Health Department staff reminds you that Mother’s Day is May 9 and the start of National Women’s Health Week. This weeklong health observance empowers women to make their health a top priority. The theme is “It’s Your Time” which is meant to encourage women to take the simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Research has shown that when women take care of themselves, the health of their family improves.
Here are some simple steps women can take to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:
- 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
Mother’s Day is just the kickoff. Monday, May 10, is National Women’s Checkup Day and women are encouraged to schedule recommended checkups and screenings. There is also the Woman Challenge which is part of a year long Woman Activity Tracker program.
Visit www.womenshealth.gov/whw to learn more about Women’s Health Week, take the Women’s Checkup Day Pledge, and register for the Woman Activity Tracker. That would be just the first step to a healthier, happier you.
Happy Mother's Day!