HAPPY FOOD DAY!

Are you a self-proclaimed “foodie”? If so, today is a special day for you. Today is National Food Day, a day dedicated to celebrating healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
The typical fast-food driven American diet has severe health implications such as increased risk for disease and premature death. Acknowledging these consequences, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) created the Food Day campaign just one year ago as a movement toward a better food system.

In only one year’s time Food Day has become viral, engaging all Americans to “eat real”! Food Day supporters believe that Americans of all ages, races, incomes and geographic locations should have the opportunity to select healthy dietary choices.
Learn more about this movement by watching the food day video here:
http://www.foodday.org/eating_real

Want to get involved?

Source: http://www.foodday.org/

Celebrate Love Your Body Day!

Today is the 15th annual Love Your Body Day, a day dedicated to promoting positive body image for women nationwide. Love Your Body Day was created as a part of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign to combat unhealthy ideals of beauty portrayed in the media.

According to the NOW Foundation, 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their physical appearance (NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign, 2012). The Love Your Body Campaign aims to significantly reduce this percentage by encouraging women and girls to challenge the media’s depiction of beauty. Learn more about the campaign here:

Love Your Body Day advocates for more inclusive representations of womanhood, including women of various “sizes, colors, ages, ethnicities, abilities and gender presentations” (Love Your Body Day Turns 15, 2012). Want to celebrate Love Your Body Day? Check out the resources below:

Also, if you’re interested in learning more about how media affects women’s feelings about their bodies and creates an unrealistic “ideal”, check out the film Miss Representation and the student-facilitated media literacy workshop, “The Naked Truth: How the Media Shapes Us” which will be offered on October 30th from 6:00-7:30 in the Genome Science Building, room G010, sponsored and hosted by the Carolina Women’s Center as a part of Relationship Violence Awareness Month.

Sources

Love Your Body Day Turns 15!. (n.d.). National Organization for Women (NOW). Retrieved October 12, 2012, from http://now.org/nnt/fall-2012/posters.html

NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign. (n.d.). NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign. Retrieved October 11, 2012, from http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/

Orgasms Answers? Yes Please!

Last month Student Wellness put on a fabulous event called “Orgasm? Yes Please!”.  This event provided sexual health information on topics like anatomy, pleasure, communication and more to UNC students.  The night of the event, we asked you all what questions you had. Student Wellness was thrilled to receive so many excellent questions about sexual health! Since there were so many questions asked, we will have several blog entries dedicated to answering lingering questions. During OYP, you asked, “What’s the rhythm method?”, and in this blog post we’ll talk about the answer.

What’s the rhythm method?

The rhythm method is one of the oldest approaches to natural planning and fertility awareness methods, which also include temperature and cervical mucus methods. These fertility awareness methods are all based on the idea of monitoring the body to predict when a woman is most likely to ovulate, or become pregnant.

In the rhythm method, women track their menstruation cycles to predict their ovulation periods, and the times they are most likely to conceive. Armed with this information about their bodies, women can become more cognizant of their reproductive decisions. For example, if a woman wishes to get pregnant, the rhythm method can help her determine the best days to have sex. Conversely, if a woman wishes to avoid pregnancy, the rhythm method can help her determine the days to avoid vaginal intercourse or utilize other pregnancy prevention methods (i.e., condoms, cervical cap, sponges, spermicides).

Advantages and Disadvantages

Women chose the rhythm method for a variety of reasons. For example, this method is relatively inexpensive (all you really need is a calendar) and are very safe to use. Additionally, for women who prefer not to utilize hormone-based methods (due to fear of side effects, cost, religious beliefs, or other reasons), calendar-based methods may provide some protection against pregnancy.

However, the rhythm method does have some sizable disadvantages. First, the method requires some diligence and discipline in order to work. For those using the method to avoid pregnancy, the risk of unintended pregnancy is higher compared to many other methods of birth control. In the first year of typical use, an estimated 13 to 25 out of 100 women who practice the rhythm method will get pregnant.  Women using the method to avoid pregnancy are encouraged to utilize other pregnancy prevention methods – including other fertility awareness methods (cervical mucus method, temperature method) and barrier methods —  to increase the effectiveness.

It is also important to note that the rhythm method does not protect individuals and their partners from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To protect against STIs, barrier methods, such as condoms, should be used.

To learn more about the rhythm method please see the resources below:

If you’re wondering which birth control method is right for you:

Source:

Rhythm method for natural family planning. (2012, December 17). Mayo Clinic . Retrieved September 28, 2012, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rhythm-method/MY01003