Huffington PostDon’t call them dropouts
According to the recent 2014 Building a GradNation report from America’s Promise, the United States has reached an 80 percent high school graduation rate for the first time in history. Truly an accomplishment we need to celebrate! But wait … What about the 20 percent that aren’t part of the celebration? They aren’t simply a shrinking statistic but, more importantly, members of our society who are disenfranchised and should be embraced, encouraged, and advanced. We can’t give up on them, especially not now as America scrambles to fill workforce gaps. Unfortunately, they are often stigmatized and misperceived as quitters or losers. It’s important we realize that the reasons for dropping out are often very complicated.

USA TodayLet nature take its course to improve your health
Sunburn, bug bites, Lyme disease, poison ivy. Sometimes it seems the great outdoors is just one big health hazard. So it’s easy to forget that communing with Mother Nature is actually good for us, at all ages and in all sorts of ways. “We grew up as a species being outdoors,” and our minds and bodies thrive there, says Victoria Maizes, executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona-Tucson. “There’s risk in nature. That’s one of its attractions,” says Richard Louv, an author and advocate who has written several books on connecting with nature. But, he says, staying inside is risky, too.

HealthDayMany women with breast cancer get too little exercise
The majority of women with breast cancer get too little exercise for optimum health, a new study suggests. After women are diagnosed with breast cancer, they are less likely to meet exercise recommendations that link physical activity with longer survival and better quality of life, researchers report online June 9 in the journal Cancer. “Medical care providers should discuss the role physical activity plays in improving breast cancer outcomes with their patients, and strategies that may be successful in increasing physical activity among breast cancer patients need to be comprehensively evaluated and implemented,” Brionna Hair, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said in a journal news release. American guidelines for physical activity state that adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of rigorous exercise every week to achieve any health benefit and to prevent or manage chronic health problems.

Northern Voices OnlineClimb stairs, tax sweet foods to fight obesity in Southeast Asia
Every part of the world is devising plan to fight this menace. Climb stairs, tax sweet foods higher to fight obesity is the new mantra in Southeast Asia. Obesity is a huge problem for as many as thirty percent of the world population. While in some nations like USA and Mexico the problem has become far too big to tackle, in Southeast Asia too the issue has become of paramount importance. In nations where the prominent images of men and women used to be very thin, obesity has seen their waistline become bigger and bigger. Sugary drinks, fatty foods and sedentary lifestyle have made the new generation overweight and obese.