Mother’s Day is a celebration of moms, but the following week, May 13-19, honors all women with a focus on their health. National Women’s Health Week is sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.
In particular, May 14 is National Women’s Checkup Day, to inspire women to have a regular health check-up. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (and doctors agree), regular checkups for all women are the keys to preventing many chronic conditions including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
One of the web site’s handy features is a screening chart that shows which health screenings are recommended for women in different age groups: 18-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-64 years, and age 65 years and older.
But the government’s commitment to support women’s health doesn’t end at the end of the week.
The 2012 Woman Challenge is an ongoing program designed to help women monitor their health all year. The program began during Women’s Health Week 2001, and allows women to sign up and set goals for good nutrition and physical activity. They can track their progress and get support from other women.
To create an account, visit The President’s Challenge site. This part isn’t just for women. Anyone age 13 years and older can create an account and track their eating and exercise to improve their health and meet diet and activity goals.
Additional information about National Women’s Health Week can be found in the current features section of the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC National Women’s Health Week page links to general facts and information about women’s health in the United States, including a FastStats page, with women’s health facts such as these: Approximately one-third of women in the U.S. age 20 years and older have hypertension, and 17% of women aged 18 years and older are smokers.
Get the word out to help women stay healthy!
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