Friday Five – National Women’s Health Week
During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (@womenshealth), serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health – both physical and mental – a priority and take care of themselves. NWHW kicks off on Mother’s Day and is celebrated throughout the week. Our Friday Five offers some resources, tips and news around women’s health to help our readers take the first step toward taking care of their health.
Make your Health a Priority
Women’s Health Week is the perfect reminder to schedule your annual physical exam and any other important screenings or tests that may me hanging over your head.
#NationalWomensHealthWeek is celebrated each year beginning on Mother’s Day, to encourage women & girls to make their health a priority. This is a great time to schedule a physical exam or health screening that you may have missed during the pandemic & prioritize your health! pic.twitter.com/fohCSev9ek
— HHS.gov (@HHSGov) May 16, 2023
Not all stress is bad. But long-term stress can lead to health problems. Preventing and managing long-term stress can lower your risk for other conditions — like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression. Check out these tips and information from HHS regarding the basics of stress and how you can take action.
Feeling busy? Sometimes there’s just not enough time in a day — but long-term stress can harm your health. Follow these tips to help you manage stress: https://t.co/0GJoMXoXIz #NWHW pic.twitter.com/zUbrBP0uN5
— Health.gov (@HealthGov) May 17, 2023
Know Your Heart
The leading cause of death for women is heart disease so it is important to know what the signs and symptoms are. FDA offers tips on how to keep your heart healthy and what to watch out for in someone (or yourself) who may be experiencing a heart event.
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) May 12, 2023
Let’s Get Physical
Enough cannot be said about the benefits of physical activity. It not only helps your muscles and organs but also your brain and your mental health. Staying active is important at all ages. As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Use the resources offered by the Office on Women’s Health to jump start your journey toward a more active lifestyle.
Physical activity is important for all women throughout their lives. Check out ways you can change your physical activity routine to fit your needs: https://t.co/ZutJBXJxBB #NWHW pic.twitter.com/BBwjd4SSMJ
— womenshealth.gov (@womenshealth) May 18, 2023
National Maternal Mental Health Hotline
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) celebrates the first anniversary of the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline. Since its launch on Mother’s Day 2022, the hotline’s professional counselors have provided emotional support, resources, and referrals to almost 12,000 pregnant and postpartum individuals who struggled with mental health concerns, and their loved ones.
We must work together to prioritize women’s physical and #mentalhealth. The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline is a free resource available to new moms and those who love them: 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262). #HRSAhelpsmoms #nationalwomenshealthweek https://t.co/P87DDM1mUP pic.twitter.com/JHPHrlbS14
— HRSA (@HRSAgov) May 18, 2023