Simply Her (Singapore) - - SimplyHer - PENE­LOPE CHAN, ED­I­TOR PS. Thanks for all your lovely let­ters. E-mail us at magsim­ply­her@sph.com.sg or write to us at 82 Gent­ing Lane, Me­dia Cen­tre Level 7, S(349567), and keep send­ing in your won­der­ful ideas. CON­NECT WITH US AT: www.face­book.com/sim­plyh

When was the

last time you had a full med­i­cal check-up? I haven’t had one in years. In fact, I don’t even know my blood choles­terol lev­els.

The sur­pris­ing thing is, I’m not alone. In a re­cent Sim­ply Her health survey, where we asked women a range of ques­tions to get a pic­ture of their over­all well-be­ing, nearly 50 per cent of read­ers con­fessed to ne­glect­ing their reg­u­lar health tests. What’s more, only 37 per cent of re­spon­dents are in the healthy weight range (a Body Mass In­dex of be­tween 18.5 and 22.9). Ev­ery­one else is un­der­weight, over­weight or obese.

Turn to page 50 to see the re­sults of the Sim­ply Her Women’s Health Re­port. What will strike you is that even with such a broad survey cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of health – from Pap smears to diet, ex­er­cise, al­co­hol con­sump­tion, sleep and more – there’s no one area that our re­spon­dents have aced.

I know what you’re go­ing to say: “I’m too busy to take care of my health.” That’s my ex­cuse, too. But I think we all know, deep down, that it’s a sorry ex­cuse. Be­cause there’s re­ally no one else who can do it for us – and we don’t want to get to the point of hav­ing a ma­jor health episode be­fore tak­ing ac­tion.

I’ve been for­tu­nate enough not to get one of those yet, so in the last year, I’ve been mak­ing more ef­fort, such as never miss­ing my den­tal and Pap smear ap­point­ments. I know I have a long way to go, but th­ese baby steps mo­ti­vate me to do more.

One of the things ev­ery woman can do is to eat healthily. So don’t miss the cook­book that comes free with the Septem­ber is­sue. It’s filled with healthy recipes for break­fast through sup­per, us­ing key or­ganic in­gre­di­ents.

Once you’re putting good stuff into your body, it’ll start to show on your skin. But if you’re just start­ing to take care of your well-be­ing, don’t fret. Turn to page 26 for our slew of how-to tips for look­ing your best, from hid­ing acne with makeup to get­ting eye­liner right, show­ing off san­dal-ready feet with­out a pedi­cure, and more.

Don’t miss th­ese sto­ries too: mantras to get you through the work­day (pg 62), for times when ev­ery­thing goes wrong; mem­ory-boost­ing foods for kids, to help them prep for the year-end exams (pg 114); and of course, the best moon­cakes to buy this year (pg 102). En­joy!

A glam

evening bag – all those we’ve fea­tured are un­der $80!

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