As we approach International Women’s Day 2022, we’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of women who are contributing to raising awareness and providing support and guidance for women’s health and wellbeing.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also makes a call to accelerating women’s equality. This is when we often witness groups worldwide coming together to celebrate the achievements of women, to raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity or fundraise for female-focused charities.
Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first official International Women’s Day over a century ago, and now the holiday has gone on to gain awareness across the globe as a way to recognise women.
“If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.” Kamala Harris
There are many women out there who have devoted their careers to address issues within health and wellbeing such as mental health, fertility, body image, community, accessibility, burnout, nutrition, and many other issues facing women today.
Today we’re choosing to highlight their work and celebrate their contributions! We’ve put a list together of our favourite health and well being projects from women today.
Les Alfred: Founder and host of Balanced Black Girl
Starting her career as a personal trainer and fitness instructor in 2012 and then starting her first blog in 2014, Les has always enjoyed sharing her love of fitness and nutrition with others.
Les spent over five years helping women reach their wellness goals in a balanced, sustainable way. In 2018 she created Balanced Black Girl to introduce her community to Black women experts in health and wellness.
The Balanced Black Girl platform was created to be a safe space for candid conversations about all things well-being. It provides content and community spaces for millennial Black women to live their healthiest lives.
OUR TOP PICK:
EPISODE #70 – OVERCOMING WORKPLACE IMPOSTER SYNDROME AND CAREER TRANSITIONS DURING TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY WITH ADUNOLA ADESHOLA
Jody Shield: Business mentor, coach, author of Self Care for the Soul
Jody is a business coach and mentor who supports entrepreneurs and business leaders scale their online business, she’s also the author of Self Care for the Soul, a life-coach book that will put you on the right track and help you look after your energy.
As well as turning her experience of burnout into a self-help book filled with confidence and renewed optimism, Jody also has presented TED Talks and hosts ‘Be Electric’ podcast.
OUR TOP PICK:
CHECK OUT THIS EPISODE OF BE ELECTRIC – JODY ON: HOW TO STAY EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY
DR. Julie Foucher: CrossFit games athlete, Doctor and host of Pursuing Health
Not only is Julie Foucher one of the most successful female athletes in CrossFit Games history, she has also devoted her time to teach others about the correlation between intense fitness training and personal wellbeing.
On her podcast, Pursing Health, Julie interviews some of the top CrossFit competitors as well as professional health experts to explain and how physical fitness can support optimal health.
OUR TOP PICK:
ON MANAGING STRESS FOR WELLBEING, JULIE IS JOINED BY DR. GEORGE SLAVICH TO DISCUSS STRESS AND ITS EFFECTS ON HEALTH.
Alice Liveing: Personal trainer, blogger, best-selling author, and host of Give Me Strength
Alice Living is one of the biggest names in fitness who has a passion for educating the masses on all things health and fitness.
After qualifying as a personal trainer and discovering her passion for strength and conditioning and the benefits to her physical and mental health, Alice has spent years growing her following on social media. She is also a monthly columnist for Women’s Health magazine where she covers the latest trends within the fitness industry. She’s dedicated to sharing and strengthening women’s voices and supporting mental health.
Her podcast Give Me Stength features interviews with extraordinary people and inspiring women about the importance of building mental and physical resilience and how this can empower us to live happier, stronger lives.
OUR TOP PICK: FINDING YOUR POWER WITH WEST END PERFORMER, PT AND HOST OF THE POWER HOUR PODCAST ADRIENNE HERBERT.
We love how each of these women want to inspire and motivate people all over the world.