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Empowering Our Sisters : Our Journey to Wellness

Saturday I attended the 3rd Annual Health, Wellness and Empowerment Summit presented by the Wilmington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Empowering Our Sisters: Our Journey to Wellness event was held at the John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at the Christiana Hospital. 

I was invited to attend and to provide social media coverage by my “Sistah in Greekdom” Porsha Hargrove of Porsha Hargrove Consulting. 

Delta and Sigma Sisters

Delta Sigma Theta and Sigma Gamma Rho

 

Arriving early Saturday morning, I followed the directional signs to the designated parking area, which was quite far from the actual venue.  However, there was a shuttle bus waiting to transport us to the front door of the Education Center.

 

Delta Wellness Summit

 

The lobby quickly began filling up with over 100 women of all ages and races.  The registration tables were set up front and each attendee was greeted graciously and presented with a name badge and a reusable bag. 

Inside the bag there were a few chatskis as well as a program folder which contained the full Summit Schedule, a Health Guide, Health Score Card, and Emergency Prepare a Kit, lined paper for notes and an Evaluation Form.

Registration Desk Deltas

Also in the lobby were Exhibitor tables with health and wellness information including FREE Health Screenings and an opportunity to get additional raffle tickets for the various prize drawings throughout the day.

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Long tables held Continental Breakfast goodies such as bagels, Belvita Biscuits and fruit, as well as WaWa Coffee which I made my way over to because you know me, my favorite flavor of WaWa coffee is Hazelnut.

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The program began with a Welcome and Acknowledgements from Karen Bostick, Chapter President and Linda Thomas, President, followed by an Invocation by the Reverend Natalie Alford from Trinity AME Church in Middletown, DE. 

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Sarah Harrison, Health Summit Chair presented the purpose, objectives and an introduction of the moderator then the young ladies ages 11-17 relocated to another room outside of the auditorium. 

Delta Sigma Theta member

Their Empowerment Workshop Sessions was being presented by One Village Alliance, “Girls Can Do Anything”, and for those of us older than 18, we stayed in the main auditorium.

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Delta Wellness Summit

There were many wonderful speakers who spoke on various important health issues including the Top Cancers in Delaware and the Interconnectivity of Spiritual, Emotional/Mental and Physical Health and Wellness. 

Delta Health Summit

Microphones were set up on the floor giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions or respond to questions posed by the moderators. 

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Love Congo, a Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivor spoke of her journey and her inspirational message touched us all. 

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A mini break gave us an opportunity to visit the exhibitors, network, participate in the FREE health screenings or just grab another cup of coffee, water, juice or run to the restroom.

The “Prize Patrol” was on duty during the breaks and there were some really wonderful giveaways – unfortunately, I didn’t win any of them! Breast Cancer Wellness Summit Wellness Seminar Delta Wellness Summit

 

Lunch was provided by Zoup.com and it was a well prepared and delicious box lunch containing a variety of soups, sandwiches and salads. 

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The Keynote Speaker, Rita Choula, Senior Advisor, AARP spoke on “Empowering the Caregiver” which is a hot button topic in today’s society and Delaware is leading the charge on working with caregivers of cancer patients.

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The highlight of the day was the Fashion Show, which was moderated by Cheris Lockett and Donametria Stallings, Miss DSU. 

 

The fashion show models were physicians, health care providers, survivors and young sisters all of which did their thing on the Runway, it was beautiful!

 

Fashion Show moderators

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I would like to thank the lovely ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Wilmington Chapter for hosting this Health, Wellness and Empowerment Summit and look forward to next year’s event.  

Please use the hashtag #DeltaWellness2016 to see even more pictures posted to my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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A special thank you to my fellow Social Media Diva, Lorena and of course my “Sistah in Greekdom”, Porsha Hargrove for inviting me!

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From the Hooters to the Tooter, Get Checked During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

From the Hooters to the Tooter, Get Them Checked During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is more than a month of falling leaves, trips to the Apple Orchards and Crock Pot meals. For me it also signals the time to put my legs in stirrups and to have my boobies mashed between two metal plates. Yep, it’s time for the annual exams for the hooters and the tooter, which also includes scheduling a colonoscopy.

