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Preventive Measures in Health Care: Are Women Getting It?
Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Wise words and definitely applicable when it comes to speaking of preventive measures to keep chronic health issues at bay.
The good news is there is growing body of research that highlights how healthy lifestyles—good eating habits, regular exercise and routine screenings—can be instrumental in preventing chronic illnesses. And a recent informal HealthyWomen poll shows a widespread awareness of the need for healthy lifestyles, with 62 percent of women polled saying they believe a healthy lifestyle can prevent diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
While we are heartened by these figures, reality paints a starker picture. A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey indicates that 30 percent of adults in 12 states are considered obese. And obesity is linked to many serious health problems. So, how do we celebrate the positive strides women have made and encourage them in their quest for better health?