Mother’s Day 2012 marks the kick-off of Women’s Health Week. This year’s theme is “It’s Your Time!” The week is a reminder that “It’s Your Time” to take care of yourself. Often we are so busy caring for others – children, spouses, parents, jobs, communities-that we neglect to take care of ourselves.
Women’s Health Week is an encouragement to take steps to improve physical and mental health and lower risks of certain diseases. Being healthy and strong ourselves is essential to having healthy strong children and communities.
National Women’s Checkup Day, May 14, serves as a reminder that women should schedule a visit with their doctor to discuss which screening tests they need. Regular checkups and appropriate screenings can help detect diseases early, when treatment is most effective.
Note that girls have a site of their own to celebrate the week, at http://www.girlshealth.gov where they can read about fitness, nutrition, and many other related health and wellness topics from their point of view. They can take health quizzes, participate in surveys, register for free stuff, and more. The bilingual site also has content for parents and caregivers, as well as teachers and educators.
Celebrate Mother’s Day and Women’s Health Week by making good health a priority to prevent disease for a longer, happier life.
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