If you are a mother reading today's column, Happy Mother's Day to you!
Today is actually the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, which began in our home state of West Virginia because a young woman named Anna Jarvis thought mothers were to be celebrated.
Now, if you're not a mother, please read on. Because if you're a woman, whether you are a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt or a girlfriend, this is the perfect day to celebrate you, too. Today marks the beginning of the ninth annual National Women's Health Week, which will be celebrated through Saturday.
This nationwide focus on women's health is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health and strives to empower women across the country to become proactive about their health. It also challenges women to prioritize and take simple steps toward a better life.
As an advocate of taking personal responsibility for our health, I believe this day needs greater recognition. When you consider the number of celebrations we observe that act more as detriments than benefits to good health, you understand why National Women's Health Week is one truly worth commemorating.
So I am thrilled to have an opportunity to kick off National Women's Health Week with some important information and a little female-friendly advice.
Why celebrate National Women's Health Week?
For women who spend their lives taking care of others, the week is a significant reminder to take care of themselves to live longer, healthier and happier lives. It is common to see women give care to children, spouses and parents and neglect their own health. Research has shown that when women take care of themselves, the health of their family improves. If you don't take care of yourself, you probably won't be around to take care of others. Simple steps can result in significant improvements in health and the quality of life.
How is National Women's Health Week celebrated?
During this week, families, communities, churches, businesses, government and health organizations work together to inform women of steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease.
What does National Women's Health Week encourage women to do?
When is National Women's Check-Up Day?
Inside of this special week, Monday has been designated as National Women's Health Check-Up Day. Participants are asked to use this day to schedule health screenings and are provided a checklist for checkups. This checklist encourages women to know the following information and offers advice as to what tests need to be scheduled: