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Chapter 7: Overcoming barriers to good health Did you know that: 77 African-American women have higher rates of obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure and diabetes? 77 25.4 percent of African American women are overweight and another 56.6 percent of African American women are obese? 77 among African-American women over age 20, 45.7 percent have high blood pressure? What you can do You should not ignore health problems no matter how big or small—it will not make it go away. Take advantage of any medical benefits provided by your employer. Everyone, no matter how healthy, should see a healthcare provider every 1 to 3 years depending on age and medical history. This will allow you to identify problems early and have more options for treatment. If you don’t already have a healthcare provider that you see regularly, find one with whom you feel comfortable. Before each visit, write down a list of questions you have and make sure to get answers to all of them. Bring a friend along if it helps. Take advantage of the public clinics and health services in your community. Don’t be discouraged if there are long wait times and less-than-friendly service. These are barriers you must overcome to ensure better health for you and your family. 50


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