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Black communities must lead the charge to repair harm from freeways



“Did you hear about the rose that grew out of a crack in the concrete?” asked Tupac Shakur.

I’ve done it – it’s the story of black survival despite living in undesirable environmental conditions.

Living conditions need to be improved to ensure the future of blacks. As a black woman who is passionate about environmental justice, this is the task that defines my work, my volunteering and activism in the field of transport.

Transport inequalities are based on racism and the political disenfranchisement of black communities. Under the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, city planners ran highways through poor color communities to meet the urban regeneration goal of “slum” clearance and to increase racial segregation. The construction of the motorways was largely carried out without any input from the municipality. Despite some successful motorway revolts, construction continued.

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It resulted in the demolition and displacement of black communities due to limited political power. Sammie Abbott, who fought highways in the early 1970s, coined the phrase: “The streets of white men through.” [B]Men’s rooms are missing. “

Black communities in the United States have faced forced relocations, stolen wealth, and divided neighborhoods, which continues to have detrimental effects to this day. Some examples are:

  • Construction of I-94 in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, which resulted in the demolition of more than 600 homes and 300 businesses;
  • Construction of I-10 along Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, which resulted in the demolition of 155 lots and 200 oak trees;
  • The construction of I-75 in the Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan resulted in the destruction of more than 350 businesses.

Diesel pollution in the Bay Area

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Tree planted on MLK Day of Service at Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland, California in 2017. (Photo credit: Howard Dyckoff / Flickr)

This historical background motivated me to volunteer for MLK Day of Service at Brookfield Elementary School in East Oakland, California in 2017. In Brookfield, asthma and lack of transportation are the top reasons children miss school. State data ranks the census tract, which contains Brookfield, in the 99th percentile for asthma.

The high levels of asthma are due in part to the adjacent I-880 freeway, which carries most of the trucks in the San Francisco Bay Area. The trucks emit a harmful mixture of nitrogen oxides and particulates that are linked to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. Truck traffic along I-880 deteriorated significantly when trucks were banned on nearby I-580, which runs through the predominantly white Oakland Hills.

On MLK day, we planted trees along the baffle that separates the school’s asphalt pavement from the I-880 freeway to create a vegetation barrier that absorbs and filters air pollution. By reducing children’s exposure to pollution, the project aimed to improve respiratory health, a prerequisite for a future worth living.

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At the time, I was a PhD student in environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. I struggled to find a research project that was relevant to my lab’s focus on diesel engine control and that also satisfied my interest in nonprofit research.

The tree planting project inspired me to study exposure to truck-related air pollution along the I-880 and I-580 freeways. I modeled the air quality and environmental justice impact of accelerated adoption of diesel truck emission reduction technologies in California by comparing two communities in East Oakland: Brookfield Village and Sobrante Park along I-880 and Sequoyah along I-580 .

The study found that while control technologies reduce inequalities in exposure to air pollution, concentrations along I-880 remain higher and the differences persist.

While diesel cleaning efforts reduce the disproportionate burden on residents along I-880, more needs to be done to boost equity.

Reparative justice

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Construction of I-10 along Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana resulted in the demolition of 155 lots and 200 oak trees. (Photo credit: Bart Everson / Flickr)

Some might conclude that my studies support the case of simply electrifying truck fleets. But this technological “solution” is still rooted in capitalism, imperialism and extraction, the systems that create inequalities and maintain cycles of damage. It shifts economic exploitation and pollution, particularly to indigenous communities in South America where lithium is mined for batteries in electric vehicles.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1967, “We must realize that we cannot solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power. This means a revolution in values ​​and other things. We must.” See now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are linked. You can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the other. The whole structure of American life needs to be changed. “

Dr. King’s words challenge us to develop transportation solutions that go beyond electrification and the convenience of single-occupancy vehicles. Transport equity means redefining and restructuring our communities in ways that do not mimic capitalist extraction and systems of oppression, but that address the causes of inequality, redistribute public goods, and increase human power.

Justice requires redress for racial injustices and enforces the right to self-determination, as set out in Principle 5 of the 17 Principles of Environmental Justice developed by grassroots organizers at the first National Summit of Environmental Leaders for People in Color. Our transport system must be redesigned through integrative planning processes and with the aim of reparative justice.

What if we at Brookfield Elementary School not only plant trees, but also replace the baffle and I-880 freeway with a black affirmative room? This would begin to eradicate the injustices caused by the construction of highways.

Supporting community visions for repairing damage

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Girl riding a bike on Belle Isle Park in Detroit. (Image credit: Michigan DNR)

Across the country, local and state governments have initiated highways dismantling projects with the express intent of eliminating historical injustices, reconnecting communities, and increasing physical and economic mobility. For example, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and members of the local community are developing a vision for alternatives to I-94 to serve the neighborhoods separated by the freeway.

