Mother’s Day to Mother’s Day: A Year of Health and Wellness for Moms
May 10 and 12: Happy Mother’s Day! Whichever day you celebrate, make this day all about YOU. You’ve earned it, mom!
May: Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about prevention and early detection of the most common type of cancer.
May 12–18: National Women’s Health Week. Make your health a priority!
May 13: National Women’s Check-Up Day. Take care of yourself — schedule your annual check-up. Getting regular check-ups prevent disease and disability, catch possible health issues, and help you stay healthy for yourself and your family.
June 1: Cutting back on processed foods and sugar can help you feel better and maintain a healthy weight. Try a 30-day “clean eating” challenge to kick-start good eating habits.
June 21: First day of summer. How can you take care of yourself this summer? Choose one thing you can do to improve your health or well-being, and then go for it!
June 30: Are you getting enough colors on your plate? See how many more green, red, yellow, orange, and blue things you can include in each meal.
July: Be sure to use sunscreen every time you leave the house. Use SPF 30 or higher on exposed areas. Your skin will thank you later!
July 6: International Free Hugs Day. Hug someone today — it is an instant mood booster!
July 20: Strong is healthy. Learn more about weight training for women.
August 1–7: World Breastfeeding Week. Breast milk is best for most babies. Learn more and get breastfeeding tips.
August 30: Dance like no-one’s watching! Burn calories and have fun with an after-dinner dance-off with the kids.
September: Fruit & Veggies — More Matters Month. Fruits and vegetables protect you from disease. Champions for Change offers some suggestions on how you can “fill up on fruits” — and your recommended daily intake.
September 2: Labor Day. Consider your fall fitness goals today. What would you like to have accomplished by the end of the year?
September 12: Mindfulness Day. Slow down and consider ways to be more “present” in the here and now.
September 25: National Women’s Health & Fitness Day. Join women of all ages who gather to take part in health and fitness events in the largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages in the U.S.
October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Get more information on free or low-cost mammograms and education about breast cancer.
October 4: World Smile Day. Did you know that studies show that the act of smiling actually makes you feel more positive and happy? Go ahead and see if it works for you today!
October 21: Fight winter colds and flu before they strike — get a flu shot and wash hands frequently.
November 3: Daylight Saving ends. Help your family make this transition with First 5 LA's Tips for Returning to Standard Time.
November 21: The Great American Smokeout. If you smoke cigarettes, consider quitting. American Cancer Society offers tips on how to quit smoking.
December: If you haven’t visited your OB-GYN this year, make an appointment to do so. Annual exams and tests help women stay healthy.
December 14: If you are like many busy moms, this time of year means too much to do and not enough time to do it. Take a few moments just for you, to breathe deeply and de-stress.
December 31: What are your health and fitness goals for 2019? What are some small ways to start?
January: National Birth Defects Prevention Month.January 6–12: National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Folic acid is a B vitamin. When taken before and during pregnancy, it helps prevent major birth defects in the spine and brain. Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
January: Mental Wellness Month. Positive self-esteem is important for mental wellness. What do you appreciate about yourself? For more on this topic, check out First 5 LA's Five Ways to Cultivate Mental Wellness.
February: American Heart Health Month. Get tips on keeping your heart healthy.
February 11–17: Random Acts of Kindness Week. Doing a kind deed — no matter how small — for someone else can help increase your own happiness and sets a great example for your family. Don’t forget to do something nice for yourself this week!
March 1-8: Sleep Awareness Week. Learn more about getting a great night’s sleep.
March 20: World Oral Health Day. Good dental care isn’t just about teeth — it may also impact your cardiovascular system and other organs! Make an appointment for a dental check-up.
March 22: World Water Day. Drinking water when you wake up hydrates your body and helps you wake up. Your body contains and needs lots of water to help flush out toxins and stay healthy, so give it enough by starting first thing.
March 8: Los Angeles Marathon. You may not yet be ready for a marathon, but you can start giving running a try on your own. Active.com offers ideas on how to go from couch to 5K — and can help find a fun race near you!
April: Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S. Learn more about alcohol intake and addiction.
April 16: Stress Awareness Day. How can you decrease stress in your life? Try one thing today!
April 22: Earth Day! Improve environmental “health” — and your own — by getting out and joining an LA River Clean Up event. Find a clean-up event in your community.
May 10: Happy Mother’s Day! Celebrate a year of health and wellness, mom! You did it!
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