Monday, May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011 National Women’s Checkup Day, a part of
National Women's Health Week, May 8 to 14, 2011

National Women’s Health Week is organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The goal is to empower women to make their health a top priority. This year's theme “It’s Your Time,” encourages women to take steps to live a longer, healthier and happier life.

There are some women who are so busy caring for their families and others, they neglect to care for themselves. During National Women’s Health Week remind your wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and/or girlfriend to take steps to improve their health and prevent disease.

The ninth annual National Women's Checkup Day is held during National Women's Health Week. This year it is on Monday, May 9, 2011.

Dedicate this day to visit or make an appointment with your health care professional. Schedule a check-up. Prevention and early detection are crucial to one’s health.
To learn more about National Women's Health Week visit the following links:

Why is it important for women to participate in National Women's Checkup Day?

It is important for women to get regular checkups because: screening tests, such as mammograms and Pap tests, can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. Some women need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, than others. Screenings and routine care can help women lower their risks of many health conditions, including heart disease.

How can women participate in this important event?
Women can participate in National Women’s Checkup Day by:
Contacting their current health care professional to schedule a checkup and get important screenings on National Women’s Checkup Day.

Discussing with their health care professionals which screenings and tests are right for them, when they should have them, and how often.

Learning which screenings and immunizations they need and at what age at (

Taking the Checkup Day Pledge ( and pledging to schedule at least one preventive health screening during May 2011.

For information about participating in National Women’s Checkup Day and other National Women’s Health Week activities, visit the National Women’s Health Week website at or call 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446).

Women's Health Month 2011

The information provided here is from the National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC). A service of the Office on Women's Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office on Women's Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its Vision is to ensure that "All Women and Girls are Healthier and Have a Better Sense of Well Being." Its mission is to "provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches." The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.

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