Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health aims to empower women to prioritize their health and educate them on what that means via National Women’s Health Week.
This year, the Department of Health and Human Services focused on these five areas women should pay attention to:
1. Some women are not going to the doctor when (or as often as) they should. They cite cost as a reason for not going, yet most health plans are required to cover annual visits.
2. Women should be paying attention to their mental health, as they are more susceptible than men when it comes to certain conditions.
3. Women should think twice before engaging in risky behavior such as smoking or using a mobile device while driving.
4. Fewer than 50 percent of women are getting enough aerobic activity. Increasing activity just slightly can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
5. Women should try to eat a more healthful diet. This doesn’t need to be a drastic diet change, but simply incorporating more fruits and veggies should help!
You can find out more information at:
National Women's Health Week: May 11-17, 2014. Womenshealth.gov. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
National Women's Health Week Infographics. Womenshealth.gov. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
Reviewed May 19, 2014
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith