MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- In celebration of Mother's Day, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker recognized mothers for all the care and support they provide for others and urged them to protect their health by taking care of themselves too.
Mothers of all ages gathered on Wartburg’s 34-acre campus on Friday, May 6. to take part in demonstrations on fitting healthy eating, exercise, and better sleep into increasingly busy days—all while enjoy a healthy snack. Each mother was given a tulip from Zucker in appreciation for all they do.
Zucker began the event by highlighting the links between parenting, caregiving, stress, diet, exercise, and disease.
Research suggests that many women do not make self-care a priority after having children.
A survey by Healthy Women and Working Mother magazine showed that women rank themselves last when it comes to managing the family's health care, behind the care they provide to their children, elderly relatives and spouse or significant other. In fact, 78 percent of women said they often put off taking care of themselves or making their own health appointments because they're so busy taking care of other family members.
"This Sunday we will celebrate mothers and other significant women in our lives," Zucker said. "Too often, women let go of their own care in order to care for others. This event is a reminder to all mothers and their families that moms need to make time to take care of themselves."
Wartburg, a senior care facility including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, adult day programs, a skilled nursing facility, independent and assisted living, provided the venue for the event.
"I would like to thank the commissioner and his staff for selecting Wartburg to be the location for this exciting event and for celebrating mothers of our communities," said David Gentner, president and chief executive officer of Wartburg. "While this is our 150th anniversary year, it is also a celebration of our future. Post-acute senior care is evolving and we believe Wartburg will play a key role in a new standard of integrated housing and services for seniors in Westchester County."