Women's Health Week

Women's Health Week 2021

Awareness events are important for educating people and creating engagement for a variety of health and wellness issues. 

Women’s Health Week is one such event that aims to bring together people from a wide range of backgrounds and encourage them to make healthier life choices.

What is the Aim of Women's Health Week?

Making health a priority can be difficult for many women. The Office on Women’s Health is a government organization in the USA responsible for organizing Women’s Health Week. The event aims to encourage women from all communities to take charge of their health. 

It brings together many different organizations, charities and healthcare advocates to provide advice and support. It provides the opportunity to explore everything from health and fitness and diet to getting regular screenings and looking after mental health in the context of women’s wellbeing.

When is Women's Health Week in 2021?

Women’s Health Week always starts on Mothering Sunday each year and participants are encouraged to share their stories on social media using the hashtags #NWHW and #FindYourHealth. In 2021, Women’s Health Week begins on Sunday 9th May and concludes the following Saturday (15th May).

How to Participate in Women's Health Week

There are lots of different ways that people can get involved during Women’s Health Week. With many restrictions still in place across the globe due to the  Covid-19 pandemic, many of the planned activities have moved online. Those who wish to get involved can share their personal stories, healthy eating and exercise tips and raise issues specific to women, especially through social media. 

The start of this week is a good time to introduce some new healthy options. Why not plan a week of healthy cooking? Or decide to take up a new sport or exercise regime? 

For employers, this is also a great time to show that women’s health and wellbeing is an important issue within their organization.

Understanding Women's Health Issues

There are many health issues that affect women disproportionately, as well as several which are exclusive to females.

These include issues related to pregnancy, gynaecological health and specific diseases such as breast, ovarian and cervical cancer. Heart disease is also a major health issue for women. In the USA alone, 1 in 4 women die each year because of cardiovascular related diseases. 

Lifestyle choices can play a large role in many health conditions, not just those that affect women more. For example, switching to a healthier diet, taking exercise and cutting smoking greatly reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancer types.

Research suggests that 1 in 5 women in the USA will have had some form of mental health issue over the last 12 months. Females are more likely to suffer from depression or an eating disorder, body dysmorphia or post-traumatic stress disorder because of previous abuse. 

The role of Women’s Health Week is to offer generalized support to women from all walks of life and promote healthier choices.

1. Preventative Care and Screening

Having regular health check-ups is very important. Screening for conditions such as cervical and breast cancer can mean the disease is spotted early and the outcomes are more favorable.

2. Exercise

One of the key parts of Women’s Health Week is encouraging women to undertake more regular exercise. We all know that by getting moving, we can reduce the risk of developing heart problems, conditions such as diabetes as well as reduce the risk of certain cancers. 

Staying active has become a little harder for many during the Covid pandemic but there are lots of different ways to get that important few minutes of exercise each week. The simplest way is to find an exercise video online and do the workout at home.

3. Healthy Eating

Along with exercise, eating a balanced, healthy diet is essential. For many women, this can be a huge challenge especially those working within limited budgets. 

Swapping to fresh fruit and veg, however, and taking a deeper look at what constitutes a good diet can have a huge, long-term impact.

4. Mental Health

Looking after our mental as well as physical health is also important. Often the two go hand in hand but we all too often put less focus on how we think and feel. 

Taking time to unwind, destress and engage with others can have an impact on how we approach and feel about the world around us. Having a more balanced life and working to combat issues with mental health rather than trying to ignore them are essential for our wellbeing.