National Women’s Health Week

National Women's Health Week 2018National Women’s Health Week is meant to be a reminder for women to do whatever they can to improve their health. Focusing on health for this week each year is intended to help women make taking care of themselves a priority. The United States Department of Health & Human Services is the leader of this annual week for women to focus on healthier habits.

This year National Health Week starts on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 and continues through May 19. It’s the 19th year for this annual event.

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Taking Steps Toward Better Health

The goal is to spend National Health Week taking steps toward better health. There are plenty of small changes you can make for both your mental and physical health that can make a big difference in your life. Here are some ideas for moving toward improved health:

The Office on Women’s Health has quite a few more tips based on your decade of life. See what is suggested whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond. It’s never too late or too early to make healthier choices. 

Ways to Participate During National Women’s Health Week

The most important way to participate is to do whatever you can to make healthier changes in your own life. Social media is a great way to share the efforts you are making to improve your health. Use hashtag #NWHW.

Another way of joining the conversation is by sharing what you wish you had known about being healthy at various ages of your life. Think about what health advice you wish you could share with your younger self and share it on social media using hashtag #WhatIWishIdKnown. Share valuable tips you have learned and inspire others to learn from any missteps you may have made regarding your health.

Easy Ways to Inspire Health Among Friends and Coworkers

Even if you will be at work during National Women’s Health Week, it doesn’t mean you can’t participate. Start a health challenge with your coworkers such as a step challenge or a challenge to track what you’re eating or how much water you’re drinking.

Suggest a healthy potluck or a lunchtime walk. See if you can have a local yoga or aerobics teacher visit your place of employment for a lesson.

Remember to Improve Your Mental Health

During National Women’s Health Week, think about how healthy you are mentally. Practices such as meditation and yoga can be very centering and are great ways to lower your stress level.

If you have been struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety, or if you think you might have a problem with drinking too much, it’s time to stop putting off doing something about it. See your doctor about mental health or substance abuse challenges so you can start to get better mentally as well as physically.

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