National Women's Health and Fitness Day
the last Wednesday in September (since 2002)
National Women's Health and Fitness Day focuses on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women, and is the largest annual event of its kind in the country—with 500 local groups and 50,000 to 75,000 women participating each year. Events are held "at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses of worship, and other community locations." Activities such as walking events, health screenings and workshops, and exercise demonstrations take place. It is a "sister" event to National Senior Health and Fitness Day, which takes place each May, and it takes place during National Women's Health and Fitness Week.
How to Observe National Women's Health and Fitness Day
Celebrate the day by searching for an event happening in your area and participating in it. If you would like to host an event, you can register here. If there are no events in your area, you can focus on things dealing with health and fitness on your own, or with friends. Here are a few ideas:
- Try a sport you haven't played before.
- Workout with a friend.
- Walk or ride your bike somewhere instead of using a vehicle.
- Try out a healthy food you've never eaten or a new healthy recipe.
- Schedule a checkup with your doctor.
- Set health and fitness goals for yourself.
- Make sure you have been drinking enough fluids.
- Get a massage.
- Take a nap.