National Women’s Health Week
May 12 – 18, 2013
(National Women’s Check-Up Day : May 13, 2013)
What is National Women’s Health Week?
National Women’s Health Week is a week long health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority.
Five steps to improve physical and mental health and lower risks of certain diseases:
- Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
- Get active.
- Eat healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Article in Women’s Health Magazine on NWHW:
Why is it important for women to participate in this effort?
Regular checkups provide a number of benefits to women:
- Screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier or more often than other women do. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, women can now receive these types of preventive screenings without copays.
- Routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease.
How to get involved:
- Plan a wellness walk: http://www.cdc.gov/women/planning/walk.htm
- Send a health week e-card or pledge email: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/activity-planning/e-card.cfm
- Organize a community health fair: http://www.cdc.gov/women/planning/fair.htm
- Listen to a women’s health podcast: http://www.cdc.gov/women/podcasts/index.htm
- Find an event in your area: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/events/