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This football player is stepping up to help break the taboo behind people’s periods.

When my sister used the words “free bleeding,” I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. Rachel had started an organization called Kitty Packs to help eradicate free bleeding in the homeless community, and she wanted my support. The only problem? I really didn’t know what “free bleeding” was. My name is Joshua Garnett. I’m an offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers. I bleed all the time. And I was a human biology major at Stanford too, so blood and the human body are subjects I’m pretty…

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These moms are conquering a huge obstacle: helping kids see that exercise is fun.

When the moms at Roosevelt K-8 School got together to start a fitness program for their kids, one mom was not feeling enthusiastic. “When I was in school it was, ‘How many pullups can you do?’” Jesse Farren-James says. “Well, I could do zero, and it was horrible.” Having struggled with her weight on and off throughout life, Farren-James felt like the last person who should be helping lead an exercise program. But one problem at her sons’ school left her feeling like she had no choice but to do…

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For these vets, getting the right surfboard was more than a gift it was a lifeline.

After 15 deployments, Navy SEAL Alex West returned home a different man. “[It] really put a lot of strain on my body,” he explained, and that strain left West struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and a traumatic brain injury. But, despite the pain and trauma from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, one thing still remained a constant: West’s love for the water. “I joined the Navy to be a SEAL,” he says. “I think there is something special about the saltwater.” All photos provided by Starbucks….

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Kids playing with electronic devices too much? This program will get them on their feet.

Little Candace scored six three-pointers in her basketball game this weekend. Too bad it was on her iPad and not on the court. Sound familiar to any parents out there? Kids spending an inordinate amount of time in front of electronics instead of getting up and running around on their own two feet? Well, mom Kathleen Tullie was not a fan of this scenario, so she decided to create a morning fitness program to get kids going before school. But she had to fight for it, even with a community…

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This museum is fighting to preserve the near-forgotten history of black New Orleans.

Francis Sylvester was walking home at the end of Mardi Gras when he saw a part of someone’s costume lying in the street. 30 years later, it became the first official piece in the Backstreet Museum’s collection when its doors opened to the public. “He saw someone take the suit off and discard it, without even looking back,” says Bruce Barnes, current president of the Backstreet Museum, of the founder’s impulse to nab the garb. Clearly, it was no longer of any use to its owner since Mardi Gras was…

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Want healthy, happy, confident kids? Throw some dirt on them.

Every parent knows getting dirty and messy is practically part of a kid’s job description. Whether they’re playing outside, coloring on the floor, or just eating, they’ll definitely get covered in something grimy. Given that inevitable result, there are at least two ways parents can react — obsessively clean their child and scold them for their actions or simply embrace the mess. And while it may seem strange to do the latter, it actually can be beneficial for everyone involved. Letting kids have the freedom to get dirty encourages a…

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This program has a brilliant plan for bringing diversity to the world of STEM.

When Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen was working as a molecular biologist, she often wondered why no one else in her sector looked like her. As a black woman, Cohen is not the typical face you’d see in a biochemistry lab. The sad reality is science and technology careers are still predominately assumed by white men even though there is a large reservoir of untapped talent among women and people of color. The reason for the disparity seems to lie in a lack of resources to help talented but underrepresented students…

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How this man with one arm is using tech-based music to bring communities together.

Emman “Small Eyez” Twe loves music, but an obstacle has gotten in the way of him playing traditional instruments — he only has one arm. Twe was born prematurely and never fully developed a left arm. It made a lot of things more difficult for him to accomplish, but that didn’t mean his mother stopped pushing him to succeed. “My mom always told me that you have to work 20 times harder than everybody else,” Twe recalls. Emman Twe. Image via Jarrett Heatherly/Digital Good Times. He often turned to the…

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It can be tough for kids to talk to parents. So they’re putting their stories onto film.

As Will Smith once said: Parents just don’t understand. Sometimes, it’s just hard to tell your parents things, and most kids struggle with finding ways to express themselves as a result. But just because kids talk less sometimes doesn’t mean they don’t have stories to tell. If anything, kids and teens are in the story-filled prime of their lives. They don’t just grapple with friends and family, relationships, gossip, school, and work — kids are also privy to conflicts of race, gender, sex, class, and other issues. It’s a complicated…

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The Air Force set this man up for a surprising career: as a food truck chef and comedian.

A comedian, a chef, and a nuclear engineer walk into a bar… …but in this case, it’s no joke. It’s just Chuck Anderson, Air Force veteran-turned-comedian chef, heading into work at East Nashville hotspot Rosemary and Beauty Queen. Photo via Jonathan Kingsbury. The 33-year-old is the entrepreneur owner of Death from a Bun, the food truck best known for bringing soft, doughy pork-filled Taiwanese bao buns to Nashville. He’s also a sports podcaster, a stand-up comedian, and a dad to his sweet 4-year-old son named Cole. So how did such…

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How do we get more diversity in tech companies? Easy: Pay for it.

If the tech industry is serious about diversity, it’s time for them to invest in it. That’s the way one woman saw it, at least. When Michelle Glauser realized that less than a third of people in the industry are women who will likely never see the boardroom and that many major tech companies are employing people of color at astonishingly low rates — black Americans in particular make up just 7% of the workforce — she saw an opportunity. “It’s not easy to find teachers who are willing to…

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