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Are You Fueling or Poisoning Your Body?

In today’s culture of skinny jeans and pencil skirts, the choice of diet meals and drinks can appear to be an alluring solution to achieving body image expectation. Snacks, drinks, and meals line grocery store shelves labeled as “sugar-free” and “low calorie.” Sounds like a simple choice, right?  After all, processed sugar isn’t recommended by doctors as a vital part of our daily intake. So we grab the sugar-free drink and then pour it down our throats sometime between the grocery store exit and the car ride home.  Often unknowingly, we have just spent our hard-earned money on what might be poison for our bodies.

In order to create something sugar-free that still appeals to the sweet-tooth, chemical substitutes are often used. It tastes like sugar, smells like sugar and acts like poison. The reality is that chemical sweeteners are toxic to our bodies. The chemical substitutes hit our bloodstream and are recognized as criminal intruders. The human body, being the incredible system that it is, knows not to let these toxins reach the vital organs such as the heart or brain, so the body sends signals to engulf and smother the toxins. Genius! Unfortunately, that barrier that our body creates to defend itself is also known as fat. Fat is one of the body’s defense mechanisms against toxic exposure.

We are exposed to hundreds of harmful toxins daily, through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the cosmetics we use.  It takes less that 30 seconds for toxic chemicals found in our skincare to be absorbed by every organ in our body, triggering internal organs to fight off invaders.  The result? We are tired, bloated, diseased, acne-prone and energy-deficient. The human body has a magnificent system of defense, but with so much toxic exposure, organs are compromised in executing their main functions, such as fighting off disease. This results in frightening health statistics – such as that 1 in 3 women are predicted to have cancer in their lifetime. Disease prevention, vitality and health begin and end with toxic exposure.

We cannot control every toxin in our environment, but we can make wise choices in our food and cosmetic usage.  When we are educated on toxicity, we have the power to give our body the best chance towards health.  So let’s take a step back before we dive into the snack aisle and grab at the advertised “better for you” sugar-free soda pops and microwave dinners. Chemical substitutes are not a god-send; they are a piece of the puzzle in America’s downward health spiral. Let’s choose to empower our bodies. Let’s choose health, wholeness, and hope. Health begins with the small choices of today.

For sugar cravings, I recommend Arbonne’s naturally sweetened chocolate, mango-pineapple, or lemon Fit Chew.  This savory treat satisfies the sweet tooth and helps to control cravings and balance blood sugar with adaptogenic herbs.  Visit cvogt.myarbonne.com to learn more about non-toxic cosmetic and nutrition products.

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Arizona Students Awarded United Health Scholarships

Six Arizona students have been awarded a scholarship from United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue a career in health care. The students  joined future health leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C. for the United Health Foundation’s Fifth Annual Diverse Scholars Forum.

Kaitlyn Benally of Tuba City is a sophomore at Northern Arizona University studying biomedical sciences, with the goal of educating people about the risks associated with diabetes.

“I hope to make a difference as a member of the future health workforce by working with children and their parents to help them understand the benefits of healthy living,” she said. “Diabetes is a growing health concern on the reservation. I will educate people about the risks and show them ways to improve their lifestyle to become healthier.”

Another scholarship winner, Cecilia Espinoza of El Mirage, is studying nursing at Grand Canyon University. After watching her father pass away from cancer, she decided to pursue a career as an oncology nurse.

Other Arizona scholarship recipients, and their areas of study, include:

* Regis Maloney of Tonalea, Environmental Health at Dine College
* Jeffrey Sleppy of Chinle, Biology at Dine College
* Lorenza Villegas-Murphy of Litchfield Park, Nursing at Arizona State University
* Mycolette Anderson of Lukachukai, Nursing at Dine College

United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative, through its partner organizations, awarded $1.2 million in scholarships in the 2012-2013 school year to 200 students from diverse, multicultural backgrounds, with nearly $2 million in scholarships announced for 2013-2014. This is part of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to build a more diverse health care workforce.

By the end of 2013, United Health Foundation will have awarded $10 million in scholarships to diverse students pursing health careers. Nearly 70 scholarships have been awarded in Arizona since 2007.

“We know patients do best when they are treated by people who understand their language and culture,” said Kate Rubin, president, United Health Foundation. “United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to support these outstanding students who are demonstrating impressive purpose and passion and who will help lead the way to better health access and outcomes.”

United Health Foundation made the announcement at its fifth annual Diverse Scholars Forum, which brings more than 60scholarship recipients to Washington, D.C., July 24-26 to celebrate the scholars and inspire them to work toward strengthening the nation’s health care system. This year’s event gives these future health care professionals the opportunity to meet and interact with members of Congress and leaders from a variety of health care fields.

According to the American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of multicultural health professionals is disproportionately low when compared to the overall population. For example, while about 15 percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic/Latino, only 5 percent of physicians and 4 percent of registered nurses are Hispanic/Latino. About 12 percent of the population is African American, yet only 6 percent of physicians and 5 percent of registered nurses are African American.

Given the changing demographics in the United States and the volumes of people entering the health care system due to the Affordable Care Act, there is an even greater need for a more diverse health care workforce.

