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#OurVoteCounts: Why we need to make our voices heard


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You do what you can to live a healthy lifestyle: fit in your regular sweat sesh, eat food with real ingredients, and perhaps dabble in meditation. But we often forget how much of an influence the government has on our ability to take great care of ourselves and our health—which is why it’s absolutely essential that we exercise our right to vote this fall.

From a local to a national level, your vote affects your well-being—everything from your right to choose, access to health care, GMOs in your food, and the regulation of ingredients in the beauty products you use each day.

Your vote affects your well-being—everything from your right to choose, access to health care, GMOs in your food, and the regulation of ingredients in the beauty products you use each day.

In 2012, only 59 percent of women eligible to vote cast their ballots in the presidential election, and statistics are showing that millennial women are voting less than their older peers. This is why nearly 50 publications that reach millions of American women each month—like Glamour, Goop, The Skimm, and yours truly—are joining forces to inspire women to vote this year.

So if you’re not registered already, fill out the form below—and you’ll be well on your way to taking a stand for your right to health and happiness.

 

The current election can be stressful to watch (admit it). Here are some pro tips from yogis on how to stay chill even in stressful situations, and this five-minute meditation will calm your mind.