Everyone Needs Vaccines!

vaccines-postVaccines are very important for women — especially for pregnant women. Pregnancy changes your immune system, and during this time of year, you may become more vulnerable to the flu. A flu shot is the best protection against serious complications of the flu, like pneumonia.

Schedule Your Annual Well-Woman Visit

Doctor talking to woman patient, while taking notes.Does taking care of yourself fall to the bottom of your to-do list? With so many competing priorities, it's not always easy to put your health first. But taking just one day to focus on you and your health could add years to your life.

That's why I'm encouraging all women to schedule their annual well-woman visit in time for National Women's Checkup Day on May 12.

Women and Smoking: A Winnable Fight

women-and-smoking-postIt's been fifty years since the Surgeon General released the first report on smoking and health in the United States. In that time more than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking. In fact, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and premature death in the United States.

Women: Powerful Influencers

Family happily running on a green lawnResearch shows women influence the habits of those around them. When we set a good example by prioritizing our own health, we encourage others to make healthy choices, too — including our kids. My kids' well-being has always been my primary concern, but I know how critical it is to take care of my own needs at the same time.