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May 2023 Volume 12
As we wrap up the month of May, we find ourselves at the intersection of several significant observances and innovative initiatives related to women's health and overall well-being.
May marks Mental Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about mentalhealth and promoting mental well-being. It provides an opportunity for all ofus to come together to address the importance of mental health and break the stigmaassociated with seeking help. I encourage you to take this moment to prioritizeour mental well-being and support those around us who may be in need. We’ve listed a few of our podcasts and some resources that may be helpful.
We also celebrated Women's Health Month. Of course, we here at BTPGthink every month is Women’s Health Month, but we’re all for highlighting theunique health concerns faced by women and recognizes the strides made inwomen's healthcare. For example, in many parts of the world, menstruation remains a taboo subject, hindering access to proper hygiene products and leading to social exclusion and health risks. This month we talked to a social entrepreneurwho has developed an impactful program for women in India, Africa, and Nepal thatcombines technology with on-the-ground support to address the stigma andchallenges.
Another issue that significantly impacts our quality of life is musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoporosis and arthritis. I had the pleasure of interviewing a dynamic orthopedic surgeon who shows us that by prioritizing our musculoskeletal health, we can maintain active lifestyles, prevent injuries, and preserve our overall mobility and independence.
Thank you for being a part of our community, and we look forward to sharing moreinsights and updates with you in our upcoming newsletters.
Mitzi Krockover, MD
There are differences between males and females with respect to our muscles, joints and bones. Knowing this can help you avoid pain and discomfort. Mary O'Connor, MD, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vori Health; co-author of "Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman's Guide to Better Health", discusses the differences in musculoskeletal health between men and women and how to prevent and treat common issues as well as how –and from whom–to get care when you need it. Plus, Dr. O'Connor also shares insights from her co-authored book, Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman's Guide to Better Health which offers practical tips for maintaining optimal health.
In part two of our conversation with Mary O'Connor, MD, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Vori Health; co-author of Taking Care of You: The Empowered Woman's Guide to Better Health. In this episode, we delve deeper into musculoskeletal health challenges and women, and how Vori Health's team approach is transforming the delivery of healthcare. Dr. O'Connor shares her insights on when to consult an orthopedic surgeon versus a primary care physician, the over-utilization of advanced imaging and surgery, and the importance of a biopsychosocial approach to care. Join us as we explore a new and innovative way to address problems of the musculoskeletal system.
In this eye-opening podcast, we talk with social entrepreneur, Soumya Dabriwal, Co-Founder, Project Baala, about the harsh realities faced by young girls and women in India and Africa when it comes to menstruation. Soumya shares how, during her time volunteering in these countries, she discovered that many girls were missing school for several days each month because they lacked access to menstrual hygiene products. In some cases, they were even forced to use unsanitary options that could lead to infection or worse. This shocking revelation inspired the creation of Project Balaa, which aims to provide sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions to over 500,000 women in developing and underdeveloped communities. Tune in to this podcast to hear how Soumya and her team are making a real difference in the lives of women who face such difficulties every day.
Learn how stress impacts your physical and mental health and explore practical techniques to manage it. From exercise and mindfulness meditation to sleep and social support, discover ways to improve your overall well-being. Don't let stress take control of your life—empower yourself with effective strategies for a healthier, happier you.
CALL TO ACTION!
Global Study on Menopause Impact On the Workplace
SRI International and Lisa Health are conducting a global study to characterize the experience of menopause at work. The study team includes noted menopause researchers Dr. Fiona Baker and Dr. Massimiliano de Zambotti.
Your participation will help to make this study the most extensive global study of the impacts menopause has on working women and employers.
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14 June - FemTech Expo: Wearables, IoT and Medical Devices
The Women of Wearables (WOW) innovation showcase and pitching program brings together the brightest minds from around the world to solve some of the most pressing challenges in women's health. From cutting-edge technology to groundbreaking research, FemTech Expo is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in driving innovation and bringing solutions to unmet needs in healthcare and, in particular, women’s health space.
Register for this series of dynamic and informative experiences that will inspire and educate.
Every month, WOW will invite the 10 most innovative companies to present their work and showcase their innovations.
"Mind-Boosting Berry Bliss Smoothie"
Indulge in a delicious smoothie that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also nurtures your mental well-being. This carefully crafted recipe combines an array of ingredients known to support mental health.
1 cup blueberries (rich in antioxidants and known to enhance brain health)
1 small banana (high in potassium and vitamin B6, which help regulate mood)
1/2 cup spinach (packed with folate, a nutrient that aids in the production of neurotransmitters)
1/4 cup walnuts (a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that promote brain health)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (provide omega-3 fatty acids and fiber for a healthy gut-brain connection)
1 cup almond milk (rich in vitamin E and a great dairy-free alternative)
1 tablespoon honey (for a touch of natural sweetness)
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder (provides a gentle energy boost and contains antioxidants)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can support brain health)
Ice cubes (if you prefer a colder smoothie)
Add all the ingredients to a blender.
Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness by adding honey if desired.
If you prefer a colder smoothie, add a handful of ice cubes and blend again.
Pour the smoothie into a glass and serve immediately.
Enjoy this refreshing smoothie as part of a balanced diet. Remember that maintaining good mental health also involves engaging in regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and seeking support from professionals if needed.
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