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Sleep is elusive, but I really want that sandwich machine

Sleep is elusive, but I really want that sandwich machine

Infomercial doyenne Cathy Mitchell feels like an old friend. The red-headed grandmotherly food expert has been haunting late-night TV for years, hawking a variety of cooking gadgets, most notably this panini-press type of machine that makes apple pie filling smooshed between two pieces of white bread seem like an admirable life goal.

When you’re up at 2 or 3 in the morning with chronic insomnia, it’s either Pinterest or Cathy Mitchell.

I know there are many famous leaders and geniuses who are said to have gotten by/are getting by on very little sleep: Barack Obama, six hours or less; […] Read More

360 Degree Estate Planning – It’s Not Just About Your Will

360 Degree Estate Planning – It’s Not Just About Your Will

by Elizabeth B. Hickman

Do you consider yourself organized or a good planner? Most of us do – women tend to be planners and caretakers. Have you planned for what happens to you, your personal belongings, hard-earned retirement accounts, family heirlooms, pets, children or real estate should you suddenly “not be with us” as my mother puts it? Or what if you’re single and suddenly injured and hospitalized for two months and unable to speak or handle paying your bills or running your business? What if your husband was in that same accident?

Too often people only think about estate planning as […] Read More

The HPV Vaccine:  A valuable immunization

The HPV Vaccine: A valuable immunization

by Anne Moore, DNP, APN, FAANP

We now know that infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is what causes almost all cases (99%) of cervical cancer. Fortunately, there is a primary prevention option available to fight this disease…the HPV vaccine. Two FDA approved vaccines are available in the U.S. targeting the most common strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer.

The CDC estimates that approximately 27,000 cancers (including the cervix, vagina, and vulva) are related to HPV each year. Unfortunately, many women are reluctant to get the vaccine or are unaware of its availability. There has been some negative and false information […] Read More

Career/Family Balance

Career/Family Balance

by Libby Krause

As I prepared for the birth of my first child in 2010, I had big plans for being a work-at-home mom.  I started a business in 2009 and had a grand vision of caring for my daughter full-time while also working full-time.  Within three months of her birth, I faced the humbling truth that despite my determination to do it all, I could not.  I have spent much of the nearly four years since learning to find balance between my career and my family because although I cannot do it all, I greatly value both facets of my […] Read More

How To Eat Healthy On A Budget

How To Eat Healthy On A Budget

by Leah C. Jennings

While a quick trip to the nearest grocery store may take some a few minutes, for other folks, they aren’t so lucky. Unfortunately, there are pockets across the United States where the nearest grocery store includes long bus rides, bus transfers and a lot of time, limiting access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy food.

For those of you who face this reality, here’s some hope for you: You can still eat great food with a little planning:

Make a plan. Take some time each week to plan what you want to eat the following week. With a […] Read More

What does the ACA do for women?

What does the ACA do for women?

by Norma Shirk

The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) has changed how Americans receive health care and many of the changes directly benefit women.

For example, the “preventive care” category was designed to help women and their children. Preventive care is 100% covered by insurance, so the patient does not owe a deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance. Preventive care for women means they can get annual physical exams with mams and paps at no charge to them.  In addition, birth control services for women are 100% covered by insurance.

Preventive care for children includes “well baby” coverage for infants up to one year […] Read More

What will your legacy be?

What will your legacy be?

by Ellen Margulies

Can we talk?

I lost a personal hero this week when Joan Rivers died. At 81, the infamously rapier-tongued comic apparently died from complications after a minor medical procedure. As an avid watcher of her Friday night show “Fashion Police” and a long-time admirer, I was shocked.

First of all, 81 doesn’t seem that old to me anymore. That’s how old my dad is, and I’m hoping he’ll be around for a long time to come. Secondly, she — much like my parents — was still vibrant and sharp and constantly busy. She had just taped […] Read More

You actually can pick your family

You actually can pick your family

By Ellen Margulies

Emma and Maggie are BFFs who go back to high school days. When Maggie had marital troubles during her third trimester and kicked the bum out, Emma quit her high-powered job in China and moved back to the states and into Maggie’s house, where she will help raise the baby.

The girls are tight; they’re a family. And they’re at the center of a great new show on the USA network called “Playing House.” I encourage you to watch it when the next season rolls around because, honestly, it’s just a really funny, well-written, well-acted show. […] Read More

All About Women's August Health Fair

All About Women’s August Health Fair

All About Women is hosting one more health fair in 2014, and this time we’re bringing our services to the Edgehill Community! As always, all of the services at this health fair are completely free and open to the public. If you are interested in getting a mammogram, you can arrive as early as 7:45 a.m. to ensure your spot on the day’s schedule. 

 

Haga clic aquí para ver el cartel del evento en Español.

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July Marks National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July Marks National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

by Leah Jennings

Growing up, mental health was something we did not discuss in our household. In so many words — or a lack of words altogether — I learned seeking help for your mental health state was a sign of weakness, that it was for people who had too much time on their hands and that it was not to be discussed. Learned coping mechanisms included repression and remembering that my ancestors had it much worse than me.

I neatly tucked this view of mental health in my subconscious and carried it with me through the agonizing years […] Read More