May 10 - 16, 2015
It's that time again! National Women's Health Week begins on Mother's Day. Also, May 11 is National Women's Check up Day. Have you had your check up yet? Remember to do something good for yourself and mark your calendar to make your appointment on May 11!
National Women's Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal of this observance is to encourage all women to make better health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps we can take to improve our health. The 16th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015.
- Get an annual well-woman visit
- Get my blood pressure checked
- Eat healthy
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days
- Quit smoking or don't start
- Limit alcohol use
- Get a seasonal flu shot
- Ask what other shots I need
- Ask about daily aspirin use (55 and older)
- Talk to my doctor about any domestic and interpersonal violence
Reproductive and sexual health
- Choose the right birth control if I still get my period
- Talk to my doctor about when I need a Pap and HPV test
- Talk to my doctor about menopause symptoms
- Talk to my doctor about my risk for sexually transmitted infections and need for screening
- Get an HIV test at least once in my lifetime
Diseases and conditions
- Talk to my doctor about getting my cholesterol checked if I have a family history of heart problems
- Get tested for diabetes if I have blood pressure higher than 135/80
- Talk to my doctor about my family history of cancers
- Get a mammogram every other year
- Get screened for colorectal cancer
- Ask about lung cancer screening if I am a current or past smoker (55 and older)
- Get screened for Hepatitis C if I was born between 1945 and 1965
- Talk to my doctor about getting screened for Hepatitis B
- Talk to my doctor about stress, depression, and other mental health concerns
Take the National Women's Health Week pledge
Get on the national map! Join women all over the country in challenging yourself to be healthier. Pick your age category and watch yourself go onto the map - it's easy and provides a sense of community with all other women taking the pledge for personal health. Take the pledge and get on the national map at this link: http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/pledge
Join Moms everywhere in kicking off a week of reminders and resources to become a healthier YOU! Get enough sleep and manage your stress. Wear your seatbelt, or your helmet, and don't text & drive. Watch your alcohol intake and don't smoke! Make an appointment for your annual well-woman visit. Get 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times per week and eat healthy!
Below are resources to help you plan for National Women's Health Week.
- Tips for Planning Health Events
- Ways to Celebrate National Women's Health WeekExternal Web Site Icon
Below are resources to help you learn about various health topics.
Health Professional Resources
Check out these resources for health professionals, including campaigns, continuing education, slidesets, videos, and other materials:
Social media and promotional tools
Join the National Women's Health Week celebration! Spread the word using the resources at http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/tools.
Remind the women in your life to get healthy!
*source: CDC.gov and WomensHealth.gov