Veterans Multi-Service Center presented the IBC Foundation and IVets with a photograph of all women veterans featured in the “I Am Not Invisible” photography exhibit.
American writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron once said, “Above all, be the heroine of your own life.” As we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, this quote is a fitting mantra for women everywhere.
National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, kicks off each year on Mother’s Day. The weeklong event aims to empower women to make their health a priority and to encourage women to take steps to improve their health.
Facing Unique Challenges
American women face different challenges than their male counterparts, both health-wise and economically. In 2014, full-time working women earned an average of 79 percent of men’s median annual earnings. Compared to men, women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety, and almost twice as likely to experience depression.
With a proven link between mental and physical health, the Office on Women’s Health endorses the following to improve physical and mental health:
- Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (check-up) and preventive screenings.
- Get active.
- Eat healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, texting while driving, driving without a seatbelt, or riding without a bicycle helmet.
Support for Women-based Initiatives
The Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation partners with a number of organizations that are leading women-based initiatives, and we are proud to share ways that we are leading the charge, not only during National Women’s Health Week, but all year long.
IBC Foundation grantee upcoming events and programming:
- Get active with Philly Girls in Motion’s upcoming See Chicks Run 2018, a two-distance option run with a discounted “Mommy and Me” rate. All proceeds benefit Philly Girls in Motion programs.
- Eat healthy with Supportive Older Women’s Network’s (SOWN) Philly Families Eat Smart program. If you are a member of a grandparent-headed household, SOWN can offer wellness education and physical fitness support to you and your family.
- Prioritize mental health with:
- The Evoluer House, an organization delivering empowerment programs to young girls of color in Philadelphia. Learn how you can support teen girls facing financial instability, challenges in completing their education, and violence in their neighborhoods.
- Veterans Multi-Service Center’s Women Veterans Center supports active military women and female veterans through women veterans only dinners, mindfulness workshops, art therapy groups, and wellness morning power hours. Times and dates vary.
- Women Organized Against Rape supports victims of sexual assault through multiple avenues, offering a calendar of events throughout the year.