Pyramids aren’t always practical – that has never been truer than when it comes to your plate. ChooseMyPlate.gov is now being updated by the USDA with new recommendations to update your plate to a more plant-based diet, including veggies and fruit, paired with whole grains and a smaller portions of proteins, especially animal proteins. Healthy moms should wap out regular milk for low-fat or fat-free, and replace sugary beverages with water instead.
Dietary Guidelines are updated every 5 years. Preliminary reports suggest that we’ll see the following:
Healthy moms should that that early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer. According to breastcancer.org, mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35% in women over 50. And when breast cancer is caught early, many women are able to avoid breast removal (mastectomy). All women should be going for an annual screening at age 40, say expert organizations. If you’re at a higher risk, talk to your healthcare provider about sooner screenings.
Know Before You Go
The National Infertility Association has launched The Fertility Scorecard, its updated index to measure and grade states’ “fertility friendliness.” Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (6 months if a woman is age 35+) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth. Here are the states with the best and worst marks:
How does your state fare? Check out the complete scorecard map at http://familybuilding.resolve.org/fertility-scorecard.