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I had my annual OB/GYN exam this week, which sounds like an unusual way to begin a post about a townhall event at the White House but it really isn't. I make an appointment every year (and keep it!) because in my mind, as a mother to two young girls, there is nothing more important than my health. I want to be around for a very long time – long enough to see my girls build families of their own and their own support systems.
The healthier we women are, the stronger our families are, and the stronger our families are, the more educated our kids will be, and the more educated our kids are, the more competitive our economy will be in a global world.
So you see why an annual OB/GYN visit means so much more than a chance for me to visit with my doctor, whom I adore!
Now here’s where you come in. What questions do you have about your ability to get the health care you need for you and your family? On Thursday, the White House will be convening a special townhall to discuss all aspects of women’s health. iVillage will be there to ask YOUR questions so chime in below or send them to us on Twitter or on Facebook. You’ll also be able to watch the townhall live Thursday/10:00am EST – 11:30am EST right here on iVillage.com.
The townhall will feature remarks from Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. After that, I along with a reporter from Redbook will begin asking questions from you. Once again, chime in below with your question.
We’ve been very lucky to have had several chances to interview Secretary Sebelius, and each time, you always provided us such great questions. Our most recent interview was back in January, after President Obama’s State of the Union address. You can watch the full interview here or take a look below at some of the questions you asked and the secretary's answers. Also below is an excerpt from the secretary's Mother's Day letterto the women of iVillage.
Maybe these questions and comments will get your creative juices flowing and spark some fabulous questions we can ask!
The secretary's exclusive Mother's Day Letter to the women of iVillage
"As a fellow mom, I know that moms often take care of their own health last. We make sure that our kids and spouses get their checkups and flu shots, but don’t always do the same for ourselves. To help women and moms get the care they need, the Affordable Care Act now makes it less expensive for women and their families to get recommended preventive services, including cervical cancer screenings and mammograms, at no additional cost out of our pockets. Benefits for expectant moms include counseling and screening to ensure healthy pregnancies. What’s more, the law provides free preventive screenings and check-ups for seniors with Medicare – also helping our parents live healthier lives."
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," Sebelius told us back in January.
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 Chief Correspondent of iVillage and a former White House and political correspondent for CNN. Follow Kelly on Twitter at @kellywallacetv.