More Root Based Foods and ExerciseCould Help with Obesity

Stretching is an important start of the day.

The rate of obesity in America is growing, and as 38 percent of Americans are obese, as 17 percent are teenagers. There is an expectancy of 44 percent of Americans to be obese by the year 2030.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Healthy Eating Research program, “teens have a higher rate of not realizing the greater number of calories in fast foods.” In the survey performed, 34 percent of teens do not accurately calculate the correct calories when eating fast food and junk foods, as to 23 percent of parents of school-age children and 20 percent of adults.

The wrong type of food to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.  This package contains three servings(about 15 chips). Total clories from entire bag is 440 calories and 260 calories from fat, also sodium and sugar.   Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Further research indicates that at the end of the day healthy lifestyle choices and no exercising is the biggest culprit for obesity, making many people responsible for their own growth into obesity.  Healthier eating choices and appropriate exercise can help with burning unnecessary calories that lead to obesity.

Immune system support. … Bone strength. …Eye health. Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains, Digestion Health and Anti-Inflammatory benefits. Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Eighty percent of adult Americans do not meet the governments physical activity recommendations for aerobic and muscle strengthening, causung a high rate in healthcare cost for obese patients with sicknesses related to obesity.

THE HIDDEN VOICES: Within The Detroit Public School System

Some parents of the Detroit Public Schools feel their children’s pressure of their fight to keep the chosen schools for closures open, for their children’s educational journey.

Gompers Elementary-Middle School at 14450 Burt Rd., Detroit, Michigan, faces closing its doors June 2017 for failing M-STEP scores, three years in a row.  This 21 million dollar school was built to replace three older schools, including the first Samuel Gompers Elementary School.  Photo By: Cynthia Gladden

State testing used to measure the academic growth of school-age children is the Michigan Student Test of Educational Performance test, also known as the M-STEP test.

Heaven Young is a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary Middle School.  Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

Heaven Young, a fifth grader at Gompers Elementary-Middle School, has finished her testing and says “I’m glad it’s over with because I feel like a lot of pressure is put on us kids to keep the school open.”

A group of parents is speaking out against the testing of their children.  These parents have opted their children out of the M-STEP test, which shifts the responsibility of the failed test scores in the educational process of teaching within the schools, as 95% of the children within the failing schools are expected to be tested, or the school will be sanctioned by the State of Michigan.

The Green Light Project Expands In Detroit

The partnership of  Detroit businesses joining Project Green Light has expanded since the one year and 100th participating stores mark in January 2017.  There are now 144 companies partnered in Detroit to help fight and solve crimes in the areas of the installed real-time cameras.

More green lights can be seen flashing as residents walk and ride on the streets of Detroit.   This light sits atop of a Citgo gas station on Schoolcraft and Evergreen.  Image By: Cynthia Gladden

Brancy Crawford, of Detroit states “she feels more safe with all the blinking green lights, and she shops in areas that have the real-time cameras installed.”  Crime has been a downward trend in areas where green lights have been installed on local businesses.

Sunoco gas station on McNichols and Six Mile has a bright green light that alerts citizens that it is linked to the Detroit Police Department.  Photo By Cynthia Gladden

Forty-four more businesses have partnered with the Detroit Police Department to help deter crime since January 2017, making Detroit a safer place for its citizens.

A Heart Can’t Be Heart When Cigarette Smoke Is Inhaled



Smoking is known to be a leading cause of heart disease for men in the United States, but second-hand smoke can be deadlier with the effects of more than 7000 chemicals in a cigarette plus, the smoke being exhaled by the smoker.


The chemicals ignited in tobacco will damage the function of the structure of the blood vessels in the heart. These blood vessels are the primary roles to the heart beating. The hidden injury will lead to plaque beginning to build up in the blood vessels and cause damage slowly.

Heart attacks for men have a ratio of 70% to 89% for sudden cardiac events. David Townsend of Detroit, Michigan is a heart attack survivor. He had a sudden cardiac event that led to an emergency triple bypass. David states that “if you don’t smoke don’t start.” His quest to be smoke-free, since his bypass surgery has been a struggle because of second-hand cigarette smoke, that has enticed his desire to smoke again.

His multiple scars from his bypass surgery are a constant reminder of his smoking habit that may shorten his lifespan.

Smoking has become a social habit that causes health concerns in many people that are not smokers. Secondhand smoke is even worse because toxic mixtures of poisons exhaled and burning from a lit cigarette affect individuals who do not smoke. The statistical information of cigarette smokers and secondhand smoke that affect non-smokers has an immediate effect on the blood vessels of the heart.





Tiny Town Comes to Detroit

The blight of real estate in Detroit has allowed room to construct a neighborhood with tiny houses.  Twenty-five houses are in the process of being built, to create homes for the homeless and low-income families.  The building of tiny houses is an effort to help the homeless and low-income citizens, with a chance to buy a home.

Detroit is the first city to build tiny houses where all the houses have its own unique style.  The plans were created to make each resident feel a sense of feeling exceptional while obtaining ownership of the tiny house.  The tiny houses are developed by an organization that is named Cass Community Social Services.  The size of the new homes is 250 square feet – 400 square feet.

Tiny house construction   Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

The cost to build the new homes range from $40,000-$50,000 and they are constructed in batches of six.  The Cass Tiny House project is funded with private money, in the form of grants and donations from several organizations. When the new residents move in, they will start by signing a one-year lease.  The lease of the property will not be more than one-third of the resident’s monthly income.  As long as the tenants pay the rent and comply with the rest of the terms of the lease, after three years, the tenant qualifies an opportunity to sign a land contract for the price of four more years of rent. The community of tiny houses will show a new neighborhood of tiny houses, from Cape Cod to Victorian and Modern style homes.

First finished tiny house Photo by: Cynthia Gladden

In conclusion, this project is not a complete solution for sheltering the homeless, in Detroit, but instead a pilot study for the use of the blighted land while creating homes for the needy.




Vacant Lots Are Developed Into Farmland

The blight of real estate in Detroit has led to many available lots being purchased for the use of farmland, helping to feed many low-income citizens healthy organic foods.

Parts of the city have become a vacant urbane prairie, now housing1400 farms in Detroit ranging from small backyard gardens to full-scale farms.

A tree farm was developed and planted 15,000 trees on land that once held real estate. John Hantz and his corporations were allowed to purchase 140 acres below market price value that involved 1500 neighboring city owned lots for $300 a lot, the total sum of $520,000. The first three acres was a trial test for, Hantz Farms, in Detroit.

D-Town Farms located on west Outer Drive is a seven-acre farm in a residential community and offers advice and help to other residents who want to be a part of the farming industry in Detroit. Victory Garden is a community garden, located on Schoolcraft, in an area where the neighbors get together to produce crops through the spring and summer in Detroit

D-Town Farm 14027 West Outer Drive Detroit, MI 48227  Hoop Houses

There are 97,000 properties recorded in Detroit, 67,000 are vacant lots. There is a side lot program where over 6500 lots have been sold since 2014.

Some residents have purchased side lots to their property through a sale from Detroit Land Bank of a $100, as residents are expanding their properties out with fewer neighbors in the neighborhoods.

The population loss in Detroit is represented by thousands of vacant lots, land left for weeds and trees to grow wild. Some land is being used for community gardens, providing healthy foods free of charge for the neighbors. Using land to cultivate food is a healthy and prosperous idea for Detroit, considering many vacant lots became dumping grounds for trash and demolished neighborhoods.