It is widely known that Cuban actress JoAnna Garcia Swisher is happily married to New York Yankees outfielder, Nick Swisher. However, these days, JoAnna, 31, is lending her celebrity to talk about another important relationship in her life — her relationship with her doctor.
Garcia-Swisher, the daughter of a Florida obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), has teamed up with Merck to kick off "Let's Go There," a campaign that challenges women — married and single — to get real about what they want and need out of life. A big part of the campaign, JoAnna says, is empowering women to take control of their health by teaching them the importance of cultivating a close relationship with their doctor. Garcia-Swisher spoke to Latina about her new campaign and explained why women should take the opportunity to get educated about their health.
Tell us about the "Lets Go There" Campaign!
I’m very excited to be teaming up with Merck for the 'Lets Go There' Campaign. It’s a really important campaign to me because it’s something that celebrates women. The findings in this national survey among women in their 20s and 30s showed that this is a group of empowered women who aren’t willing to settle. But in contrast to how empowered women are in one aspect of their lives, the survey found they don’t necessarily take that same approach when it comes to their health decisions. And obviously that’s been such a huge priority in my life, being the daughter of an OB/GYN, so it’s something that I'm so excited to help raise awareness about.
Do you think Latinas in particular don't feel empowered when it comes to their health?
I think it's a woman's issue as a whole, whether you're Latina or not. We are excited to celebrate the fact that women aren't settling for anything in their careers or their relationships, but as important as all of that is, your health is paramount. We're giving women tips and tools via our Facebook page to help empower them in that part of their lives. We're getting women to talk to their health-care providers about what birth control methods work best for them. We want women to think about what best suits them and talk to their health care provider. It's so important to have a great relationship with your physician. It's one of those essential relationships that I find to be as important to nurture as any other relationship in your life. Without your health, you have nothing. We can't be empowered women in our career and strong women in our relationships, if it weren't for the fact that we're healthy.
Why is the campaign called 'Let's Go There?'
We want women to 'go there!' Let's talk about these things, lt's empower ourselves and let's really be as strong as we can be in our daily life with our health. Being the daughter of an OB/GYN, I talk about these things all the time. This is a part of my life. We talked about different birth control options, we talked about our connections to our body and how things make us feel and where we are in life and what basic needs we have.
Are you and Nick keen on starting a family?
Family is a huge priority for Nick and I. I certainly don't know when that's going to happen, but we're very excited about becoming parents one day and continuing the Swisher clan!