William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
National Womens Health Week 2011
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Women’s Health Week brings together individuals, communities, organizations, and the government in a coordinated effort to improve the health of women. Each year there is also a weeklong theme. The 2011 theme is “It’s Your Time,” which encourages and empowers women to take charge of making necessary improvements to their health and wellbeing.
We celebrate Women’s Health week because women play a key and often primary role, and are vital leaders, in families and organizations around the world. As individuals and community members it is our responsibility to support women, and do what we can to help women make their lives safer and healthier.
You might be asking yourself: How can I celebrate Women’s Health Week? The Women Veterans Health Program is helping you answer that question.
Here are some steps that you can take, especially in honor of Women’s Health Week:
1. Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week.
2. Eat a nutritious diet; incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
3. Make an appoint with your doctor, or health care provider, to receive regular check-ups and preventive screenings
4. Kick a bad habit, and avoid risky behaviors such as smoking or not wearing a seatbelt.
5. And pay attention to your mental health, including practicing good sleep habits and learning to manage stress.
6. You can also celebrate Women’s Health Week by visiting the Women’s Health Week display outside of the VA Auditorium May 9th-13th to learn more about good health.
To learn more, you can also visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/about/