Healthy Gift Alternatives for Mother's Day
Keep the leading diseases among Black women at bay.
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Happy Mother's Day - This Sunday, empower the special mothers in your life by helping them to take charge of their personal health and find the health care they need. Giving a gift that encourages a healthy lifestyle will not only benefit the mothers in your life, but help to reduce inequities in in wellness among all Black women. Keep reading for a list of gift ideas. —Patrice Peck (Photo: Leonora Hamill/Getty Images)
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Breast Cancer - The most common form of cancer among Black women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death. The older a woman gets, the stronger her risk factor becomes—particularly for Black women ages 45 to 64 years. Because early detection and diagnosis are critically important, why not treat your mother to a fancy dinner and movie after her next mammogram?(Photo: Bill Greenblatt /UPI Photo/Landov)
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Obesity - A limited access to healthy food options is one of the many factors that contributes to the high rate of obesity in the Black American community. Book your mother several sessions with a certified nutritionist so that she can receive the necessary skills and information to reduce her risk of becoming overweight or obese.
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Diabetes - Diabetes affects 1 in 4 women ages 55 years and older and is the fourth leading cause of death for all ages. While some risk factors for type 2 diabetes cannot be controlled, such as age or family history, there are certain steps that can be taken to prevent or delay the disease. Practicing aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities can keep diabetes at bay, so promote exercise with a new bicycle or dance classes and make quality time a healthy time. (Photo: © Laura Doss/Corbis)
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Heart Disease - Obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure and a limited awareness of elevated risks all contribute to Black women’s developing heart disease at a rate twice as high as white women. Gift your mother with a personal chef to help create low-sodium meal plans that include fruits, vegetables and grains, all of which stabilize blood pressure and cholesterol levels and keep one’s weight in check. (Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images)