National Women's Health Week

May 09, 2016

womenshealthweek.jpgNational Women’s Health Week is an initiative started by the Department of Health and Human Services to empower women to make their health a bigger priority. Each year, the campaign kicks off on Mother’s Day and runs through Saturday. During this time, women are encouraged to promote healthy living for family and friends in the hopes of motivating people to make a change.

There are lots of online resources available at WomensHealth.gov with great ideas and easy ways for women to participate. Physicians East will be participating using some of these resources and we hope that you will join us as well. As women, it’s easy for us to make everything and everyone else in our life a priority. However, it's important for women to realize that if they aren't taking care of themselves first, they aren't able to give their best to everyone else. There are a lot of people counting on you to stay healthy!

What steps can I take for better health?

Since women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression and anxiety, it is important for us to take an honest look at how we are feeling not just physically, but mentally. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that you are living happy and healthy.

How Can YOU Get Your Workplace Involved?

  • Organize a lunchtime walk with your coworkers.
  • Encourage everyone to stand at your next meeting.
  • Host a healthy potluck or lunchtime salad bar.
  • Start a friendly competition with co-workers. Track your steps, water intake, or other healthy activities.
  • Invite a local fitness instructor to teach a free yoga or Zumba class.
  • Bring in light weights you can use at your desk.
  • Share your activities online using the #NWHW hashtag to support the campaign.

We hope that by participating in Women’s Health Week we will be able to influence women in our community to take control of their health. Even more so, we hope you will, too. It’s time to get healthy, ladies!