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We had so much fun doing a live chat with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. It was our third one with the Secretary following our conversations on teen smoking and bullying last year. Thanks to YOU, we had a ton of great questions on everything from Sebelius' controversial decision concerning the so-called morning after pill to the biggest health issues affecting women to that recent tense exchange between President Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, which you can see here.
Here are some of the highlights of our live interview and chat:
On the President Obama/Governor Brewer exchange
"I think it is more appropriate to maybe shake his hand and say hello and greet him warmly when he comes into your state," Sebelius said. "I was able to do that a number of times with President Bush when he visited Kansas and you know, I was able to greet him, so I don't necessarily think a finger-wagging is the most appropriate exchange for anyone to have with anyone else. I mean, welcome them to your state and if there's a difference of opinions, let's talk about it."
On the decision to overrrule the FDA
In an unprecedented move, the Health and Human Services Secretary overruled the FDA's decision, which would have made the so-called morning after pill, currently available over the counter to women 17 and older, available over the counter to women of all ages. The secretary said she had concerns about whether young girls would be able to understand the drug and use it correctly. "My only choice was a straight up or straight down. People said 'Well, why didn't you modify it, why didn't you just didn't pick a different age? That really is not within our jurisiction... I am hoping that we can revisit this issue," seeming to signal she could be open to lowering the over the counter age to slightly younger than 17.
On the most pressing health issue affecting women in the U.S.
Sebelius cited obesity and smoking as the two most pressing issues affecting women in the U.S. "If you are pre-diabetic, losing even 10 to 15 pounds and getting a little exercise four to five times per week makes you 65% less likely to become diabetic than if you didn't do these two things."
On the best advice for working moms
Asked the best advice for working moms when it comes to keeping their kids healthy, the secretary said, "Sleep, eat, exercise." I think she was referring to our kids and to us working moms too!
Kelly Wallace is a Chief Correspondent of iVillage and a former White House and political correspondent for CNN. Follow Kelly on Twitter.