You can see the results of hitting the gym and eating more veggies in the mirror, which keeps you motivated to maintain these smart habits. But sometimes, it’s what you can’t see from the outside that is a better reflection of your true health. That’s why regular visits to your doctor are so important! As National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, schedule your yearly physical (if you haven’t had one recently) and take along this wellness checklist, courtesy of Planned Parenthood, to ensure the appointment covers all your bases.
- Birth Control: Talk to your doc about the best option for you. (Read up here before you go to learn about some of the most effective and popular picks.)
- Breast Cancer Screening: Help detect cancer early, during its most treatable stages.
- Pap Test and HPV Test: Screen for cervical cancer warning signs.
- Pelvic Exam: Help detect signs of infection, protect against infertility and promote safe and healthy pregnancies.
- Pregnancy: If you’re thinking about becoming a mom, discuss pre-pregnancy health and planning for your growing family.
- STDs: Testing protects you and your partners. Should you ask for STD testing? Find out by taking this quiz.
- Etc.: Find out which other screenings (bone health, diabetes, heart health) may be beneficial for you by using the interactive screening tool at womenshealth.gov/whw.
The streets of New York City will become a runway for Christy Turlington Burns this Sunday, as she’s preparing to slip on her shoes (sneakers, not stilettos) to tackle a marathon. Turlington Burns and several of her friends and colleagues will be teaming up during the race to raise money to support Every Mother Counts, the group she founded to bring attention to maternal health-related causes. Between her training sessions, she found time to create a short film, Every Mother Counts: Obsetric Fistula, which she recently premiered, about a dangerous complication that can occur to moms after childbirth.
After her film debuted at LUNAFEST film festival, Turlington Burns filled us in about her race training, the cause that’s close to her heart and how we can help.
You’re running the ING New York City Marathon to support maternal health. How did you train for the event?
When the opportunity to run in the New York City Marathon came up, I was a three to five-mile jogger. I started increasing my mileage in early August and have done so steadily through my first 21 mile run a few weeks ago.
Do you have a goal in mind for the race?
To finish! Well, I fully expect to finish, but hope to feel good on the other side too. I am hoping to come in under 4:30. I feel strong and ready. What a perfect way to highlight one of the biggest barriers for women accessing health care in a timely manner, which is distance and the lack of transport when emergencies do arise.
What other fit activities do you enjoy?
I’ve been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and it remains my favorite “exercise” even through it is so much more. In recent years, I have tried a few other fitness trends such as Physique 57 and Tracy Anderson.
Turlington Burns recently premiered an important short film at LUNAFEST in New York City. Keep reading to learn more about it and why the topic is so important to her.