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Health & Fitness

Nourishment of the mind and body go hand in hand on the journey. Keeping the body healthy and fit is an important means of supporting and aiding that nourishment.  In this section you will find information to  contribute to women’s health, the growth and well-being of the mind, body and spirit. As you know,Asheville and Western North Carolina have much to offer.  Your topic and contributor ideas are welcomed.
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Ballroom Dancing: Benefits Beyond Simple Exercise

By Richard Cicchetti

Regular exercise is a critical part of any effective, health care regimen. Training the mind to effectively engage in a coordinated, physical activity has been proven to be an excellent way to maintain a healthy brain and cognitive function into the later years of life. Finding ways to have fun, be happy, and involved socially in life are also important elements of a well-lived life and good health.


Let’s Talk About Sex–And Reproductive Justice

BY AMIE NEWMAN | OUR BODIES OURSELVES

Thanks to the reproductive justice collective SisterSong and the group’s allies and partners, reproductive justice is a phrase and a concept well-known within the reproductive health and rights movement. But it wasn’t always that way. In 1994, a group of Black women issued a very public call to action in the Washington Post demanding that the healthcare needs of the most marginalized be included in President Clinton’s healthcare reform legislation. Specifically, they demanded universal health care and spoke to the necessity for Black women’s access to reproductive health care. They called reproductive freedom “a life and death issue for many Black women” and said it “deserves as much recognition as any other freedom.” The group, Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice, helped catapult these ideas and organized Black women around the country in support of reproductive justice and the intersection of human rights and reproductive rights for women of color.  Continue reading

Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout in Our Lives – an interview with Krista Tippett in OnBeing

Krista Tippett, host: Roshi Joan Halifax has said, “I am not a ‘nice’ Buddhist. I’m much more interested in a kind of plain rice, get-down-in-the-street Buddhism.” She is a Zen teacher and a medical anthropologist who’s been formed by cultures from the Sahara Desert to the hallways of American prisons. She founded the project on Being with Dying, and now she’s taking on the problem of compassion fatigue, though she doesn’t like that phrase. Whatever you call it, for all of us overwhelmed by bad news and by the attention we want to pay to suffering in the world, Joan Halifax has wisdom.

Click here to listen to the Episode


IF WE ADDRESS TOXIC MASCULINITY, WE CAN CHANGE OUR CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

Sunday night in Las Vegas, a white male shooter claimed the lives of 58 people, injuring more than 500. We are heartbroken by the lives lost. We are heartbroken for the injured. We are heartbroken for their families and loved ones. We are heartbroken that we can’t pass commonsense gun laws in our nation. But we will not let our broken hearts keep us from getting to the root cause of this violence and taking action.

It is time to connect the dots between mass shootings and our cultural reality: Men commit 98% of mass murders in America. Women have equal access to guns (and let’s be honest, plenty of reasons to be angry). Nevertheless, women don’t commit such acts of mass violence. We have to stop conditioning boys and men to think solving their problems through violence is normal. We can no longer tell boys at the earliest of ages to repress their emotions and deny parts of themselves. Look where it’s gotten us today!     Continue reading


I’m a young, female doctor. Calling me ‘sweetie’ won’t help me save your life.

It’s not just condescending. To provide patients with the best possible care, I need their trust.   By Faye Reiff-Pasarew in The Washington Post

“Sweetheart, you’re too young to understand,” my patient — a man in his 60s, someone accustomed to commanding a room — barked at me from his hospital bed. Medical problems had recently upended his life, and he was having a hard time adjusting. “I can’t believe I have to talk about this stuff to a young girl.”


How Walking May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

by Gretchen Reynolds, NY Times offered by Ed Raiola

Physical activity, even including walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.

Evidence has been accumulating for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer, including breast malignancies. But the physiological mechanisms involved have not been well characterized, nor have scientists known what kinds and amounts of exercise provide the surest protection.  Continue reading

women health, women breast cancer, exercise


From acne to pregnancy, here’s every ‘preexisting condition’ that could get you denied insurance under the AHCA healthcare bill

by Lydia Ramsey

The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday, and one thing is clear: In Trump’s America, being a woman is a “preexisting condition.” And if this law passes the Senate, insurance companies will be able to charge you as much as they want if you have a preexisting condition. While the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) brought historic changes to the health care industry when it comes to reproductive health and women’s health, the AHCA would strip many of those hard-won gains.  Continue reading

 


So, What’s the Big Deal with Healthcare in America?

written by Jane Edwards

The Freedom Caucus, led by our own Representative (R) Mark Meadows, is against the American Health Care Act (AHCA) because the bill does not deliver on the group’s promise of fully repealing “Obamacare” (ACA). Specifically, the Freedom Caucus wants to strip the ACA’s coverage for Essential Benefits, which are listed as (See Healthcare.gov):


HEALTHCARE INFORMATION: Dental Health – The Facts on Fillings

This article has been offered by Kani Nicolls, DDS  PA

Whether you need an existing filling replaced or a new cavity filled, get the facts on what your options are. Gone are the days when cast gold and silver amalgams were your only choices. With dental care advancements, other materials are also being used to fill cavities. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the four most common filling materials.


Nuclear Information Resource Service – Tell Your Reps to VOTE NO to Nuclear Waste on our Roads

Contact your US Representatives NOW  and tell them to vote NO on the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 (H.R. 3053)—a nuclear waste bill that threatens nearly every state with decades of nuclear waste shipments.  The vote could be taken as soon as this week!

Please Call 202-225-3121 to be connected to your Representative’s office and ask if you can count on them to VOTE NO on H.R. 3053. Then let us know via this quick form. 


YWCA Launches New Evidence-Based Model for Diabetes Program

YWCA Launches New Evidence-Based Model for Diabetes Program

 ASHEVILLE, NC – Beginning in August 2017 the YWCA Diabetes Wellness & Prevention Program (DWP) is taking on a new model. Through our new evidence-based curriculum, DWP aims to help program participants lower A1C blood sugar levels, lose weight, increase energy, and build a community of support.


“Of Woman Born” aims to make a name nationally for Asheville Documentary Film Scene” 

Emily Graham Interviewed by Kristin MacLeod-Johnson

Try this on for size. You are 40 weeks pregnant. “Ready to pop,” to use a favorite American colloquialism. A documentary filmmaker is going to film the climactic finish of this journey, the labor, and whatever may transpire,which is truly unknown, because birth is treading in the waters of the great mystery. Hopefully there will be sweat, tears, dilation, grunting, nakedness, rawness, and ultimately, the opening and receiving of new life. Let’s also do it unassisted, and that does not mean just without drugs. It means without medical intervention. This is what 35 year old Emily Graham agreed to do back in February 2015 in collaboration with filmmaker Scott Kirschenbaum.


PLANNED PARENTHOOD Information to TAKE ACTION

CLICK HERE for Top 3 Ways to Help Planned Parenthood Right Now

In October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Learn more about how 100 years of care, education, and activism have changed everything.


A Reading List For The Spirit

Spirituality and Health magazine has assembled its picks for the Best Books of the past year. Among them you will find reflections on mortality, explorations of depression, and insights from authors from a wide range of traditions. Some of the books examine the mind body connection for better mental health. One suggests that creating your own spiritual biography may help you recognize the times you’ve already brushed up against grace in your life. Check out the diverse selection here. { read more }


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