The highway demolition movement has even found its way into federal legislation. In March 2021, President Biden released the American Jobs Plan, which provides $ 20 billion to projects that reconnect neighborhoods that have been divided by the construction of highways and promote equity. In April 2021, Democratic senators introduced the Reconnecting Communities Act, which provided grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund community engagement and projects to remove or upgrade highway infrastructure, including funding for community land trusts.

The success of these projects depends on the joint creation of a new decision-making process that is based on a principle of community ownership and focuses on the life and livelihood of blacks. In addition, it requires that the infrastructure and transport legislature penalize cars, including electric cars, as a whole, as they rely on the same infrastructure for damage – highways.

I urge researchers to work towards comprehensive solutions that will help dismantle systems of oppression and support self-determined communities. An important form of advocacy is the provision of data and evidence that supports community-created solutions. This includes specific measures such as stopping motorway extensions, the demolition of motorways and expanding access to police-free and free transit, as well as comprehensive black visions of climate and environmental justice.

Research must support the community’s vision for a healthy and liveable future for blacks.

Regan Patterson

Dr. Regan F. Patterson is a Research Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where she conducts analysis and research on intersectional transport policy. She has her MS / Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In her environmental activism, Dr. Patterson that there is no justice without reparation. Feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @Regan_Felice.

This essay was produced by the community of agents for change in environmental justice. Agents of Change enables aspiring leaders with historically excluded scientific and academic backgrounds to redefine solutions for a just and healthy planet.

Banner Photo: Author Regan Patterson (left) plants trees along a freeway baffle in the Bay Area. (Photo credit: Azibuike Akaba)

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These 7-Minute HICT Workouts Lead to Serious Fitness Gains



Whether you call it Quarantine 15 or Covid 20, many of us have put on a few extra pounds in the past year when our routines were turned upside down and stress levels skyrocketed along with binge drinking and Netflix marathons. For some reason, it just seemed harder to find the time or motivation to exercise. We’re here to fix that while you can find seven minutes. That’s all it takes to fight (yes, fight) through a lightning-fast workout that will charge your body more than you think possible. No, a seven minute fitness high won’t get you going like Chris Hemsworth, but it can burn fat and build strength. “Some movement always beats no movement,” says Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS, MH’s fitness director, “especially when you are pushing your limits.”

So why seven minutes (instead of five or ten)? The key, according to a study by the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, is intensity. In a 2013 study published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal, researchers at the institute showed that a seven-minute exercise protocol based on high-intensity circuit training (HICT) can be effective. The paper’s authors developed a workout that combines full-body aerobics and resistance training in a fast-moving circuit, and their busy clients thrive and improve their fat-burning strength and endurance. And yes, you could exercise even less time as workouts as short as four minutes can be beneficial. But you’d have to train incredibly hard, at an intensity even greater than 100 percent of your VO2max (a measure of your cardiovascular performance). Meanwhile, a seven-minute session elicits a metabolic response while you can work with a more manageable 90 percent of your VO2 max.

These four workouts combine HICT principles with fun moves that will help you achieve a variety of fitness goals. Two of them will blow fat and build strength, and one will destroy your cardio fitness. The fourth focuses on recovery and relaxation of tense muscles. “Exercise is lotion,” says Dan Giordano, DPT, CSCS, who designed the recovery session. Every workout keeps you moving for almost every second of your seven minutes. Do one of these once a day, or to overclock your fitness, do it twice or even three times a day.

7-minute blaster with body weight

Jeff Allen

Raise your heart rate as you build strength and athleticism with this session from Jahkeen Washington, Men’s Health 2020 Top Coach Winner and Owner of JTW Fit.

DIRECTIONS: Warm up with a 30-second plank, 10 reverse lunges, and 10 jumping jacks. Then set a timer for 7 minutes. Do 10 rounds (yes, really) of the first 4 exercises below. Do 10 repetitions of each movement on the first round, then 9, and so on, until you have completed 1 repetition of each movement on the last round. Do you have more time? Do a hollow hold until the time runs out.

    Start standing up, feet shoulder width apart and abdominal muscles tensed. Bend your knees and hips and lower them until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Stand up and squeeze your glutes. This is 1 rep.

      Start in the push-up position. Keep your hands on the floor and jump forward with your feet. Get your hands off the floor. Reverse the trains to return to the start. This is 1 rep.

        Stand with your torso at a 45-degree angle to the floor with your arms hanging naturally. This is the beginning. Raise your arms until they form a T with your torso. Lower them. This is 1 rep.

          Start in a push-up position, hands a little wider than shoulder width. Bend your elbows and shoulders, and lower your chest to within an inch of the floor. Press Backup. This is 1 rep.

            Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out, your lower back pressed into the floor. Raise your shoulder blades and thighs an inch. Hold on until the time runs out.

            7 minute barbell destruction

            Single Dumbbell Destruction Jahkeen Washington Performing Pass Through Reverse Longe Tank and Shorts by Rhone Sneakers by Nike

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            Grab a dumbbell (or kettlebell!) And never put it down in this workout from Ebenezer Samuel, CSCS

            DIRECTIONS: Warm up with a 30-second plank, 10 reverse lunges, and 10 jumping jacks. Then set a timer for 7 minutes. Use a medium weight dumbbell or kettlebell. Do the following movements as a circle. Don’t rest between sentences; struggling to keep moving for the full 7 minutes. Keep track of the score and see how many rounds you can complete.

            • Pass-through reverse lunge

              Stand with a weight in your right hand, core and buttocks tensed. Step back with your left leg, then bend and lower your knees and hips until your left knee is an inch
              off the floor and your right knee is at a 90 degree angle. Bring the weight under your right thigh onto your left hand. Push through your right heel and stand up. Repeat on the other side. This is 1 rep; do 10.

              • Compensate Romanian deadlift in series

                Hold a weight in your right hand around your hips, torso, and buttocks. Keeping your hips and shoulders straight forward, pushing your bum back, and lowering your torso as much as possible without rounding your back. Take a break, then row the weight towards your rib cage. Lowering. Stand and squeeze your glutes. This is 1 rep; Do 8 per side.

                • Plank pull-through for rowing

                  Get in a push-up position, hands just below your shoulders, core and buttocks tensed, feet slightly apart, a weight just outside your right hand. Keeping your abs tense, grab your left hand and pull it under your left shoulder. Row it to your rib cage; Hold 1 count, then decrease. Repeat on the other side. This is 1 rep; do 10.

                    Starting from a standing position, hold a weight in your right hand on your shoulder. Bend your knees slightly, then explode upward, straightening your arm, forcing the weight over your head in the process. Lower the weight on your shoulder. This is 1 rep; Do 10 per side.

                    7-minute sprint at the speed of light

                    Light Speed ​​Sprint Jahkeen Washington Performing Sprint shirt, shorts, and trainers from On

                    Jeff Allen

                    Brooklyn Track Club’s treadmill Jes Woods leads you through a speed session smoking legs and lungs on a treadmill or outdoors.

                    DIRECTIONS: Warm up with a 30-second jog, then start exercising. Take deep breaths during the 30 second recovery window and go through hard when it’s time to run.

                    0: 00-2: 00 ➡️ Run at a moderate pace, about 80 percent of your maximum effort.

                    2: 00-2: 30 ➡️ Walk or jog to relax.

                    2: 30-4: 00 ➡️ Runs a little harder than at the start. This time you only run for 90 seconds.

                    4: 00-4: 30 ➡️ Walk or jog to relax.

                    4: 30-5: 30 ➡️ Run Hard. You only run for 60 seconds, so go all out.

                    5: 30-6: 00 ➡️ Walk or jog to relax.

                    6: 00-6: 30 ➡️ Here is your big finish. Run as fast as possible for 30 seconds.

                    6: 30-7: 00 ➡️ Walk or jog to relax. Enjoy the sweat.

                    7-minute crazy mobility

                    Mad Mobility Jahkeen Washington Performing Scorpion Stretch Tank and Shorts by Nike Sneakers by Apl

                    Jeff Allen

                    This full-body flow session from Dan Giordano, DPT, CSCS, Sports Medicine Advisor at Men’s Health, is pure back, shoulder and hip happiness.

                    DIRECTIONS: Work from one movement to the next and rest as needed. Take your time and take a deep breath with each stretch. Make 2 rounds.

                      Lie on your stomach with your arms stretched out to your sides. Lift your right foot; reach it via your left leg and aim for your foot to touch the ground. Stop and hold. Repeat back to the beginning and on the other side. This is 1 rep; do 8.

                        Sit on your shins, then move your right foot to the right, knees straight. Bend at the waist
                        and put your hands on the floor. Rock back gently and straighten the inside of the thigh of your straight leg. This is 1 rep; Do 8 per side.

                          Kneel on your right knee with your left foot on the floor. Put your hands together in front of you. Pull your left elbow back as far as you can, as if you were shooting with a bow and arrow. Extend your arm. This is 1 rep; Do 8 per side.

                            Kneel on your right knee with your left foot on the floor. Put your left hand on the floor. Extend your right arm toward the ceiling and straighten your chest. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Back to top. This is 1 rep; Do 8 per side.

                            This story originally appeared in the June 2021 issue of Men’s Health.

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The Biggest Health Issues Facing Men



June 14th to 20th Men’s Health Week and it is a kind reminder for all men to ponder what matters most – their health.

