David Pryor, MD December 1 is World AIDS Day, a global initiative to encourage countries and communities to take a stand against HIV/AIDS. We here at BlackWomensHealth feel very strongly about recognizing the fight against HIV/AIDS—not only on World AIDS Day, but all through December and every day of the year. Roniece Weaver, MS, RD, LD But what is blood pressure? Its something everyone has and it’s something that we can’t do without. As blood is pumped through your body's arteries, it creates force against the inside walls of your blood vessels. The amount of blood the heart pumps and the resistance of the arteries determines your blood pressure. A "silent killer," ………..High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, but yet it can lead to serious and even life-threatening problems if left untreated. The good news is that there are ways to manage hypertension. Marcus Geeter Are you still using the same mascara from last year? When is the correct time to dispose of old makeup and beauty products? It varies from product to product. Here are some helpful hints to follow. Alicia Stallings We’ve all had those times: times when we’re so busy with family obligations or work that we don’t seem to have time to take care of our health. Exercise falls by the wayside and healthy, intentional food choices are replaced with whatever is in the fridge and within hand’s reach. So the question is: what can one do to make sure that her healthy lifestyle doesn’t get shot, even when she has to stay in one spot? The answer my friends, is preparation. David Pryor, MD The health of African-Americans has improved over the last forty years. Many factors have helped improve our health such as regular medical care, exercise, a healthy diet, and timely screening tests. We need to be aware of these preventative health practices to make sure we are properly screened in order to ensure a healthier future for ourselves and our families. Consult with your doctor or health provider who can help you tailor these summary recommendations to your specific health situation.