National Minority Health Month occurs every year in the month of April. This year, the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE), in collaboration with CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity co-authored a feature on how families can stay active and healthy while at home.
Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Physical activity has immediate health benefits, such as better sleep and reduced stress and anxiety. Regular physical activity can decrease depression and reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
Five ways to be active at home:
- Find an exercise video online. Search the internet for exercise videos that are led by certified exercise leaders or trainers and match your interests, abilities, and fitness level. You can find videos to help you do aerobics, dance, stretch, and build strength. No gym or special equipment needed. You can also find videos created especially for kids and older adults.
- Work out with items you have around the house. Use full water bottles, canned goods, or other items for strength training if you don’t have weights around the house. Stretch with a towel. Walking or running up and down stairs (that are clear of obstacles to avoid tripping) can be a great workout.
- Make the most of screen time. While watching TV, your family can do jumping jacks during commercials or move along with the characters in a show or movie by walking or running in place.
- Family playtime is a great time to work in physical activity. Hoola hoops, hopscotch, jumping jacks, and jump ropes are a great way for the whole family to get active. Games like Hide and Seek, playing catch, and dancing can keep everyone moving and having fun.
- Housework and yardwork count! Vacuuming, sweeping, gardening, and cleaning inside and outside where you live all count towards your physical activity goal. And you’ll knock out some items on your to-do list while gaining health benefits.
To read more tips to staying healthy at home with your families, visit OMHHE’s webpage for information.
CDC’s Office of Women’s Health (OWH), in collaboration with the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) co-authored a new CDC feature during National Women’s Health Week. The detailed feature includes guidance that encourages women and pregnant women to make their health a priority.
Each year in the United States, about 700 women die during pregnancy or in the year after. Every pregnancy-related death is tragic, especially because most are preventable. Conditions such as weakened heart muscle, thrombotic pulmonary embolism, and high blood pressure contributed to a significantly higher proportion of pregnancy-related deaths among African American women than among white women. To reduce disparities, multiple sectors need to work to address the factors contributing to these deaths.