Ladies, Let’s Take Care of Ourselves..Our Families Need Us!

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When was the last time you went to the doctor’s office for a check up and not because something was wrong? Of all minority groups, African-Americans have the most, and many times the largest, differences in health risks when compared to other minority groups, especially when it comes to PREVENTIVE CARE. We have more of a predisposition to disease, disability, and early death than our counterparts. The illnesses and diseases listed below are among the top health concerns facing African-American women. Many of these problems are chronic, which means they last a long time, sometimes forever. Some of them can actually be prevented:

    • Breast Cancer
    • Cervical Cancer
    • STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • High Cholesterol
    • HIV
    • Obesity

Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. Think about it. If there is an issue, you can identify it early, and your chances for treatment and cure are better. When you get the proper health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life. You DO want to be around to see your children graduate from high school/college, don’t you? I’m sure you want to meet your grandchildren someday, perhaps?

Your age, health and family history, lifestyle choices (i.e. what you eat, how active you are, whether you smoke), and other important factors impact what and how often you need healthcare. For instance, problems like breast and cervical cancers can be found early, when they are most treatable. None of us are exempt…none of us! We all have the chance to prevent or delay diseases like diabetes, if we are proactive. I do know that generations of racism and poverty also play a part. That’s a part of our HISTORY – as well as the lack of trust in the medical system (i.e. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment), cultural differences, problems accessing care, and a lack of knowledge about the importance of tests to screen for major health problems.

Whatever the reasons for this health gap, we can take charge of our personal health and seek the health care we need. Knowing your risks gives you power. I’m thinking that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act AKA “Obamacare” will lessen these disparities. Hopefully, by reading this, you’ll be empowered and know what tests to ask your doctor about for yourself, your daughter, or your mother. You deserve it! Health is wealth!

 

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Sheree is a wife and WAHM of three who passionately blogs about marriage, family, health tips and more as Smart & Sassy Mom. Sheree is committed to helping blended families and keeping marriages strong, healthy, fun and SPICY!

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Black Gold: More African American Medalists in the Olympics

BY: - 9 Aug '12 | Home

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The USA is back on top in the medal count this morning, partly in thanks to the valiant efforts of Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Aries Merritt, and Jason Richardson. Track & Field is definitely one sport our community tunes in to, because a lot of our USA representatives look like us. Last night’s events did not disappoint to keep us on the edge of our seats.

In the women’s 200m race, 26 year old Allyson Felix was awarded first place with a time of 21.69, which is the fourth-fastest performance in history. This is Felix’s first individual Olympic gold medal. It’s no surprise though, as her coach, Bobby Kersee (husband of Jackie Joyner-Kersee) previously coached Florence Griffith Joyner, and she received gold in previous Olympic games.

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Briana is a writer, influencer, and Shero who's California bred and Texas fed. When she's not explaining the world of blogging and social media to entrepreneurs and small business owners, you can find her sharing memes, gifs, and her life lessons on her blog.

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