Women’s Health Week is the biggest week in Australia focusing on good health and wellbeing for women and girls. Held in September, the campaign is a timely reminder for women to take positive and proactive steps to being healthy in mind and body. We know when it comes to health, many women are great at caring for others, but often put themselves last.
Women’s Health Week campaign manager, Brenda Jones, says with COVID-19 and summer bushfires causing a disruption to many people’s health routines, as well as a reluctance for people to schedule health appointments during isolation, the campaign is an important and timely reminder to women about the importance of their health and the need for regular health checks.
My health for life is a free program supporting Queenslanders to achieve their health goals. Funded by the Queensland Government, it was developed by an alliance of health organisations to help people achieve and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The alliance members – Diabetes Queensland, the Heart Foundation, the Stroke Foundation, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, and the seven Queensland Primary Health Networks – work together to deliver the program. Participants work with a health coach to achieve their goals over six months.
“Under our 2020 health-check theme, we are asking all women and girls to take time out to ‘check in on their health’ during Women’s Health Week. And what a great way to get started with the online My health for life health check, supported by the daily health information from Jean Hailes, available free to anyone who signs up to the week,” says Ms Jones.
My health for life program director Louise Natusch says Women’s Health Week is a great opportunity to join with Jean Hailes to improve community awareness about living and ageing well and making positive lifestyle choices.