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Magazine Issue 2 Spring 2012









Understanding your Health: Breast Cancer


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Motivation for Success Highlights Juanita Olachia Jones a community activist that has changed her community and positively impacted many lives .

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As always a special thanks to the people that contributed to SPIA Magazine. Consistency is one of the core principles in a successful endeavor. I challenge all dreamers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to continue on your path only looking for the approval from yourself. Relationships, life, and unfortunate circumstances will challenge your dreams and try to shift you away from your ultimate destination. As a sprinter focuses on the finish line, he or she never looks side to side. They always demonstrate perfect form, and consistently repeat the same form until the goal or finish line is reached. So, you the dreamer, entrepreneur and visionary I want to encourage you to be consistent in your endeavors and watch success consistently find you. FOUNDER Timothy Munfus Jr. CHIEF EDITOR Timothy Munfus Jr. EDITOR Charles Doucette - Fitness Felicia Stone - Fashion June B. Xu - Beauty Sara Jones - MFS CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Candice Wilson BJuel PHOTOGRAPHER SPIA

Motivation for Success

INTERVIEWS Judy Williams - BCS Barbara Vaglienti, RN -UYH Melissa Collins, RN - UYH

Cover: Juanita Olachia Jonese

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4. Ahh!! What Do I Do? 5. Liquid Gold: Olive Oil 6. 10 Must Haves for Spring/Summer 7. ShirtDress 8. Motivation For Success 12. SPIA Speaks... 13. Attention Parents 14. Cardio Shape Up 16. Eat Petite 17. 10 Tips Your Body Will Appreciate 18. Understanding Your Health

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AHHH!! What do I do? Yikes! Break outs not only affect our appearance, but also hurts when they swell up. But how can we prevent it from growing the pus and the redness? Can we cover it up with products and make it less “obvious”? Well, we need to look at some facts about acnes before we start treating them. Excessive Sebum Production + hair follicles + dead skin cell buildups + bacteria = Acnes. Thus, if we could aim our treatments to one or more of the above factors, we can prevent it from happening. 1. Use highly hydrated skincare products to reduce sebum production. Unless you are a teenager who has pimples due to hormonal changes, your skin needs hydration to communicate to your brain and signal your skin to naturally produce more sebum to moisturize your skin. 2. Use salicylic acid to help your skin shed away dead skin cells. Apply salicylic acid on the acne. At the beginning is the best time to prevent it from getting worse. Salicylic acid can help dead skin cells to shed. 3. Apply aloe vera directly on the acne. Aloe Vera can calm down the redness of the acne, and promote the healing of the scar. 4. Wash your hands more often and avoid touching your face. This world is full of germs and bacteria.

Beauty by: June B. Xu

TREATMENT FOR SCARS ON FACE The most common form of scars on faces are acne scars. They could be red marks or damaged skin that appears like excessive enlarged pores. What caused those? By us picking them and squeezing them.

1. Apply pearl powder. Pearl powder has been used widely among Chinese women. It has been known for years that it will brighten skin and lighten any dark spots. 2. Use skincare products that contain vitamin C and vitamin E. Both vitamins are anti-oxidants that promote the health of skin. Vitamin C will help reduce dark spots and even out skin tone. 3. Exfoliate your face. Exfoliating promotes regeneration of skin cells, which will make our new skin grow healthier. 4. Chemical peels. Chemical peels will remove the layer of top skin cells and let the new skin appear. 5. Consider laser treatment. Laser treatment is a safe way to remove the top skin layer and promotes collagen production. However, laser treatment should not be used around the eye area.

5. If you want to cover the acne and make it less prominent, apply green color corrector and follow by a concealer closest to your skin tone. Green color correctors can cancel out the redness of any acne. Don’t forget to set the concealer with powder. model: (r to l) Ushantha Kawmini & Nancy Gonzalez

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LIQUID GOLD: Olive Oil Olive oil is one of the most commonly used plant oils. It has been regarded as “liquid gold� in Greece and is used for more than just cooking oil in the Mediterranean, i.e. in religious ritual, medicine, soap-making, and as fuel in oil lamps. Nowadays, people use it mainly for cooking, skincare, and to promote weight loss.


Pure olive oil contains saturated fat and vitamin E, which will help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Vitamin K can absorb excess fat when it is applied on skin. It is the only natural oil that can be consumed and applied on skin and promotes weight loss.


Sun Screen Applying pure olive oil in the summer time will prevent sunburn of skin and eventually help prevent skin cancer. In the winter olive oil will moisturize and prevent flaky skin.