I am so proud of hubby, as his chemo treatments are kicking colon cancer’s butt, so I need to make sure that my butt stays healthy as well.

2013 MAMMOGRAM

After checking both my work and home calendars I try to schedule my annual Pap Smear and Mammogram appointments on the same day. It’s so easy to get caught up with work and family, not to mention the holiday hoopla then forget to make an appointment.

get an annual breast exam

Oftentimes, I will mix the day of appointments with a day of pampering starting with the dreaded pap smear, followed by lunch, then the mammogram and finally a pedicure ~ works for me!

I don’t care how old I am, how long I’ve been having these procedures done, nor the fact that they are uncomfortable.  All three of these vital exams must be done annually…no if’s, and’s or butt’s about it!

GET YOUR BUTT CHECKED

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month however, if you haven’t scheduled an appointment this month, make it for next month, just make it! 

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer which is more of a reason to schedule an appointment ~ no excuses.  

CANCER DON’T CARE!  

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In loving memory of Debra Clarke, Hazel Woods and Rene McCrea


Summer: Golden Period To Get Healthy For Women {Guest Post}

In celebration of World Health Day

World Health Day

 

Summer: Golden Period To Get Healthy For Women

 

The long, hot, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to relax, and for women to take a few simple steps to improve their health. These warm weather health tips are easy and do not require a lot of effort. While you are lounging in the sun, with plenty of sunscreen on, you can also reduce stress levels and improve your overall health.

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Summer is the Golden Period for Women to get Healthy
These health tips are perfect for summer, and may even help you relax and enjoy the warm weather. Easy to implement into your daily routine, you might not even notice that you are taking the time to improve your general health.

1. Remember to enjoy summer berries.
Blueberries, strawberries, along with raspberries and black berries are common during the warm summer months, and are a healthy treat that many women look forward to. Not only are these berries delicious, the summer fruits are also high in fiber and antioxidants. Studies are showing that berries can help reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, and can also help repair tissue damage. As an added bonus, berries can also help to lower high cholesterol levels and improve your overall health.
Related Info: 11 Foods to eat When You Are Stressed

2. Reduce stress in the dirt.
One of the biggest health risks that most women face is stress due to daily life, and summer is a golden opportunity for them to relax. Many experts recommend using this time to “play in the dirt”, and nothing can ease stress like planting a garden. Whether it is one green plant in a pot or a flower and vegetable garden, plunging your hands in the soil can reduce stress levels to improve your overall health. Along with helping you to relax, it is also a good way to get a little exercise in during the hot weather.

3. Enjoy the warm weather outside.
After being cooped up indoors during the winter, summer is a golden period for women to get healthy outside. The fresh air can reduce stress and anxiety, and help to improve your overall mood. Enjoying the warm weather is also an excellent way to burn excess calories, though it is important to remember to stay hydrated. Walks and hikes, along with swimming and cycling can not only help you burn calories, it is also a great way to spend time with your family.

4. Don’t forget about oral hygiene.
Brushing and especially flossing is not something that most women think about during the summer, but it is still important for good health. Ice cream and other frozen treats are common when it is hot outside, and the added sugar can be detrimental to your oral health. Along with remembering to brush your teeth twice a day, regular flossing can help keep your teeth strong and white.

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5. Enjoy vacation time.
Between work, family, and daily life, women often suffer from high levels of stress. Not only can this cause physical problems, but it can also affect a woman’s mental health. Summer is the perfect time of year for women to take a vacation. Whether you stay at home or go to a special destination, the most important aspect to remember is for women to take some time for themselves. Spending time relaxing can reduce high stress levels, which can have amazing benefits on women’s health. Along with improving heart health, the lower levels of cortisol in the body can also help reduce body fat.

6. Watch alcohol intake during the summer
While the summer is a perfect time to relax with friends and family, and throw plenty of outdoor parties it is important to watch your alcoholic intake. Dehydration is always a concern during the summer, and alcohol beverages can increase a person’s risk of developing heat related complications. Even though you are supposed to take this time to relax and enjoy yourself, overindulging in alcohol can cause more health complications. Health care experts recommend avoiding hard liquor if you have to drink, and instead choose lighter beverages such as a watered down wine spritzer or a lite beer.

