This year, National Women’s Health Week will begin on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8th. It’s a great time to raise awareness and focus on health issues affecting women—and a great excuse to take charge of your health at any age.
How can I participate?
For the 17th annual event, the Office on Women’s Health is promoting a National Women’s Health Week Pledge.
When you sign up to participate, you can connect with other women in your area who are also stepping up to the challenge and improving their health and wellness.
If I pledge am I obligated to participate?
No—pledging doesn’t require any time or money; it’s simply a commitment to yourself to take steps to improve your health, starting this week.
Are there any simple steps can I take to improve my health?
Yes! There are many things you can do to improve your health—and your family’s.
Healthy diet, combined with exercise, is a great starting point. This might seem like a no-brainer, but the combination of a healthy diet coupled with exercise can lower your risks of many diseases including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes, just to name a few.
Are there any specific recommendations I can follow to stay healthy?
Yes. There are age-specific recommended preventative screenings that all women should be aware of.
The screening list is meant as a guideline, so make sure to discuss it with your doctor at your next check-up appointment.
Are there any other ways I can spread the word?
- Check out the dedicated National Women’s Health Week website.
- Follow out the steps for better health for your age group.
- Share your experiences on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #NWHW.
- Participate in the National Women’s Health Week Thunderclap. Get the message out by sharing on social media on Monday May 9.