‘Active & Healthy’ Campaign Spotlights Minority Care Concerns
It’s no secret that some racial minorities have higher rates of heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other health problems.
Plus, minority communities are often under-represented in the health and medical fields. And cultural barriers present extra challenges to access and treatment.
So, April has been designated as Minority Health Month by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. This year’s theme is “Active & Healthy.”
The effort promotes physical, mental and emotional wellness for people in minority communities. It includes “creative ways” to reach out to “older adults,” as well.
“This year, we invite everyone to join #ActiveandHealthy, a national social media campaign that will focus on the steps the nation can take every day in and around the home to keep our minds and bodies active, consistent with the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the HHS website says. “Daily themes will highlight simple steps people can take to maintain and sustain an active and healthy lifestyle while reducing stress and anxiety.”
The “fact sheet for older adults” explains why physical activity is essential to aging well. It nods to functional fitness, less pain, better mood, and longer independence. And it includes helpful reminders about how much activity we need (even during a pandemic):
- At least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity to get your heart beating faster.
- At least two days a week of muscle-strengthening activities.
The website has resources about minority health issues, ideas for social media promotions, an interactive quiz, and downloadable graphics.
Share your experiences and enthusiasm on social media. See what others are posting with the #ActiveandHealthy hashtag. And do what you can to help everyone enjoy a healthy lifestyle, now and in the future.