7. Get plenty of sleep.
The most important thing a woman can do for her health during the summer is to get plenty of sleep. While the extra hours of daylight and general playful atmosphere might entice women to stay up later, this will only add to the already high levels of stress, giving sleep problems. Instead enjoy having the option of catching up on your sleep, along with seeing an improvement in your energy levels. Catching up on your sleep can not only improve your overall health, it can also help you look and feel younger.

Summary
These simple tips will help women take advantage of the summertime to improve their health, while enjoying themselves. Easy to implement in your daily life these tips can help improve your overall health, along keep you young and energetic so you can truly enjoy your summer.

Author Bio
Kelly Everson (@kellyeverson12) is an American author and MA in English literature. She is a health article writer who has written numerous articles/online journals on stretch marks, pregnancy, sleep disorders, female health and joint pain problems. She is also passionate about health, beauty and fitness. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest from 2011. Examiner from 2013, Epochtimes & Healthline from 2014

 

Disclaimer: This Guest Post was written by someone other than the author of DeDivahDeals. The author of this post, has submitted their article to DeDivahDeals for the purpose of being published on this blog as a Guest Writer.


From the Hooters to the Tooter, Get Them Checked During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wellness Wednesday

Hello friends and welcome to this week’s feature of  “Wellness Wednesday”.

October is more than a month of falling leaves, trips to the Apple Orchards and Crock Pot meals. For me it also signals the time to put my legs in stirrups and to have my boobies mashed between two metal plates.   Yep, it’s time for the annual exams for the hooters and the tooter, which means I will also be scheduling my first colonoscopy.  Hubby’s recent diagnosis and ultimate surgery for small intestinal cancer made it even more of a priority for me.

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After checking both my work and home calendars I try to schedule my annual Pap Smear and Mammogram appointments on the same day.  It’s so easy to get caught up with work and family, not to mention the holiday hoopla then forget to make an appointment.

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Oftentimes, I will mix the day of appointments with a day of pampering starting with the dreaded pap smear, followed by lunch, then the mammogram and finally a pedicure ~ works for me!

I don’t care how old I am how long I’ve been having these procedures done, I never look forward to either.  However, it doesn’t matter how uncomfortable they are, these vital exams must be done, no if’s, and’s or butt’s about it!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so if you haven’t made an appointment for your annual mammogram, please use this as a reminder to do so.  We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer which is more of a reason to schedule an appointment ~ no excuses.

 To get a FREE copy of the eBbook The Top Ten Superfoods for Preventing Breast Cancer, just click on this link

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Have you ever taken part in a Breast Cancer Walk?

breast cancer walk I did this one in memory of my cousin Debra and Aunt Hazel.  

“Cancer Don’t Care!”

Shop For Pink Ribbon Jewelry Now To Cure Breast Cancer!

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: I am not a medical professional and these posts are not designed to promote or give any medical advice.  Please check with your personal physician if you have any questions regarding your own health.


Caltrate Gummy Bites

Hello friends,

If you recall, last year my GYN diagnosed me with being Vitamin D Deficient, so I started taking Vitamin D pills.  If you are anything like me, you don’t like taking hard-to-swallow pills and may take softgels instead.

I had seen Gummy Vitamins on the shelves at our local drug stores but always felt they were a bit juvenile for a woman of my age!

Thanks to @Smiley360, I was able to receive ten sample packs to review.  Included with the samples was a $2.00 off coupon and a Pedometer, which I wear at the office as a reminder to get up and walk, I definitely don’t want a “blogger’s butt”.

Caltrate Gummy Bites

These Caltrate Gummy Bites are Calcium & Vitamin D3 Supplements which supports strong bones, another health concern for aging women.  The Gummy Bites are not those stick-to-your-teeth bites which I though they would be, you know something similar to candy gummy worms.  

They come in three flavors, Black Cherry, Orange and Strawberry and have now become part of my daily vitamin regiment. 

Anyone over the age of 13 can take these supplements 2x per day with or without food but make sure to first check with your physician before taking any new medication or supplement.

Caltrate Gummy Bites

Caltrate Gummy Bites can be purchased online @Amazon.com or at your local Walgreens, Walmart, Target or CVS.  Click here to receive your $2.00 off coupon.

