Receive support from others while achieving your physical activity and nutrition goals by joining the 2013 WOMAN Challenge.
What is the WOMAN challenge?
The WOMAN challenge is a partnership between the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the President’s Challenge program. The challenge is for women to exercise for 30 minutes a day, at least five days out of the week, for six out of eight weeks.
The challenge is free and any woman can join. The program allows women to track their physical activity and set nutrition goals. Women can interact with other group members and are rewarded for their accomplishments.
Eating healthier and exercising regularly are important to get in and stay in shape. Exercise can also reduce stress. Prolonged stress can affect your immune system and vital organs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Physical Activity Guidelines, adults 18 to 64 need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise and need to do at least two muscle-strengthening exercises a week to improve their health.
Regular visits to a healthcare professional for screenings are important for managing any currently existing health conditions and for detecting diseases early. It is important to be prepared for your visit in order to get the most out of your checkup. The following are a few tips to get you in and out of the doctor’s office confidently.
- To avoid forgetting to ask a question you may have for your doctor about a vaccine or test, write down a list of questions and bring it to your appointment.
- Not sure of what you should be screened for? Use this interactive screening chart to see what you should be screened for according to your age group.
- Know your family medical history. This can be beneficial to you and your doctor in addressing your own health needs.
- Are you a new patient? Make sure when you arrange an appointment to ask if your appointment is covered by your insurance. Preventative screenings such as mammograms and pap tests are available at no cost to women under the Affordable Care Act. Click here for a complete list of preventative services covered. Learn more about the ACA here.
- Show Your Love by taking charge of your preconception health. Whether you are planning to have a baby or not, good preconception health is key. Use these checklists (Planning to have a baby, Not planning to have a baby) to make a health plan with personal goals to share with your doctor.
Making the conscience decision to eat healthier doesn’t mean your wallet has to suffer. To stick to your budget and eat healthier, follow the three P’s: Plan, Purchase and Prepare.
- Plan your meals for the week. Stews and casseroles are good meal options for stretching your dollar, the leftovers can easily be reheated and eaten throughout the week.
- Make a grocery list.
- Check for coupons in the newspaper for the more expensive items on your list.
- Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry.
- Stick to the grocery list.
- Compare and contrast store brands by using the “Unit Price” located on the shelf to get the best deal.
- Buy in bulk what you can. Most family packs and bulk items are cheaper than the smaller packages.
- Only buy fruits and vegetables that are in season.
- Fast, convenient pre-cut and prepared meals are usually more expensive. Save money by buying items that may require more preparation time.
- Prepare meals in advance on a day off.
- Triple the recipe size and freeze the leftovers to be reheated at a later time.
- Try going meatless. Save money by replacing the meat ingredient in recipes with beans, which are a good source of protein at a lower cost.
Tips provided by ChooseMyPlate.gov.
In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, the Magnolia Project and the Azalea Project are hosting events to encourage women in the community to start thinking about their health.
The Magnolia Project will be giving free depression and stress screenings Thursday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by an informational discussion about the Affordable Care Act at noon. The Project will also hold a community Health Walk Friday May 17 at 9 a.m. and a nutrition and beauty information session at 11 a.m. Both events will take place at the Magnolia Project at 5300 N. Pearl St.
The Azalea Project is hosting a free Health & Wellness Day Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the True Holiness Church at 4022 Spring Grove Rd. Attendees will receive information about nutrition, health, fitness, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV awareness. There will also be door prizes and auction items. Lunch will be provided.
The 14th annual National Women’s Health Week officially kicked off Mother’s Day. The nationally recognized week started by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health is a call to women of all ages to make health a priority.
Women are encouraged to attend regular checkups, make healthier food choices, get adequate exercise, become aware of their own mental health and avoid unhealthy behaviors such as excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.
The Healthy Start Coalition understands the impact women’s health has on all members of the community.
Stay tuned to the Coalition blog for health information throughout the week for women, men and healthcare professionals.