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National Women's Health Week 2011: Coming to a Space Near You

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This Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, marked the beginning of The 12th Annual National Women’s Health Week, an observance coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Between May 8-14, advocacy organizations, health care providers, government agencies, community groups, businesses and individuals across the country are uniting to raise awareness about issues that relate to women’s health and well-being. There are events of all kinds taking place: from online symposiums to health fairs that focus on promoting certain products or services, from special deals on foods or fitness activities that benefit women to conferences and workshops that offer education and discussion on issues relating to health access, justice, empowerment, etc.

If you are interested in finding out what events are happening in an area near you, visit www.womenshealth.gov/whw/events for more information.

This year, all of these Women’s Health Week events are centered upon the theme “It's Your Time”, a statement reflecting the movement motivating women to make their health a priority. The week will promote simple steps every woman should take to improve her well-being: regular physical activity, a nutritious diet, avoiding risky behaviors, paying attention to mental health concerns, and attending regular health check-ups to get preventative screenings. In the current political climate, where women’s health and organizations supporting it have repeatedly been made secondary concerns, a week that empowers individuals to give precedence to their own health is tremendously important. As women's rates of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and other lifestyle diseases rise in almost every state (NWLC Report Card, 2010), and with funding being cut at both the federal and state level to programs working to prevent these problems, anything we can do to promote wellness and increase access to services through alternative means is invaluable. It is what this week is all about.

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LA Fitness is very supportive of womens health. I met their distric manager Lance Yates at the Riveside location and I could not believe how in touch he and the company are with the awarness in womens health and fitness.

May 16, 2011 - 9:31pm

Like the focus of this article, last night I attended Environmental Working Group's Earth Dinner. Speakers included Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr. Andrew Weil, and EWG Founder and President Ken Cook, and a key point was that the healthcare crisis can be largely addressed and solved with preventive, integrated medicine....and women will lead the charge.

May 12, 2011 - 8:35am
HERWriter (reply to ecomom)

Thanks for sharing about your experience with a Women's Health Week event!

I agree completely - women's health advocates are at the front lines of battling the barriers and overcoming the challenges facing our country's wellbeing. It is clear that focusing on preventative care and holistic understanding of health is the most effective way to make positive change.

Hooray for the informative, inspiring events around the country and everyone who contributes to their success! Truly an empowering week!

Thanks again,

May 12, 2011 - 12:32pm
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