National Women’s Health Week May 13th

by Laura

A very dear friend and nutritional practitioner reminded me that this upcoming week is “National Women’s Health Week”, May 13 – 19 I thought it would be a great time to revive my posts on this blog, since my health has taken such a good turn in the last 6 months! I can’t begin to express the depth of gratitude I feel for my better health, and reduced pain. It’s a relief and a pleasure to participate in life again on so many levels!

National Women’s Health week speaks to prevention and care for women, not post illness care, medication, surgery etc. More and more women are learning the value of taking preventative care of themselves, over the age of 30, with mammograms, regular self breast exams, blood pressure cholesterol and other tests.

Women are mindful to eat right, exercise, reduce stress, meditate, smile and laugh more, and enjoy their families as a means of a maintaining good mental health. I attribute most positive changes in my health to prevention, and anticipating issues before they arise. The times when I have not paid adequate attention to these things has brought me great grief and physical pain from fibromyalgia.

I went looking for information on National Women’s Health Week and found quite a bit. National Women’s Health Week is this coming week beginning May 13 through the 19th. The details are to follow that I found on a great site called WomensHealth.gov

About National Women’s Health Week

What is National Women’s Health Week?

National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It 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:

Why celebrate National Women’s Health Week?

We all have a role to play in women’s health. Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. As a result, women’s health and well-being becomes secondary. As a community, we have a responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Women can easily take charge of their health, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a landmark health care reform law enacted in 2010. This law gives Americans greater choice and better control over their own health care and includes changes that are especially meaningful to women and their families. For instance, new plans cover vital preventive services, including mammograms, colon cancer screenings, and well-woman visits with no out-of-pocket costs. It also ensures women can see an OB-GYN without a referral. To learn more about the law and your health insurance options, visit HealthCare.gov.

When is National Women’s Health Week?

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.

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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, give out educational materials, issue proclamations, conduct media outreach, spread the word through social media, and more.

 

 

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