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May 01 2016

Girls Rock and Other Confessions!

By, Jennie Kirby, MPA- Parents as Teachers State Manager

I have a confession, I may not be as healthy as I should or could be.  I know what I need to do to be healthy but I sure don’t always make it happen.  I have a number of reasons (o.k. – some excuses too) why I just can’t seem to get around to making a healthy lifestyle a priority.  Maybe that sounds familiar to you too?


 

I also have another confession, I love the women in my life.  One of the great joys in my life is the connection that I have with my girl friends.  Sisters before misters!  I am passionate about empowering women and girls to be all that they can be.  Every day I work to show how awesome it is to be a woman to my 10 year old daughter – because let’s face it, “Girls Rock!”


As women, we serve as caretakers for our families, friends, colleagues and even random strangers.  Often the desire to take care of others leads us to put our self-care at the very bottom of the list.  I confess I am often guilty of this too!

And…the stats don’t lie:

  • Did you know that 1 in 4 women report not visiting a doctor because of cost, but most health plans offer an annual well-woman visit at no cost to you!
  • Did you know that each year 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has a mental health problem, such as depression?  Call 1-800-662-4357 for information and referral on mental health issues.
  • I bet you knew that most of us are not getting enough aerobic activity!  I’m included in that number!  Less than 50% of us are movin’ and groovin’ enough each week.
  • We make a lot of choices about food each day.  Did you know you make about 200 decisions about food each day?  For me that often feels like about 200 bad decisions, but we can make some good ones – just one change like switching from soda to water can make a big difference!

This year National Women’s Health Week will be celebrated in May during the week of May 8-14. What a good time to use our goal setting skills for our own health! Remember, to be most successful, keep goals simple. Here are some ideas that might work for you during National Women’s Health Week:

May 8 – Make a simple change in your diet

  • Add one fruit or vegetable to your day
  • Drink two more glasses of water

May 9 - Get your girl posse involved

  • Everyone needs a cheering section. Create a support system for your healthy endeavors.

May 10 – Move it, Move it!

  • Walk 15 minutes before or after work.
  • Take a break during the day and move (away from your desk)
  • Take the stairs

May 11 – Get it on the calendar

  • Have seen your primary care physician, your dentist, had a mammogram? Call today to schedule your yearly check-ups.

May 12 – Count your blessings

  • Make a list of 5 things that you are grateful for.  Having a positive outlook on life impacts your health each day!

May 13 – Breathe!

  • Find a quiet space. Close your eyes. Be still. Take 5 deep breaths. Be still some more! It is o.k. – the world will be waiting for you once you open your eyes.

May 14 – Stay educated!

  • Be your own and best health advocate.Use reliable resources to learn the best ways to be and stay healthy. One great resource can be found at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

Want more information?You can find what steps you can take for better health based on your age at http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

Now – let’s all get movin’ and groovin’ this week and each and every week!


Funding for this blog is made possible by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D89MC23141 of the Affordable Care Act - Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program awarded to the Arkansas Department of Health. The information or content and conclusions expressed in this material is the author's and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.




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