The following information is retreived from the US Dept. of HHS Office on Women’s Health to help promote Women’s Health Week from May 10-16th to the Flourish Heights community. Celebrate with us!
National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The week May 10-16, 2020 serves as a reminder for women and girls, especially during the outbreak of COVID-19, to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. It is extremely important for all women and girls, especially those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older, to take care of your health now.
What steps can I take for better health?
The Office on Women’s Health encourages women and girls to:
- Take care of your body and mind:
- Talk to your healthcare provider:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get and stay active regularly in your home(link is external) or outside your home.
- Eat heart-healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
- Take care of your mental health
- Stay connected with family and friends.
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
- Practice good sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health, and boost your immune system:
- Follow a routine for going to sleep – be consistent going to bed and getting up – even on weekends.
- Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
- Monitor alcohol intake and avoid illicit drugs, including drugs that are not prescribed to you.
- Look out for your lungs
- Slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 while protecting yourself. To get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit:
- When to Seek Emergency Care By: Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health
- When to Seek Emergency Care(link is external) (video) By: Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health
- Five Things You Need to Know About Donating Blood During the COVID-19 Outbreak(link is external) (video) By: Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of HHS
- US Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19(link is external) video playlist (YouTube)
How can I take these steps?
It’s not always easy to take steps for better health, and every woman has her own approach. The key is to find what works for you. A great way to do that is to reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what’s holding you back from being your healthiest you.
For more information on women’s health week and how you can participate, please visit womenshealth.gov.