For Immediate Release
May 5, 2011

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

National Women's Health Week

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, is celebrating National Women’s Health Week. National Women’s Health Week is a nationwide initiative that calls attention to the importance of women’s health.

During the week of May 8-14, families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals come together to raise awareness of women’s health issues and educate women about simple steps they can take for longer, healthier and happier lives. Those steps include:

“National Women’s Health Week is important because it encourages women to take time for their health,” says Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary, Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “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 that they, too, need to visit the doctor, make sure their screenings are up-to-date and just take a minute to think about their health.”

Regular checkups are vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections and other conditions. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. National Women’s Checkup Day will be held on Monday, May 9, to urge women across the country to visit their health care professional to receive or schedule a checkup. Learn which screenings and immunizations you need and at what age at www.womenshealth.gov/screening-tests-and-vaccines/screening-tests-for-women/index.html
    
For more information about National Women’s Health Week, please visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/.