Flu Season 2019-20 – Q&A

1) How many people die from the flu in the US every year? a – 10,000 b – 50,000 c – 100,000   2) When does flu season start? a – November b – January c – You can get the flu any time, but it’s most common in the winter.   3) Does getting flu vaccine prevent the flu? a – Yes, 100% b – It cuts your chance of getting the flu in half c – It doesn’t work at all, it’s a scam   4) What parts of the body does the flu virus attack? a – […]

Body Contouring

By Dr. Gary Vela Q: “I work out all the time but still have belly flab. What can I do?”  A: I hear this frustration frequently! Many people who eat well and exercise regularly still don’t get the results they want. This visible excess fat is called subcutaneous fat (the jiggly, pinchable fat located just under the skin). It can be difficult to lose, especially in the abdominal area. Fortunately, there are several body contouring procedures that can help you gain the fit, firm, smooth tummy you desire. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction, and CoolSculpting are all designed to improve the shape […]

Health Insurance Open Enrollment is Here

Open enrollment is here, and everything you need to know to determine your eligibility and get signed up for health insurance will be discussed at the LGBT Health Resource Center’s next Lunch & Learn workshop. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 14th from noon to 1:30 pm in the community rooms at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore). The session will be presented by Chase Brexton Health Care social work case managers Alyson Mullie and Robin Mayfield, along with eligibility specialist Ronday Wilson. We asked the trio to share a bit of the information […]

How Helpful is Physical Therapy?

October 19th, I had the honor of presenting physical therapy topics to the Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) in Richmond, Virginia, and I had a great time! The audience was wonderful, and my hope is they learned a few things in the brief hour we had together. I want to share with you some of the ways in which physical therapy can help you during and after your transition whether it involves hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or gender-confirming surgeries. Carpal tunnel syndrome can either flare up if you already have it or you can develop it once on HRT […]

Three Proven Health Benefits of Pumpkin

By Lindsey Gass With fall in full-swing, pumpkin everything is filling grocery store shelves! Although pumpkin flavors may taste great to most of us, the actual vegetable is packed with so many nutrients that it’s easy to add it to almost any recipe for a nutritional boost. Youfit’s registered dietician, Lindsey Gass, is here to provide. Three of the best reasons to eat pumpkin this fall season: 1) It can improve skin – Pumpkin is full of a carotenoid called beta-carotene that gives it that orange hue. Beta-carotene (a provitamin) breaks down into vitamin A in the body. One-half cup […]

Joining the Maryland Defense Force

Getting sworn into the Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) as a state guard soldier one evening in November 2011 was something I’ll never forget. This is Maryland’s state defense force. The MDDF is organized as a volunteer military organization, parallel to the Maryland National Guard, which it is designed to augment during stateside emergencies. Before getting into my journey with MDDF let me take you back to August 2011. It was a summer day in August when I was with the Prince George’s County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT program trains citizens to prepare for emergency situations in their communities. […]

FUN AROUND TOWN Four Interesting Outings For Baltimore Families

Esteemed American actor Michael J. Fox once said, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” In recent years, Baltimore has become increasingly LGBT-friendly, and is also rated as a popular destination for LGBT families. While the city is known for its rich history that includes having more monuments per capita than any other city in the USA, it’s also home to a number of quirkier family destinations. Whether you call Charm City home or are merely passing through, be sure to pay a visit to some of the most unique and exciting destinations in the city. Catch a glimpse of Hogwarts […]

Choosing a Guardian for Your Children

Any parent will tell you that raising children isn’t easy. The late-night feedings, public tantrums, and constant need for attention can leave even the most devoted mom or dad feeling exhausted. But for those of us in the LGBTQ community, simply becoming a parent can be just as challenging. Whether we try adoption, surrogacy, or other means, the process is likely to involve anxious waiting, many false starts, and difficult legal hurdles. It’s natural then, that same-sex couples and other LGBTQ parents are especially grateful for their children and would do anything to protect them. This sense of devotion should […]

Optimizing Employee Benefit Options

It’s getting to be that time of year. If you haven’t already, you should soon receive your 2020 employee benefit options from your employer. These options typically involve selecting a health insurance plan, dental, and vision coverage. Your employer may also provide for things such as life insurance, disability insurance, and/or a flexible spending account (FSA). Because you have to wait a full year before you can change your mind, it’s important to take care with your elections. Check out our infographic on benefits enrollment for a quick summary Partnershipwm.com/benefits-enrollment. Life insurance – Employers often provide some sort of basic […]

MENTAL HEALTH MOMENT – All it Takes is One

Nine out of ten LGBTQ youth reported experiencing bullying in the past year. And LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to experience physical assault as their peers. During National Bullying Prevention Month in October, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of bullying, and how you can help those impacted.  Bullying is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger or more powerful.” Symptoms of someone who is being bullied include isolation, declining grades, disinterest in eating, poor sleep habits, and irritability and anger. While much of the literature about bullying […]