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National Women’s Health Week

May 11

Prioritizing your health – both physical and mental – has never been more important. Over the past few years, many women have put off taking care of their general health and wellness needs. They have adjusted their daily routines, including the way they connect with family and friends. The combination has led to serious health problems for some women.

May 8-14, 2022 is National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), a focused time for women and girls to reflect on their individual health needs and take steps to improve their overall health.

Forward Focus: Achieving Healthier Futures Together

Achieving Better Health During NWHW

Whether you continue your current activities or find new ones, now is a great time for all women and girls to focus on better health, especially those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older. National Women’s Health Week is also a great time for family, friends, and the greater community to take action to support women and help them achieve the best health possible.

Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

Get vaccinated and stay up to date with a COVID-19 booster shot. There are conditions that continue to make you more likely to get very sick from COVID-19:

Anyone age 5 or older can get a COVID-19 vaccine from HealthCore Clinic. We also have booster shots and 3rd doses available. You can schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment in advance, or we accept walk-ins every Thursday from 2-5 PM.

Schedule Your Annual Physical

This is a great time to schedule your annual physical or other health appointments. Talk to your doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, and/or physician assistant about the following.

HealthCore Clinic has a diverse women’s health team including OB-GYN Care, Family Medicine providers, Wesley Family Medicine residents, and a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM).

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy weight can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It can also lower the risk of many different cancers. Healthy weight is different for everyone, but it’s important to know what a healthy weight is for you. Talk to your medical provider about your health goals and create a plan specific for you.

Monitor alcohol intake and avoid illicit drugs, including drugs that are not prescribed to you.

Look out for your lungs: Quit smoking and vaping. Smoking weakens your lungs and puts you at a much higher risk of having serious health complications, especially if you have COVID-19.

Be Physically Active

Being physically active is one of the most important actions you can take at any age to improve your health. Did you know? The HHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans define physical activity generally as any movement that enhances health. That means activities such as walking, playing with children, gardening, and cleaning can count as physical activity.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat well-balanced meals and snacks as a way to nourish your body from the inside out. Heart-healthy eating involves choosing certain foods, such as fruits and vegetables, while limiting others, such as saturated and trans fats and added sugars.

Practice Self-Care For Your Mental Health

Need help? At HealthCore, our culturally appropriate mental health and substance abuse services are designed to reduce stigma and provide a comfortable and safe environment for the management of anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral support for other mental health and medical diagnoses.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing changes in thinking, mood, behavior, and/or thoughts of self-harm, reach out for help:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Find Healthy Ways To Manage Stress

Build a toolbox full of healthy ways to cope with stress. Simple, everyday actions such as scheduling quiet time for meditation, yoga, and reading can reduce stress. Spending a few minutes in nature, getting out to exercise, or playing a favorite song can help you feel grounded.

Life can be stressful—you may feel stressed about performance at school, traumatic events (such as a pandemic, a natural disaster, or an act of violence), or a life change. Everyone feels stress from time to time.

What is stress? Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of homework or having an illness. A stressor may be a one-time or short-term occurrence, or it can happen repeatedly over a long time.

What is anxiety? Anxiety is your body’s reaction to stress and can occur even if there is no current threat.

If that anxiety doesn’t go away and begins to interfere with your life, it could affect your health. You could experience problems with sleeping, or with your immune, digestive, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. You also may be at higher risk for developing a mental illness such as an anxiety disorder or depression.

So, what are the differences between stress & anxiety?

StressBoth Stress and AnxietyAnxiety
Generally is a response to an external cause, such as taking a big test or arguing with a friend.

Goes away once the situation is resolved.

Can be positive or negative. For example, it may inspire you to meet a deadline, or it may cause you to lose sleep.

Both stress and anxiety can affect your mind and body. You may experience symptoms such as:

Excessive worry
Headaches or body pain
High blood pressure
Loss of sleep
Generally is internal, meaning it’s your reaction to stress.

Usually involves a persistent feeling of apprehension or dread that doesn’t go away, and that interferes with how you live your life.

Is constant, even if there is no immediate threat.

When your body’s stress response system is activated long-term, you could be at higher risk for a variety of issues, including digestive problems, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more. HealthCore Clinic is here to help.

Create Healthy Sleep Habits

About 1 in 3 adults do not regularly get the recommended amount of sleep they need to protect their health, and about 50 to 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. Sleep deficiency can lead to physical and mental health problems, including heart disease and depression, as well as injuries, loss of productivity, and even a greater likelihood of death.

Follow a routine for going to sleep and going to bed and waking up at the same time each day – even on weekends – to improve your sleep habits. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.

If you think you may have a sleep problem, track your sleep in a sleep diary. Sharing the diary with your health care provider can help them diagnose a potential sleep problem.

Young calm African American woman model sleeping well with eyes closed lying in comfortable bed on orthopedic mattress lying on soft pillow at home having healthy night sleep relaxing in the morning.

Seek Help if You or Someone You Know is Experiencing Domestic Violence

Seek Help With Domestic Violence

Violence has long-term effects on health outcomes for women and their families, including emotional trauma, lasting physical impairment, and chronic health problems. In addition, violence is a significant, and often overlooked, contributor to maternal mortality.

Get help and support. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7 confidential service that supports victims and survivors of domestic violence. The hotline can be reached:

Highly trained, experienced advocates offer support, crisis intervention information, educational services, and referral services in more than 200 languages. The website provides information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, and local resources.