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The 13th annual National Women’s Health Week will be held from May 13-19. National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OWH was established in 1991 to improve women’s health.  OWH educates and motivates individuals to live healthier lives by giving them trustworthy and accurate health information through their innovative programs.

This week-long health observance brings together communities, government, businesses, health organizations and others for the promotion of women’s health.  The organizers of National Women’s Health Week seek to empower women to make their health a top priority.  In 2011, more than 1,850 events occurred during National Women’s Health Week. The organizers also want to encourage women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:

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

* Get active.

* Eat healthy.

* Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.

* Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seat belt or bicycle helmet.

What are you going to do during National Women’s Health Week to show that your health is a priority?  Participate in some events in your local community. Consider making a lifestyle change for better health.  It’s Your Time!  Remain encouraged.