According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, followed by cancer. National Women's Health Week is a reminder for women all over the country -- no matter their age -- to take care of themselves. If we don't, who will?
If you take the pledge to be healthier this week, we're asking that you also take the time to think about the health of children and mothers who are facing hard economic realities and the health consequences of those circumstances.
I am 64 years old. There, I admit it. Women don't always want to admit their age, but there is one really good thing about seeing the decades roll by: I finally appreciate that "women's health" means different things at different times.
For many Latina immigrants the only option for healthcare services is through women's health clinics. The closing of these clinics by state-level anti-choice policies leave our Latina sisters without options.
Strangers and friends alike often ask me how I decided to be a gynecologist. "Why would you do that all day?" I prefer to answer the question, "Why did you choose to become a comprehensive reproductive health care provider?"
If you've never been clinically obese and walked into a fitness class, then it is hard to describe the courage and fortitude it takes to turn 180 degrees and literally move your titanic self towards health.
From a public health point of view, abortion care, no less than contraception, is an essential measure to prevent the heartbreak of infant mortality, and to prevent another tragedy as well -- maternal death.
Fifty percent of women put off getting medical care because of economic factors. One third of women pay their medical bills by trimming back on basic needs such as food. Understanding what the ACA offers gives women a window into what will transpire if it is defeated.
Your health should come first, but when you're a healthy and busy working adult, you tend to forget how quickly the time flies. There's never enough money or time, and too often our health falls to the bottom of the list.
As we commemorate National Women's Health Week, let's ensure that our national initiatives in obesity research include a focus on women and girls. Only then will the scales begin to tip towards a healthier future for women in our country.