WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK
Mother’s Day, May 9th, 2010, kicked off National Women’s Health Week. A special week promoted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and their office on Women’s Health. This year the theme of the week long campaign is called “It’s your time” and the idea is for women to take steps to improve their health and to make their health a top priority.
While there are many important things that women can do to improve their health, number one among them in this day and age is to maintain a normal body weight and avoid weight gain and obesity. If a woman has crept up to a body mass index greater than 25 than a serious effort at calorie reduction and increased exercise is in order. For a body mass index greater than 30, a more rigorous and structured program is warranted, and the evidence strongly favors taking a very proactive and serious approach including consideration of a Lap-Band operation in conjunction with such a program. For a body mass index of 35 and greater, a small percentage of women can lose the weight successfully without weight loss surgery, but for more this would be a very challenging undertaking. Even with weight loss surgery, successful return to normal body mass index will require diligence, hard work and a structured program. But these efforts are well rewarded with vastly improved health, longevity and quality of life.
Various events are planned around the country to celebrate National Women’s Health Week and these can be found at:
The Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin emphasizes the importance of empowering women to make their own health a top priority.
Our recent Health Moms campaign dovetails importantly with National Women’s Health Week and the project this summer aimed at helping moms lose the pregnancy weight and promoting health families in obesity prevention among children will succeed in improving the health of not only women in our community, but the entire families that women lead.