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April 30, 2024
Empowering Women, Cultivating Health: Celebrating Voices, Wellness, and Resilience
National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day. This health observance encourages women and girls to make their health a priority. This year’s theme is dedicated to empowering women to take charge of their health journeys and shining a light on health issues unique to women.
Taking care of yourself includes caring for your physical, mental, social, and emotional health. There’s a lot that you can do – from practicing healthy habits to making and keeping all health care appointments. Practice healthy behaviors to get the care you need.
Regular check-ups are important. Talk to a healthcare provider:
A healthy balanced diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Learn the basics of healthier eating habits.
Physical activity helps improve your overall health.
Move more and sit less. Every little bit of physical activity helps. Start small and build up to 2 hours and 30 minutes a week. You can break it into smaller amounts of time, such as 20 to 30 minutes a day.
Get out and about and enjoy the spring and summer weather. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Physical activity has many benefits, including lowering your risk for heart disease—the leading cause of death for women.
Mental health is an important part of overall health.
What you can do
Keep your mind and body healthy. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with better overall health and well-being. There are some important steps you can take to get the support you need to cope with stress and improve your well-being.
Take care of your body.
Staying physically healthy can improve your emotional well-being. Here are some suggestions:
CDC’s Office of Health Equity recognizes National Women’s Health Week as part of our 35th anniversary celebration of “baking” health equity into our public health work. “Baking” health equity into our work means that health equity principles are foundational ingredients in our work, rather than separate ingredients we layer in, sprinkle on top, or serve on the side.
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