Heart-Healthy Cities
: “Women who want to keep their hearts in
tip-top shape face the fewest challenges in Minneapolis, Washington,
D.C., and San Francisco,” reports HealthDay News.
“Those three cities top the list of the 10 most heart-healthy U.S.
metropolitan areas for women, a list that’s dominated by western
communities.”

Here’s the full list (PDF), released by the American Heart Association.
The study considered a variety of risk factors including obesity, smoking rates and general health statistics.

The 10 metropolitan areas at the bottom of the list were mostly in the South and the Midwest: Nashville, Tenn., St. Louis and Detroit were deemed the least friendly major cities for women’s heart health.

HRT Safety Concerns “Overhyped”: “At a global summit held in Zurich by the International Menopause Society, experts concluded younger healthy women should have no fears about taking HRT in the first few years of menopause to relieve symptoms,” reports the BBC. But “overhyped” is the same term some some experts applied to the benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

Dr. Clare Gerada, vice chair of the Royal College of GPs, said, “I was very pro the drugs in the 1990s but at that time I think we were being duped into thinking every woman should be on HRT. There is a place for HRT and we’ve now reached a happy medium and we’re much more savvy at looking at the evidence.”

“A spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said their advice had not changed and women should use the lowest dose which gives symptom control, for the shortest possible time,” according to the BBC. That’s the same protocol advised by the North American Menopause Society.

Lopez to Sorenstam – Stay In the Game: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviews Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez, 51, about her career and
her advice for LPGA superstar Annika Sorenstam, who announced her retirement at age 37.

“She’s just too young. She’s added so much to our Tour,” said Lopez. “She’s a little bit older than the current generation and she’s the one that young girls are training to be. I hate it. […] I hope she can be married, have children and be on the Tour. If she was right next to me I would say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ and I’d schlep her around with me for a while. I love the LPGA Tour, and the Tour needs her.”

Many Reasons to Stay In: “Rebuffing associates who have suggested that she end her candidacy, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has made it clear to her camp in recent days that she will stay in the race until June because she believes she can still be the nominee — and, barring that, so she can depart with some final goals accomplished,” writes Patrick Healy in today’s New York Times.

“[In] private conversations and in interviews, Mrs. Clinton has begun asserting that she believes sexism, rather than racism, has cast a shadow over the primary fight, a point some of her supporters have
made for months. Advisers say that continuing her candidacy is partly a means to show her supporters — especially young women — that she is not a quitter and will not be pushed around.”

Think Politics is Bad? Try Film Directing: “It’s true — the media have obsessed over Clinton’s pantsuits, her laugh, her steely demeanor, her eyes misting over in New Hampshire, things that you’d hardly imagine meriting a story if the candidate were Sen. Harry Reid,” writes Patrick Goldstein in the L.A. Times. “But if you think Clinton has been bedeviled by a double standard, wait till you see what women directors are up against in Hollywood.”

Goldstein continues:

The summer movie machine is in full swing, and, once again, it’s almost impossible to find a studio film with a woman at the helm during the season that provides more than 40% of the year’s box-office revenue. According to Media by Numbers, all 30 of the 30 top-grossing films from last summer were directed by men. According to my informal survey of major studio films from this summer, only two — “Mamma Mia!” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” — are directed by women.

AS the executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film at San Diego State University, Martha Lauzen is considered the most reliable statistician for female employment in Hollywood. Her numbers are equally depressing. Of the 250 top-grossing American movies in 2007, only 6% were directed by women, down from 7% in 2005 and 9% in 1998.

How bad is that number? Well, the number of women serving in the U.S. Senate is more than twice that 6%. Lauzen doesn’t mince words. “Hollywood is far more embarrassed about being labeled racist than sexist,” she told me. “There are a host of causes — it’s not like there’s a smoke-filled room where men get together and prevent women from getting jobs. It’s more insidious than that. But Hollywood is in denial, and as long as they’re in denial, then they don’t feel they need to do anything about it.”

Meet the Leaders: Women’s eNews celebrates its seventh annual gala tonight honoring 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. The news organization today also announced it will deliver a series of stories about women’s real-world challenges — The Memo — to the ’08 conventions and campaigns.

This year’s honorees include Anucha Browne Sanders, who recently was awarded $11.5 million in damages for being sexually harassed by Knicks coach and former NBA star Isiah Thomas; Doris Buffett, who started the Sunshine Lady Foundation that has awarded $50 million in grants aimed at ending cycles of abuse and poverty; and Daisy Khan, who created a global Muslim women’s network and movement to positively influence the Western, non-Muslim perception of women who follow the Muslim faith.

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