Now that brunch is over, it’s time to turn our attention to the fact that May 13 was more than just Mother’s Day.
Sunday, May 13, also marked the start of National Women’s Health Week, which is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.
But don’t think of it as a broad, national effort, run out of an office in Washington. Think of it as something very close to home, something concerning you or someone you love. Organizers of the national project point out some common-sense actions for women that we should all get behind:
- Visit a health care professional 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.
Preventive health measures such as these make sense all year long. As organizers point out, women are often caregivers, and their health can become a secondary issue as they care for others. Taking the time for routine health screenings means you can detect a condition such as cancer, osteoporosis or heart disease earlier, and that will likely result in a better outcome.
With Mother’s Day still on our minds, and the national initiative under way, this week is the perfect time for women to think about their long-term health.
Christian Hoffman, MD, FACOG
Medical Director, RWJ OB/GYN Group
Chairman, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology,
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital