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NWHW_badge_160x600_BOn Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is kicking off National Women’s Health Week (NWHW)—May 11-17, 2014.

The week-long celebration is geared toward empowering women to improve their physical and mental health by actively taking steps to make their personal health and wellness a priority.

NWHW encourages well women to:

  1. Visit a healthcare professional to receive regular check-ups and preventive screenings.
  2. Get active.
  3. Eat healthy.
  4. Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  5. Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

There are several ways to get involved with NWHW:

  1. Take the pledge to be a well woman  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/learn/pledge/
  2. Organize or attend a meetup  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/join/meetup/
  3. Spread the word through social media  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/spread-the-word/index.html

NWHW Fact Sheets

National Women’s Health Week:  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/files/NWHW-fact-sheet-2014.pdf

National Women’s Check-up Day:  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/files/NWCD-fact-sheet-2014.pdf

For Additional Information on NWHW

National Women’s Health Week:  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/index.php

National Women’s Health Week Partners:  http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/learn/partners.html

Office of Women’s Health:  http://womenshealth.gov/about-us/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  http://www.cdc.gov/Women/nwhw/index.htm

As women, our desire is to live longer and healthier lives to care for and enjoy time with our families and loved ones.  Share the news about NWHW with the women you love (i.e., Mom, Aunties, Grandmothers, Mother in Laws, Sisters, Daughters, Nieces, Cousins, Girlfriends, Coworkers).

I believe the greatest way we can love ourselves is by caring for ourselves.  We know that isn’t always easy to do, and finding time is often a struggle, yet we need to consciously strive to take the time to make ourselves a priority.

Take a stand for yourself and make your personal pledge to be a well woman!  Put yourself on the map.  I did.  Will you?

Are you a well woman?  What steps are you taking to prioritize or improve your physical and mental health?

Happy Mother’s Day!