Women’s Health Advocates Say, ‘Put Yourself First in 2013’
Posted on Jan 4, 2013 in We're Awesome
It’s common today for many women to feel pulled between multiple responsibilities—caring for aging parents, looking after a family, raising children and advancing a career. But this juggling act can throw a woman’s health out of balance. Missing a mammogram, putting off exercise or cancelling a doctor’s appointment to care for others can increase health risks, particularly in women ages 40 and over.
“The fact of the matter is that we’ve got the expanding waistlines, the rising blood pressure and chronic conditions to prove we’re just not taking care of ourselves like we should,” says San Francisco internist Toni Brayer, M.D., women’s health blogger and medical advisor for Sutter Health’s award-winning, women’s health website MyLifeStages.org.
Adds Dr. Brayer, “We women worry that we are too fat, too thin, too flabby, too stressed, and then we use our energy to take care of others instead of putting ourselves at the forefront of care.”
Dr. Brayer and Northern California-based Sutter Health challenge women everywhere to try something radically different this holiday season and throughout 2013—put themselves first and make self-care a top priority.
Through a variety of interactive resources on its women’s health website, Sutter Health gives real women practical tools to live healthier lives in spite of hectic schedules, including a nutritionist-approved sugar detox diet, a lazy girl workout plan, tips for vitality at any stage of life and ways to make resolutions succeed.
In November 2012, the leading Internet publication eHealthcare Strategy & Trends recognized MyLifeStages.org as among the best health websites for its impressive library of interactive health information. The website received its fourth eHealthcare Leadership Gold Award for Best Overall Internet Site in the Consumer General Health category as well as a Best Interactive Marketing Campaign award for its 2012 Love Your Body Challenge.
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