here’s to seventy-five more

by Holly on April 17, 2011

in breakfast,eating out,French,seriousness

I don’t want to get all political.

However, it just so happens I work in politics and like to think I’m always right, so perhaps it was inevitable that some sort of important policy issue would make an outspoken appearance my blog someday. And as it turns out, that day is today.

Topic of this day: women’s health.

This morning, I had the lovely opportunity to brunch with 12 amazingly smart + passionate women to honor Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s 75th anniversary. Now, I am going to preface the rest of this post by saying that regardless of what you personally believe about the Planned Parenthood organization, they remain the nation’s #1 provider of medical care to low-income and uninsured women, men AND children in the United States.

That’s cervical cancer screenings. Routine check-ups. Pap smears. Physicals. Confidential STD testing (don’t forget, April is Get Yourself Tested Month!). Birth control. Menopause care. And most importantly, proactive + preventative care to stop illnesses and disease BEFORE they start.

I am pretty sure we can all agree on that, no?

If not, I’m sure you can agree a mimosa is a perfectly acceptable way to start a Sunday morning.

Over a leisurely brunch at Sardine, us dozen ladies (lawyers, scientists, public policymakers, advocates, mothers, daughters and friends, included) celebrated just how far women’s health rights have come and the path we have before us.

We have come a long way, but there is certainly much work to be done.

You see, I know that you, as a reader of a healthy-ish food blog, already realize the importance of eating vegetables, fruits + whole grains and exercising regularly in maintaining your personal health + well-being. However, health is about way more than just eating right and moving on the regular – access to health care, receiving the appropriate medical services and gaining knowledge about self-care is ESSENTIAL to ensuring a long-lasting existence. Even the healthiest of us cannot deny our parental-given genetics and other environmental factors, which can cause any one of us to suffer from cancers, diseases and illnesses that are simply beyond our control.

That is why I believe health is a basic human right.

And that is why I am happy to support an organization like Planned Parenthood which gives that critical care to people who cannot afford it.

Yes, all that deep chit chatter happened between bites of a spinach, cherry tomato, goat cheese + bacon omelette, fresh green salad and frites.

P.S. The French really know how to do it – fries for breakfast is truly the way to start a Sunday.

I am not asking you to do anything other than read this post and remember that while getting your 5-a-day and going to yoga is fantastic, don’t forget to take control of your own health.

Schedule that annual not-fun female (or male) exam.

Check your moles.

Know your familial health history.

Talk to your doctor.

And most importantly, respect yoself.

If you are without insurance coverage or are in need medical services, click here to find a Planned Parenthood health center near you.

{ 40 comments }

Kay April 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

This is an amazing post.

Alison April 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Well what do you know! I’m spending my Sunday writing a paper about sex-ed policy in the US! Exciting…for sure…but I’m thinking a mimosa would make it better.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Aamazing post. I too think that everyone should be entitled to health care. Why people are denied is beyond me. I think that our country has got it all wrong in that department. But hey, that’s just me.

Kelsey, at Happyolks April 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for this post, girlie! I totally stand with Planned Parenthood, and you! Thanks for sharing this important information with the blog community. Women’s health and well-being should NEVER be controversial – it’s an obvious responsibility we have to protecting and caring for all the amazing and beautiful women in our lives.

You are amazing! Glad to follow you and read about your thoughts :)

Erica April 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Interesting topic today! I think the budget battle is a tough one….Things must get cut or the country is really going to suffer. I have no idea what the “right” decisions are….I just hope everything gets figured out…On a happy note-what a delicious looking meal. I think french fries rock at all times of the day.

Katia April 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Amazing post!
I live in Canada and this semester I am taking a class on American Politics, Planned Parenthood was discussed a lot. I am very fortunate to have access to health care and I never take it for granted.
Keep up the great work!

my little celebration April 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

You are the best, Holly. The best out there. What an exquisite positive role model you are.

Ingrid Stensvaag April 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Awesome post! I love when you speak up, when i attended UWW I knew many girls that did use planned parenthood for BC and other health issues because they didn’t have insurance! It is so important to keep it around!:) btw <3 the yellow jacket! adorrrable!

hippierunner April 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Great post! I want fries for breakfast!!

Ashley April 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Holly, this was great! I actually work at Planned Parenthood and it is so nice to finally read a “healthy living” blog that has even acknowledged what is happening right now surrounding women’s rights. Wonderful post and keep doing the important work you do!

Kim April 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I find myself on the more conservative side of moderate these days, but the attack on Planned Parenthood just blows my mind. Republicans can’t seem to grasp the fact that PP performs so many services that are not abortion.

I really want to thank you for working to protect women’s health.

sofia April 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

love this. as someone who works in a high school setting where health care availability and awareness isn’t even close to where it should be, this post really hit home. sure, many new yorkers are pretty liberal and pro-choice, but so many women, especially younger women who are only recently sexually active, have no idea that the resources available to them at planned parenthood are as easily accessible as they are. there needs to be more awareness and less stigma attached to birth control and STDs. let’s talk about it, especially over egg and mimosa brunches. totally down. thank you for sharing :)

Amy April 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

TERRIFIC wonderful post. Most people just think abortion when they hear Planned Parenthood. We need better education in this country about what they offer to low income families. Because as it is going now….most of the country is low income these days. a truly sad situation.

Jackie April 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

loved reading this! I worked in Education at Planned Parenthood for 4 years. It has been over 10 years now since I was in the field, and I think it is a shame when I hear all the misconceptions about such a great organization that does so much for women’s health worldwide. Thank you for shining some light on PP today!

