National Women's Health Week

It's Your Time

Put yourself first

Women have a tendency to place the needs of others before their own. While this is an admirable quality, women who do this may put their own health at risk, especially if they neglect getting regular care and checkups with their health care provider.

Using the theme, "It's Your Time," National Women's Health Week encourages women to focus on their own health and well-being. Research has shown that when women take care of their own health, the health of their families tends to improve as well.

So, it’s time to take care of a very special person in your life—you. You can start by nurturing yourself with healthy food, regular physical activity that you enjoy, quality sleep, sufficient time for relaxing, and stress-reducing activities. Also, be sure to follow up with any scheduled visits that you may have with your health care provider.

Take Care of Yourself

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women's Health recommends that women take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health, and potentially lower their risk of certain diseases:

1) Get Physical

Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week. Learn more on our Physical Activity page.

2) Eat a nutritious diet.

Learn more on our Nutrition page.

3) Maintain a healthy weight

Learn more on our Weight Management page.

4) Avoid risky behaviors, such as using tobacco, risky drinking, or not wearing a seatbelt regularly

Get support while you quit smoking, by visiting our Tobacco Cessation page. Learn more about the healthy use of alcohol on our Risky Drinking page.

5) Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.

Screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Not to mention, screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease.

6) Take care of your mental health by managing stress and getting enough quality sleep.

Learn more on our Stress Awareness page and our Emotional Well-Being page.

There are a number of ways that you need to take care of yourself; however, it is well worth it. Start by talking to your health care professional, and choose one or two things to focus on first. Then, as you have success in those areas, move on to your next victory. Remember, the better you take care of yourself, the more you’ll be able to be there for those other important people in your life.

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Get Checked

May 11, 2015
National Women's Checkup Day

Women can participate by:

  • Contacting their current health care professional to schedule a checkup and get important screenings on National Women's Checkup Day.
  • Discussing with their health care professionals which screenings and tests are right for them, when they should have them, and how often.
  • Learning which screenings and immunizations they need and at what age here.