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What Is The Origin Of Mother's Day - HER Week In Health

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Bailey Mosier Recaps The Latest Stories In Women's Health For The Week Of May 6, 2011.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER.com Week in Health.

May is a special month in women’s health; a chance to celebrate our mothers and all the important females in our lives.

In this week’s edition, we’ll take a look at the origin of Mother’s Day, some other Mother’s Day facts and figures and we’ll also tell you what you can do to take part in National Women’s Health Week which kicks off this Sunday, May 8th, and lasts through the 14th.

While we gladly send flowers, cards and perfume to our moms each year, have you ever wondered how Mother’s Day came to be?

A woman named Anna Jarvis from West Virginia created the celebratory day in 1908, campaigning every year to make it a national holiday. And in 1914 was successful in doing so when President Woodrow Wilson designated every second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated there were 85.4 million mothers in the U.S. in 2008.

Sophia and Aiden were the most popular baby names in 2010 according to Babycenter.com.

The average age of women in 2008 when they gave birth for the first time was 25.1.

Sixty-one percent of mothers are working moms, that number up from 57 percent in 2006.

Eighteen thousand, nine-hundred and eighty six is the number of births in 2008 that were a mother's eighth or more.

July is the month with the highest number of births, with 375,384 in 2008.

Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an average of more than 13,415 births taking place on Tuesdays in 2008.

Whatever the numbers, whatever the facts, please remember to take time this Mother’s Day to show your mom how special she truly is.

And don’t forget May 8 also kicks off National Women’s Health Week.

One way to become involved is to join the WOMAN challenge.

The WOMAN challenge (Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation) begins every year on Mother's Day. Thousands of women across the country embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health.

Or, you can get involved by taking smaller steps toward bettering your health.

Be a more conscious consumer and take the time to read food labels. Know what you’re eating.

Perform regular skin checks to make sure no new rashes or irregularities form that may be hazardous to your health.

Take 15 to 30 minute walks during your lunch hour. Or recruit a friend to be your exercise buddy.

Also, try stretching every morning for at least 15 minutes.

That wraps up your EmpowHER Week In Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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