May 8, should already be a date marked on everyone’s calendars. While the primary importance of this day comes from Mother’s Day, it also signals the start of National Women’s Health Week.
National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health with the goal of empowering women to make their own health a priority. The week begins every year on Mother’s Day and runs until the following Saturday.
The campaign offers several self-care recommendations to improve women’s health, most noticeably calling women to schedule wellness visits, and improve their diets and exercise.
Practicing holistic nursing has taught me that it is imperative to not only treat the symptoms of a person’s illness, but also to aid them in engaging of healthier choices. Women today have many choices and obligations, to others but more importantly themselves. I will be celebrating National Women’s Health Week and doing my part in sharing information about the campaign, promoting self-care and encouraging healthier life-styles.
We love our Mothers because of the years they spent caring for us. Isn’t it time that we encouraged them to care for themselves?
For more information about National Women’s Health Week visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/about .
Cynthia Ingram, BS RN HN-BC COHN-S
Southeastern Wi / Northeastern Il AHNA Chapter