What better way to celebrate moms in May than to help them make their health a priority. Take advantage of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) – May 9-15 – to serve as a reminder to protect their physical and mental health and overall well-being. This is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic since those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, or obesity can be at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
CDC offers suggestions and resources to get moving, enjoy a healthy and balanced diet, prioritize mental health, and practice healthy behaviors. You can find a number of other resources under these topics:
- Physical Activity Resources from Move Your Way (also in Spanish), including those for during and after pregnancy, activity planners, and other materials.
- (Find these and other resources, including an opportunity to become an influencer, on our Physical Fitness and Sports Month page.)
- Tips for Pregnant Moms and Tips for Breastfeeding Moms (both available in English and Spanish)
- MyPlate quizzes, apps, and other digital tools
- Folic Acid Resources (be sure to check out the folic acid Eye on Nutrition series noted below that features this nutrient)
- WIC Meals of the Month – a nutrient-themed recipe collection to help address specific nutrient needs, highlight the importance of particular nutrients to the WIC population, and assist participants in using the foods in their food packages
- Eye on Nutrition – a collection of informational and educational resources in each edition that focus on nutrients important for the WIC population
- Nutrition While Breastfeeding – a resource for moms found on the WIC Breastfeeding Support website
- Portion Size Matters – information, quizzes and resources to complement discussions about the importance of portion control, weight management, and physical activity
Two out of every three caregivers in the US are women. As caregivers, they are at greater risk for poor physical and mental health, including depression and anxiety. CDC offers some tips to help women manage caring for herself and others.
- Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
- Stress and Your Health
- Other mental health and depression resources featured on WIC Works
Individuals in need of assistance (emergent or otherwise) can use the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and MentalHealth.gov (including suicide prevention and a veterans’ crisis line) resources.
More Women's Health Resources
CDC’s Women’s Health page also offers resources to promote women's health, such as:
- Podcasts on topics such as Gestational Diabetes (also available in Spanish), Oral Health and Women and more
- A Maternal Vaccines page with infographics, a video and a downloadable fact sheet (scroll down and find the link on the left-hand panel)
- Health Matters for Women, a free, monthly e-newsletter
- A list of the CDC’s Women’s Health Programs and Initiatives
From the Office on Women's Health, find an extensive list of free, downloadable resources covering topics such as:
- Reproductive Health
- Heart Disease and Stroke
- Fitness and Nutrition
- Violence and Safety
- …and more! Browse by Health Topic or Resource Type
American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women can register for the Women’s Health LISTSERV, a free email newsletter to help communicate women’s health issues.
Explore the many topics and resources available on the WIC Works Resource System and WIC Breastfeeding Support sites WIC staff can use to promote good health for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum participants.
HHS, Office on Women's Health
HHS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration