Don Blanchon, Executive Director
This week, we once again celebrate the DC area’s LGBT community. We get to show the world the amazing diversity of the community. We take the time to reflect on the success we’ve had in reaching full equality for LGBT Americans and acknowledge how far we still have to go.
And we do all of that in a week. Once the festival ends on Sunday, the flags and buttons get packed away for another year. And, on Monday, June 11, we return to the rhythm of our daily lives here in metro DC.
This year Whitman-Walker Health wants you to make a greater commitment to your own health and well-being. That’s why we are asking you to adopt our “Five for Pride” campaign all year long.
Wondering what “Five for Pride” is? Well, it is five easy steps we can all take to show Pride in our personal health throughout the year.
1. Get regular HIV/STD tests and cancer screenings. Our LGBT community is at higher risk for infection with HIV and STDs and for developing certain cancers. Regular tests and screenings can help to protect your health.
2. Give time. Volunteer! There are a huge number of LGBT organizations in DC that need your time and talents. Find one that fits you and volunteer.
3. Get a health and wellness check-up. Annual physicals are not only important for keeping a regular eye on your health; they also help to build an ongoing relationship with your provider, an important part of keeping you healthy.
4. Give money. Donate! Don’t have the time to volunteer? Then break out the check book or credit card and make a donation to your favorite LGBT organizations!
5. Get active. Regular exercise is not just about looking good at the club or the beach. It will also help to improve your physical and emotional health.
Take your first step and do “Five for Pride” for your health!