Today, Dr. Melva Green shares insights into her article Start & Start Again and HealthyYouNow.com.
Thanks so much for contacting me about my featured article "Start & Start Again" on healthyyounow. com. As you may likely know Tonya Lewis Lee, national spokesperson of A Healthy Baby Begins With You campaign initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, is the Editor in Chief of this new online community dedicated to informing and inspiring woman of color to take charge of their health.
This resource is relatively new having just launched December 8th of last year. However, when the editorial team contacted me, I was particularly struck by a piece of Mrs. Lee's inaugural message - "We do have the power within each and every one of us to contribute to our own better health and the health of our broader community. Because we give birth to and are the primary caregivers to our children, our future depends on us. We cannot be the best caregivers if we are ill and not feeling well. We cannot deliver healthy children if we do not make sure we are healthy ourselves".
Having spent tens of thousands of hours studying and helping people at every journey point between situational setbacks and severe emotional suffering, I know firsthand how women, mothers in particular, struggle to activate this internal power for Self; to give themselves a break...permission to care for themselves. More importantly, I appreciate the gravity of how this lack of attention lends mothers to a vicious cycle of stalls, disappointments and delayed sense of fulfillment and well being which ultimately shows up as illness and disease.
A great deal of well intentioned articles spell out what happens emotionally during tough times and offer advice on how to suffer through but many times they miss three important aspects: a holistic explanation and management of the blahs and blues; a self forgiving approach in dealing with difficulties; and the power embedded in owning the life lesson and releasing the struggle. Given the synergy and alignment of Tonya Lewis Lee's self empowerment ideals and mine, I found this to be a perfect opportunity to close this gap in my Healthy You Now featured article. Written from a radically compassionate approach intentioned to inspire self discovery, self acceptance and a search for "strategies-uniquely-me", my hope is that the readers will grant themselves the permission slips to start and start again, each time more holistically, more abundantly and ultimately unapologetically.
I am more than delighted to share this perspective and empower women and mothers for better self care for themselves, their families and their unborn children in the recommendations found in my Healthy You Now featured article, Start & Start Again. I hope these resonates with your readers as well.
Dr. Melva Green, MD, MBA, MPH iis a Board Certified and regarded as one of America's Top Psychiatrists, Dr Green is a dedicated physician and social entrepreneur practicing in Baltimore, MD. Specializing in body-mind-soul medicine and societal well-being, Dr. Green moves her message from the Couch to the Community at every chance as a regular source for local and national media. Educated at Meharry Medical College and residency trained at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Green holds degrees in public health and business as well. Highlight accomplishments include service on Surgeon General’s Work Group on Women’s Mental Health, Chair of Committee on Women - American Psychiatric Association, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, W.K. Kellogg Scholar in Health Disparities; and Sommer Scholar – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Featured Expert - Good Morning America Mind and Mood Special. For More information visit. www.drmelvagreen.com
TidBits from Healthy You Now:
Welcome to the Healthy You Now community where information, inspiration and innovation come together to offer you support as you seek to achieve an optimal lifestyle of health and wellness. We all know the bottom line on the statistics of health for women of color. Unfortunately reports show that we tend to be the most unhealthy people in the nation when it comes to almost every life threatening disease. The reasons for this are complicated for sure, however we each play a role in our own individual health and in the collective health of our community. I am not discounting the part that poverty, racism and capitalistic greed play in the daily assault on the health of women of color in the United States, instead I choose to focus on what we as individuals can do to move the needle on those statistics. We do have the power within each and every one of us to contribute to our own better health and the health of our broader community. Because we give birth to and are the primary caregivers to our children, our future depends on us. We cannot be the best caregivers if we are ill and not feeling well. We cannot deliver healthy children if we do not make sure we are healthy ourselves.
Healthy You Now is not a diet site, although we will provide information about good eating habits, which may result in weight loss. One of our main goals is to change the conversation about weight to health.
The Mom Strategist