Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Women's Health Week Starts May 9

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health invites you to celebrate the 11th Annual National Women's Health Week. This nationwide celebration urges women to make their own health their top priority. The theme of the event is "It's Your Time," as it reminds women that even though they are often caregivers for children, spouses, and parents, they must not forget to take time to focus on their own health.

Some important steps you can take include:

  • Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

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