Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

April 28, 2011 by Kathy Nellor

Listen up all women! It’s time to celebrate! What you might ask? Celebrate the time to make our health a top priority! May 8th through the 14th is National Women’s Health Week and is 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 that women can participate in this week:

  • During their checkups, women should discuss with their health care professional which of the tests are right for them. Use this interactive tool to learn what screenings and immunizations they need and at what age.
  • Take the Checkup Day pledge to schedule at least one of the preventive health screenings during May 2011.

So celebrate this week and this whole month by taking the important steps to empower yourself and invest in your health! It’s as simple as 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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