National Women’s Health Week is coming up May 13-19, a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. During this week, the 10th annual National Women’s Checkup Day will be May 14, a day dedicated to encouraging women to visit their health care professionals to receive or schedule checkups, and to promote regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions.
What kind of screenings should you get? Here is a general guideline, but please check with your healthcare provider!
During this week, in addition to scheduling your screenings, organizers also want you to focus on:
- Getting active.
- Eating healthy.
- Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Avoiding unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
A lot of events are going on around the country during National Women’s Health Week, including plenty of free screenings and fun get-togethers. Click here to find events close to your city or town.
We’re taking the pledge to schedule our health screenings this month. Will you??