The topic at hand is women’s health and wellness. I chose this topic to address some of the issues that lead to chronic illness and disease such as poor diet, little to no exercise, and stress. Today, women take on many more responsibilities when it comes to home, career, and family. Often times while women are caring for everyone else they neglect themselves and specifically their health.
In March 2015, I visited a health and wellness expo at the Levine Senior Center in Matthews, NC sponsored by Novant Health. My observation at this and many other expos is that many of the attendees tend to be older people. I think it’s vital to address our health by taking proactive measures as opposed to being reactive once there is a diagnosis. Health and wellness expos provide a wealth of information, and they address a wide range of issues from the common cold to weight loss to cancer, among other things. At this expo, I received some great information from doctors who spoke on the topics of heart disease and menopause. I also conducted a one on one interview with a holistic health and wellness coach who provided some great information on healthy eating and healthy living. I’ll be sharing all of this information with you so that we all can feel better and live better.
As I’m contemplating on my next show and what’s needed to get the show to be what I envisioned…a show that’s empowering, a show that is informative, a show that is a CONVERSATION STARTER…I’m wondering which way should I go. “WHAT WOULD she DO?” is all of those things but I want MORE. I want people to be enlightened and feel like they walked away with a “understanding” and/or a cause.
As I embark on this journey of CHANGE…I wonder what that looks like, what it sounds like…what it feels like. I want the community to get involved, get excited…GET MAD!
So here’s my first topic:
In the wake of Jason’s Collins’ (the first openly gay nba player) announcement that “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” there has been a lot of talk and speculation about his life BEFORE the announcement.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Mr. Collins states, “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her.” As I read that statement, I wondered what that must feel like and thought how painful that must be. What happened to that woman? I wondered how that must feel and about the different emotions she may be going through.
Initially, I thought the topic might be “Men who have sex with men and say they’re not gay.” Yeah, that raisies a few eyebrows but it’s deeper than that. In a society, where homosexuality has been shunned, this must be a terrible feeling…not being able to be true to yourself. When does that secret become malicious? How do you get young boys and girls to come to terms with who they are? Who do you tell, how do you tell?
There’s a side of “coming out” that hasn’t been examined…I want to go there.
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For the full Jason Collins’ interview with Sports Illustrated please click on the link below