This time of year we all know that Santa is making a list and checking it twice. Little does he know that this strategy he uses to pull off his 24-hour gift delivery without a hitch year after year is actually one that could help him ward off additional weight gain from the thousands of plates of cookies left behind by well-intentioned children. How so? Well, the key is wrapped up in a little 4-letter word known as plan.
Sure, we have all heard the advice around the holiday season to fill our appetizer plate at parties with mostly fruits and […] Read More
By Melissa Cross
In January of 2009 I thought I was doing well – in my job, in life and in my health. I was slim and active and, except for some things that could be attributed to being in my early 50s, I felt good. I heard about All About Women’s Health Fair at the Nashville Convention Center and thought I’d go to take advantage of the free osteoporosis screening, as my cousin had recently been diagnosed with it.
When I got there, the line for screenings was for all the different tests, so I went ahead and got them all […] Read More
As we prepare for cold weather by dragging out our thicker clothes, we must remember to also prepare for winter sickness. Today’s post is about vitamin D, perhaps the most important preventative tool for winter sickness and undoubtedly the most powerful steroid hormone in the human body.
Many Americans are deficient in vitamin D, especially the elderly and those with darker pigmented skin. Vitamin D is antibiotic, anti-microbial, and is technically a hormone since it can be produced in the body itself. Imagine the inside of your body as school, with vitamin D is the overzealous schoolteacher. Vitamin D is constantly […] Read More
All About Women’s final health fair of 2015 is October 10, 9am-2pm, at Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church. This particular event, “Pampering with a Purpose,” is part of the Worship in Pink event happening that weekend. Scroll down for a complete list of FREE services and a schedule of special speakers. As always, this event is completely free and includes lunch!
FREE SERVICE PROVIDERS:
Alive Hospice (living wills)
BlueCare of Tennessee
Davidson County Sheriff’s Department (child fingerprinting)
Jen Mulford Clean Eating (BMI checks and clean eating info)
Hope Clinic for Women
Legal Aid Society
Metro Public Health Department – Family Planning
Metro Public Health […] Read More
By Holly Ladd
Summer is here again and with it comes an excellent opportunity to clean up your diet. Over the winter we tend to eat heavier, bulkier foods to help us deal with the colder temperatures and they work, but now with the heat, our bodies are looking for lighter, cooling fare. Farmer’s markets are filling up with local produce and the grills are ready for the highest quality meats and veggies, so this is an easily accomplished goal.
Our bodies tend to work better when we eat seasonally. By that I mean eating the fruits and vegetables that are […] Read More
By Nan Allison Nutrition Consulting
Did you know that adding just a big fistful (about 5 oz. of vegetables or a little over ½ a cup of cooked vegetable, or about the weight of a large tomato) increase more than just your nutrient intake? It just might increase your sense of well-being and keep you looking younger longer, not to mention feeling younger. Fruit and vegetable consumption has been found to predict well-being, curiosity, and creativity in adults in the workplace and also in young adults.
One of the best benefits to come out of researching the nutrients in fruits and vegetables is […] Read More
By Erin Bruton
With summer just around the bend, we are all spending more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather and soaking up the sun’s rays. Being in the sun is beneficial to our bodies in many ways, such as boosting our mood and warding off depression, assisting in vitamin D synthesis, and increasing melatonin production. However, failure to take the proper safety precautions when spending time in the sun can wreak havoc on our skin. Skin Cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States affecting 1 in 5 Americans and is directly linked to sun exposure. Melanoma, […] Read More
By Leah Jennings
There are some things you’re better off not knowing. Your health, particularly in your nether regions, doesn’t fall into that category.
Well-woman visits are annual checkups with your doctor to make sure all your are lady parts and general health are in working order. In addition to the dreaded Pap smear and pelvic exam, doctors also screen you for certain potential risk factors and diseases, from breast abnormalities to the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Although statistics show women are more likely to make doctors visits than men, there are quite a few of us who don’t place preventative care appointments on […] Read More
By Anita Royka
Everyone, everywhere is talking about getting fit . . . so maybe it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. But what does that mean? “Do I have to lift weights to be fit? Do I have to do yoga to be fit? Do I have to . . . gulp . . . run a marathon to be fit? Is this getting or being “fit” thing even for me?”
Yes, yes it is! And yes, you should do pretty much all of that. Well, actually, relax . . . you […] Read More
by Amy Green
It is my story, it may be your story, it is the story of some of my friends, and strangers I have yet to know. An undeniable and powerful common thread throughout history for women is the ability to become a mother. The journey to motherhood is where our differences begin, honoring and respecting each other, as we etch our unique story into our lives.
At a loss for words. Silence. Stillness.
These are some of the words that begin to describe the start of one of the most powerful and meaningful moments of my life. The doctor confirmed that […] Read More