I received this product for free for the purpose of my review.  Opinions are 100% my own.  I am not a health care professional so please check with your physician before taking any over-the-counter products.


Super Foods for Seniors | Cancer Fighters

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter/Resurrection Sunday. This week’s chapter of Super Foods is near and dear to my heart, especially since hubby just had surgery to remove the cancer from his small intestines.

Super Foods Cancer Fighters

Many believe as I do that we all have cancerous cells but it’s not known what triggers them in some and not in others.  It is also believed that there are foods that contain natural compounds that defend your body against cancer.  These are just a few of them:

  • Blueberries – the antioxidants in these berries are tough on cancer and it’s development

  • Mushrooms – contains ergothioneine which is a cell-protecting antioxidant

  • Broccoli Sprouts – these baby bloomers are more potent than the adult version, broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, a cancer fighter

Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli Sprouts

  • Cereal – cereal fortified with Vitamin D can cut risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancer

  • Pomegranate Juice – the extract helps to prevent prostate cancer

  • Garlicallicin and sulfur compounds can rev up your immune system

  • Tomatoes – rich in lycopene which contain anti-cancer powers, which is also found in watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, sweet red pepper, cooked asparagus and red cabbage

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  • Brazil Nuts -helps your body resist cancers of the esophagus, lung, stomach, colon and rectum.  They contain selenium, which is an anti-cancer nutrient

  • Walnuts – a few walnuts a day may help prevent prostate cancer

  • Cantaloupe – beta carotene and other carotenoids helps to lower the risk of head, neck, mouth, uterus, prostate and blood cancers.

  • Lima Beansinositol pentakisphoshate may inhibit growth of cancer and may even make anti-cancer drugs more effective

  • Cabbage – eating cabbage at least once per week provides extra lung cancer protection, it can also help to prevent colon, brain, breast, stomach, and bladder cancers.

  • Sweet Peppers – antioxidant powers of vitamin C can save you from cancers of the stomach, throat, lung, bladder and pancreas.  Other foods rich is Vitamin C are strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and brussels sprouts.

Sweet Peppers

  • Broccoliindole-3-carbinol is a natural cancer foe found in broccoli

  • Tumeric – curcumin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent eight types of cancers – lung, blood, breast, stomach, colon, mouth, skin and liver

  • Olive Oil – monounsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil targets the main gene that promotes breast cancer

  • Turnip Greens – lowers the risk of colon cancer

  • Barley – cuts risk by 40% if you raise your daily fiber intake to 35 grams

  • Black Beans – eating beans 3 times per week may lower your risk of colon cancer especially for red meat lovers

  • Sauerkraut – eating three servings a week lowers your chance for breast cancer, make sure to rinse and drain before eating to cut down on the sodium

Turnip Greens and Beans

  • Black Raspberries – the ellagic acid may prevent 4 kinds of cancer, lung, liver, skin and esophagus

  • Strawberries – a good source of pectin, a cancer foe

  • Cranberriesproanthocyanidins in these berries fights leukemia, colon cancer and lung cancer cells

  • Peanuts – resveratrol in nuts is a cancer fighting antioxidant

  • Green Tea – drinking green tea regularly could cut your risk of esophageal cancer by up to 50%

  • Apricots – beta carotene in this fruit could cut your odds of some stomach and intestinal cancers

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  • Asparagus – antioxidant glutathione may help defend against disease and cell damage which is an effective cancer fighter

  • Beets – just a half of cup of beets in a salad gives you almost a fifth of the daily folate that your body needs which is needed especially if you smoke

Cancer is a disease of abnormal, out-of-control cell growth.  If not held in check, cancer can spread through the body, destroying other organs and tissues.  Breast cancer is most common in women, and for men it’s prostate cancer.  

However, as written in my previous post “Cancer Don’t Care” it can effect anyone despite the foods you eat or don’t eat, whether you smoke or not, sunbathe or not, please be vigilant in getting your physical exams and check early and often if cancer is prevalent in your family.

Today I’m hanging out with Tough Cookie Mommy for Monday Mingle, so come on over.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Love/Avon Army of Women | Guest Post

Each year, 19,000 new cases of breast cancer occur among African American women. That’s 19,000 too many.

