Did you know that it’s Women’s Health Week?
This year they are encouraging women from all walks of life to share a selfie on social media to show that they’re going to start putting their health first. If you join in, remember to use the hashtags #MyHealthFirst and #WomensHealthWeek.
To further encourage your involvement they also have four $200 gift cards up for grabs. However, to be in with a chance, you will need to host or attend an event and send them your photos. For more information please click here.
The Not for profit organisation behind Women’s Health Week (Jean Hailes for Women’s Health) surveyed more than 15,000 women across Australia this year. They describe the Women’s Health Survey as “an insight into the state of women across the country as they juggle busy home lives with work, family demands and the increasing pressures of the digital world”.
The results identified some concerning trends, including:
- 50.8% of surveyed women describe themselves as overweight or obese
- 9.5% of women drink daily
- 46.1% of surveyed women have been diagnosed with depression of anxiety by a doctor or psychologist
- 66.9% of women reported feeling nervous, anxious or on edge nearly every day or on more than seven days in the past few weeks.
To draw attention to the cause there will be pink light installations on the following buildings: Flinders Street Station, AAMI Park, Bolte Bridge, Transurban’s Sound Tube and St Kilda Sea Baths (Melbourne); the Sydney Town Hall (Sydney); the Royal Australian Mint (Canberra); SkyCity Adelaide Casino (Adelaide); Trafalgar Bridge (Perth); and Mount Coot-tha Tropical Dome and the Wickham Street Car Park Architectural Wall (Brisbane).
QLD Health have also developed a health checklist for women depending on which age group they are in. These are a great reminder of the sorts of health issues women should be thinking about and actively addressing. To help keep the awareness going all week I will be sharing one of these each day on my social media, so be on the lookout!
(Edit: These are now located below)
For more information on Women’s Health Week, including the full results of the survey mentioned above, please visit womenshealthweek.com.au.