While mothers across the country yesterday were rightfully loved, honored and spoiled, the day also marked another special celebration: the kickoff of Women’s Health Week, which is being recognized through May 18th. This week is an opportunity to encourage women from coast to coast to celebrate their health and to make their well-being a priority.
One of the overarching themes of Women’s Health Week is women empowering women. It is a reminder to spread kindness and encourage friends or colleagues to get healthy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which leads Women’s Health Week, has created a unique tool for women this year. Found here, it allows women to select their age group to receive tips on which steps to take for better health.
This free online service provides a daily checklist and topics to discuss with a doctor. The tips range from eating a healthy diet to monitoring one’s intake of folic acid, and advice includes how much time each woman should spend exercising.
To get the most out of Women’s Health Week this year, the National Foundation for Cancer Research also encourages participation in a daily challenge for its female supporters. The challenge aims to help women lead a healthier life and to generate a supportive and empowering community.
- Monday Challenge. Starting the week day can be stressful. Challenge yourself to a little love today—given internally! This can be done with meditation, positive affirmations or relaxing in a bubble bath at the end of a long day.
- Tuesday Challenge. Day Two’s challenge is to exercise. It can be cardio, strength or low impact, just so long as everybody is moving!
- Wednesday Challenge. Part of the challenge to being healthy is finding time to cook healthily. Celebrate the midweek hump by cooking a healthy meal for you, your family or friends.
- Thursday Challenge. Health is not only about exercising and eating right; it’s about feeling good too! Share your accomplishments with someone and discuss with them ways you both can live healthier.
- Friday Challenge. The days are finally getting warmer, so exercise outside today! Whether it is going for a run, bike ride or doing push-ups in the grass, the fresh air will revive you just in time for the weekend.
- Saturday Challenge. As Women’s Health Week comes to an end, make time for a girls’ day, with other important women in your life. A great way to celebrate each other is to join an exercise class or simply enjoy a relaxing walk together. Just spend it together!