This year, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health will observe the 16th Annual National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) from May 10- 16, 2015. The goal of this week-long campaign is to empower women to make their health a top priority.
Women are prone to various health issues such as autoimmune disease, breast cancer, back and neck pain, depression, and urinary incontinence. Women who are obese face increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. NWHW is the perfect time to help women understand the steps that they can take to manage and improve their health.
The week-long health observance focuses on the importance of incorporating simple preventive and positive health behaviors into everyday life so as to enhance both physical and mental health. It promotes and supports the importance of visiting a healthcare professional for regular checkups and preventive screenings.
During National Women’s Health Week, women should communicate with their doctor to understand which tests are right for them and how often they should undergo these tests. Conducting health check-ups on a regular basis is a practice that can go a long way in improving a woman’s health. Lifestyle modifications integrating healthy diet patterns and physical exercises help to maintain physical fitness and prevent several diseases, improving overall quality of life. In addition, getting enough sleep, quitting smoking and managing stress are also important.
Throughout this week-long campaign, multi-specialty healthcare centers, hospitals, medical fitness centers and other healthcare institutions will conduct special programs to connect women to resources on how to stay healthy. The Office on Women’s Health (which hosts this event) invites women across the country to participate in this week-long celebration by –
- Spreading the word through social media. Use the #NWHW hash tag
- Joining the NWHW Thunderclap
- Take the NWHW pledge
- Organizing events or activities
- Learn steps to undertake for good health based on age
- Share NWHW info cards with your friends, family, and coworkers
Join National Women’s Health Week Celebration – it’s never too late or too early to take the first steps towards a healthier you!