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National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Established in 2002 by the Health Information Resource Center, National Women’s Health and Fitness Day promotes fitness and healthy living yearly among women of all ages.

Women’s health and fitness has historically been marred by inconsistent science and pseudoscience, old wives’ tales, and conjecture and has even been taboo in certain cultures and societies. An early example of this is the insistence on wearing corsets for femininity between the 1500s and the 1900s. We now know how damaging that fashion trend was and hardly any woman wears one today.

Modern health developments have helped shift perceptions on women’s fitness. Long feared to cause unwanted masculine features in women, weightlifting is now encouraged for women. Gone are the days of our grandmothers exercising only at home to hide their sweat from the public eye. No longer are women allowed only in women-only gyms called reducing salons.

In the United States, one in four deaths among women is caused by heart disease. On National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, it is important to spread awareness of programs such as the WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program. Programs such as WISEWOMAN help women ages 40–64 learn how to lead heart-healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease and stroke. WISEWOMAN is administered through the CDC for low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women.

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Risk of Serious Flu Complications in the Elderly

Risk of Serious Flu Complications in the Elderly

Elderly populations, aged 65 and older, are at risk for developing serious flu complications when compared with healthy, young adults. Adults older than 65, adults with chronic conditions (asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and children younger than 5 are at an increased risk in serious complications related to the flu. An estimated 70 or 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths were those aged 65 and older, and 50 to 70 percent of hospitalizations due to seasonal flu were for those over 65. Flu vaccination for the elderly population is not only important, but those in that age group should get an increased dose or adjuvanted flu vaccine.

Elderly populations can suffer from serious complications from the flu. A proactive solution is with a flu vaccine. It is important to receive annual vaccinations due to changing flu viruses as well as immunity waning over time. Not only is following general guidelines important, but for the elderly, receiving a higher dose or adjuvanted flu vaccine, a potentially more effective option according to existing studies, is recommended for elderly populations. Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, Flublok Quadrivalent, or Fluad Quadrivalent are some of the vaccine options available.

Serious complications that can occur from the flu include:
  • Pneumonia
  • Inflammation of the heart (myocarditis)
  • Brain failure (encephalitis) 
  • Muscle tissues failure (myositis, rhabdomyolysis)
  • Multi-organ failure (e.g., respiratory and kidney failure)
  • Sepsis
  • Complications with existing, chronic medical conditions such as asthma.

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Overweight and Obesity

Overweight and Obesity

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Obesity plays a significant role in health and healthcare, with studies showing that obesity increases a person’s chances of chronic disease, including high blood
pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Studies have also shown that African American men and women have the highest rates of obesity among U.S. racial/ethnic groups.

When taking a holistic view of health equity, though, it is important to look at the root causes of an issue, as well as the fruits that are produced. For example, African Americans often have less access to healthy food than their counterparts in other racial/ethnic groups. In particular, neighborhoods that are considered “food deserts,” or areas with little to no healthy food options, are disproportionately likely to have large African American and Hispanic populations.

From a health equity standpoint, therefore, addressing obesity and its health risks requires that we also address issues like food access by providing Black and Hispanic communities with affordable, accessible, and healthy food options. Because advancing health equity is not just a matter of treating the “sickness,” but also treating the underlying factors that produced it.

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