Easy for skin to absorb Olive oil is transparent, non-sticky, and is light gold in color. It is very easily absorbed by the skin just like water. It is one of the most commonly used plant oils in cosmetic products.

Promotes health of skin Olive oil contains vitamin E, A, B, D, K, F that promotes the health of skin and skin regeneration. It can also help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars. Adding sugar to olive oil creates a natural face scrub that exfoliates the skin gently and removes dead skin cells.

Interesting facts: There are three countries that produce the most olive oil: Italy, Spain and Greece, which produce 75% of olive oil production in the world. These three countries also produce the most prestigious and premium olive oil. However, the most expensive olive oil is from Greece and it is called Lambda. Lambda is harvested by hand and cold-pressed to produce this highly regarded fruity oil. Then, it will be packaged in a hand-crafted bottle and sold at $182 as a special gift. SPIA issue2.indd 5

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Must haves to transition into Spring/Summer 2012! w / Felicia Stone of AdisonM

4. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupt Silky

1. La Mer Body Creme

Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 Creamy, smooth lip cover with a hint of color that protects from the sun and lives in a super glam tube monogrammed with a fashion legends logo...Yes please! Need I say more?

9. Lady Million by Paco Rabanne for Women

Heads will turn as you walk by. Random strangers will constantly stop you in your tracks to ask “what is that sweet, bold, spicy fragrance that has grabbed a hold of my nostrils without warning”?

5. Diane Von Furstenberg Elan Sandal

Probably the most luxurious Body Creme out there, La Mer is worth the investment!

DVF is legendary for her timelessness and elegance and she went a step further with the Elan. The nude and neon combo is hip and edgy and will look flawless with virtually every SPRING 2012 Collection and then some!

6. Ray-Ban ORIGINAL WAYFARER in twirl yellow You can never go wrong with Ray-Ban. This fun pastel multicolored twist on the classic wayfarer is so Spring!

10. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral

2. Kiehl’s Overnight Biological Peel

It’s like a super mild chemical peel in a bottle, done in the privacy of your own home with no recovery time or broken banks but with results like you couldn’t imagine! Skin is instantly smoother, more vibrant and radiant. Best part, it’s mild enough to use daily!

3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock

I live and die by all things Neutrogena, but this is an absolute staple in my beauty regimen. It was mission impossible to find a face SPF crème that was not greasy, sticky, or didn’t leave a nasty white residue after application.

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Powder Sun Protection SPF 50 Brush

7. Anya Hindmarch Valorie Multi-Glitter Clutch

Glitter is all the rage right now and multi-glitter is a fun, safe way to incorporate a hot trend while ensuring wear ability.

This is a great option for on the go protection. Throw it in your makeup bag or toss it in your beach bag for quick Oceanside coverage! It alleviates shine while eliminating the need for heavy makeup during warmer temperatures.

8. OPI Mermaid’s Tears

If the name isn’t cute enough in itself to win you over, maybe the beautiful, subtle shade of pastel-eske green that co-exists perfectly with most every color is what will sell you. Gone are the days of running out of the house to an event and realizing you forgot to change your nail color..... and it clashes terribly!

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by Felicia Stone of AdisonM

if i had to pick just one article of clothing for a day.. 1:00 pm

I get an alert that I’m scheduled to speak to a group of young ladies interested in becoming fashion designers. Time has never been on my side but no worries! I grab a few chunky accessories to give my business casual look a hip spin, slide into my favorite ripped jeans, gloss my lips, lose the blazer, and prepare to win over the “fashion clique” at whatchamacallit high. Piece of cake!

8:00 am

After a quick Starbucks run I make it to the office with enough time to throw on a little eyeliner, swoop my hair into a bun, change my shoes, (I keep a blazer and heels at work), and review notes before the morning team meeting. Smooth Sailing!


After doing homework, cooking dinner, checking emails and waiting (impatiently) for the sitter to arrive, it’s finally time to have some fun! I let my hair down, find the tallest stilettos in my closet, dab something sweet behind my ears and hit the town with my shirtdress......Oh, and my girls :) What a day!

model: Michele Moody

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4:00 pm Back in my


6:00 am

I roll out of bed (literally)! and awake to the beautiful song of my twins, brother and sister arguing over who gets to play with the IPAD during the never ending car ride to school. I brush my teeth, pull my hair into a ponytail, grab my trustee “ SHIRTDRESS”, slip into my Havaianas then proceed to round the troops. Easy Peasy!

