May: Women’s health care month


Photo captured by Emery Bishop

This image portrays a strong woman, Mrs. LeBon, the LHS school nurse who has been working here for four years.

Emery Bishop, Staff Writer

As over half of the US population is female, women have significantly impacted our world today. Women fulfill the many roles as mothers, daughters, cousins, aunts, caregivers, workers, teachers, nurses, directors etc. After fighting for women’s rights for nearly 100 years, it is important we emphasize the month of May being named “Women’s Health Care Month.”

The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (N.C.C.C) was the first organization to recognize May as Women’s Health Month. The N.C.C.C. is a non-profit organization committed to supporting women struggling with mental and physical issues along their journey with cervical cancer. Health issues such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, obesity, mental illness and other diagnoses can be a struggle for women and negatively affect their everyday life. However, guidance and comfort from well-known organizations such as the N.C.C.C. lead them on their path to recovery.

Although somebody you know may not be struggling, about 13% of women over the age of 18 are struggling with their health. 38% of American women are obese, two out of three Alzheimer’s patients in America are women, one out of eight women are said to be diagnosed with breast cancer in America and women are twice as likely as men to experience depression. If one sees someone struggling, they should say something. Make sure to check up on loved ones, those you look up to or even just a random stranger you see on the street. Spread kindness not only during this month but every day; you never know what someone may be going through.

It is important that not just women, but the entire population does something positive to benefit their bodies. Some ways you can take care of yourself spiritually and physically are:

Go for a relaxing walk, to the gym or on a bike ride- getting fresh air and vitamin D can clear your mind and eliminate unnecessary stress.

Reduce screen time and try to stay as productive as possible – going on your phone is not a bad thing, however, spending hours per day on your phone can become an unhealthy habit for your brain. Try taking time away from your phone and do activities that make your heart happy.

Get enough sleep- the Mayo Clinic recommends eight to ten or more hours of sleep for teens and seven hours for adults. Although maintaining a set sleep schedule can be difficult, especially for teenagers who are out at all hours of the night, try to put all screens down at least 30 minutes before you’re going to bed. This allows your mind to reset and increases the amount of REM sleep.

Maintain clean hygiene and drink lots of water- good personal hygiene can leave you feeling refreshed while also helping prevent the absorption of illness and disease that may spread to you and others. Some of the many benefits of staying hydrated are: improves your brain performance, gives you more energy and a healthy heart.

Find ways to manage your emotions- It is normal for many to experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, stress and other mental health disruptions. Instead of focusing on the negative, focus on the present and the things that are in your control; surround yourself with positive energy and people who you can confide in for support.

Don’t forget to acknowledge all of the incredible women, you are so strong.