Put Your Oxygen Mask on First…
An important message for you or the women you care about.
Since 54% of our patients here at the Clearwater Free Clinic are women, we are very concerned with women’s health. We know that women make most of the health care decisions for families but that women often neglect their own good health while they focus on others’ health concerns. So this week we are encouraging all women to take good care of themselves, to “put their oxygen masks on first,” so to speak, in order to be and stay healthy while taking care of others.
National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015.
What steps can I take for better health?
To improve your physical and mental health, you can:
- Visit a doctor or nurse to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
- Get active.
- Eat healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
Click here for an interesting list of additional steps you can take based on your age.