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Motivation for Success

A Story of a Humanitarian Warrior

by: Sara Jones

Motivation for success really highlighted a true humanitarian and community leader. Enduring the path for a better life, racism and inequality she rose up to be a powerful voice not only for the Latin community but for her community as a whole. - SPIA

Mrs. Juanita Olachia Jones, now 82 years of age, was born in Baytown, Texas. Her grandmother, Juliana Garcia Bueno was the first to travel to the United States to seek a better life for her children and future generations. However, the struggle for a better life was faced with adversities including, racism and inequality in her community. Growing up in a primarily Hispanic and African-American neighborhood, Mrs. Jones attended segregated public schools. This is where her inspiration for equality and social justice developed. She began her civil rights activism with LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, when she was just a teenager to fight for equality in her community’s school system. Although she never became involved directly with politics, she garnered support from legendary state representative Mickey Leland and now works with representative, Sheila Jackson Lee to continue her initiative for equality in education. Mrs. Jones has been serving her community since she established her voice and she continues to fight for equality and positive change.

Mrs. Jones is the community leader and acts as the spokesperson for Crockett Elementary in First Ward, Houston. In 1981, Crockett Elementary was in need of major renovations and with the help of Mickey Leland, Mrs. Jones succeeded in getting sufficient funding for the reconstruction of the school. She continued to work at Crockett Elementary until 1994, when she retired as a full-time employee from the school. Though she is retired, she continues to be very active in her community and an advocate SPIA issue2.indd 8


of equal rights and education for all marginalized citizens. Education has been one of her passions since she began fighting for her own right to attend equal schools. She believes all children can learn, all children must learn, and that all children will learn. To this day, she volunteers her time at Crockett Elementary and remains in constant contact with HISD voicing her concerns for “her children.”

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continue........... In addition, Mrs. Jones has continuously worked with the city council to raise awareness of improvements needed in Houston’s First Ward. Her most recent victory has come in the form of an expansion to Crockett Elementary. As the First Ward community continues to grow and thrive, she realized the school needed additional renovations to accommodate the influx of student enrollment. After many parent meetings, meeting with the school board, and talking directly to the superintendent, Mrs. Jones garnered enough support to expand the school. As of May 2011, Crockett Elementary expanded to include several music rooms, additional Pre-K and Kindergarten rooms, and a brand new stateof-the-art library. Her efforts are now focused on getting funding for a school gymnasium.

Knowing the importance of having a voice in society, especially through the right to vote, Mrs. Jones has helped hundreds of immigrant families gain their citizenship for this very important reason. She continues to fight to admit underrepresented peoples, such as minorities, into the school system and assists families in the community by acting as their translator. She is also active at St. Joseph’s Church and sets up food distribution for low income families through the church. Through her hard work and dedication to her community, Mrs. Jones has touched thousands of people’s lives. Her strength, courage, and generosity have brought her to succeed as a mother, grandmother, friend, mentor, and true humanitarian.

“She believes all children can learn, all children , must learn, and that all children will learn.” SPIA issue2.indd 9

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Your Beautiful Me

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Memories Captured


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6 Things to Remember

when interviewing for that new job

1. Dressing neatly is a must! Also add a light fragrance to your appearance. This can leave a lasting impression. 2. Remember it is key for you to be knowledgeable about the company you are interviewing with. Most companies have websites; familiarize yourself with the company and have a basic understanding on what they do. 3. Relax, no need to be tense. Don’t ruin your first impression with nervous behavior. 4. Be pleasant. Answer your questions in a timely manner and smile from time to time. It promotes good vibes and gives you a comfortable personality check. 5. BE ON TIME!! While you are there waiting, read a professional publication. It draws positive check on your character. 6. Facebook and other social networks can hinder your chances of landing that new opportunity. Use caution by blocking social networking distractions and making your page unviewable unless authorized.




