Every Friday, my daughter Kyana plays with her girlfriends, Hayley and Keira. This particular Friday, Hayley’s mom and the other mommies in her condominium were heading to the Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) to offer a donation. These mothers had collected over $400 during their recent Halloween party in honor of their friend, Shin who passed away in 2009 and the other women who are currently fighting breast cancer.
When we got there, the younger girls wanted to know what was a foundation and why we were there. I explained that breast cancer is a disease that can make some women very sick. Shin’s daughter, Josie was listening and chips in ‘like my mommy was.” Aunty Timmy (Hayley’s mom) then explained that a foundation is an organization that helps educate other people about the disease and collect money for the sick who may not have enough to pay for it.
The kids drew their names on the envelop of donation, and then took a group photo with the representative of the BCF. We are pleased that we could be part of this meaningful exercise and the opportunity to introduce charitable concepts to our kids.
According to statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading organizations, the TOP 7 health threats for women are:
No 1: Heart Disease
No 2: Cancer
No. 3: Stroke
No. 4: Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
No. 5: Alzheimer’s disease
No. 6: Motor Vehicle Accidents
No. 7: Type 2 diabetes
While we can’t control risk factors like family history, age and race, we still have a substantial influence over the care of our body. With vigilance, early detection and healthy lifestyle habits, many of these life-threatening risks can be kept at bay.
Today’s women are so busy fulfilling their duties as wives, mothers and being career powerhouses that they sometimes neglect their own health. Go for regular health screenings, especially if you are over 40 years old, and take heed of these common advice dished out by doctors and medical professionals:
- Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Some research suggests a link between smoking and Alzheimer’s. Smoking can also exaberbate lung conditions like bronchitis and emphysema and have no beneficial contributions to our health at all.
- Include physical activity in your daily routine. Any movement counts.
- Eat healthy. Choose vegetables, fruits, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean sources of protein, such as fish. Limit foods high in saturated fat and sodium. Click here for healthy food recipes.
- Manage your stress levels and be happy
How are you taking care of your health today?