Children and adolescents in low-income and poverty-stricken homes and environments are at a greater risk for poor well-being throughout the course of their lives. TODAY you can join me in doing something to help: Consider this a special edition of this wellness blog.

The negative effects of poverty and near-poverty on well-being extend to increased risk for: depression, PTSD, poor emotional development, poor performance in school, weakened immune systems, poor memory, premature aging, premature death, and chronic diseases (e.g. asthma, obesity, high blood pressure, and some cancers). Children and young adults who grow up in such circumstances are also at an increased risk for substance abuse and addiction, including cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs.

TODAY you can do something to help! TODAY, post publicly on social media a make-up free selfie using the hashtag “#RFGoNaked”. That’s it. For every such post, Rodan + Fields® (the company behind my dermatological skincare franchise) will donate $1 to the Prescription for Change® (PFC). The foundation gives money to organizations breaking the cycle of child poverty and illiteracy through empowerment programs where these children and teens live.

Keep reading for more details on the organizations and how you can get a thank you for yourself from me. But first, POST!! Read More

Commit these numbers and number ranges to memory or jot them down somewhere you can easily reference.

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Here’s a simple breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snack) recipe for you. All you need are three ingredients, plus some salt and pepper. You can make these day of or prepare a plethora for the week ahead.

There are two ways to do this. One cooks the pepper and the egg and one (my favorite) leaves the pepper raw and crisp, stuffed with a scrambled egg. I’ll give you both.

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