Happy May! As we welcome spring with new bright green grass and colorful, fragrant flowers; it’s time to celebrate two important events. The first of which was Nurses Week (May 6 – 12th).
Nurse’s week celebrates the many accomplishments of this notable profession. President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, 1982 proclaiming May 6, 1982 to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” The week ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale. While nursing has changed through the years and our roles expanded, nursing is still ranked by Gallup as the most trusted profession.
This year’s theme is: “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Many healthcare organizations recognize the value nurses bring to the healthcare arena by acknowledging their nursing team and recognizing those who have gone above and beyond. There are over 3.6 million nurses in the United States who serve to heal, educate comfort, console and lead.
The second event I want to highlight is Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th. It’s a day where we take the time to acknowledge our mothers and show them how much we appreciate them. This year make a commitment and have a healthy care conversation with your mom. Our moms are so busy taking care of others, they forget to take care of themselves.
Women are disproportionately impacted by joint pain and arthritis. Physician diagnosed arthritis is more common in women and women of color suffer more severe joint pain. Physical activity helps relieve joint pain and improve physical function and can break the vicious cycle.
So this Mother’s Day, forget the chocolate and take a walk with your mom. It could lead to a longer healthier life for you both.