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This model wants to redefine what 'normal' looks like on fitness magazines.

Nadia Aboulhosn is helping redefine what 'healthy' looks like.

This model wants to redefine what 'normal' looks like on fitness magazines.

This is Nadia Aboulhosn.

And if I were you, I'd remember that name.


The model, blogger, and "rule-breaker" is the latest cover girl on Women's Running magazine.

And, as the outlet noted, the Los Angeles-based social media star is truly "a force of nature."



You don't see Aboulhosn's body size or shape too often on or in fitness magazines, which is unfortunate, to say the least.

Even though she may have more curves than the stereotypical fitness models' chiseled abs of steel, Aboulhosn is in pretty great shape, and she has been for awhile.

Take, for instance, the fact that she was the only girl on her high school's football team and that she could "bench press a crazy amount."

“The coach liked to joke with the guys when I would beat them in practice," Aboulhosn, who now stays in shape by running and circuit training, told the magazine.

If Aboulhosn is in great shape (so much so that she's circuit training and out-lifting the guys), why aren't more women with bodies like hers also gracing the covers of fitness magazines?

Aboulhosn's cover isn't just unique. It's helping redefine what "healthy" looks like.

Because, as many experts will tell you, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover when it comes to clothing size and physical health. Fat people can be in great shape and incredibly healthy, just like skinny people can be in poor shape or unhealthy. To assume that one body type is more or less healthy than others just by looking at them is absurd. Not to mention, health means different things to different people: What's healthy for one person may not be healthy for another.

Health and fitness mags should take note of this — as they're often the ones perpetuating these body stereotypes.

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Author and health researcher Linda Bacon, Ph.D., spoke with Upworthy in January about the widespread fallacy that connects body size and health.

"To paraphrase a now famous comment from my friend and rock star Marilyn Wann, 'the only thing you can diagnose about a fat person is your own level of prejudice,'" Bacon told Upworthy. "Even the heavily entrenched idea that heavier people eat more than thinner people isn’t supported by data."

That's why the April cover of Women's Running magazine matters.

Aboulhosn hopes her cover can be part of a larger conversation on body positivity and what it means to be "normal."

“I’m just trying to normalize what should have already been seen as normal," Aboulhosn told BuzzFeed, noting she doesn't use the term "plus-size" to describe herself because it contributes to the idea that one particular body size is the standard and anything other than that isn't ideal.


“Even if it’s making people feel uncomfortable right now," she said of her cover, "I hope [readers] take away that [body type diversity] is what normal is going to be eventually.”

Becoming a cover model? Cool. Changing the conversation about health and body positivity? Way cooler.

Bravo, Nadia.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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