September 2021 Awareness Month Highlights

Updated: Sep 7, 2021



AWARENESS MONTHS


National Yoga Month: Yoga month is the perfect opportunity to focus on your mental and physical health! It can be a time to enjoy a fun activity with your friends, family, or yourself by taking a yoga class or even watching a video online and doing yoga from your own home. It is a fantastic way to let go of any stress and spend some time dedicated to nurturing your mind and body.


Yoga is known to have many benefits. It can help release any physical tension/aches you may have, improve strength, balance, flexibility, benefit your heart health, manage stress, and brighten your overall mood! Most especially, if you are pregnant, yoga can help improve sleep, reduce anxiety, decrease nausea and headaches, and help increase your strength and flexibility for childbirth.


Check out the CCCN fitness & nutrition member directory or click the links below find some wonderful yoga instructors in the central coast area!

Use your imagination and creativity to come up with the perfect yoga poses! We invite you to share your favorite yoga poses with the CCCN by commenting or posting with the #YogaMonth. Feel free to tag the CCCN's Facebook or Instagram!


Sexual Health Month: September is also a month to bring awareness to sexual health. What is Sexual Health?


According to the World Health Organization Sexual Health is “…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)


Who is talking about sexual health?

✅ Primary Care Providers

✅ Specialists

✅ Health Educators

✅ Pharmacists

✅ Mental Health Professionals


“Openness, acceptance, and evidence-based information about sexual health are keys to helping women [birthing person] feel safe with you [provider/educator], their bodies, their partners, and birth.” (Allen, L. & Fountain.L, 2007)


Finding ways to optimize sexual health is important before and after pregnancy. @nationalcoalitionsexualhealth on Instagram highlights 5 Action steps to good sexual health for everyone.

  • Make sexual health part of your healthcare routine

  • Treat your partners well and expect them to treat you well

  • Build positive relationships

  • Value you who you are and decide what is right for you

  • Get smart about your body and protect it

Check out our IG post for great resources to continue discussing sexual health before and after pregnancy.


Learn more at ncshguide.org.


Baby Safety Month: As fall and winter begin to approach, it is appropriate to start thinking about how this time of the year will influence your baby's safety. Whether it's in the home or on the go, be certain that gear and toys are appropriate for your little one. Visit our website now and easily find recalled baby products, and more!⁣

Did you know? Safe Kids is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive list of monthly child-related recalls collected from the major federal agencies: the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We also bring you any news and consumer concerns about children's products . Remember that safety recalls don’t expire, so check our product recalls pages regularly, especially if you receive hand-me-downs or buy children’s products at a secondhand shop or yard sale. https://www.safekids.org/product-recalls⁣