Ladies, it’s all about you this week!
From diet to pregnancy to oral and mental health, the Office of Women’s Health hosts a week filled with events and education initiatives to get women proactive about their well-being.
There are many aspects of health to consider when working towards optimal living. Daily pressures coupled with busy schedules often means that we’re putting our health last on the priority list.
This week offers the perfect opportunity to put a spotlight on your health and well-being, to hopefully learn something new that will inspire you to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Here are 5 things you need to know about women’s health to start:
- Nearly 2 out of 3 women 20yrs and older are overweight or obese. Studies with Mexican-American women show that they are 40% more likely to be obese than their white counterparts.
- Less than half of US women are getting enough aerobic exercise and only 20% are doing muscle-strengthening activity, making women more likely to develop heart disease and cancer (along with contributing to obesity and diabetes). Latinos are 30% less likely to engage in exercise than their white counterparts.
- Smoking causes 80% of lung cancer deaths among women in the US. On the plus side, Latinas have lower smoking rates comparably, and they’re less likely to smoke during pregnancy.
- Women are much more likely than men to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses. According to the CDC, Latina teens are the most likely group to consider suicide.
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US, with over 75% of women 40-60 yrs old having at least one risk factor. On average, Latinas are more likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than their white counterparts.
Did any of these facts surprise you? What will you change to lead a healthier life?
The Office of Women’s Health also put together these great infographics with helpful tips on how to take care of yourself in all aspects of health.
- Obesity and Hispanic Americans, USDHHS- OMH
- Physical Inactivity- Statistical Fact Sheet, American Heart Association
- Key Facts About Smoking Among Hispanic Americans, American Lung Association
- Latina Women and Depression, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Heart Disease in Hispanic Women, American Heart Association Go Red
As always, keep paying it forward. Stay healthy! :-)