Are you a woman who instinctively puts your own needs last? Are you a mom, a daughter, a coworker, a friend, a wife, a nurturer who takes care of everyone else but feels selfish taking care of yourself? Do you feel bad about your weight, your fitness level, or the way you haven’t been to the doctor in more than a year?
I have something special to tell you about. It’s a week, an entire week, dedicated to you. You NEED this week. And you have time to get ready for it.
National Women’s Health Week wants to make your health a top priority. It’s May 9-15, 2010. That’s the week that begins with Mother’s Day, which is perfect since moms are often the ones who need the biggest break in their routine.
So what happens during National Women’s Health Week, which is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health?
One of the biggest and most powerful events is something you can make arrangements for right now: National Women’s Checkup Day. It’s Monday, May 10. The entire day is dedicated to encouraging women to visit their health care professionals to schedule or receive a checkup.
You can take a pledge online that is a commitment to a healthier you. Just click on your state here and promise yourself that you will schedule an appointment. It counts how many women in each state has signed up (right now, California, Texas, Florida and New York are leading). And you’ll get a really cool certificate showing your pledge that you can print out and hang somewhere to remind you that YOU are important. Here’s what it looks like:
Has it been a long time since you’ve gone? No matter. This is the day to inspire you. Find the number for your doctor’s office, call for an appointment, and promise yourself that you’ll schedule the tests you need – Pap tests, mammograms, cholesterol screenings or anything else. That nagging feeling you’ve had about one thing or another? Get it checked out. YOU are the priority this week.
Womenshealth.gov even has an interactive screening chart that tells you what tests and screenings a woman needs at each age.