When it comes to taking steps for better health, we know it’s not always easy. Every woman has her own approach and is on her own unique personal health journey. This National Women’s Health Week, we’re asking you to think about where you are on your health journey and where you want to go.
Whether you’re focused on getting regular physical activity, eating healthier, or managing your stress, you get to choose the next step on your journey and how you get there. Here’s 5 ways you can get your health back on track!
Eat Heart Healthy
An eating plan that helps manage your weight includes a variety of healthy foods. Add an array of colors to your plate and think of it as eating the rainbow.
Dark, leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes—even fresh herbs—are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Adding frozen peppers, broccoli, or onions to stews and omelets gives them a quick and convenient boost of color and nutrients.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know?
Sixteen percent (4.8 million) of Black and African American people reported having a mental illness in the last year? Stigma and discrimination have caused so many of us to suffer. This #MHM, let’s break down stigma so no one struggles in silence #YouAreNotAlone
Practice Good Sleeping Habits
Although the amount of sleep you get each day is important, other aspects of your sleep also contribute to your health and well-being. Good sleep quality is also essential.
Improving sleep quality may be helped by better sleep habits or being diagnosed and treated for any sleep disorder you may have.
Get Up & Stay Up!
From the first menstrual cycle until menopause, women live with a shifting level of estrogen and progesterone that impacts their fertility patterns as well as also their brain chemistry and moods.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, regular exercise provides a great array of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, preventing diabetes, improving mood and cognitive function, and reducing mortality. For women, those benefits expand, thanks to their particular combination of hormones and health risks.
Find Healthy Ways To Manage Stress
Research shows that women experience more mental health problems than men, due to the stress of juggling many roles.
The Superwoman Syndrome is used to explain the phenomenon of early onset of illness or disease among African American women, in response to persistent chronic stress and active coping associated with meeting day-to-day demands and having multiple caregiver roles.
Join the Austin Area Urban League and community partners on May 15th, 2021 at Huston-Tillotson University for our first-ever community health fair! Get excited for live music, kids zones, fitness classes, preventative care opportunities, food, farmers market, local favorites, and our Road To Recovery Townhall!
Free Parking available on Chalmers Street and East 11th Street near Blackshear Elementary School