MDCH Recognizes May 14-20 As National Women's Health Week

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

May 17, 2006

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week, women are encouraged to increase their amount of physical activity as a step towards better health.

According to national and statewide studies, most women lag behind men in their level of physical activity. The women cited a lack of time as the biggest barrier to being able to get the exercise they need to stay healthy and ward off disease.

Women having trouble finding the time and/or motivation to exercise should start out slow beginning with three 10-minute sessions of moderate activity, such as a brisk walk, per day at least five days per week.

The following fee-free activities are suggested for those needing to get up and get moving:

  • Use music – Walk to it, dance to it – alone, with a friend, or your children
  • Jump rope – Buy your child one and join in
  • Sneak activity into your work day – Get a friend to walk with you or take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Shopping – Park further away from the entrance and choose to enter the mall through a store other than the one you want to shop in. Also aim to fit in a few extra steps/laps after shopping and before heading home.
  • Stay positive – Tell yourself “I can do this!” and “It’s only one mile.”
  • Partner up – The pleasure of spending time and talking with a good friend is a powerful incentive.
  • Stay informed – Visit the Michigan Surgeon General’s website,, for great tips and tools on how to move more and eat better

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