National Women’s Health Week/Mother’s Day

Federation Friday: Volume 2, Issue 45 - May 8, 2020

National Women’s Health Week 

This year is the 21st annual National Women’s Health Week, which kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10 and is celebrated through May 16, 2020. This event is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Women are encouraged to be as healthy as possible during this event. Each year millions of women take steps to improve their health. The agency normally encourages women and women’s groups to participate by organizing events or activities. However, this year, uncertainty as to the status of our ability to gather together in May will result in personal steps for each women to take to assess her health status and make changes. 

What steps can you take for better health? 

  1. Schedule a well-woman visit, preventive screening or vaccines. Many primary care providers are conducting tele-health visits. Contact your provider and see when you can schedule your next mammogram, vaccination, etc. 
  2. Get active! This is a perfect time to take the opportunity to walk. Just remember to stay 6 feet away from your walking partners. 
  3. Pay attention to mental health. Get enough sleep; reach out to friends via phone, letter, email or video conferencing. 
  4. Eat healthy. Try some new recipes that incorporate fresh ingredients. Remember to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables each day. 

It is not always easy to take steps for better health, and each of you knows what works for you. Reflect on your goals, what motivates you, and what is holding you back from being your healthiest you. GFWC-NC has encouraged us to improve our health with the President’s Special Project: Healthy Women! Let us continue to live the healthiest life possible! 

Sedgefield Woman’s Club continues working with March of Dimes, who has made operating changes. They note that there is still time to sign your team up at  Moms and babies need us now more than ever! 

GFWC Warrenton Woman’s Club has been encouraging members who sew to make masks that can be donated to nursing homes, hospitals or doctors’ offices. Their President has offered to deliver them. They have many members working on the frontlines in healthcare, law enforcement and assisting with food support programs.

 A Mother’s Love 

There are times when only a mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith
And a mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above.
– Author Unknown 



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