For Immediate Release
May 8, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Celebrates National Women's Health Week

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health in celebrating National Women’s Health Week May 10 – 16 to call attention to the importance of women’s health. 

During the week, families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals come together to raise awareness about women’s health issues and educate women about simple steps they can take for a longer, healthier and happier life.  Here are some steps women can take to improve their health:

“National Women’s Health Week is important because it encourages women to take time for their health,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, State Health Officer and Director of the KDHE Division of Health. “Women are often the caregivers for their families and as a result forget to make their own health a priority. With National Women’s Health Week, we remind women to visit the doctor, make sure their screenings are up-to-date and just take a minute to think about their health.”

Kansas women suffer from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis at rates comparable to national averages. 

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and will be celebrated until May 16.  National Women’s Checkup Day — a day where women across the country are urged to visit their doctor — will be held on May 11.  In addition, the WOMAN Challenge, an eight-week online physical activity program, will be held May 10–July 4.  For more information about National Women’s Health Week, please visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/.  To learn more about KDHE, please visit www.kdheks.gov.