It’s National Women’s Health Week, an observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It’s an effort to bring together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups to promote women’s health. The 2011 theme of National Women’s Health Week is “It’s Your Time.” A slogan that empowers women to take charge of their health by making it a top priority. Here are their top recommendations to improving your health:
1. Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week
2. Eating a nutritious diet
3. Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
4. Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
5. Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
You can also join the 2011 Women Challenge. This year, they are partnering with the President’s Challenge to reach even more people. President’s Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.
Join their group and be part of a nationwide effort to get women and girls moving!