Get Ready for National Women’s Health Week 2009!
This year the 10th annual National Womenâ€™s Health Week kicks off today!Â It is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesâ€™ Office on Womenâ€™s Health (OWH). This yearâ€™s theme is â€œItâ€™s Your Timeâ€.
Some tips to increase physical and mental health include:
- Getting at least 2 Â½ hours 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 for regular checkups and preventive screenings.
- Avoiding risky behaviors, like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
- Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
Locally there are a few events that are taking place:
Taking it to the Streets â€“ A City Walk and Lunch promoting womenâ€™s mental and physical health (http://www.tulane.edu/~tuxcoe/NewWebsite/com_womens_health/index.html)
Ask your Health Provider â€“ Clinical screening & exam, HIV & STI treatment and/or prevention, Taking the Pledge! (http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?ID=264)
So far, Louisiana only has 6 women who took the pledge and is trailing far behind Missouri which has 155 pledges, so take the pledge today!
One week, not enough?
If youâ€™d like to continue the Woman Challenge there is an eight-week online activity program that allows you to track your progress, so sign up today!
For more information please visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/ .