Watch for early warning signs of heart disease

Coronary heart disease can occur when any of the three vessels to the heart become clogged up from cholesterol. This prevents the free flow of blood to the heart. One of the most dangerous aspects of heart disease is that people may not know they have the condition. Most people are familiar with coronary heart disease, CAD. Unfortunately, many of us have either experienced this or have friends or family, who have experienced this form of heart disease. There are three main arteries that supply blood to the heart. Any of these three vessels may become clogged with cholesterol which prevents the free flow of blood to the heart. When this happens, the heart may experience periods where it does not receive the blood flow it needs. This can result in tissue or heart muscle loss which often leads to a heart attack. It can …

Ron McNair Day 2022 at NCA&TSU

Ronald E. McNairNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will celebrate the life and legacy of alumnus Ronald E. McNair ‘71, in its 36th annual commemoration event on Friday, January 28. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be held via the virtual live stream presentation, “Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Ronald E. McNair: Breaking Barriers- A Celebration of STEM Success.” Part of an annual celebration, the event will include special greetings by N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.; City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan; and McNair’s wife Cheryl McNair as well as several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students who recognize McNair as a pioneer, leader and unspoken mentor and hero. Many will elaborate on the inspiration and impact of McNair on their lives. Additionally, several alumni will reflect on how McNair’s body of work influences them professionally. …

Everyone should have home COVID test kits

The government has recently bought a large number of the quick home test for COVID-19. There is also a mandate that insurance companies are to pay for up to eight home tests per month. People are asking if they should avail themselves of this test. I must say it is a good idea to have the testing available at home. Especially at this time of the year when there are so many viruses with cold symptoms around, there is truly no way to tell from symptoms whether a person has COVID-19 or a normal cold. Testing is your best bet. These are antigen tests. They are most accurate in symptomatic individuals from 5-7 days of their onset of symptoms. The Omicron variant is very infectious and the ability to test oneself after engaging with other people is invaluable. We know that COVID-19 is spread through secretions emanating from an infected …

MLK Day Celebration reinforces “Keeping the Dream Alive”

The MLK Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.Greensboro’s Human Rights Commission honored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy with a free video production that aired at 9 a.m. Monday, January 17 on the Greensboro Television Network (GTN), Facebook, and the city’s YouTube channel. This year marked the 35th year of the annual celebration. The first MLK Day was nationally observed in 1986; however, it wasn’t until 2000 that the day became a federal holiday in all 50 states. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event was a video presentation, with the theme, “Keeping the Dream Alive.” Doug Bender, chair of the Human Rights Commission said this year’s theme was intended to encourage the community to join the work of the commission. “Dr. King was a dreamer and a doer. We continue to try to lift up that good work,” …

Make time to exercise in 2022

Less than one in every four adults gets the recommended amount of exercise to maintain their health. Find an exercise activity to enjoy or finding people to enjoy exercising with can increase one’s exercise time. So many people this time of the year make a commitment to improve their health. One of the primary ways people do this is to promise themselves that they will start an exercise program. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that less than one in every four adults in this country gets the recommended amount of exercise to maintain their health and prevent chronic disease. Many people are so well meaning when they make that commitment to improve their health by exercising. Life somehow though just gets in the way. The act of going to the gym can be daunting for some people. How do they work it into …

GCS and GTA partner to get high school students to school

The Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) counted 120 trips made by Guilford County Schools’ (GCS) high school students on the public city buses on January 10 and 85 trips on January 11. Monday, January 10, was the first day of a new partnership between GTA, the High Point Transit and GCS to allow high school students to ride the public buses to and from school, free of charge. On Friday, January 7, GCS Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras shared that 76 GCS bus drivers tested positive for COVID-19, causing a driver shortage. To remedy the lack of transportation for students, the new partnership will allow high school students to ride city buses for free if they show their student identification badges, also known as “One Cards.” According to the GTA website, high school students have always been able to ride the buses at a discounted price of 75 cents. Now students are …

Start 2022 by again wearing a mask

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is extremely infectious and like the other COVID infections we’ve seen, it is passed via air droplets. Wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of the virus. Due to a surge in the cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, public health entities are strongly recommending that people wear masks. Locally, we are seeing the reinstatement of a mask mandate. This public health recommendation has been music to my ears. The Omicron variant has the unfortunate characteristic of being extremely infectious. Since it is well known that all forms of COVID-19 are spread through the air via respiratory droplets and particles released through speaking, talking, singing or coughing, employing an effective mask is a must. The operative phrase here is “effective mask wearing.” This is a serious issue in which far too many people have given only lip service. …

Bikes for Kids at Gate City Charter

Student essay writers recognized for their achievements (L-R): Ny’ala Nyajeka, London Brown and Kevin McKenzie. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker. Gate City Charter Academy students gleefully respond to the news that every student will receive a bicycle. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker.All third-grade students at Greensboro’s Gate City Charter Academy screamed and jumped for joy when they learned each would receive a new Jiffy bicycle and safety helmet. In a special school assembly to award bicycles only to three students recognized for their essays on confidence, responsibility, kindness and determination, the Bikes for Kids Foundation and Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball club informed the students that all of them would receive a new bicycle. The carefully choreographed ruse involved teachers and leaders reading an essay, with the writer brought to the lectern to receive a bicycle. …

Top 5 stories in Guilford County in 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris came to Greensboro in April 2021 and discussed the Biden infrastructure plan with Peacemaker editor Afrique Kilimanjaro. COVID-19 Vaccinations 2021 opened up with a national push to get everyone vaccinated against COVID-19. The Guilford County Department of Public Health supported vaccination sites across the city, including the FEMA led mass vaccination site at Four Seasons Town Centre mall and one at the Greensboro Coliseum. The county also rolled out a mobile vaccination program in May to take the shots directly to the community. There were more than 65 approved sites, such as doctors’ offices and pharmacies, designated as vaccination clinics. The county created a COVID-19 data dashboard on its website, much like the one The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services used, to provide more demographic data on people who are partially or fully vaccinated against …

A tough year with hopes for better but we cannot disrespect COVID-19

COVID Christmas: Many experts suggest curtailing travel this Christmas because of the surging variant population. Those who must travel are urged to get a COVID test beforehand. Wow here we go again. Who would have believed we are back in this space again with COVID-19 and its derivatives surrounding our lives. Yes, we are all so over COVID-19 but COVID-19 is not through with us. So, we must learn to live with it. Your best bet is to become vaccinated. That includes all people down to five-years of age. Do be proactive and get your booster shot as it has been shown to improve immunity to the Omicron variant. Strongly advise those in your orbit to be vaccinated. It not only protects you but protects others you love. For those kids below five, the best advice is to have them surrounded by people who have …