Have you heard that it is National Women’s Health Week? Well, actually it’s been a month-long event for health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. As stated on their website, their goal is to bring together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health.
Their theme this year is “It’s Your Time.” They aim to empower women to make their health a top priority and to encourage women to take the necessary steps to improve their physical and mental health and to lower their risks of disease. Now don’t we all want that?
Here are some basic tips from the Office on Women’s Health:
- Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week
- Eating a nutritious diet
- Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
- Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
- Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
Women, we are important and we need to look out for ourselves. We are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends and we are loved and needed. So many times as women, we put the needs of others before ourselves. Well, that doesn’t help anyone. We need to look out for ourselves and for each other. We have a life to live and we need to live it well and we can’t do that if we don’t take care of our bodies and our minds. So remember that “It’s Your Time” and take the steps to your own personal wellness and go kick some ass!
~Teri Brunton, Sassy Shirtz