Embracing the Midlife Journey: Celebrating International Menopause Day
Hi Everyone, I am Laila Salamat and I have been chairing the Menopause network since October 2021. Happy International Menopause Day! Let’s keep on spreading the word and re iterating that this is not a taboo subject! It is a natural phase of a women’s life and we should celebrate our upgrade. Believe me when I say: 'There is life after hormone fluctuations!'
Our Menopause event is being held in the Hutton Hall, from 10.15am until 3.10 pm. We will have:
- guest speakers on how to get the best out of 10 minutes with your GP,
- HRT discussions,
- Active Staff speaking on why strength training is essential,
- alternative health and nutrition talks with smoothie and taster bars,
- online meetings in the afternoon on self-care (body and mind) and how to reach your goals,
- refreshments at lunchtime, 12 until 1pm.
I am thankful that this network was established four years ago by Julie Kelly and we have seen this network grow to nearly 200 staff. Julie is one of our biggest supporters and has been a key Senior Champion in ensuring that we have been able to support our women here at Herts. She was key in enabling us to reach out to all female staff to grow our network from 60 in 2021. This year, on International Women’s Day, Julie gave a presentation on the reason why she established this network, further solidifying her pivotal role in our community.
Throughout my time as chair I have worked closely with the EDI team and met other amazing network chairs who are equally enthusiastic about their networks, we are working towards the intersectionality of aligning together to support showing kindness, no judgement and acceptance of others.
But what next? We now have two new Senior Champions Chizoma Okaro (Director of HR) and Jackie Kelly (Dean of School Health and Social work) who I am sure will add to this network and I am really looking forward to this new alliance for the network and hope to establish more good things for our women here at UH.