According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate of breast cancer for African American women is 77%, compared to white women’s rate of 90%. In addition, African American women are more likely to develop breast cancer at a younger age, and we tend to develop more aggressive tumors, which are harder and more expensive to treat.

Enter Dr. Kathleen Arcaro from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She studies breast cancer by studying breastmilk, which is full of breast cells key in figuring out how breast cancer develops. Over the past ten years she’s worked to improve our understanding of breast cancer risk, and her findings may lead to new screening, prevention, and treatment strategies.

The problem? Black women are underrepresented in the research. As a result, findings that work for white women or women with less aggressive forms of breast cancer, don’t work for the majority of black women grappling with the disease.

To ensure her findings are applicable to women of all races, she has been working to recruit African American women for the Love/Avon Army of Women, a project aiming to recruit one million women to sign up to participate in breast cancer research (if they choose to do so). By signing up, participants will receive an email newsletter with breast cancer research opportunities. Some research is as simple as a questionnaire or a phone interview.

Having African American women well represented in the breast cancer research is key, for her research and many others.’ So Dr. Arcaro hopes black women will sign up for the Army of Women (and be sure to select “breast milk study” as the referral type to help track the impact).

You can learn more about Dr. Arcaro’s work, and see if you or other women you know might qualify for one of her studies, at the website of the UMass Breastmilk Lab, and follow the lab on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

 

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A Woman’s Heart

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday 

Did you know that heart disease is the biggest killer of women, more than breast, ovarian and cervical cancer combined.  The scariest thing about heart disease for women is that over 64% of them who die suddenly of a heart attack had no previous symptoms. 

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Heart disease is caused by plaque in the blood vessels which was once very hard to detect.  This plaque clogs the arteries and makes the heart a ticking time bomb.  Now a new breakthrough discovered by a cardiologists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has made detection easier. 

heart attack symptoms In women not all heart attacks look like that of a man clutching his chest in pain.  For women the warning signs are more subtle and may be confused as being menopausal symptoms, but they should not be ignored:

  • Sweating – excessively drenched in perspiration
  • Nausea or Dizziness – you may vomit or feel like you want to pass out
  • Breathlessness – 58% of women report panting or inability to carry on a conversation
  • Sleeplessness – in the month before a heart attack, 50% report having trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety – a sense of doom or fear, your body is telling you something, trust those instincts

Paying attention to these signs and getting proper medical care can be the difference between life and death, so please make an appointment to see your physician.

Go Red for Women” and protect your heart by living healthy:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Consistent Exercise
  • Manage Stress
  • Eat Healthy
  • Take the heart healthy checkup (here) to stay healthy for yourself and for your loved ones!

Stay Heart Healthy!

Fight Heart Disease in Women – Go Red For WomenIt’s time to take a stand against heart disease in women. Join Go Red For Women to come together and fight the No. 1 killer of women – heart disease.

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I am truly thankful for being an ex-smoker, for my wonderful family, friends and of course my faith.  

I am also over-the-top thrilled and thankful for having my post published on the Parade Magazine website.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it (click here).

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

Please share, then come cover to Katherine’ s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Go Red For Women Day

10 Ways to Go Red This February

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Know your Risks ~ Live Healthy ~ Get Involved ~ Share Your Story

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Use the hashtag #GoRedChallenge on Twitter or Instagram  

As an ex-smoker since 2009, I would appreciate if you would VOTE on my submission (click here) – Thank you! 

 

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Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Vanessa Williams, Handbags & Hearts

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“Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today.  Vanessa’s passion for heart health education is a personal one – both of her grandmothers died from heart attacks at a young age, which has been the driving force behind Vanessa’s own healthy and active lifestyle. ”

Vanessa has teamed up with Bayer HealthCare, the makers of Bayer® Aspirin to support the Handbags & Hearts campaign, which urges women to take the Handbags & Hearts pledge to carry aspirin at all times to be prepared for a sudden heart attack.  You too can lend your support in many ways including sharing a story of  how heart disease may has affected  you or a loved one.

Click on the logo below to learn more as well as print a coupon for Bayer Aspirin

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I made a donation for a ProHeart Kit and am spreading the word via Facebook and Twitter.

I  encourage you to learn more about Handbags and Hearts Bayer Aspirin Campaign.

Stay Healthy – Smooches!

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