May Women’s Center Director’s Letter

Girl Soaking Up Sun (Directors Letter)It’s May and there are many things to celebrate this month. Mother’s Day on May 10, National Women’s Health Week May 10 – 16 and during May we celebrate National Osteoporosis Month. I’m excited to encourage women everywhere to focus on achieving a longer, healthier and safer life! How can you do this? By making your own health a priority. I know it might be difficult at times—we get pulled in many directions—our kids, significant others, friends, work and even neighbors. But whether you’re a mother, aunt, sister or daughter, I encourage you to take a step forward and learn what you personally can do to lead a healthier life regardless of your age. To get started, read our article about the 10 healthy things every mother should do. And on your to-do-list: get your annual check-up scheduled so you can check that off! This is super important and your annual check-up is a great opportunity to talk with your provider about any issues you may be experiencing.

We all know how stressful life can get but don’t let stress win! Being stressed isn’t good for your health. We’ve listed some easy steps you can take to help manage stress before it takes over your life.

Also, a Report of the Surgeon General indicates the prevalence of bone disease and fractures is projected to increase as our population ages. Osteoporosis and fractures no longer should be thought of as an inevitable part of growing old. I encourage you to read this month’s article on bone health and screening and learn how physical activity, nutrition, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can impact bone disease.

I hope you enjoy this Mother’s Day with the women in your life! And please don’t forget to wear sunscreen if you’re planning on spending any time outdoors. The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends an SPF of at least 30 to provide adequate protection for your skin.

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