Alicia Stallings The Holiday season is a time to care, share and build memories with friends and loved ones. It is also a time to reconnect with those from whom we have drifted, as well as a time to reach out to those who are new to our lives and families. Marcus Geeter The holiday season is fast approaching and many of you are thinking about the fabulous holiday events and family functions you will be attending. Alicia Stallings Oftentimes when a member of a family or household is diagnosed with a condition that requires dietary and lifestyle changes, everyone in the household makes an effort to ensure that the person with the diagnosis follows the guidelines necessary to maintain their health. However, the commitment to lead a healthier lifestyle oftentimes ends with the individual directly affected by the illness. This may be because other individuals in the household are not interested in making lifestyle adjustments, or it may simply be because it does not occur to those not directly affected that they too may benefit from making changes to their lifestyles too. However, there are many advantages to familial participation in the various medically-based diets. This is particularly true in the case of lifestyle related illnesses---that is, conditions caused by diet, lifestyle and behavior, such as hypertension, heart disease and Type II Diabetes. This is also the case in households where someone is affected by Type I Diabetes. Andrea Price Many forms of cancer are now curable yet women of color still suffer disproportionately from diseases and conditions that have long since been deemed preventable, treatable and/or curable if diagnosed early by simple, widely available screening tests? In general these treatable conditions in African American women are diagnosed at a latter stage. By the time one has finally gone to a physician and been diagnosed, the condition has often progressed well beyond the point where it is easily treatable. Laticia Jackson The holidays are time for family, friends and good food. This food doesn't have to be high in calories and fat, you can discover with Laticia healthier ways to prepare the same meals.