Gillian April 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Thank you so much for this post. I have so much I want to write on this topic and am still questioning how deep and honest I can go with it. But amen. I am a strong believer in the health that goes beyond fruit and veggies: mental health, spiritual health and sexual health. Thank you for being your fabulous self once again.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Thank you, Holly for this post!!

I posted two months ago about going to the gyno and why we all need to do it
http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2011/02/going-to-the-doctor.html

The same reasons as you outlined…
proactive + preventative care to stop illnesses and disease BEFORE they start.

If we eat healthy, exercise, but dont get our checkups, that’s like two steps forward, 1.5 back IMO.

And guess where I go to get my women’s services? Planned Parenthood! They are wonderful and for those without insurance, a god send. They have helped me so much and are true professionals. In fact, I have a follow up appt there tomorrow.

Thank you thank you thank you!!! for this post :)

Maren April 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love PP SOOO much!! The first time I went there for birth control, I got my annual and all that and I was totally broke, so they really saved my butt! So this past Nov when I went back for my annual and to get a new scrip on my BC, they asked if I wanted to donate anything besides what I was already paying, since they depend heavily on that, and I happily donated some money. I felt so good that I was able to give back because all they do is give, give, give…and give some more! It is SUCH a great organization, I hope it never disappears! It takes great people like you to keep it afloat, so thank you :)

Emily April 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm

AMAZING POST! Well said!!

Anica April 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

FABULOUS post Holly! It’s so sad to see people trying to shut down this amazing organization. We need more people like you who is not afraid to use the power of your voice! :)

-Anica

Carly April 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

What a great post, especially with all that has been going on in our nation recently. I think it’s great that you devoted today’s post to this important subject, health is so much more than eating right and exercising daily. I think it’s great to devote a post to this, you really have opened people’s eyes! I read your blog regularly- love it! I just started mine own, http://www.healthy-matters.com! I’m very excited to join the ‘blogging world’! Great post :)

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free April 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Instead of saying “ello guvna” to Scott the other day you should have read him this post. You go girl!

Lauren http://theclimbingchef.blogspot.com/ April 17, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This post is great!!! I totally support Planned Parenthood and have been following all of the political crap regarding this amazing organization. I don’t understand how our government can think it is ok to take away such an amazing organization. It’s like: “yea, lets just take away health care, deny condoms (and all birth control), vote against abortion and see how well all the under-payed and uninsured people fend for themselves. (Maniacal laugh)”

Have you read Jessica Valenti’s Full Frontal Feminism? It’s an amazing book that I know you would love after reading this post :)

Mimi (Gingersnaps) April 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

So, so true. I do roll my eyes sometimes at people who think every health problem can be prevented or cured through health and diet. Sometimes, shit happens, and it’s so great there are places there to help.

Mimi (Gingersnaps) April 17, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Argh, through exercise and diet. Late in the day for me!

Jess April 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for emphasizing that EVERYONE needs to keep up with those “fun” checkups and whatnot <3

Erica D @ Gratitouille April 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Yay, this post makes me happy! And you reminded me to book a gyno check-up for my brief stay at home this summer. Yaaaaay women’s health!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I agree with you whole-heartedly on the healthcare AND the mimosa. :)

Thanks for the reminder – we women all too often get so busy TCB that we don’t make time for ourselves.

Tamar April 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Amen. As someone who has used Planned Parenthood (and has somehow never been forced to have an abortion!) for all of their services when uninsured, I can personally vouch for how important the organization is, and how vital it is to protect it from all the lies being spread.

Clare April 18, 2011 at 6:30 am

I’m English, so have grown up my entire life with free NHS health care (which however it has been portrayed in the US media during the health care debate – and it certainly isn’t perfect – is a brilliant thing) so find it pretty hard to comprehend the situation in the US. Planned parenthood seems like a brilliant organisation, kudos to you for being so active in supporting it. And yay for mimosas and french fries!

Megan (Braise the Roof) April 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

Good reminder, Holly. I had no idea April was Get Yourself Checked Month- I’ll have to schedule my regular exam soon!

Emily @ Relishments April 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I don’t agree with everything Planned Parenthood stands for, but I do appreciate most of what they do. This is a beautifully written post and it made me think. Thank you, Holly.

Katie April 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Amen, sistah! Thanks for sharing the good word.

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport April 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

It’s so true! Above all “Respect yourself” Love it.

emily (a nutritionist eats) April 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for this post. xo

Jen April 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

I really didn’t know planned parenthood did all of that! Thanks for posting this :)

amanda April 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

girlfriend! i totally didn’t have you pegged as someone who works in politics. fascinating.
anywayyyyy….

thanks for the informative post. as much of a bugger as it is going to the doc, it’s super important! and planned parenthood definitely helps out in sticky situations and for the unassured. i fully stand by and support the organization! even if there are a ton of protesters standing outside them on a daily basis. peeps need to know the do so much more than just abortions. because that’s what everyone associates them with. and it drives me bonkers! they get so looked down upon because of that. but in reality, they are a great benefit. pish posh.

also, i want your meal in my belly right.now!

hugs.

amanda April 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

and, by unassure…i obvs meant uninsured. i am ashamed for such a mistake. and i majored in english?

Ijeoma (HerHonestLife) April 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

Thanks for such a great post Holly! When I found myself pregnant with my son while in college, I was scared, broke, and without any medical insurance. Planned parenthood provided me basic care, counseling and a little piece of mind in a very rough time. They helped me get through the rest of my degree and I graduated 5 months pregnant. I’m so glad that they are there for so many women who would otherwise have no other options.

Alison April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Thank you so much for this post. *hugs*

Around 2005, I lost my job and my husband was unemployed. PP was so good to us and made sure that we were taken care of, health wise. I don’t know what I would have done without them.

Nancy April 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this entry. Just sayin’.

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