#NWHW

Hey, hey, everybody!

Today marks the midpoint of National Women’s Health Week, and I’m inviting you all to join me in the celebration.  Do you feel as though you’ve been neglecting yourself lately?  Are you not paying enough attention to your health habits or stress levels?  Perhaps you haven’t been taking control of your mental and physical health the way you should be.  But have no fear!  This week is dedicated to helping women acknowledge what needs changing in order for them to be the best version of themselves.  What’s not to love about that?!

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What is National Women’s Health Week?

“National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.  The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.  National Women’s Health Week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well.”

So, what does it mean to be a well woman?

“It’s a state of mind.  It’s being as healthy as you can be.  And, most importantly, it’s about taking steps to improve your physical and metal health.”  These steps can include, but are not limited to…

  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings
  • Getting active
  • Eating healthy
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
  • Avoiding unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet

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How can I celebrate?

The Office on Women’s Health invites all women to celebrate National Women’s Health week by organizing or attending meetups with other well women.  You can also pledge to be a well woman yourself, share resources via social media, and send an informative email to those you care about the most.

I’d love to hear how you’re participating in #NWHW!  Did you take the pledge?  How will you take better care of both your physical and mental health?  What actions have you already taken, and what steps are you planning to take in the near future?  What continues to inspire you?

For more, and to see the source of information for this post, visit www.womenshealth.gov.

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