5 Things You Need to Know About Women’s Health

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Ladies, it’s all about you this week!

From diet to pregnancy to oral and mental health, the Office of Women’s Health hosts a week filled with events and education initiatives to get women proactive about their well-being.

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There are many aspects of health to consider when working towards optimal living.  Daily pressures coupled with busy schedules often means that we’re putting our health last on the priority list.

This week offers the perfect opportunity to put a spotlight on your health and well-being, to hopefully learn something new that will inspire you to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

Here are 5 things you need to know about women’s health to start:

  • Nearly 2 out of 3 women 20yrs and older are overweight or obese. Studies with Mexican-American women show that they are 40% more likely to be obese than their white counterparts.
  • Less than half of US women are getting enough aerobic exercise and only 20% are doing muscle-strengthening activity, making women more likely to develop heart disease and cancer (along with contributing to obesity and diabetes). Latinos are 30% less likely to engage in exercise than their white counterparts.
  • Smoking causes 80% of lung cancer deaths among women in the US. On the plus side, Latinas have lower smoking rates comparably, and they’re less likely to smoke during pregnancy.
  • Women are much more likely than men to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses. According to the CDC, Latina teens are the most likely group to consider suicide.
  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US, with over 75% of women 40-60 yrs old having at least one risk factor. On average, Latinas are more likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than their white counterparts.

Did any of these facts surprise you?  What will you change to lead a healthier life?

The Office of Women’s Health also put together these great infographics with helpful tips on how to take care of yourself in all aspects of health.

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As always, keep paying it forward. Stay healthy! 🙂

 

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Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt and belVita Breakfast Biscuits

I have partnered with belVita and Dannon to help promote the belVita and Dannon partnership. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about the promotion and product. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Be honest with me here. How many times do you skip breakfast?

Are you slowly raising that hand up with a bit of a guilty expression on your face? Yup, I’ve been there.

Okay, now how many of you choose a sugary pastry or doughy bagel while in line for coffee to appease said guilt?….Yup, I’ve been there too.

With hectic mornings spent prepping for work or school, breakfast often gets overlooked. It happens.

As much as I enjoy a full and leisurely breakfast (hello, brunch anyone?), it’s a near impossibility for me to make the time each morning before I dash off to work. Shortcuts are necessary and I’m always looking for healthy breakfast options that I can pick up on my way out the door or leave packed and ready the night before.

Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt and Crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits offer just that. They are delicious and convenient options that you can enjoy each morning without having to throw a wrench into your schedule or your diet.

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Greek yogurt has become a breakfast staple of mine this past year for its myriad of health benefits and smooth and creamy texture. It’s versatile too: I’ve used greek yogurt in baking recipes, subbed it in for sour cream, and I’ve tossed it into my smoothies. Dannon’s Oikos Greek Nonfat yogurt is no exception:

  • 12-15g of protein in each single serving (based on the flavor); 2x more protein than regular low-fat yogurt
  • 0g of fat
  • 80-130 calories (based on the flavor)

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I love that there are 10 different flavors to choose from so that I’ll never get bored. My favorite tends to be plain or vanilla because I throw in healthy sides like almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and fruit.

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And now I can add Crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits as an alternative to sugary granola. Loaded with whole grains, these biscuits give you steady energy throughout the morning, helping me stay focused at work without thinking about taking a snack break. Feeling hungry can be a major distraction.

Crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits come in 5 flavors including Golden Oat (pictured), Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Brown Sugar, and Chocolate. If you’re a nut about experimenting with different flavors and customization, then this is a perfect pairing with Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt.

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Each individual package of 4 crunchy biscuits is portioned for breakfast and provides:

  • 18-20g  of whole grains;  offers heart-healthy fiber and brain food (your brain needs carbs!)
  • 3g of dietary fiber; helps keep you feeling full longer
  • A good source of four B vitamins and iron; keeps you feeling strong and energized

Additionally, crunchy belVita Breakfast Biscuits contain no high-fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils (0 grams of trans fat per labeled serving), and no artificial flavors or sweeteners.

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I am not a big fan of any food choice that sacrifices health for convenience, especially if that means I’m adding loads of  artificial ingredients that my body doesn’t need. I often go the DIY route, but belVita’s crunchy breakfast biscuits with Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt are a great way to fuel me through the busiest mornings when I can’t prepare something from scratch. Plus, it’s super yummy!

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It’s the perfect contrast of smooth and crunchy, tangy and sweet.

Optimal health is all about balance. Don’t beat yourself up for skipping breakfast. Save thatenergy for finding a breakfast option that will help you be more productive for the busy day ahead without costing you too much in time and money. Give Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt and belVita’s Crunchy Breakfast Biscuits a shot the next time you visit the grocery store.

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Be sure to visit Dannon’s Oikos  and belVita Breakfast Biscuits’ websites for more nutrition information and where to purchase their products.

Have you ever tried Dannon Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt or belVita’s Crunchy Breakfast Biscuits?

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast?

Share your thoughts and comments below or on FB and Twitter.

As always, keep paying it forward. Stay healthy! 🙂

 

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A reminder to forgive

I make it a point to consciously forgive of those who’ve wronged me and myself for all of the choices I’ve made that led me down a more difficult path. Forgiveness Fridays is my effort to encourage others to do the same, not just to feel better in the moment, but to improve their health in the process. Take a moment to consider the parts of your life that give you grief or unhappiness and then focus on what’s causing that pain. Try to let that go for at least a minute. Meditate. Pray. Do whatever it takes to relieve your body of that stress so that you can envision a life free of that burden. Take that with you each day and in time you’ll learn to forgive yourself as much as you do those around you.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Friday! 🙂

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