It’s January, which means it’s New Year’s Resolution season. Maybe you resolved to take good care of your health, to give back to your community, or to save more money. Because taking care of ourselves can be a political act (as Audre Lorde reminded us), might we suggest you make a New Year’s Revolution, instead?
Whether or not your resolution feels revolutionary, there’s something nice about a new year and a fresh start– and it’s especially satisfying to know you’ve done something kind for yourself (we can help!).
Enrollment in Marketplace health plans remains open through February 15th– that’s one more month to get yourself enrolled in an affordable health insurance plan! Having insurance is great for your health and it’s good for your wallet– you’ll probably save on out-of-pocket healthcare costs, and if you don’t enroll in a plan, you could be charged a penalty on your next tax return. MFP can help you find a plan that works for you: meet with a real-live human being at our Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, and Lewiston clinics. Check out our website for more info, or call (207) 248-3928 to set up an appointment.
With so many types of birth control available, it’s easier than ever to find a method that works for you. Need something that will cover you for the weekend or for 10 years? Something non-hormonal, something invisible, something he can pick up, or something that will help with period cramps? We’ve got ‘em all. Check out your options and make an appointment with a Family Planning provider to get started on (or switch to) a method that fits you best. Thinking about starting a family? We offer preconception counseling to help you get ready for a healthy pregnancy, too.
Love your body.
A lot of people make resolutions to lose weight or to diet in the new year. While we support eating healthy and being active–overall health is integral to sexual and reproductive health–we’d like to suggest a New Year’s Revolution for 2015: love your body. Doing things like practicing affirmative consent, expressing your gender identity, exercising your right to make decisions about your reproductive health, and demanding communities free from violence and harassment are all ways of appreciating and claiming your own body.
About 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the U.S., and about half of those will be among people under the age of 25. The good news? All STDs are preventable, all are treatable, and many can be cured– but you can’t get treated if you don’t know your status. Want to do something easy to take care of your health in 2015? Find a clinic, get tested, and know your status.
Maybe you want to be a more active volunteer, advocate, or educator in 2015. Whether your passion is protecting reproductive freedom, advocating for LGBTQ rights, improving teens’ access to reproductive health care, or ensuring that everyone gets comprehensive sexuality education, there’s a place for you at The Buzz. Members of The Buzz are committed to spreading the word about sexual and reproductive health through blog posts, letters to the editor, and on social media. Complete an application and make your voice heard!
Whether you make a resolution revolution or not, we wish you a 2015 full of health, inspiration, and justice.