Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Women's Health Week 2009!
What perfect timing for the U.S. Dept. of Heath and Human Services to declare "Women's Health Week 2009"- starting with Mother's Day! Following up April as STD Awareness month, now we focus on all aspects of women's health- physical, mental, and spiritual. Are you a "superwoman" trying to do all and be all for everyone? Looking to excel at home, at work, and in the community? Well, first of all, realize there are only so many hours in the day. While I'm delighted if you are not spending those precious hours simply glued to a screen (including this one!), I do want to emphasize that many women put their own health dead last in their "to do" list- and that is NOT good.
Why not use this week to take inventory of your health? Are you due for a complete physical with your family doctor? Did you remember to go and get your mammogram after your last exam? How long has it been since you followed up on your high cholesterol? And what happened to all those fruits and veggies that you intended to focus on during 2009?
Check out the Women's Health Week website at http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/about/ for some great suggestions to start addressing all these concerns. Don't forget about your mental health, either! It doesn't have to be formal therapy to help. Sign up for a fun, heart-rate stimulating class like a tap dance or martial arts class. Grab a friend to do it with you, and you're more likely to follow through.
BOTTOM LINE: Pick at least one positive activity for your health (or that of your favorite female) this week, and make it happen! And guys, your week is coming up along with Father's Day, so don't sneak away...