Today is International Women’s Day, and according to the United Nations:
“It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
Since it’s inception in 1909, it has brought women together to fight for the right to work, suffrage, and gender equality. For the most part, we have been able to achieve that here in the United States, but the fight still continues in many countries around the world. I’ve really enjoyed reading articles on the history of the day, and encourage you to do the same.
One battle that we are still fighting for in America is the battle for our own health. No, I’m not talking about all the drama that is going on in Washington about our reproductive rights – that is a topic for a different blogger on a different day. I’m talking about the things we have control over: what we put in our mouths and the environment we chose to live in. Check out this infographic from GE:
Pretty scary stuff, right?
But guess what? WE can change this. WE have the power to reverse these numbers. It all starts with YOU! By eating better, moving more, and weening ourselves off of medications, we can live longer and healthier lives. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to being able to celebrate many more International Women’s Days.