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As I opened the front door of the home my grandfather built with his own hands Big Mama shared one of her standard “Baby, this is just for you” messages.

She shouted, “KEEP ON LIVING”!

The chant was more than a greeting because I could see her stance and her eyes lit up from across the room. Once again, mighty words that were steeped in her faith and her understanding of what was right. This time, she would remind us that man does not live by bread alone. She said eating and living right was key to the spiritual journey.

Big Mama knew in order to keep healthy, you must do things like eat nutritious foods, exercise, brush your teeth, and get enough sleep. That was her move to remind us to stay healthy and keep our blessings top of mind. That is why this weekend the Dr. Martin Luther King Realizing the Dream Healthy Living Expo is one of the most important events to attend this weekend.

Big Mama knew that it is im- portant to understand that a balanced diet means that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs.

It’s essential to understand how what you eat and what you do impacts your body.

It’s imperative that your diet be balanced, so your body is getting all the necessary nutrients.

Mental Health is vital. Currently, we are experiencing collective trauma underlined by generational trauma. We are traumatized every time we see photos, videos, or images of Black people being murdered.

Healing-centered practices and coping skills are key for me.

My good friend and colleague, Stephen Wright, NBC5 News Manager has the same message throughout his social media under his meme, “Keep your mind Wright!”

Reach out to the team at the Realizing the Dream Healthy Living Expo so we can hold a space for you.

Pandemic fatigue is real as people get used to the presence of a life-threatening disease in the air. So we have to adhere to the rules of HEALTHY LIVING more closely.

Check out two thriving initiati- ves that we will showcase at the Healthy Living Expo. My top list of self-care considerations is my two colleagues, Kevin Dedner, CEO of and Playing for Envelopes Founder, Coach William Hoyd’s new ven- ture, Hurdle offers the only

culturally intentional tele-mental health care designed for people of color and other minority groups. Coach Hoyd’s Black People Feel Great is a simple system with two unique FOOD based products that help with healthy living issues that plague our community, hunger, cravings, fatigue, better mood, better blood sugar and insulin levels and more.

Don’t forget to rest and breathe, drink water, and explore with your needs. Consider connecting with us at the Healthy Living Expo. Questions, email me at

Terry Allen is an award-winning media professional, journalist, and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of City Men Cook and 1016 Media. Reach him at
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Terry Allen is an award-winning media professional, journalist, and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of City Men Cook and 1016 Media. Reach him at


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