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Celebrating National Women’s Health Week (May 12 through 18, 2019)

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Posted on May 15th, 2019 by Teri Dreher

This week we are celebrating the observance of the 20th Annual National Women’s Health Week. This initiative is led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. It encourages women to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risk of certain diseases through healthy lifestyle practices. Please see the website at the following link: https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Visit a health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screenings, and vaccines.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

How can I take these steps?

It’s not always easy to take steps for better health, and every woman has her own approach. The key is to find what works for you. A great way to do that is to reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what’s holding you back from being your healthiest you. Use the online tool to uncover personalized tips to help you take the next step on your health journey. Get started today!

How can I participate in National Women’s Health Week?

The Office on Women’s Health invites you to:

Share what steps you’re taking for good health at every age. Use our social media and promotional tools.
Use #NWHW and #FindYourHealth in any social media messages you share.
Organize events or activities in your community.
Use the online tool for customized tips to improve your healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Share the tool with your friends and family to help them take the next step on their personal health journeys.Please see the additional links below for a variety of food, nutrition and health information.
https://www.choosemyplate.gov/men-and-women
https://www.choosemyplate.gov/moms-pregnancy-breastfeeding
https://www.choosemyplate.gov/adults

Sources: Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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