This year, Women’s Health Week is celebrated on May 10-18th. This is an important week to highlight health issues and remind everyone how important and unique each woman’s health journey is. According to the CDC, 13.4% of women 18 and older are in fair or poor health, 4 out of 10 women over 20 are obese, 10% lack health insurance coverage, and 1 out of 10 experiences symptoms of depression. Overall, awareness of women’s health issues and preventative care strategies can help decrease some of the major causes of death among women namely: heart disease, obesity, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease.
As COVID-19 stretches into the summer months, it’s important for women to engage in behaviors that will help promote their physical and mental well-being that can help prevent some of the issues listed above form occurring later in life. One-way women can stay healthy during COVID-19 is through movement. Getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) always practicing social distancing can help decrease stress. Walks with friends can increase social support and cause a release of endorphins, and soaking Vitamin D from the sun can combat some of the symptoms experienced with depression. There are also activities that can be done indoors including using free online videos or apps to exercise at home.
Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet through consumption of water, vegetables, whole grains and limited fat or sugary content will promote healthy life habits. You can document your health journey, and inspire one another using social media and hashtags like #NWHW and #FindYourHealth. Sleep schedules are also an important approach toward overall health. By decreasing screen time and using blue light glasses or night light settings can improve the quality of sleep for the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
In sum aside from regular visits to the doctor, it is important for women to make their health a priority and stay connected to resources like the CDC’s website, their Health Matters for Women newsletter, podcasts about women health issues and a helpline for addition resources form the office of women’s health.
Call the OWH HELPLINE: 1-800-994-9662
9 a.m. — 6 p.m. ET, Monday — Friday
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Your health is a lifelong journey. It’s personal. It’s unique. It’s yours.
By Marleny Huerta-Apanco