National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. The 18th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 14, and is celebrated through May 20, 2017.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Find out what additional steps you can take based on your age.

How can I participate in National Women’s Health Week?

The Office on Women’s Health invites women across the country to:

Spread the word through social media with our easy-to-use resources. Use the #NWHW hashtag.
Join the National Women’s Health Week Thunderclap(link is external).
Take the National Women’s Health Week quiz to learn about your health style.
Organize events or activities.
Learn what steps you should take for good health based on your age.

Steps for better health by age

Whether you’re in your 20s or your 90s, we’ve got you covered. Choose your decade below to find out what steps you can take for good health.

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You’re in your 20s! What can you do to live a healthier life?

Be healthier with one, or all, of the steps below! Get the conversation started at your next well-woman visit with this list.

A well-woman visit is a yearly preventive checkup with your doctor. It’s a time to check in on how you’re doing, how you’d like to be doing, and what changes you can make to reach your health goals.

In addition to talking with your doctor or nurse about your health, you may also need certain vaccines (shots) and medical tests. You do not need every test every year!

A yearly well-woman visit won’t cost you anything extra if you already have health insurance. Most private health plans cover certain preventive care benefits, including a yearly well-woman visit, without charging a copay, coinsurance, or making you meet your deductible. If you don’t have insurance, you can still see a doctor or nurse for free or low-cost at a health center near you.
It’s easy to say you’re going to eat healthy, quit smoking, or start exercising, but it’s much harder to actually do it! Get started with the personalized recommendations at myhealthfinder.

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