Tuesday, May 10, 2011

National Womens Health Week - How Healthy Are You?

This week is National Women's Health Week. During this special week I will be writing and talking about a lot of topics covering Women's overall health and wellness.

To put it bluntly Women in the United States are suffering from an overall decline in health.

According to the National Women's Law Center Health Care Report,in 2010, not one state received an overall “Satisfactory” grade for women’s health and just two states received the next highest grade of “Satisfactory minus”—Vermont and Massachusetts—a decline from the 2007 edition of the Report Card, when three states received this.

The United States has failed to meet most goals for women’s health—largely federal objectives drawn from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 agenda. Overall, the nation is so far from meeting these goals that it receives an overall grade of “Unsatisfactory.”

In March 2010, President Obama signed health care legislation—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This comprehensive legislation has significant implications for women’s health, and although the most sweeping expansions in health care coverage and improvements in preventive care and other services begin in 2014, women and their families have already started to benefit from several provisions taking effect this year.

While we are hoping for the overall improvement of these statistics, Women need to start taking responsibility for their health NOW. We can no longer skip check-ups, stop exercise, allow ourselves to get overweight, and basically just stop taking care of ourselves.

The purpose of National Women's Health Week is to raise the level of awareness of Women and their families to start taking proactive action in improving their health.

While all of us are looking for ways to stay uplifted and motivated, searching for ways to stay engaged, reduce stress, finding our authentic selves, pursuing our dreams. None of this will happen if we are dead. Our first priority should be to take care of our health. There is no longer any excuse for Women not to know there blood pressure levels, their cholesterol numbers,blood sugar levels, their BMI (body mass index), ideal body weight for their body type, and other important life saving screenings.

Our bodies are amazing machines. The creator has given us the ability to live long and fruitful lives. This week for National Women's Health Week lets make it a point to make those health appointments we need to make. Decide on an exercise program that you will enjoy. Set a goal to start eating healthier and make other necessary lifestyle changes to improve your overall health.

Take the first step- love your body and love yourself. You can determine what the quality of your life will be as you grow older. You can live to be 80 and beyond and be vital, with energy and enjoying your later years with your loved ones. It's up to you.

Sources - National Women's Law Center Health Care Report

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