Listen Up, Dr. McCloud is Speaking!

Dr. Melody T. McCloud is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Founder and Medical Director of Atlanta Women's’ Health Care, PC and a Roswell resident of more than 27 years. She is an author, public speaker, and media consultant. 

Her new book is the first physician-authored book specifically geared to Black women's health in over a decade. Other physician-authors rarely give a sentence, certainly not a chapter to the specific concerns. Black Women's Wellness: Your "I've Got This!" Guide to Health, Sex & Phenomenal Living is available wherever books are sold! For our women’s issue, we asked Dr. McCloud about her mission and campaign for women’s health.

What does "phenomenal living" mean to you?

To embrace every aspect of my womanhood, with all my curves and style. To be a good person so I can sleep at night. To be strong enough to step away from toxic people who drain your energy and peace. I also say: know your strengths and weaknesses. Enjoy the fullness of life to break out of some boxes. Travel to places in and out of the country. Be open to experiencing new wonders. Be comfortable with yourself. In today’s world, people act like they can’t be quiet. They always have to have a phone in their hand. Put down the devices. Just “be.” It’s okay. Learn of yourself and the creations around you. Take time to stop and smell the roses. 

And this is a hard-learned lesson: do not let other people define you to you.

What are your favorite places to visit, dine, walk, and socialize in Roswell?

I've been a Brookwood Grill faithful for 27 years. I love the Roswell Mill Covered Bridge. Hearing the river rush underneath clears my head. Being that I'm not near the ocean --my Zen. I wish to move seaside. The Roswell Cultural Arts Center, the Adult Recreation Center are great places for activities and hosting events. The renovated Roswell Library on Norcross Street is wonderful! And, I need to take a weekend or two and saunter down Canton Street anew, to check out all the restaurants, shops, and galleries. [And to see if there are any good single men around!] Also, I was one to nudge the city to get the Aquatic Center.

What three things can women do this month to build a healthier life?

Be well read. Travel. Read. Educate yourself, not only about health but about the world! Keep the brain moving!

Tend that body. Be your best steward for yourself. Get regular checkups on schedule. Don't smoke!

Sweat that head! Exercise is so good for your health. It can stave off arthritis, cancers, diabetes, and more. 150 minutes per week. It can be broken up into short walks a few times a day, a few days a week, etc.

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