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Women's Health Week - HER Week In Health

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In This Episode Of The Week In Health EmpowHER Correspondent, Bailey Mosier, Previews Women's Health Week And What Women Can Do To Live Healthier Lives.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your Empowher.com Week in Health.

This week is a special preview edition of National Women’s Health Week, coming up May 8 - 14.

While we may only officially celebrate women’s health one week each year, National Women’s Health Week serves as a great reminder to us all to take better care of ourselves each and every day.

National Women’s Health week empowers women to make health their top priority.

Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, children and parents before their own, and thus, women focus very little on their own well-being.

The theme for 2011 is ‘It’s Your Time!’ encouraging women to take the necessary steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risk of certain diseases.

Women can do so by:

Getting at least two hours and thirty minutes of moderate physical activity, one hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous physical activity or a combination of both each week

Eating a nutritious diet

Visiting a healthcare provider for regular checkups and preventative screening

Avoiding risky behaviors such as smoking or not wearing a seatbelt

Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

A special date to mark on your calendars is May 9, National Women’s Check-up Day.

This day encourages women to visit health care professionals to receive or schedule a check-up and to promote regular check-ups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions.

As a community, it is our responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier and happier lives.

That wraps up your EmpowHER Week in Health. Join me here, at EmpowHER.com every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health. And for more information on Women’s Health Week events in your city, please visit EmpowHER.com/events.

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