Celebrate National Women's Health Week

May 10, 2010 by Kathy Nellor

Attention all women! It’s time to celebrate! What you might ask? Celebrate the time to make your health a top priority! This week is National Women’s Health Week, a week-long health observance by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It’s designed to encourage all women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Important steps include:

  • Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week.
  • Eating a nutritious diet.
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.

There are several ways to participate in this week:

  • Contact your current doctor or nurse to schedule checkups and screening services.
  • During your checkups, discuss with your health care professional which of the tests are right for you.
  • Use this interactive tool to learn what screenings and immunizations you need and at what age.
  • Take the Checkup Day pledge to schedule at least one of the preventive health screenings during May 2010.

So celebrate this week by taking the important steps to empower yourself and invest in your health! It’s just like what my mom used to say, “If mama isn’t happy, then nobody’s happy!” Make yourself a top priority and take care of you!

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