Thursday, May 13, 2010

Celebrating Women's Health Week

In celebration of National Women's Health Week, Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin released the following statement on the importance of recognizing this week and empowering women to make health their top priority.

"With the theme "It's Your Time", the goal of National Women's Health Week is to empower women to make their own health a top priority and encourage them to take small, manageable steps to improve their health and reduce their risk for many diseases. This year I encourage women to celebrate themseleves by focusing on their own health and well-being.

The most important steps women can take to improve their health include eating well a balanced, nutritious diet; getting regular physical activity; avoiding unhealthy behaviors; and paying attention to mental health. In addition, women should get regular checkups and preventative screenings.

During National Women's Health Week it is important to tell our wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and girlfriends to make the time to improve their health, prevent disease, and live longer, healthier, and happier lives. After all, when women take even simple steps to improve their health, the results can be significant and everyone benefits" Source: SurgeonGeneral.gov

The President also proclaimed this week as National Women's Health Week. Click here to read the proclamation.

Below are some resources to get you on track to a healthy life with tips for meeting your nutritional needs, healthy skin, a healthy body, emotional health, online health tools and more...

HealthyWomen.org

CDC.gov

Women's Health Magazine

Self Magazine


Prevention Magazine

Health.com

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Physical Fitness for You & Your Family

As National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, May is suggested as an ideal time to celebrate active living! Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy and people who are active live longer, feel better and are happier.

The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it's fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for a while, use a sensible approach and start out slowly. Physical fitness doesn't always have to be about racing, winning or competing in order to be fun and healthy.

Physical exercise can also be a fun family activity. The biggest key to success is making it fun. Whether that mean a daily walk to the park after dinner, a family bike ride or a game of catch in the backyard, keeping the activity fun and lighthearted takes the pressure off and makes kids more likely to enjoy themselves and want to keep doing active things.

An enjoyable fitness experience that works well for you can mean lifelong health, increased well-being and a happier life. Use the links below to learn more about recommended fitness guidelines and ways to make physical activity a regular part of your life.

10 Tips to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for You.
Fitness.gov

Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
American Heart Association

Physical Activity for Everyone!
CDC.gov

Be Active Your Way - A Guide for Adults
Health.gov

Adult Fitness Test
HealthierUS.gov

Physical Fitness & Activities for Families
US Department of Health & Human Services

Florida Physical Fitness Programs, Activities and Guidelines
Florida Department of Health

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Thank You To Our Local Business Partners!

WOW, what an incredible response from our local businesses!  

Your donations helped to enhance the message, "Thank You For All You Do" to our volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held during National Volunteer Week.

We thank the following businesses for your generosity and for valuing the importance of our 2-1-1 TBC volunteers and the service they provide to our community.

Many Thanks to:
Chili's - Tri-City Plaza, Edible Arrangements - Clearwater, Honeybaked Ham Company - Clearwater, Mosi Museum of Science & Industry - Tampa, O'Keefe's - Clearwater, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant - Largo Mall, Panera Bread, Party City - Tri-City Plaza, Publix, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Sam's Club - Clearwater.