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26 May 2021

Women’s Health Week and Fernwood Fitness partner for good health

Movement and physical activity are essential for healthy living and also a key theme for this year’s Women’s Health Week. To help increase awareness of the importance of physical activity and its health benefits, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is pleased to announce Fernwood Fitness as a 2021 Women’s Health Week Supporting Partner.

Held annually in the first week of September, Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week is the biggest week in Australia focusing on good health and wellbeing. It is a timely reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority and to take care of themselves.

Women’s Health Week will kick off with ‘Move It Monday’ on 6 September, encouraging women and girls to consider ways to include more physical activity into their day.

According to Jean Hailes for Women’s Health CEO, Janet Michelmore AO, physical activity has significant health benefits for hearts, bodies and minds.

“Physical activity and bodily movement, be it moderate – such as walking – or high-intensity, is proven to improve your health, reduce the risk of developing chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.” said Ms Michelmore. “Not only is being active good for your physical health, it’s also good for your mental wellbeing and will improve your quality of life.”

Fernwood founder Diana Williams, who has been at the helm of the company since she opened the first gym in regional Victoria in 1989, said the sponsorship was in line with the organisation’s values.

“Established more than 30 years ago, Fernwood Fitness mission was, and still is, to empower women to shine,” said Ms Williams. “We are thrilled to be involved in Women’s Health Week to help shine a light on the importance of good health and wellbeing, and will be encouraging our 70,000+ members to get involved.”

Fernwood Fitness wil also be running a free online fitness class on ‘Move It Monday’ and hope thousands of women will join in as a fun activity to start the week of celebrations.

Find more information and how to get involved in the week here.

About Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is a national not-for-profit organisation. We have a unique model built on four pillars: education and knowledge exchange; clinical care; research; and policy. We aim to translate the latest scientific and medical evidence to help inspire positive change in women and girls by improving their physical health and wellbeing. Jean Hailes produces evidence-based information reviewed by clinicians. In 2016, Jean Hailes was officially recognised as the Federal Government's national digital gateway for women's health.

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For more information on Jean Hailes or Women’s Health Week, please contact Caroline Cottrill on [email protected] or email [email protected].