by Carlyn LaGrone, Women’s Health Outreach and Education Coordinator
Why is there a designated week for woman-identified folks to acknowledge their health? As women, I think we can often neglect to take care of themselves and frequently put their health and wellbeing on the back burner. This week functions as a reminder for us to prioritize our health and to develop healthy habits. Health is much more than physical health. It encompasses mental, emotional, and sexual health as well. It is so important for individuals to feel empowered about this and to actively engage in positive, healthy behaviors.
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Howard Brown Health fosters a welcoming environment for healthcare to all individuals with a special emphasis on the LGBTQ community. As our country celebrates the 19th annual National Women’s Health Week, there is a strong need to highlight inclusivity and intersectionality while encouraging woman-identified folks to commit to taking charge of their health. No one woman is the same as another, and neither are their health needs – so we strongly believe a one size fits all mentality is impossible when it comes to women and their health. National Women’s Health Week is a movement to empower all races, all gender identities, abilities and all classes or communities of women to take the best step forward in regards to their health.
Here are some tips to get started for National Women’s Health Week:
- Regularly engage with your medical provider for annual exams and wellness visits
- If you are sexually active, access STI screening services every 3-6 months
- Be attentive to your mental health
- Get enough sleep
- Do positive actions to manage stress, like talking to those close to you
- Get as much physical activity as you are able to
- Practice self-care – whatever that means to you
Don’t be too hard on yourself! Practicing healthy habits can take a while and nobody is perfect. At Howard Brown, we promote the health and wellness of all individuals who pass through our doors and encourage healthy actions for all. Howard Brown is celebrating an inclusive National Women’s Health Week – and we encourage you to do the same. We hope this week-long celebration will be the start of a lifestyle in practicing positive health behaviors for women nationwide!