What is National Women's Health Week?
National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance
that brings together communities, businesses, government, health
organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's
health. The theme for 2012 is "It's Your Time." National Women's
Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It
also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their
physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain
• 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
seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
The 13th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on
Mother's Day, May 13, 2012 and is celebrated until May 19, 2012.
National Women's Checkup Day is Monday, May 14, 2012.
How is National Women's Health Week celebrated?
The nationwide observance is celebrated across America in
communities, neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, hospitals,
health centers, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreation
centers, and online. Anyone who wants to promote women's health can
celebrate. Organizations large and small hold events, such as free
screenings and health fairs, hand out educational materials and
spread the word through social media, and more.
For more information about National Women's Health Week
activities or to become a partner, visit womenshealth.gov/whw or
call 800-994-9662 (TDD: 888-220-5446).