About National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:
We all have a role to play in women's health. Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. As a result, women's health and well-being becomes secondary. As a community, we have a responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier, happier lives.
The 14th annual National Women's Health Week kicks off on Mother's Day, May 12, 2013, and is celebrated until May 18, 2013. National Women's Checkup Day is Monday, May 13, 2013.
The nationwide observance is celebrated across America in families, communities, neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, hospitals, health centers, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreation centers, and online. Anyone who wants to raise awareness about women's health can celebrate. Organizations large and small hold events, such as free screenings and health fairs, give out educational materials, issue proclamations, conduct media outreach, spread the word through social media, and more.
For more information about National Women's Health Week, visit womenshealth.gov/nwhw/ or call 800-994-9662.
Content last updated May 1, 2013.