womenTALK: Wellness in Practice

Tuesday, May 05th 2015

As Important as the Numbers: The Stories Patients Tell

by Beth Toner, RN, Senior Communications Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Patient information: 99-year-old female, status—post hip and elbow fracture. Temperature 98.1 F. Pulse 73. Respiration 17 BPM. Pain 8/10.

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Tuesday, May 05th 2015

May Is the Perfect Time to Bike to Work—Or Anywhere!

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

May is National Bike Month, and Monday, May 11, marks the beginning of Bike to Work Week. The big day is Friday, May 15: Bike to Work Day. Cities, organizations and individuals all over the country will celebrate through organized events and solitary rides.

If, like me, you're lucky enough to work from home, then biking to work isn't necessary. Conversely, if you live a long way from your workplace, biking to work may not be feasible.

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Friday, May 01st 2015

Learn Why Your Weight Matters—Watch the PSA and Take the Challenge!

HealthyWomen is proud to join the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) in promoting a major weight and health awareness campaign.

The campaign’s national public service announcement (PSA) highlights the importance of understanding how weight and health go hand-in-hand and how they may affect an individual’s quality of life, family and relationships.

We strongly encourage you to watch the OAC’s PSA below.

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Sunday, Apr 26th 2015

7 Questions Women Should Ask About Their Meds

authored by Suzanne B. Robotti

Did you know that women have different side effects to medicine than men? And oftentimes, research doesn't look at the effects of drugs on women.

If your health care provider recommends a medication, ask questions about the risks and benefits before accepting the prescription.

You can start a discussion with your health care provider by asking the following questions.

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Monday, Apr 13th 2015

How Healthy Is Your City? 


authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

You know those lists? Healthiest cities. Fittest cities. Best cities for retirement. Best cities for singles. If memory serves me, the only list my city has appeared on was something about cities with the most overweight people. Not exactly a great claim to fame.

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Monday, Mar 30th 2015

Enjoy Easter Eggs Without Getting Sick

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

Many of us fondly remember dying and decorating Easter eggs. In my house, my mom and siblings and I would dye and decorate nearly two dozen eggs (a few didn't survive the boiling) on the Saturday afternoon before Easter. Once the dye dried, we'd carefully arrange the Easter eggs in a basket and place it on the hearth where the Easter bunny would add a few small gifts while we slept.

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Sunday, Mar 29th 2015

Fighting Cancer Takes Personal Strength and Modern Medicine

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

Two months ago, my sister, Marie, underwent emergency surgery. They discovered cancer throughout her abdomen, including a tumor on the outside of her colon that had blocked the colon and necessitated removal of much of her large intestine. Monday she began chemo treatments. Today, she is teaching. This speaks to both her strength and the strength of modern medicine.

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Saturday, Mar 28th 2015

Americans Are Eating Too Much of This and Not Enough of These


authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

 

Planning to eat a quick bowl of pasta topped with butter and cheese for dinner? That won't cut it if you're trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Instead, start with a whole-grain or multigrain pasta, cut back on the portion size, top it with sautéed veggies or tomato-based sauce with added veggies added and serve a piece of fruit for dessert. Now you're talking!

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Tuesday, Mar 17th 2015

Country Music Star Raises Awareness for Colon Cancer

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

Country singer and songwriter Wade Hayes was at the top of the Billboard Country charts in the 1990s with his hit song "Old Enough to Know Better." But his career came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with late-stage colon cancer at age 42.

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Thursday, Mar 12th 2015

Eggs Aren't Bad After All

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

I love eggs. Scrambled, fried, poached and hard-boiled or in an omelet, frittata, quiche or salad—they're all good to me. So, I was pleased recently to read the recommendations for revisions to the Dietary Guidelines for America that drop cholesterol as a "nutrient of concern for overconsumption." Bring on the eggs!

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