MANS Community Health Spotlight: May 2016!
A SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH
Mothers are not the only women getting attention across the United States this May! In 2016 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health will be spearheading the 17th Annual National Women’s Health Week. The celebration, which partially coincides with National Nurses Week, will run from May 8 to May 14 with the goals of empowering women to make their health a priority and helping women understand how to improve their health.
The observance’s website (www.womenshealth.gov) offers “Steps for Better Health” by age group spanning from a woman in her 20s to her 90s. Despite age and activity related differences across the lifespan, some tips remain the same for all women, such as:
- Get an annual well-woman visit (May 9 is National Women’s Check Up Day!)
- Eat healthy
- Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days
- Get a seasonal flu shot
- Quit smoking (or don’t start)
Some of the guidance provided by the site contains generally good advice to follow for all individuals, but many tips are also focused on preventing diseases that disproportionately affect women. During the month of May we also recognize American Stroke Month, an issue that affects 55,000 more women than men every year. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death for women. Preventing cardiovascular disease is a key step to preventing stroke, and encouraging women of all ages to follow steps like the ones listed above can help decrease stroke’s impact on women across the country.
Are you feeling inspired to promote National Women’s Health Week at your school this year? There are many ways to get involved:
· Take the National Women’s Health Week pledge to be the healthiest woman you can be! Sign up here:http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/pledge/
· Share a “healthy selfie” on social media using the hashtag #NWHW
· Perform light exercises during commercial breaks while watching TV
· Start a friendly step-tracking or water intake competition among a group of your friends. Maybe the winner gets a fun prize, like a yoga mat!
· Exchange healthy recipes, or take turns cooking healthy meals for each other
· Take a walk around the block or at the local park
· Work with your SNA chapter to host a health fair
· Get in touch with local charities or health-related organizations about holding free health screenings
· Host a yoga or zumba lunch hour at school. You could even use the opportunity to fundraise for your SNA chapter!
While National Women’s Health Week provides important information for our patients, it is also important for ourselves: Approximately 91% of registered nurses in the United States are women. This year, take the opportunity during National Women’s Health Week to ensure all of the women in your life are the healthiest they can be!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Smoking and heart disease and stroke. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/heart-disease-stroke.html
National Stroke Association. (2016). Women and stroke. Retrieved from http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/impact-stroke/women-and-stroke
U.S. Census Bureau. (2013). Men in nursing occupations: American community survey highlight report. Retrieved fromhttps://www.census.gov/people/io/files/Men_in_Nursing_Occupations.pdf
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). National Women’s Health Week. Retrieved fromhttp://www.womenshealth.gov
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