Flowers bloom, the days get longer and warmer, and the urge to stop and smell the roses becomes stronger. Call it spring fever, but maybe it’s Mother Nature’s way of reducing stress! May is Women’s Health Care Month, the perfect time to honor women and their health. The 10th annual National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day, May 10th and runs to May 16th.
National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH); it empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, happier life. So, enjoy that cup of green tea for an extra 60 seconds, and soak up all the benefits nature has to offer!
During National Women’s Health Week, communities, businesses, government, and health organizations, work together to educate women, on how to improve physical and mental health. This is the time to encourage the women in your life to focus on their own health.
OWH suggestions for better health:
- Get 2½ hours of moderate physical activity, plus 1¼ hours of vigorous physical activity weekly.
- Eat a nutritious diet.
- Get regular checkups and preventive screenings from health care professionals.
- Avoid risky behaviors, like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
- Monitor mental health, get enough sleep, and manage stress.
A good night’s sleep can be a challenge with busy schedules; consider adding chamomile tea to your end of day routine, to unwind and be ready for sleep.
National Women’s Checkup Day is Monday, May 11th and the online eight-week Women and Girls Out Moving Across the Nation (WOMAN) Challenge runs from May 10th to July 4th.