National Women's Health Week | May 9 - May 15, 2021

National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day each year.  This week is a reminder to women to take care of themselves, and to make their health a priority.

The office on Women’s Health which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services uses this occasion particularly in light of COVID-19, to urge all women to take better care of themselves and get caught up on the preventive care that may have fallen to the side with our fight against COVID in the last year.

Most importantly, schedule your appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Equally important, is talking with your friends and family members about the importance of getting the vaccine.

Taking an honest assessment of your physical and mental health is a good starting part. If you believe that you might be experiencing depression, extreme stress or anxiety that is affecting your daily activities, now is the time to address these issues before there is further disruption to your overall health.

As you are aware, we have written numerous articles on the importance of vaccinations. Not just for ourselves, but our children as well.  I understand the hesitance during this last year, but vaccinations are vital to our children’s health.

Further, if you are unfamiliar with the HPV vaccine, please educate yourselves now to protect your teenagers from future cancers and heartache. Remember, vaccines are designed to protect us and our loved ones. If you are behind in check-ups or vaccinations, schedule your appointment today. Below are the links to our previous articles explaining the HPV vaccine:

There are many things we can do to be our best and healthiest selves. Eating properly, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, controlling alcohol consumption, staying away from drugs and smoking, and being cognizant of your stress levels and mental health are but a few things to put you on the path to wellness. 

Domestic violence has increased due to this pandemic. Seeking help for you or a loved one is an integral part of being your healthiest self. We are going to provide a list of resources at the end of this article to assist you on your path forward. 

The Office on Women’s Health has a fact sheet that is an excellent source of information. Click here to download the pdf version. 

OWH HELPLINE: 1-800-994-9662

9:00 a.m. - 6:00p p.m ET, Monday – Friday

If you or someone you know is experiencing changes in thinking, mood, behavior, and/or thoughts of self-harm reach out for help:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is a resource we frequently use. They promote Women’s Health Week and teach steps that you can take for better health and, teach steps to help you avoid unhealthy behaviors. 

You can participate in National Women’s Health Week by utilizing the online tool provided by the OWH for customized tips to improve your healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Continue your social distancing, wear your masks and protect yourself. 

One final easy thing you can do to improve your overall health is to stay hydrated. You may not even realize the things that deplete moisture from your body and its myriad effects. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!