Wednesday, May 12, 2010

National Women's Health Week

National Women’s Health Week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, kicked off on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010 and lasts until May 15, 2010.

This year, get your friends and family involved by encouraging one another to take the steps necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Some ways to celebrate include:

Exercising for at least one hour and 15 minutes (running, biking, or even dancing!)
Making sure to get enough sleep and manage stress well
Eating a nutritious diet
Visiting a healthcare professional for a check-up
Avoiding risky behaviors such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt

National Women’s Health Week includes National Women’s Check-Up Day and an eight-week online physical activity program. Maintaining a healthy day-to-day lifestyle is a basic tool in regards to cancer prevention and has a significant impact on long-term health. To help give you some ideas, click here for 5 Simple Steps to Reach (and Maintain) a Healthy Weight.

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