Women’s Health Week
National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. The 18th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017.
What steps can students take for better health?
To improve physical and mental health, students can:
- Visit a doctor or nurse for a check up and preventive screening. The Student Health Clinic offers free appointments to all Georgia State University students. Students may walk-in or make an appointment. To make an appointment, please call the Student Health Clinic at 404-413-1930.
- Get active. Regular physical activity can improve overall health by lowering the risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, colon cancer, breast cancer and depression. Recreational Services offers fitness classes free of charge to all students. Class size is limited by space and equipment availability. Participation will be on a first come, first served basis for each class.
- Eat healthy. Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, students can help protect themselves from these health problems. The Counseling and Testing Center offers nutritional counseling, as well as individual counseling for those dealing with eating disorders free of charge to all currently enrolled students.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress. Many people do not put their mental health as a high priority. Over 43.6 million adults in the United States deal with mental illness, and over 40 percent of them failed to seek help in the past year (National Institute of Mental Health). If you, or someone you know, is experiencing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or any other mental illness, encourage them to get help today.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving and not wearing a seat belt or bicycle helmet.
Adapted from an article on Office on Women’s Health