Men’s health deserves special attention because, statistically speaking, men are in worse health than women and that has to change!

In honor of this event, we’ve rounded up some of the top health problems men face today.

Major health problems for men

When it comes to issues that are prevalent in men, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that these were the top 10 causes of premature death in 2016:

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Trachea and lung cancer
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Cerebrovascular diseases
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • diabetes
  • Blood and lymph cancer, including leukemia
  • Suicide

The Australian Government’s Health Direct also points out a number of health issues in men, some of which, while not all life threatening, may be overlooked:

  • Androgen deficiency – occurs when the body is unable to make enough testosterone, which can affect the quality of life. Symptoms can include low energy levels, mood swings, irritability, poor concentration, decreased muscle strength, and low sex drive.
  • Depression and anxiety – Beyond Blue reports that 1 in 8 men will be depressed and 1 in 5 will have anxiety at some point in their life. The number of men who die from suicide is twice the annual national toll. Resources and support are available from Beyond Blue.
  • Erectile dysfunction – affects 1 in 5 men over 40 years of age. It’s not a disease, but it can sometimes indicate other problems like diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • infertility – It is believed that 4 in 10 cases of infertility are due to men. It’s usually caused by poor sperm transport, but can only be detected through medical tests. It’s important to get checked out by a doctor, as male infertility can sometimes indicate other problems, such as androgen deficiency or testicular cancer.

They didn’t include the man flu on the list, but everyone knows the symptoms of this one. Joking aside, if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that even the smallest cold is worth taking seriously.

Adopt better health habits

It’s easy to think of a healthy lifestyle as just eating, sleeping, and exercising, but none of that is worth anything if you ignore a serious health problem.

Better Health’s theory is that men can be in poorer health than women due to a number of factors. This includes things like long consultation hours that make it difficult to schedule a doctor’s appointment, more health promotion that is specifically targeted at women, and that our culture encourages men to be tough and independent, and that seeking help from a doctor this can threaten.

Despite these factors, individuals can still change something and that is exactly what Men’s Health Week is all about.

Healthy man suggests that all men remember that it is healthy to talk about their problems and not avoid any changes that they notice in themselves. If you have any concerns, it is worth consulting a doctor.

Men can also take control of their health by staying abreast of potential health issues that can affect them and knowing how to avoid them. A list of information sheets can be found here.

There are also a number of men’s clinics and hotlines available such as MensLine Australia at 1300 78 99 78.

Whether you’re participating in a fundraiser, sharing health information, or looking closely at yourself or the men in your life, anyone can contribute to Men’s Health Week.

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Wear BLUE for Men’s Health



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#ShowUsYourBlue on Wear BLUE Day, Friday, June 18

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, June 17, 2021 / – Blue has never looked better on you! Men’s Health Network (MHN) calls on everyone to wear BLUE on Wear BLUE Day, Friday June 18, in order to raise the health awareness of men. Studies show that men live sicker and die five years younger than women. Post photos of you, your employees or your favorite animal in blue with the hashtags #ShowUsYourBlue and #WearBlueForMen.

Wear BLUE is a year-round program launched by MHN to encourage men to choose a healthier lifestyle and schedule regular health visits to achieve longer, healthier lives.

Always the Friday before Father’s Day, which is June 18th this year, Wear BLUE Day is an opportunity for men – and those who love them – to really improve their overall health and fitness. Whether your husband, brother, father, son, or boyfriend, wearing BLUE is a simple gesture to show your care, and it’s a great way to highlight men’s health issues.

“The Friday before Father’s Day is always one of our favorite days of the year as we can further raise awareness of the health and wellbeing of men and boys across the digital media landscape,” said Ana Fadich-Tomsic, VP of Health Network for Men ( MHN). “Whether it’s for your husband, father, brother, uncle, grandparent, cousin, friend or significant other, MHN encourages everyone to join us this Friday to wear Blue for men’s health.”

MHN brings men’s health awareness to a wider audience to make real changes in the health inequalities and to help men understand the benefits of good health, prevention and regular checkups. Wear BLUE Day helps get the word out by creating greater awareness through this simple gesture of putting on any shade of blue. Healthy men and boys, like healthy women, mean healthy families and communities, and that’s good for everyone.

For social media news and pictures, download the toolkit or visit the website to find news in English and Spanish. To learn more about Wear BLUE Day or for more information, please visit

Men’s Health Month, Men’s Health Week, and Wear BLUE Day are sponsored by the Men’s Health Network (MHN), which maintains a list of experts and speakers on all areas of male health and wellbeing, including fatherhood.

Men’s Health Network, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities and patients Navigation. Learn more about MHN at and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at For more information on MHN’s ongoing Dialogue on Men’s Health series, please visit


Brandon Ross
Men’s Health Network

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