Women's Health Week 2020

May 10-16, 2020 has been designated as National Women’s Health Week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It is a time to highlight health topics that affect women and to understand how women and girls can take control of their health.

During the current pandemic, everyone is finding themselves in situations that add extra stress and new stressors to their lives. Women (and, of course, men too—but we are focusing on women right now) are having to take on different roles, juggling added household, childcare, and work demands. We are experiencing physical isolation from our usual family and friend support network. This can all lead to less time and resources that are vital for our needs and our health. And I’m sure you (or the women you love) are feeling these effects. We can all adapt and manage these things for short periods, but these demands have not yet lifted, and we find ourselves having to sprint a marathon, unsure of where the finish line will be. Right now it is as important as ever to make a little time for yourself to make sure you are navigating daily life in a healthy way. Not only will this make you more resistant to opportunistic infections (like viruses) and be able to more effectively fight infection if it occurs, it will make you stronger on the other side of this pandemic. It will also allow you to be there for your family and model healthy behaviors for them. Choose one thing to focus on. Give yourself the opportunity to do this one thing for yourself and your health. If you are able to make this one thing a part of your lifestyle and feel that you can work on one more thing, then please do.