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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4National Women's Health Week

An alliance of national organizations will join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in celebrating National Women's Health Week, May 11-17, to raise awareness about manageable steps that women can take to improve their health. Research shows that when women take care of themselves, the health of their family improves. Good physical and mental health are especially important for mothers and mothers-to-be. Healthy mothers who have access to services are in a better position to cope with the challenges of parenting.

During National Women's Health Week, families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups will work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease. Events, workshops, screenings, and other activities will be offered across the country to promote the theme of this year's National Women's Health Week, "It's Your Time: Get Inspired. Get Healthy." Two of the most important activities are:

  • National Women's Check-Up Day on May 12, when women are encouraged to schedule health screenings
  • The Fifth Annual WOMAN Challenge, an 8-week commitment by participants to set and achieve physical activity goals

For more information on National Women's Health Week, including information on becoming a partner and sponsoring activities, visit the website: