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Coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Through Fitness and Social Activities

PTSD affects 1 in 5 Veterans. We will feature Team Red, White, and Blue and their mission to bring veterans all the way home.

PTSD can affect anyone who has been through a traumatic event. Fitness and social activities has shown to be an effective coping tool.

The Human Side Video Essay

Dallas Independent Volleyball Association (D.I.V.A.)

Building Diversity and Community through Volleyball

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Volleyball Tournament Chart
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The Dallas Independent Volleyball Association or D.I.V.A for short, was founded nearly 25 years ago in the Dallas Gay and Lesbian community. D.I.V.A. promotes diversity and community building through volleyball on a weekly basis. People from all walks of life participate in the association. The association welcomes everyone no matter what your creed, orientation, or athletic abilities or the lack there of. D.I.V.A offers five different divisions from RECREATIONAL to POWER PLAYERS so there is something for everyone. The volleyball league plays the majority of their games at the Integrated Athletic Development (IAD) in Carrollton, Texas on Friday evenings. In addition to volleyball, they provide food and fellowship, and the latest musical hits for ambience. Longtime member Donny Perry said, “If you are looking for something new to do, come out and join us. It doesn’t matter who you are. We want you to have fun and maybe get a little exercise in as well.”  In the video below (full length can be found here), recent D.I.V.A. member Jake McKowen credits the association for giving him something to do other than hang out in the bar scene. Donny Perry and Kelly Ann Fraser share their stories on how D.I.V.A. has impacted their lives. For more information, please visit http://www.divadallas.org.

Photo Essay The Human Side

Beer: Saving Humanity One Pint at a Time

Insider look at Deep Ellum Brewery Tour


Historians suggest that beer saved the human race. Brew-master Jeremy Hunt regales us with the story as told to him:

Slide10Beer dates back as far as Noah and has been a staple of people’s diets as well as used for currency for centuries.Deep Ellum Brewery Company continues the tradition with weekly tours one pint at a time.Slide02






Allen Livingston, of College Station, TX decided it was the perfect time to surprise his girlfriend with a marriage proposal:

Health Photo Essay The Human Side Video Essay

Care for the Caregiver

Advice for Caregivers to stay happy and healthy

Photo by Karen Fields

Caring For the Caregiver from Karen Fields on Vimeo.


One of the most stressful jobs you can have is caregiver. Whether it be care for an infant, senior, or someone with an illness, the stress can be overwhelming. Family caregiving has been associated with increased levels of depression and anxiety as well as higher use of psychoactive medications. There are support groups for caregivers such as the Cancer Support Community of North Texas (CSCNT) located at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The CSCNT host a number of support-related events weekly and monthly and from grief counseling to coffee and crocheting breaks. Each month, family members and friends of Cancer patients meet to discuss techniques for stress relief and to commiserate with one another. For February, the group was led by Dr. Beverly Owen, ED.D who specializes in counseling for Cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers. The advice Dr. Owen shared is universal to all caregiving situations.

Advice for Caregivers from Karen Fields on Vimeo.

Health The Human Side Video Essay

Don’t “Break” Your Heart Ladies!

February is Heart Awareness Month

One woman’s heart tale

Heart Smart from Karen Fields on Vimeo.

Beatrice Flores is recovering from cardiac aneurysm events.  Her story is one of many regarding women and heart disease. She had one of the main risk factors in Cardiovascular Disease – high blood pressure. She recognized she wasn’t feeling well and was experiencing symptoms that are not the same for men. Men will experience pain and pressure in the chest, shoulders, and arms. Women may or may not have these same signs. Here are the typical ways for women to tell if her heart may be in trouble:

Infographic by Karen Fields The FieldsReport.com
Source: American Heart Association www.heart.org


How did my “heart-break”?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) which, includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the number one killer of women and men. However, there are more women who succumb to CVD because they are not aware of the signs their heart may be in trouble.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates CVD cost over $300 billion each year in healthcare services, medications, and lost productivity.

Infographic by Karen Fields TheFieldsReport.com
Source: American Heart Association www.heart.org

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

Understanding the risk means knowing your family history. Did anyone in your family suffer from high blood pressure? Did anyone in your family suffer from a stroke? How many people in your family have had heart attacks? These are all the questions you should get answered to understand your risk for CVD. Sylvia Moore from Cardiology and Interventional Vascular Specialists (CIVA) says, ” A women with a strong family history of cardiovascular disease is at risk and she should make certain her doctor does know that.” Ethnicity also plays a part in whether you might have a heart attack or stroke. Nearly 48% of African-American women have some form of CVD and are at risk for developing symptoms early in life. Healthier eating, living, and better control of high blood pressure and diabetes would prevent deaths from CVD. Being overweight can also contribute to high blood pressure, which causes your heart to work over time.

Preventing “heart-break”

Here are a few things that will help prevent or turn around CVD:

  •  Diet and exercise – eating a low-fat diet will enable you to keep your arteries clear and help control your weight.
  • Eliminate tobacco use – smoking causes elevated blood pressure and increases risk of blood clots due to the weakened capacity of the lungs preventing proper exercise. “If she smokes, she certainly should be asking her doctor about smoke cessation programs. Most doctors have access to these programs and aids that a woman can be helped with to get control of her heart health.” Sylvia Moore CIVA.
  • Controlled blood sugar –diabetes causes poor blood circulation due to constricted blood vessels, which leads to cardiac incidents.
Infographic by Karen Fields The FieldsReport.com Source: American Heart Association www.heart.org
Infographic by Karen Fields The FieldsReport.com
Source: American Heart Association www.heart.org

 What do I do if I am having symptoms?

Infographic by Karen Fields The FieldsReport.com Source: American Heart Association www.heart.org
Infographic by Karen Fields The FieldsReport.com Source: AHA www.heart.org
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