It’s Your Time

Posted on May 11, 2010. Filed under: Health | Tags: |

It’s National Women’s Health Week (May 9-May 15). This week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. We often, as Moms, Sisters, Wives, and Daughters, take care of others and forget to take care of ourselves.  With the theme “It’s Your Time,” this week encourages women to take simple steps, for themselves, to have a longer, healthier, and happier life.

  • 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
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

I know. Easier said than done, but they are steps. And it is a reminder to stop and remember us. We cannot take care of others if we are sick and worn down. Have you tried it?  Not fun.

So in addition to the above, there are some great local events to check out during National Women’s Health Week. For events near you, see the Women’s Health calendar.

There is also a great Women’s Fitness Challenge. It is an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health. The Woman Challenge kicks off the 11th annual National Women’s Health Week and is a part of the year-long Woman Activity Tracker program, which encourages women to get at least: 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity or a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week; and Muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days.

Register online for the Woman Activity Tracker and then take the Woman Challenge Pledge, your commitment to 8 weeks of setting and meeting personal physical activity goals.

You’ll start off the Challenge by setting weekly personal physical activity goals and entering your activity. Each week that you meet or exceed your goals, you will receive a virtual Woman Challenge Trophy. Earn 8 trophies in 8 weeks and receive a certificate of completion! You’ll also receive weekly e-mail newsletters with tips on staying motivated. Need a little boost? Weekly quizzes test your knowledge of fitness and nutrition and give you extra points towards meeting your goals.

Each week of the Challenge you’ll be ranked among all participants. Rank in the top 10 and you’ll see your name on the Woman Community Leader Board. While visiting the Woman Community, you can also voice your vote on a variety of topics as well as share your personal thoughts on how fitness and nutrition fit into your life.

Being active is easier when you have support. Form a team with your mom, grandmother or daughter, co-workers or friends. Teams can even earn virtual awards and send encouraging messages to each other. Whether you want to be a team leader or a team member, being part of a team is a great way to stay motivated throughout the Woman Challenge!

So stop reading this and let’s get moving!  If anyone wants to create a blogger team, let me know and let’s do it!

(Pictures from Tinypic.com, and most content from the OWH)
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