Happy National Women’s Health Week! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has designated May 13-19 as the week dedicated to the idea that “It’s Your Time” to make health a top priority. And I couldn’t agree more with the recommendations that empower women to take action for better wellness:
• Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
• Get active.
• Eat healthy.
• Pay attention to mental health, which includes getting enough sleep and managing stress.
• Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
In fact, it sounds like the government has been listening to me talk about my Better Bones, Better Body approach!
Why not celebrate women’s health by thinking about ways you can make a little extra effort this week to add bone-building activities into your routine? Then see if you can keep them up for the next week as well!
You might also share your knowledge with friends and family who can benefit from making some simple changes to their diet, exercise program or lifestyle. I’ve recently added two new slideshows to my website highlighting important issues in bone health, and National Women’s Health Week is a good opportunity to spread the word to your friends and family so that they can be empowered too!
And remember, you never need a special occasion to celebrate women’s health!
I’m Dr. Susan Brown. I am a nutritionist, medical anthropologist, writer, and speaker. Get my free weekly newsletter here.