Calling the Shots: Nursing News and Notes

Celebrate Women's Health Week

Celebrate Women's Health Week

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you. Nurses can lead the charge to improve the health of themselves and their patients.

Nurses, their female patients, and all women across the country will be celebrating National Women's Health Week May 14 to 20. National Women's Health Week is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The initiative's goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health.

The 18th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017.

Steps to Better Health

The National Women's Health Week website is full of resources and recommendations for better health. To improve physical and mental health, every woman can:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-visit (checkup) annually.
  • Get active and exercise at least 30 minutes each day.
  • Eat healthy. Check out www.choosemyplate.gov for inspiration.
  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including managing stress.
  • Stay up to date with necessary vaccines and health screenings.
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Go to the National Women's Health Week website to find out what additional steps you can take based on your age —20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s.

Start Celebrating

To participate in National Women's Health Week, The Office on Women's Health invites women across the country to:

  • Spread the word through social media and share what you are doing using the #NWHW hashtag.
  • Join the National Women's Health Week Thunderclap, a "crowdspeaking" platform that lets individuals and companies rally people together to spread a message.
  • Take the National Women's Health Week Quiz to learn about your health style.
  • Organize events or activities at work or in your community.
  • Learn what steps you should take for good health based on your age.
  • Organize a lunchtime walk with your coworkers.
  • Encourage everyone to stand at your next meeting.
  • Host a healthy potluck or lunchtime salad bar.
  • Start a friendly competition with coworkers. Track your steps, water intake, or other healthy activities.
  • Invite a local fitness instructor to teach a free yoga or aerobics class.
  • Bring in light weights you can use at your desk.
  • Cook up something healthy. For recipes, go to the USDA's What's Cooking Mixing Bowl. 
  • Turn on your favorite music and dance.
  • Sip on water instead of soda and sugary drinks.
  • Take a walk with your neighbors.
  • Attend a fitness class at your local gym.

Nurses and other public health professional can get their facility involved by hosting a health fair or offering free or reduced-cost health screenings for patients. Another fun healthy activity would be to organize a healthy cooking demonstration or fitness class.

National Women's Health Week is an opportunity to focus your commitment to advancing women's health and ensuring a healthy future for all our women and girls. Visit womenshealth.gov/nwhw for tools, resources, and more information on how you can participate.

 

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