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.