13 Things You Should Know
National Women’s Health Week is a week long 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.
The theme for 2011 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.
They suggest getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week.
They suggest visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
They suggest avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
They suggest paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it is easier for women to take charge of their health. This law gives includes changes that are especially meaningful to women. New plans must cover recommended preventive services, including mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, and well-baby and well-child screenings without charging deductibles, co-payments, or co-insurance. It also assures women the right to see an OB/GYN without having to obtain a referral first.