Why You Should Be Your Own Advocate and Take Control of Your Health

March 1, 2023

Why You Should Be Your Own Advocate and Take Control of Your Health

Letโ€™s kick off Womenโ€™s History Month with a bang by talking about taking your health into your own hands. By now, we are all aware of the issues that the black community and women as a whole face as it pertains to the disparity in health care. Although I highly encourage you to see a doctor regularly, there are things that you can do to live a much healthier life. There are also things that you can do to ensure that you get the best possible care from your doctor and/or health team and I have three amazing board-certified physicians on me with me today to talk about just that.

Dr. Shayla Toombs-Withers (bio), Dr. Tuere Coulter Hawkins (bio), and Dr. Ken Redcross (bio) join me today as we explore the importance of mental health as it pertains to your overall health, proper nutrition, and how simply moving your body could help improve a lot of ailments that youโ€™re dealing with. These experienced physicians also talk about how to be your own advocate when dealing with health professionals which is very important given the lack of black representation in the medical field. Lastly, each doctor will share their individual journey in medicine.

*Disclaimer* These doctors are not giving YOU specific health care advice. Please see your doctor or health care provider.

This podcast episode is from my bi-weekly Fireside show called Alignment vision action. Check it out here: https://firesidechat.com/laurelrutledge

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๐Ÿ”‘ Know your health historyโ€ฆ I repeat Know your health history!
๐Ÿ”‘ Donโ€™t be afraid to build a relationship with your doctor and let them know about your questions and concerns.
๐Ÿ”‘ Be your own advocate! Manage your health & wellness in a way that ensures that you get the care that you need. *Especially women*

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Please, please, pleaseโ€ฆgo see your doctor and encourage others to do the same! Know your health history and be well informed of any medical conditions that you may have so that the doctors can provide you with the proper care. If you donโ€™t have a relationship with your doctor, please work on that now so that you all can have open communication and dialogue about your overall health & wellness.

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About the Host:

Laurel Rutledgeโ€™s human-centered approach, empathy, and understanding of individual needs make her a top-notch personal advisor and womenโ€™s leadership coach. Her care and compassion have made her an indispensable guide for countless women navigating the next phases of their lives and careers. Add to that her intimate knowledge of the HR landscape, and it becomes clear why her HR clients have had such transformative experiences. Just as Rutledge has helped countless others get out of their rut and off of the ledge, so too can she help you. After receiving her MBA, Laurel moved from accounting and consulting to human resources, driven by a desire to do good in a business environment. It quickly became apparent that the switch had been a good choice โ€” she flourished professionally and became happier, satisfied with the difference she could make through her work. After a 30-year career, she left the corporate world, but her passion for HR and helping others has only grown. Now, she works one-on-one with clients, leveraging her experience in leadership and personal development to help them get the most of out their lives and careers. From her beginnings as a consultant at Deloitte to her time as VP of HR at Covestro, Laurel has seen more sides of the business world than most. Sheโ€™s achieved technical mastery of HR, with a deep knowledge of the rules and regulations that must be followed. Sheโ€™s also a people person, perceptive and outgoing, with a sixth sense for helping others to see the difference between what they want and what they need. The culmination of this is in her personal philosophy: โ€œlead with your heart, act with your head.โ€ Find out more at:ย https://laurelrutledge.com Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below! Subscribe to the podcast If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. You can also subscribe from the podcast app on your mobile device. Leave us an iTunes review Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on iTunes, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on iTunes.

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