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!
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