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It’s National Women’s Health Week!

It’s National Women’s Health Week!

National Women's Health Week

What is National Women's Health Week?

National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance that brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health. The theme for 2012 is "It's Your Time." National Women's Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their 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 and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

The 13th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 13, 2012 and is celebrated until May 19, 2012. National Women's Checkup Day is Monday, May 14, 2012.

How is National Women's Health Week celebrated?

The nationwide observance is celebrated across America in communities, neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, hospitals, health centers, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreation centers, and online. Anyone who wants to promote women's health can celebrate. Organizations large and small hold events, such as free screenings and health fairs, hand out educational materials and spread the word through social media, and more.

For more information about National Women's Health Week activities or to become a partner, visit womenshealth.gov/whw or call 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446).

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