National Women's Health Week: Making Women's Health a Priority
This week, May 12th through May 18th, 2013, is “National Women’s Health Week” sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. According to Women’s Health.gov, “National Women’s Health Week” is about empowering women to “make their health a priority.”
I’m not usually one to promote these kinds of things. They always feel a little slogan-y, and too much like an ad campaign for my personal comfort. But, since I’m all about empowering women too, I will at least tip my blogging hat to Women’s Health.gov for taking the time to promote women’s health.
At their site, Women’s Health.gov has listed a few things women can do to make their health a priority:
- 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.
They also have listed that we should avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt, or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving. I think most of us realize already that smoking is not a good idea, we already wear our seat belt, and probably (hopefully) aren’t texting while driving…but the bicycle helmet?
I’m not sure where that fits into the picture of promoting women’s health, but okay.
There is an interactive screening chart tool at the site, where you can get information on preventative screenings for bone health, colorectal health (important for those of us over the age of 50), breast health, diabetes, heart health, reproductive, and sexual health.
All of these screenings are part of the guidelines recommended by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, and are likely covered 100 percent by your insurance as “preventative wellness” health procedures, if you are interested in having them done.
If you are also interested in possibly attending events in your area which are recognizing “National Women’s Health Week”, you can find a drop down menu on the site listing local, national, and even online events. You can find that section of the website here.
If you are personally interested in promoting or holding an event, you can email any questions you may have to the following email address: [email protected].
Happy “National Women’s Health Week,” ladies! A perfect opportunity to celebrate women’s health, and by all means, to also buy a new pair of shoes!
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.