Dear Red Hot Mamas

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving and menopause

I was always taught to count your blessings daily. But, we do have Thanksgiving which is a national holiday designated for us to share our thanks with others. Hopefully, many of you will be thankful for having good health. But, I know it takes work to achieve good health. We may not have total control of our destinies, but we do have a lot of control over the quality of our life by the health choices we make.

Some of those health choices require getting accurate information, reading, listening, asking a lot of questions, and, taking care of your whole body to prevent disease. The more you understand about what’s going on with your body at menopause, the more likely you will be to do the work that’s necessary to stay healthy.

Menopause is oftentimes the impetus for women to make healthy changes. Even the simplest things will make you feel better. Just implement a plan to take good care of yourself – eating more nutritious foods, exercising regularly and getting regular physical exams. All of this will help to not only provide you with a better outlook on life, but will it also will improve your health and longevity.

On a personal note, this Thanksgiving, I am thankful that I will be spending time with my family. Yes, I will be cooking for 15 people. It will be a task, but I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do this. I am thankful that I have family to love and that loves me. And, yes, we do not always see eye to eye, and there have been bumps in the road in our relationship, but I am thankful that we have learned to forgive.

I’m also thankful for all the menopause education that is available throughout this country, including at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. This RHM program began in June of 2011. “Our community has a population of about 68,000 people and when we started the program, we had an attendance of about 25 women. After holding about 3 nights of the program, however, our numbers had skyrocketed to 75. Women in our community love the program, talk to their friends about it, and then bring them along to the next event. ‘It’s a great girl’s night out!’ said one of the women. ‘Every month I meet my sisters here for Red Hot Mamas. We all live in different rural communities in Idaho, and it is great to get together and learn new information from the speakers about menopause.’ ”

Every month, the Red Hot Mamas program at Portneuf Medical Center includes free food, fun activities, giveaways, and a physician speaking on different aspects of menopause. The program has grown so much that in 2013, we need to expand to a bigger room to accommodate those wishing to register. We love how this program allows women to get together and ask sensitive questions about the changes occurring in their bodies, and apparently, the women love it too!

I hope that whatever you do on this special holiday, you can give thanks to those you love.

Happy Thanksgiving to All,

Karen Giblin
Founder and President
Red Hot Mamas