May 12, 2023
MCHD observes National Women’s Health Week with events
MOBILE, Ala. — The Health Equity Office’s focus for the month of May is Women’s Health Care which is observed annually in May. May 14th to May 20th is recognized as National Women’s Health Week. The goal of this observance is to empower women in such a way that they can make health a priority. It also equips women with the knowledge to help other women on their journeys to improve their health. With a little self-determination and healthcare workers, we believe every woman can live a healthy and happy life.
The U.S. Department of Health started the celebrations for Women’s Health Care Month. Caught in the rigorous demands of work and family, women often forego an active lifestyle and a healthy diet to keep up with these demands. However, the consequences of neglecting health can be dire. When women fail to take care of their health, hereditary illnesses may afflict them sooner and with more severity. A sedentary lifestyle may also result in illnesses that can be avoided with a good lifestyle.
With a growing focus on personal health, it is extremely important for all women and girls, especially those with underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older, to take care of their health. Taking care of yourself and your loved ones should always be a top priority. This is also the month to pledge to take better care of yourself and live the healthy, active life of which you have always dreamt!
What are some women’s health issues?
The most common health issues among women include strokes, diabetes, maternal health issues, urinary tract infections, sexual health, breast cancer, and osteoporosis.
Things Women Can Do in Observance of Women’s Health Care Month
1. Schedule Medical Check-up – contact your doctors for a full-body medical exam and decide to take the steps needed to treat an ailment identified.
2. Join the gym – Pledge to take care of yourself during Women’s Health Care Month. Sign up for a gym membership, and make sure to attend regularly. A healthy weight and an active lifestyle are essential for good health.
3. Get your vaccines – During Women’s Health Care Month, check if you are up to date with all your vaccines and booster shots. If not, get an appointment for the pending shots. Vaccines are mandatory to prevent many severe illnesses.
4. Eat healthy food – pledge to cut out alcohol, tobacco, and unhealthy foods from your diet. Stick to clean eating and develop a diet that addresses all your health needs. This is crucial for a healthy life.
Health Equity Office Women’s Health Month Activities
May 6th – Partnered with NSPIRE U for “Sisters for Life Health Expo
May 13th – MCHD Women’s Health Center Outreach & Questionnaire
May 18th – MOWA Health Fair – MMU performs Women’s Health Screens
May 19th – Virtual Desktop Yoga