Sustained Health and Wellness

healthThere are many components of sustained health and wellness, including spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health. The practices of good health vary for each individual but include physical activity, healthy eating, medical check-ups, mental stability, social interaction, spiritual connectedness and support from others. The importance of practicing good health shows in every aspect of our lives, from our relationships to our mental and physical condition.

Adapting a healthy lifestyle now can help prevent chronic diseases later in life. Unfortunately there are many barriers to achieving a healthy lifestyle. 1 DA Woman Inc wants to help remove those barrier by providing access to tools, resources and information, through workshops, seminars and conferences, by collaborating with health partners who promotes sustainable health and wellness. Our focus will be on:

 

Physical Health

In today's fast-paced world, healthy eating can be a challenge for anyone trying to practice good health. Healthier foods cost more and are not available in certain neighborhoods. Incorporating exercise into your daily life strengthens your body, helps you look better and feel better about yourself. Lack of exercise increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke; makes you more likely to suffer from accidental injuries; and may shorten your lifespan.  Not knowing your family medical history can also put you at risk for many diseases if you don’t take preventative measures. Neglecting your annual checkups, Gyn exams, mammograms and other preventative health screenings can be detrimental to your health.  Lack of adequate medical coverage, high insurance deductibles and raising cost of healthcare are some barriers to accessing medical care. 1 DA Woman Inc. will provide information and resources on various health issues such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease among others. We will have workshops and seminars on healthy eating practices, exercise and other life sustaining habits and activities. We also have trained Affordable Care Act representatives on board to assist individuals with accessing medical coverage.

 

Mental and Emotional Health

There are many contributing factors to mental illness that are biological, psychological and environmental and in our society, mental illness is portrayed negatively. In the Afro and Caribbean- American communities, there is a higher level of stigma and misunderstanding about mental illness that serves as a barrier to achieving mental well-being. Fear, pain and shame keep people from seeking mental and emotional health care. Societal models of acceptable beauty add undue stress and pressures of perfection to many women, men and children. Minor everyday annoyances such as traffic jams to catastrophic events such as significant loss can affect one’s ability to cope with stress. 1 DA Woman Inc. will partner with Mental Health professionals and specialists to provide tools, information and resources on positive mental and emotional health practices. We will offer stress reducing activities and informational sessions, provide a strong level of social support and a sense of belonging in our group sessions. We want to build strong social connections and friendships to help in increasing self-worth and self-esteem, boost happiness and help maintain other healthy behaviors, which can help deal with life's stresses.

Spiritual Health

Here at 1DA Woman Inc. we believe that every woman is divinely appointed and even One Divinely Appointed Woman can change the world. Spirituality is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in life and can play an important role in helping people maintaining good mental and physical health. Maintaining a spiritual life can help with relationships with self and others. It helps to maintain good moral ethics and can give a better sense of direction and purpose in life. Within our workshops we encourage various spiritual practices and values. We encourage basic practices such as prayer, meditation, affirmations and other stress relieving activities. There is no mandate to adapt to any particular kind of spiritual belief, that decision is entirely your own.