Culture & Community News

  • This weekend, the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis will stage performances by the AXIS Dance Company.  These performers specialize in choreography known as "physically integrated dance," featuring artists with and without disabilities.  The production's reperatory includes work from choreographer Joe Goode that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes.  AXIS takes the stage at Cowles Friday, April 8 and

  • David Ludwig often uses an analogy when he talks about weight loss: Human beings are not toaster ovens. If we were, then the types of calories we consumed would not matter, and calorie counting would be the most effective way to lose weight.

    Dr. Ludwig, an obesity expert and professor of nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, argues that weight gain begins when people eat the wrong types of food, which throws their hormones out of whack and sets off a cycle of cravings, hunger and bingeing. In his new book, “Always Hungry?,” he argues that the primary driver of obesity today is not an excess of calories per se, but an excess of high glycemic foods like sugar, refined grains and other processed carbohydrates.

    Health Notes airs on Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • Health Notes will be in conversation with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute Titilayo Bediako.

    Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history
    to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

    Titilayo says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.
    She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”
    Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,”
    says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”
    Many African-Americans have adopted African names. Despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism.
    Titilayo says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.
    This is an important conversation you will not want to miss.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • In the fall of 1995, Lyndale school (Minneapolis Public School) teacher Titilayo (Titi) Bediako saw the need to build the youth of the future by celebrating and honoring cultural differences. WE WIN, which began with one program and 25 children, and has grown to include free parent groups, after school, tutoring, and summer programs, and Kwanzaa Celebrations each year and as of 2014, has served over 5000 youth and families, creating long-term and systemic change in their lives and communities.

    We Win students will share the history of African people on Health Notes to celebrate Black History Month

    Health Notes Airs Mondays – 6:30-7:30PM

  • Dr. David Agus has an informative conversation about the brave new world of medicine, one in which we can take control of our health like never before and doctors can fine-tune strategies and weapons to prevent illness.

    In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness.

    Medicine is undergoing rapid change. In the old world, you followed general principles and doctors treated you based on broad, one-size-fits all solutions. In this new golden age, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the latest scientific findings and leverage the power of technology to customize your care. Only those who know how to access and adapt to these breakthroughs—without being distracted by hyped ideas and bad medicine—will benefit. Imagine being able to get fit and lose weight without dieting, train your immune system to fight cancer, edit your DNA to avoid a certain fate, erase the risk of a heart attack, reverse aging, and know exactly which drugs to take to optimize health with zero side effects.
    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.” And some people simply say they “just don’t feel like themselves”—and haven’t for a long time.

    People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. In fact, if you look at the way that most of us live, it’s almost as though we had chosen a lifestyle deliberately intended to undermine our brain chemistry.

    Fortunately, there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity. You will also find yourself feeling more optimistic, calm, energized, connected, and inspired.

    The good news is that this is easier than you think. Instead of trying to ambitiously overhaul one aspect of your life entirely with some difficult-to-maintain resolution, begin by making small and achievable changes in many different areas of your life.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • Jack Canfield, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise and coauthor of The Success Principles and Dave Andrews, a recovery expert, join forces to present a revolutionary program to help you cut back or quit drinking entirely—in the privacy of your own home. Alcohol kills one person every ten seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Thankfully, now, for anyone who feels that alcohol has become a problem—and for the 23.5 million Americans living in recovery and looking to be reinspired—this new program introduces a groundbreaking model for sobriety that you can achieve in your own home.

    Alcohol kills one person every ten seconds worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Thankfully, now, for anyone who feels that alcohol has become a problem—and for the 23.5 million Americans living in recovery and looking to be reinspired—this new program introduces a groundbreaking model for sobriety that you can achieve in your own home.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • Go on a culinary journey with Terry Walters—a leader of the clean-food movement. In this seasonal cookbook and lifestyle guide, Walters inspires us with more of her award-winning recipes. Rediscover the unique tastes of spring, summer, fall and winter, and gain insight into everything from preserving the harvest to natural cleansing and tonics for immune support. Delicious gluten-free, vegan recipes that everyone will love include Grilled Avocado with Peach Tomato Salsa, Crunchy Quinoa and Cabbage Salad, and Coconut Cacao Energy Bars.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • What are your UNSEEN FRIENDS telling you?

    YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Every one of us has a divine support team just waiting to help us create the life of our dreams. Your higher self, future self, guardian angel, subconscious mind, soul, and spirit, as well as God and The Goddess, are always by your side, ready to share their messages of love, light, and possibility. The messages in this book are channels through which you can access their wisdom, ask for their help, and begin to remember what you really came to Earth to do: create the very best possible life.

    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM

  • “Grief is surrounding my Holidays” and I ask, “What do I do now?”
    Sadness feels sadder and loneliness goes deeper. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. Pretending you don’t hurt or it is not a harder time of year is just not the truth of you. The truth is, time does heal. Time simply arranges us in the direction of our healing journey. You can and will get through the holidays. Rather than avoiding the feelings of grief, lean into them… It’s not the grief you want to avoid, it’s the pain. Am I right? Grief is the way out of the pain. There are a number of ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays. Tune in for ways to cope, and trust what shows up for you and BE with that.

    Spiritual Care Advisor and Grief Support Specialist for Hospice Advantage will be sharing her wisdom on this important subject
    Health Notes Airs Mondays 6:30-7:30PM