National Women's Health Week
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National Women's Health Week
- May 13 - 19, 2012
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:
- 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
behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
or bicycle helmet.
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,
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.
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,
For questions about proclamations and NWHW, in
general, contact Henrietta Terry at
For help with event
planning in your community, media outreach, and
partnerships, contact Maggie Naples at 202-842-3600/[email protected]
or Jill Wasserman at
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