Meet wellness columist Cynthia Fowler

From the age of 17 I was sneaking out of the house at late hours of the night to walk to the 24-hour gym near my house in Tampa, Florida, and work out.

I did not have the slightest idea how to exercise at the time, but I knew that I wanted to be healthy.

Just a couple years later I was running half marathons, mountain biking, and swimming laps at 6 a.m. four times a week. I was drawn to just about everything related to fitness.

I volunteered at health and fitness conventions to receive training and education at a discount, which led to my teaching indoor cycling classes. At 22 I became a certified fitness professional with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and majored in sports management at the University of California. I’ve now been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer for almost nine years.


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Dr. Cynthia Telles Explains How Community Health Needs Have Never Been Higher Than During The COVID-19 Pandemic

LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2020 / The COVID-19 pandemic not only harms those millions of people who have been infected, but it also has caused significant harm to the health of our communities. The pandemic has clearly shown once again that communities of color are disproportionately affected by social determinants, correlated with inequities and disparities in access to health care and health outcomes. These include lack of financial and educational opportunities, poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity, to name a few.

As Community Health Committee chair for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals boards of directors, Dr. Cynthia Telles weighs in on the impact that COVID-19 has had on different communities: “The convergence of health and economic crises caused by the pandemic is widening the disparities due to race and economic status. As healthcare providers, we must work harder to bridge these gaps.”

As part of

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Cynthia Erivo and La La Anthony Open Up About Going to Therapy

On Tuesday evening, stars Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Williams and La La Anthony hosted DRK Beauty Healing’s Slumber Party, a virtual fundraiser to provide free mental health services for female-identifying people of color.

The livestream event featured an open conversation among the hosts and DRK founders Wilma Mae Basta and Danielle Jackson. Additional panels included voices from mental health professionals Dr. Akua Boateng and Dr. Christine Coleman and activists Joy Strategist and Chris Miss Bright.

In the mental health panel, Williams spoke to the challenges of discussing mental illness with others and reaching out for support. When touring around the country with Destiny’s Child, she says she first opened up about her depression to her manager, who didn’t understand what she was going through.

“They will say you have nothing to be depressed about, and they mean well, but they just don’t know that [having] successes and accomplishments and a great

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