The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week may be over, but it’s never a bad time to start prioritizing your health.
This is the message being shared by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. Beginning every year on Mother’s Day, the OWH begins a week of programming aimed at encouraging “all women to be as healthy as possible.”1
The 2018 Women’s Health Week focused on encouraging women to take steps for better health, regardless of age. Practical health tips for women are broken down by decade, from age 20 to 90. For all women, the OWH recommends improving both physical and mental health by doing the following:
- Making an appointment with a physician for a well-woman visit and the associated preventive screenings
- Increasing physical activity and focusing on healthy eating
- Paying attention to mental health, including stress management and sleep hygiene
- Avoiding unhealthy behaviors, like smoking or texting while driving
The 2018 celebrity Women’s Health Week ambassadors included Carla Hall, chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew; Nita Landry, MD, a board certified OB/GYN and co-host of CBS’s The Doctors; award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and health and wellness advocate Joan Lunden; and Liz Plosser, editor-in-chief of Women’s Health magazine.
Using the hashtags #WhatIWishIdKnown and #NWHW, the OWH is encouraging women to share the health information they would share today with their younger selves.
The 20th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Sunday, May 12, 2019.
National Women’s Health Week. Office on Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw. Accessed May 15, 2018.