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Have you ever watched someone get beat up or picked on and did nothing to help? Maybe you have been a victim and remember what that pain feels like. Bullying has been a big problem that many young people experience on a consistent basis throughout our community. This is a serious problem that can happen anywhere and at any time. It can be self-inflicted, from your peers, and even at home. Bullying has taken many forms: • Verbal: name-calling, teasing • Social: spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships • Physical: hitting, punching, shoving • Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

Practical Advice and Steps you can take: by: Candice Wilson

Children who come to you for help may need some reassurance along with practical advice on what to do. You could try some of the following, using your judgment about the particular circumstances. 1. “Stay calm and try not to show you are upset. Try to respond to the person bullying you without anger. Anger can make things worse.” 2. “Look the other person in the eye and say you don’t like what they are doing.” 3. “As soon as you can, find an adult you trust and tell the adult what happened. It is your right to be safe.” 4. “If you are afraid to tell an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you.” 5. “Stay close to children you can count on to stick up for you.” 6. “Stay away from places where you know bullying happens.” 7. “If the bullying continues, walk away. Join other children or ask someone else for help.”

“We are all responsible in putting an end to this abuse.”

When we think of bullying we think of physical altercations after/during school or the harmless name calling. We seldom stop to think about the person enduring this pain. Many times we choose not to do anything about it because it is something commonly experienced growing up. We are all responsible in putting an end to this abuse. When we hear about the school shootings and other acts of misconduct in our public schools we ask, “What drove this person to do this?” Research shows that victims are more likely to retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied. Bullying is one of the leading causes of suicide and low self-esteem amongst young people. Don’t wait until it’s too late. It shouldn’t take the hurt, pain, or loss of a loved one to become proactive. Have the courage to stand up and help put an end to this viscous cycle. For more information on bullying you can check out: www. You can also contact your local/national bully hotlines: 1-800-4CHILD and 1-800-273-talk SPIA issue2.indd 13

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Active Fitness

w/ Charles Doucette USTA


Cardio Shape Up!!



Exercises demonstrated by : fitness model Stephanie Bentley

KEEP IN MIND ! * Keep yourself hydrated throughout the workout. * Stretch and warm your muscles before starting your workout. * Practice proper breathing techniques. During workouts try not to hold your breath especially when you are pushing your body’s limit.

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Step 1 - PUSH UPS - Start off by doing normal style pushups for 30 seconds. The advanced can try doing one pushup/second, but do as many as you can do in 30 seconds.

Step 3 - MOUNTIAN CLIMBERS - After 30 seconds are over for your front plank position, switch into a mountain climber position and invert your leg thrusts so that your knees always reach for the opposite elbow. Continue your mountain climbers for 30 seconds.

Step 2 - FRONT PLANK - Now, switch yourself into a front plank position (make sure to keep your back straight) and hold for 30 seconds.

Step 4 - BACK PLANKS -Now it’s time to switch into a back plank position. Once again, make sure you keep your back straight and hold for 30 seconds (don’t fall).

Step 5 - SKATERS - You can do box skaters (standing in one spot) or line skaters (moving in a straight line). Make sure that you’re twisting your core in the same direction as the leg that’s hosting your weight. Great job! After 30 seconds, try repeating this process again starting from Step 1!

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Eat Petite Turkey Meatloaf Muffins


2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken) 3 egg whites 1 cup quick cooking oats 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp dried thyme 2 tsp dry yellow mustard 2 tsp black pepper 2 tsp chipotle pepper spice 1 tsp salt 2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced) 1 small onion (finely chopped) 2 celery stalks (finely chopped)


Calories: 80 Fats: 2 grams Carbs: 4 grams Protein: 11 grams

A Healthy BUT Cheap Snack APPLES Great all around snack that can be added to salads, oatmeal or simply just enjoyed. Cost of an apple is roughly around $1.

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil. 3. Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl. 4. Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. 5. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball. 6. Bake for 40 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

above: food prepared by Glorita M. Armstrong Recipe courtesy of Jamie Eason from

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a certified group fitness instructor, I have found that providing a few tips to my clients help them achieve individual fitness goals. Every fitness instructor will provide his or her opinion on what methods work best based on experience. As an individual I encourage you to try different methods in efforts to determine what works best for you. Remember only you can decide what works best for you.

Tip #1 Determine your reason for diet and exercise. Research and set realistic goals and expectations for yourself

Tip #6 Maintain a daily journal of all foods consumed and exercises completed each day. This will help you to identify eating habits, an exercise schedule, and most importantly accountability. It is also a plus to note how you felt each day and see if your eating habits impact your life (i.e. stress eating or stressed avoid eating)

Tip #2 For weight loss, focus on cardio exercises which increase heart rate i.e. aerobics, running, and zumba are great

Tip #7 Avoid eating until you are full. Eat enough food to coat the stomach and DON’T not eat. Eat even if it’s just an apple

Tip #3 Avoid excessive weight training if weight loss is your main priority

Tip #8 It’s best to drink a protein shake 30 mins before and or after exercise again depending on your fitness goals

