New York State Commissioner of Health Hosts Special Event for Mothers

Commissioner reminds all moms of the importance of making time to take care of themselves

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (May 6, 2016) - In celebration of Mother's Day, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker recognized mothers for all that they do for others and urged them to protect their health by taking care of themselves too.

Mothers of all ages gathered at The Wartburg Friday afternoon to enjoy a healthy snack, receive a flower of appreciation, and take part in demonstrations on fitting healthy eating, exercise, and better sleep into increasingly busy days. Dr. Zucker spoke about the links between parenting, caregiving, stress, diet, exercise, and disease. The event also featured storytelling for children.

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% 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," Dr. 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."

The Wartburg, a senior care facility including day programs, a nursing home, 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 CEO 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.