National Women’s Health Week Information

Women’s Health Week is a national week-long event that is celebrated annually in the month of May, beginning on Mother’s Day.  This year, the 13th national observance will begin on May 13 and end on May 19, 2012. The theme for this year is “It’s Your Time.”  During this week, there is a deliberate effort by communities, families, health care organizations, and others to support women’s health so that women will become encouraged and empowered to make their health and well-being the #1 priority.  These efforts are geared toward women’s mental and physical health, so that they can learn how to live long, happier, and healthier lives.

Since the focus during health week is on women’s health and well-being, every woman is encouraged to make every effort to:

  • Become physically active, which can reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Stop smoking and avoid other unhealthy behaviors.
  • Visit your doctor for a physical exam or check-up and other necessary screenings.*
  • Focus on your mental health by avoiding stress and getting the proper rest. [2]

*Get a physical exam or check-up on May 14, 2012, which is National Women’s Check-Up Day.

Get Involved

There are many ways in which health care providers, organizations, communities, and individuals can support National Women’s Health Week:

  • Plan an event focusing on women’s health.  An event can be a seminar, a health fair, a health or wellness walk, or a town hall meeting.
  • Educate yourself about various health topics that relate to women’s health.
  • Provide educational resources, such as videos, slide sets, campaigns, continuing education, etc.  These are readily available from your health care provider. [1]

Please take National Women’s Health Week seriously.  Stay informed, and search for information on women’s health.  Remember, your health and well-being should be your top priority.  Stay informed and stay in touch.

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References:

[1] CDC (n.d.).  National Women’s Health Week.  Retrieved April 29, 2012 from CDC Website:  http://www.cdc.gov/women/nwhw/index.htm

[2] WomensHealth.gov (n.d.). It’s Your Time. Retrieved April 29, 2012 from WomensHealth.gov Website: http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw/

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