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Women’s Health Week

  • August 9, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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Women’s Health Week

We all know how critical maintaining good health is to our longevity and quality of life as we age. After quiet often putting our own health last behind children and elderly parents we seldom take care of ourselves. So this is why I’m very proud to get behind Women’s Health Week.

What is Women’s Health Week?

Women’s Health Week (WHW) was founded by national not-for-profit organisation Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. WHW aims to encourage women to put themselves first for a week, to think about their health and wellbeing. It has been a permanent fixture on the Australian health calendar since 2013, taking place every year in the first week of September.

Women's Health Week

The week-long campaign combines engaging and useful online content events with public and community-run events supported by Jean Hailes. Events range widely, from morning teas in the office to bike rides with friends and film nights. They’re run for women, by women, across Australia, from major cities to regional towns.

Women’s Health Week 2018

Women’s Health Week has gone from strength to strength every year as the public and health care professionals recognise the benefit of taking time out to think about health issues. This year, more than 60,000 women are expected to take part in over 1,500 events around the country and already more than 25,000 have registered to receive the free health-related content emailed to them every day by WHW. All material supplied during the campaign is reviewed by Jean Hailes’ medical experts.

Women's Health Week

Social Media Campaign #MyHealthFirst

The Women’s Health Week social media campaign launched on 1 August and they would like you to share a selfie on your favourite social media channel to influence your networks about the importance of maintaining good health and encouraging other women to do the same by putting their ‘selfies’ first.Women's Health Week

Suggested messaging: To all those women who hold the fort, run the show, coach the team and steer the ship. It’s time. I’m putting #MyHealthFirst. I dare you to show that you’re putting your health first too. Join in by tagging incredible women and put your ‘selfie’ first! #WomensHealthWeek 3-7 Sept @JeanHailes

What else you can do to support Women’s Health Week

  1. Encourage women you know to sign up to Women’s Health Week. We are supporting Women’s Health Week 3–7 September! We encourage you to participate and sign up at womenshealthweek.com.au to be part of the week and receive FREE podcasts, quizzes, videos, recipes and practical articles on a range of key health topics.
  2. Host a Women’s Health Week event and invite women you know to come. We are supporting Women’s Health Week by holding a workplace/community event. We invite you to take the time to join us and make your good health a priority. Everyone will receive a FREE Women’s Health Week gift bag full of fabulous resources. Don’t forget to also sign up at www.womenshealthweek. com.au to receive five days of FREE online practical articles, podcasts, videos, quizzes and recipes.Women's Health Week
  3. Make women’s good health a priority during Jean Hailes’ national Women’s Health Week campaign. We are supporting their national campaign, Women’s Health Week, which encourages women, communities and organisations to focus on all aspects of women’s health. Whether at home, at study, in the workplace or the community, it’s time for all women to make their own good health a priority. Join us, and encourage others to sign up HERE

So I’m signing up for Women’s Health Week. What about you?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Lyndall from SEIZE THE DAY PROJECT
Deb from DEBBISHDOTCOM
Min from WRITE OF THE MIDDLE.
Leanne from DEEP FRIED FRUIT
Jo from JOANNE TRACEY
and of course me, Kathy from 50 SHADES OF AGE


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By 50 Shades, August 9, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

20 Comments
  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    August 9, 2018

    Hi Kathy I’ve signed up and am writing about this over the next couple of weeks. A great initiative and reminder for all women to take care of themselves.

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      Oh fantastic Sue! It sounds like it would be right up our alley. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey
    August 9, 2018

    Thanks for this Kathy, I’ll be signing up…:)

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      I’m glad that I’ve convinced a few of my readers to sign up. Hopefully we will all benefit from it in some way.

  • Lydia C. Lee
    August 9, 2018

    What a good idea. I’ll sign up. #Lovinglifelinky

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      Super! I think it’s a fantastic campaign for women of all ages. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jodie
    August 9, 2018

    This sounds absolutely wonderful!! We do tend to put off our health when we take care of others, yet you can’t pour from an empty cup!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      It’s a fantastic campaign Jodie. I’m really looking forward to being part of it. #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    August 9, 2018

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this – I wasn’t aware. I’ll sign up for sure! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      Ok great! I’m hoping this will get me back on track. I’ve been a bit naughty lately.

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    August 9, 2018

    Great to see you accepting the challenge and stepping up Kathy – I’m trying to make Women’s Health week every week for me – in the vain hope that I can drop a few kilos, get fitter and feel brighter. Hopefully we’ll all be feeling our best by being intentional about putting our health closer to the top of our priority list.

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      I do make and effort to live healthy every single day, but at the moment I’ve dropped my guard a bit. So I’m hoping to get back on track by joining this initiative. I do want to look and feel my best for my son’s wedding coming up at the end of September! #TeamLovinLife

  • Deborah
    August 9, 2018

    I’m not great at participating in formal things Kathy but… I do want to feel a bit fitter and healthier before I go overseas in a month. At a minimum I want to start some walking (more than incidental stuff to get my measly 5000 steps a day up!) and also focus a bit more on my mental health as I’ve been struggling lately. x

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      Yes I agree Deb, you do need to prepare for overseas travel as you tend to do lots of walking. As for mental health, that is also very important. Take some time to get yourself healthy before you go away as you will enjoy the experience so much more.

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    August 9, 2018

    This is such a positive and empowering initiative, Kathy. Thanks for sharing about it and how we can get involved.

    SSG xxx

    • Kathy
      August 9, 2018

      Yes I thought it was a great cause to promote via my blog and social media. Health is so important as we age. #TeamLovinLife

  • Natalie @ Be Kind 2 You
    August 10, 2018

    I’m pretty good at caring for myself now. I know many women who don’t and it’s almost like they are playing the martyr card. I say to my kids, “I am like the glue in the family. If I don’t work in things start to fall apart. So if I need space – please allow me to have it”.

    • Kathy
      August 10, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear this Natalie as so many of us do put our own health on the backburner. #TeamLovinLife

  • Johanna
    August 16, 2018

    Such a fantastic campaign. I’m in England at the moment, so won’t sign up this year, but I have just bought a Fitbit, so getting into practice!

    • Kathy
      August 16, 2018

      Yes I’m looking forward to being involved this year. Hopefully I will learn something that will help keep me healthy into my old age. I hope you put that Fitbit to good use. I’ve had one for a while and think they definitely help you step it up! #TeamLovinLife

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