The 12th annual National Women’s Health Week kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and will be celebrated until May 14, 2011. The theme is “It’s Your Time.” This weeklong health observance empowers women across the country to make their health a top priority and take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.
National Women’s Health Week brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2011 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. Those steps include:
* Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week
* Eating a nutritious diet
* Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
* Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
* Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
In celebration of Women’s Health Week, Brooke Kalisiak, owner of Legacy Physical Therapy, has just signed up to run her first Half Marathon. She will be participating in the first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon event in St. Louis on October 23rd. Those of you who know Brooke may know that she trained for the Chicago Half Marathon last year, but was unable to run it secondary to getting ill the night before. She is ready to get back to training and try again!
Running is always easier with someone else there to run with you. If you are at all interested in training for a half marathon, why not sign up for the first Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in St. Louis. Let us know if you sign up and we can try to get a running group together. Happy running all!!