Wellness and Your Reproductive Health
Taking care of your mind and body and living a healthy lifestyle is an important step to taking care of your reproductive health.
"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
- Audre Lorde
In RSP’s effort to remain connected during COVID-19, we will be sharing resource guides with the people in our community and beyond. We recognize everyone's living and working situation varies, thus we will be sharing practical resources on how to access and use quality, nutritious, and affordable foods that are good for the body and soul. We hope the information we share will spark ideas and inspiration for community, empathy, kindness, laughter, love, and above all resiliency.
Here is an article by CNN on "How to strengthen your immunity during the coronavirus pandemic."
During this challenging time, we are absorbed by a lot of stress and negativity, as a result, it gets hard to tell what we are carrying, what is ours, and what is not. Here is a mantra that supports the release of what is not ours/yours:
"ANY ENERGY THAT IS NOT MINE, RETURN TO ITS SENDER WITH LOVE AND CONSCIOUSNESS - NOW."
-The Guild Ecosystem of Healers.
The Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) is a collaborative "grassroots movement in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston designed for making healthy and affordable food, safe and inviting recreational spaces, and streets and sidewalks readily accessible to all." Learn more about their work.
The Guild is a social enterprise, owned and led by people of color, that is building community capacity through economic development and systems change. Through a process of venue, presence, and connection, The Guild leads cross-sector partnerships with public institutions, community leaders and activists, and thought-leading private and nonprofit entities to build a community-driven development ecosystem. Our work cultivates healing, preserves culture, and activates vital asset creation." Learn more about their work and wellness programs.
Fresh Food in the Heart of Boston:
The Urban Farming Institute's mission is to develop and promote urban farming to engage individuals in growing food and building a healthy community. For more information, please visit their website:
Map of COVID-19 Food Resources in Boston
Check out the City of Boston's website for information on free breakfast and lunch sites for Boston students, as well as information on food pantries and other resources. See the map here. If you do not live in Boston, we suggest viewing your local city/town's website.
8 Mental Health Resources for Black Folks – Because You Deserve Support
“Increased media attention, debates on social media and the release of the videos showing police violence can be detrimental to one’s mental health. Every time this happens, the racial trauma is real. It is also systemic and systematic. We simply can not ignore it.” > read more.
Food and Diet:
African Heritage Diet: Claiming Your Health by Claiming Your History
Oldways is a nonproﬁt organization, based in Boston, MA, helping people rediscover and embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of shared cultural traditions. Check out their African Heritage Diet brochure for tips on connecting back to your ancestral roots by incorporating healthy food traditions into your diet. They also have resources and delicious Latin American, Asian, and Mediterranean recipes.