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Kim Ledgerwood

HealthyWomen's Editorial Director

As HealthyWomen’s editorial director, Kim oversees the production of all content and ensures that it is aligned with our mission and meets our high editorial standards.

Kim is an editor and award-winning copywriter with more than 25 years of experience. She started her career as a copywriter and broadcast producer at the Southeast’s largest full-service advertising agency, The Tombras Group. Since then, she has worked for a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to indie authors across multiple industries and topics.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as well as a master’s degree in advertising from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She lives in Towson, Maryland, with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets.

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6 Self-Care Resolutions for the New Year

6 Tips for True Self-Care

Pedicures, massages and bubble baths are great — but don’t forget to take these 6 steps to true self-care

Your Wellness

Infographic 6 Tips for True Self-Care. Click the image to open the PDF

Treat yourself right by getting

A Mammogram

Takes less time than a mani/pedi — and it can save your life

The 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer that’s caught early is 99%

A Colonoscopy

Not a massage, but you do sleep through it

The 5-year cervical rate for colon cancer that’s detected early is 90%

An annual checkup

Not as calming as a bubble bath, but it can give you peace of mind

An annual checkup can catch health issues early, when they’re easier to treat

A skin check

Not exactly a facial — but it can save your skin

Melanoma has a 99% 5-year survival rate when it’s caught early

An eye exam

Cucumber slices soothe your eyes, but eye exams save them

You can avoid permanent vision damage if you catch certain eye conditions before they get worse

A dental exam

Laughter is the best medicine — so keep your pearly whites in show-off shape

Good oral hygiene can help prevent infections, bad breath, certain medical conditions and tooth loss

Most preventive care must be covered by insurance. But, if any of these preventive care services aren’t covered by your health insurance, look for free and low-cost services in your area.

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