
That's why employment status is an important part of the RealAge Test. We have abundant evidence that joblessness, working part-time when you want to work full time, having a second job and (especially early) retirement make your RealAge older. Research has even linked unemployment with a higher risk of death.
The PLOS ONE study looked at the length of telomeres: protective "caps" at the end of our chromosomes, often compared to plastic tips on shoelaces. Telomeres naturally shrink as we age - and shorter telomeres are associated with age-related disease and shorter lifespans. In this study, men who were unemployed for at least 500 days during a three-year period were more likelyRead More »from Is Unemployment Aging You? Here's What to Do
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 2:56 PM ESTThere was no Zumba in 1965, no hot yoga, CrossFit, spin nor many other faddish exercises that modern-day moms plunk down their money for to stay trim and healthy. But, there was a lot more housework, like cooking, cleaning, and childcare — and a lot less passive entertainment, like watching television, which may explain weight differences between moms about 50 years ago and mothers today.
According to a new study published in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, over the last 50 years, mothers have become significantly less active overall and require about 1,200-1,500 fewer calories per week to stay at a healthy weight compared to their 1965 counterparts. The authors say that this energy imbalance — calories consumed versus calories burned — is contributing to the obesity epidemic for both women and their children.
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"I'm not saying that women should do more housework, but they need to add physical activity back into the day," leadRead More »from Why Today's Moms Need Fewer Calories Than 50 Years Ago
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Wedding planning and the holidays? Yep, a combo for mega stress. Brides, we know for certain that it's not all fa-la-la-la-la (la?) this time of the year, and if you're feeling overwhelmed, try these strategies for dialing down your stress:
1. Sing! Whether that means belting it out with a fake mic in your shower or grabbing your bridesmaids for a night out at a karaoke bar, researchers have confirmed a link between singing and improved mood, even higher self-confidence. And don't worry if you can't hold a tune, either. The effect, say experts, has nothing to do with singing skill. Even the tone-deaf can benefit from the stress-blasting effect of song. Try it!
2. Give (or receive) a rub-down: Of course, you already know how mellowing a good massage can be, but did you know that giving someone else a massage can also lower your stress level?Read More »from 5 Smart Ways to Fight Holiday Stress
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:43 PM ESTWhile high school was the best years of their lives for some, others simply couldn't wait to leave. And it's always a surprise to find out that certain successful celebs ditched high school early - whether to pursue acting or singing, or simply because it wasn't for them. Turns out that none other than Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was one such star. After appearing in church plays, the Hunger Games star graduated high school two years early so that she could begin her acting career at 15. Golden Globe-winning Lawrence, in turn, found her passion. "I finally found a way [to] open the door to a universe that I understood, that was good for me and made me happy, because I felt capable, whereas before I felt worthless," she said. So what 6 other celebs ditched the school books early - and why?
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:37 PM EST
They say that it is the most wonderful time of the year, but they often conveniently forget to say that it can also be the most stressful time of the year. We want to enjoy the holidays, celebrating happily with family and friends, but not quite knowing how we are possibly going to get it all done. Sound familiar? Please don't tell my kids, but I still have no idea what my kids are getting for Hanukkah gifts this year. A couple of them are planned out, but for the most part it is going to be a holiday-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of year. I should probably decorate the house today too. (Yikes!) Between wrapping up year-end items for work, entertaining family, budgeting for gifts, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, sending cards, cooking, baking, and decorating, when is there time or energy left over to spread that good old holiday cheer? Talk about a Christmas miracle. It turns out that there are a few simple, handy-dandy ways to make the holidays more enjoyable with family and friendsRead More »from 7 Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season with Your Family
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:19 PM ESTTake the right steps to lose weight, and then the right ones to keep it off.People who want to lose weight and people who want to maintain their weight loss often assume the same strategies. Eat less and exercise, right? Well, yes, to a point. While watching your portions and working up a sweat are always good beauty and health plans (regardless of if you want to drop pounds or not), turns out that the way you lose weight versus the way you keep that weight off are different.
If your goal is: Losing weight
Be a master planner
Most of us have our schedules planned down to the last minute-from early a.m. meetings to conference calls to that dentist appointment you're (finally!) getting around to-but rarely do we give that much thought to planning our meals.
Turns out it's in your best interest. A study from Penn State found that subjects who planned what they ate ahead of time were almost twice as likely to report successful weight loss than those who didn't.
"Aim for five small meals a day, and plan everythingRead More »from 7 Most Important Tips to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
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