Research shows that when patients are treated by health professionals who share their language, culture and ethnicity, they are more likely to accept and adopt the medical treatment they receive1. Increasing the diversity of health care providers will reduce the shortage of medical professionals in underserved areas, reduce inequities in academic medicine and address variables – such as language barriers – that make it difficult for patients to navigate the health care system.

“We are pleased to support these exceptional students in their efforts to achieve their educational goals and work to improve our health care system,” said Rubin. “The Diverse Scholars Initiative helps these scholars fund their education, and gives them an opportunity to learn from one another and interact with experts who are leading the way in improving patient care.”

United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative is one facet of the foundation’s commitment to build and strengthen the health workforce. United Health Foundation supports additional programs like STEMPREP, which aims to produce the next generation of researchers in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical fields. The foundation also supports A.T. Still University’s Connect the Docs Graduate Loanship Program that provides loan repayments to four qualifying graduates who secure jobs in community health centers.

For more information about the Diverse Scholars Initiative, visit www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/dsi.html.

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10 Top Discoveries In Arizona

10 Top Discoveries in Arizona

There are many mysteries about Arizona. Before it was officially established as the 48th state in 1912, and far before colonization, there was life here. Archaeologists and investigators have been discovering ancient life and civilizations across the state, telling stories about the land before it became what it is today — as well as helping us learn about our potential future. Here are 10 of the top discoveries made that have changed Arizona as well as the world that we know.


Ruins of 10 Villages Found — 1924

Byron Cummings, a professor of anthropology at University of Arizona, and his students discovered villages over 1,000 years old near Tucson. Read More >>

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700-Year-Old Relic Found — June 22, 1965

21-year-old Lynda Bird Johnson, President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s daughter, helped uncover remains in eastern Arizona during a two-week vacation study at the University of Arizona archaeological camp on the Fort Apache reservation. Read More >>


20,000-Year-Old Butcher Shop — 1931

The discovery of large elephant-like mammoth bones in Yuma County, hacked with flint knives, indicates that America has been inhabited for at least 20,000 years. Dr. Harold J. Cook of the Cook museum of natural history explains this and the significance to the finding. Read More >>

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Hohokam Village of Pueblo Grande — 1920s

The site which can be viewed by the public at the Pueblo Grand Museum, includes an 800-year-old platform mound — where ancient buildings were constructed — and excavated prehistoric ballcourt. The central part of what is now the museum was first preserved in 1924. Read More >>


Rich Uranium Ore Found — April 7, 1950

Three new high-grade uranium minerals — which were used in building atomic bombs — were reported by the Geological Survey. The minerals were discovered by Dr. Charles A. Anderson in the Hillside Mine in Yavapai County. Read More >>

Uranium by Marcin Wichary


Columbian Mammoth Found — 2005

Now known as Tuskers, the remains of a Columbian Mammoth were discovered in a construction site when one of the workers found the first cervical membrane of the mammoth. The area located in Gilbert is now known as Discovery Park as a result. Read More >>


Dinosaur Tracks Found — 1929

It was reported to be one of the most important discoveries of dinosaur tracks, with a group of 300. They were found near Tuba City and the largest print was found to be nine inches long. Visitors are now invited to walk where these ancient reptiles did. Read More >>

Dinosaur Tracks by Dave Boyer


Winona Meteorite — 1928

This meteorite was found near the ruins of the prehistoric Elden pueblo. It was in a stone cist on the ancient burial ground, suggesting that the people of the area treated it like a living being and buried it after witnessing it fall. Read More >>


Oldest Dinosaur Found — 1985

A 200-pound, plant-eating creature’s remains were discovered in the Petrified Forest by paleontologist Robert Long. The almost-intact skeleton was 225 million years old, four million years older than any previous dinosaur fossil discovered at the time. Read More >>

Dinosaur by Ivan Walsh


Las Capas Canals — 1998-2009

Irrigation canals built as early as 1200 B.C. were discovered in the Tucson area. They are the oldest known canals north of central Mexico. This site has revealed much about ancient irrigation and agriculture. Read More >>


Most Challenging Project 2010

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites

Moenkopi Legacy Inn is the first hotel constructed on Hopi tribal land in 50 years. The architecture was a fine balance of modern construction technologies and products used, with local construction materials and methods that have been handed down through the Hopi people for many generations. The construction team faced many challenges during the construction of the hotel, including learning how to work with Hopi tribal laws and ordinances governing construction. Other challenges included securing power and natural gas to the site. One unexpected challenge came in the form of a low water supply. In order to prevent depleting water from the local villages for construction, Brycon had a 21,000-gallon water container, along with a high-flow pump system, brought up from the Valley. In addition, water was trucked in daily from Flagstaff to keep the tank full.

Developer: Moenkopi Developers Corp.
Contractor: Brycon Construction
Architect: Jarratt Architecture
Broker: Rural Community Innovations: Michael Utter
Size: 61,800 SF
Location: Tuba City
Completed: December 2009

Honorable Mention: 3900 Camelback Center Most Challenging Project 2010

Developer: Ryan Companies US Inc.
Contractor: Ryan Companies US Inc.
Architect: PHArchitecture
Broker: Grubb & Ellis: Jeff Wentworth
Size:185,000 SF
Location: 3900 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Completed: December 2009

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