Tip #4 Remember that a balanced and nutritional diet is about 80% of your fitness goal. Research the best foods to eat for your fitness goal. For example, consume foods high in protein for building muscle mass

Tip #9 Find a multivitamin to your liking. A multivitamin will provide the rest of the vitamins and minerals your body can’t get from the foods you consume

Tip #5 Avoid consuming large meals prior to going to sleep. Large meals should be consumed during the day to provide the body plenty of fuel to burn throughout the day. Try a veggie omelet at night

Tip #10 Don’t stress. Your fitness goal is to tailor to your “new” life-style. Developing a consistent diet and exercise regime becomes habit. Understand that at times you may fall off track; however, realize that how you bounce back is what makes all the difference in the world

These are just a few tips to help you. Many resources offer many opinions and recommendations on fitness goals and diets. It is imperative that you know your health status so that you can identify your limitations. By all means don’t get caught up in all the “fitness” gimmicks.

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Understanding Your


Breast Cancer

We all know someone or heard of someone that has been affected with this life threatening cancer and with numerous organizations and societies we hope to find a permanent cure for this cancer that affects millions of Americans per year.

Can breast cancer be found only in women or can men be diagnosed with this cancer also? No, men can also get breast cancer. It is a small percentage ranging from 5% to 6%.

What are ways to prevent breast cancer or is it just genetics?

There is no prevention for breast cancer, but screening and monthly exams can help discover it. Genetics has a big influence, but it is not the only factor. If a family has a history of breast cancer, especially maternal females – grandmother and mother, the daughter should start self exams no later than 18-20 years old. Brac II testing may be in order if the primary care physician will order it and check for insurance reimbursement. In some cases of breast cancer, there is no family history.

What are the proper ways to detect signs of breast cancer?

Monthly self exams, mammograms and annual well woman checkups. Look for changes in the breast. Example, discharges from the nipple, nipple retraction, redness or changes in skin texture.

At what age should I start checking for signs of breast cancer? 18-21 year olds should begin self breast exams monthly. You should also have your annual well woman physicals.

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer what do I do next?

Talk to the doctor making the diagnosis. Discuss all of the options, including referrals. See referral physicians as recommended. Once you have seen all recommended physicians and gathered all of the information, then make an informed decision on a treatment plan. Information provided by nurses Barbara Vaglienti, RN and Melissa Collins, RN

Breast Cancer Survivor Photo Shoot! Celebration of Life

Even in a negative situation positive events can flourish. Here is one example of a person that is in a situation that others would just pity. She decided to take a stand and gave beauty to individuals whom definitely deserve it. SPIA interviewed Judy Williams on her breast Cancer Survival photoshoot and what it meant to her to surrender her talents to help others. SPIA: What inspires you to put together these breast cancer awareness events?

photos by: Len Bennett

Judy: The caring people around me. Initially, our goal with the June 2011 photo shoot was to raise awareness to this increasing disease and give these ladies a day of relaxation and let them know we understand their struggle and appreciate their triumph. It turned into a day of singing, laughing, rejoicing and bonding. I often ask myself “Why I am doing this?” Then I think back to a conversation I had with one of the volunteers on how I have met so many awesome people along the way and I push forward. Sadly, most people are only affected by what affects them. We say “what can I do to make a difference?” Everything makes a difference; every little act of kindness can make a difference in someone’s life. I thought to myself, someone should offer these strong women a special day of makeovers and a photo that their families will always have.

SPIA: If it has, how has breast cancer affected you? If not, what have you learned from the survivors of the deadly disease?

SPIA: What is an inspiring word you would give someone who has just received the dreaded Judy: I have not been affected directly by the disease, cancer news? but I see it all around me. My mother’s best friend Jessie Mcintosh is a beacon for BCS’s. She is so full of Judy: Celebrate Life! life and has a spunky spirit you would never know. She goes on trips and cruises and truly enjoys LIFE to the fullest. These ladies have taught me soooo much about the disease. I now know that a large part of the disease is that it affects women’s confidence. We want to make them feel empowered and more beautiful than ever and let them know there is no photos by: Emperial Thomas shame in what they have been through. I didn’t know that breast cancer was known as “the silent disease” because women are ashamed to discuss it. They don’t want to be pitied and looked at differently than before they had the disease. They just want to LIVE and rejoice one day at a time. photos by: Emperial Thomas

photos by: Len Bennett

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