Many of the health conditions that are the biggest threats to women can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices.
For example, the risk for heart disease, which is the number one women’s health threat according to the MayoClinic.com, can be reduced by managing chronic conditions, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and managing stress.
May 13, 2012 to May 19, 2012 is National Women’s Health Week, an annual event coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
During this week, there are several events to promote women’s health and encourage women to get the proper screenings.
The second day of National Women’s Health Week, May 14th, is National Women’s Checkup Day, which encourages women to get important checkups and screenings.
If you have not have your regular Pap smear or if you have not had your cholesterol checked in a while, National Women’s Checkup Day may be the day to get it done!
You can pledge to join and increase your state’s participation by signing up on the ]]>National Women’s Checkup Day page]]>.
Several organizations have partnered with National Women’s Health Week to organize women’s health events.
For example, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is hosting a webinar, while the National Bone Health Alliance, Kaiser Permanente and Amgen are hosting a half-day education summit on May 15th on postmenopausal osteoporosis and secondary fracture prevention.
But you can also plan your own health event! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ]]>offered these tips for planning health events]]>.
Another way to get involved in National Women’s Health Week is to participate in the WOMAN Challenge (Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation). The goal of the WOMAN Challenge is to encourage physical activity and healthy eating.
You can join the WOMAN Challenge, which starts on Mother’s Day, on the ]]>2012 WOMAN Challenge page]]>.