Celebrate National Women's Health Week

Caregiving Resource | May 15, 2019

Join the Office on Women's Health and LeadingAge May 12-18 in celebrating National Women's Health Week (NWHW). This week-long observance gives us an opportunity to build awareness around older women's health needs and best practices.

National Women’s Health Week is a health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women's Health (OWH). Kicking off each year on Mother’s Day, it empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:

  • Visit a health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screenings, and vaccines.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

When it comes to taking steps for better health, we all know it’s not always easy. Every woman has her own approach and is on her own unique, personal health journey. This National Women’s Health Week (#NWHW), OWH’s theme is #FindYourHealth. They’re asking women to think about where they are on their health journey and where they want to go. OWH offers tips, resources, and reliable health information to help women find what works for them.

Join us in celebrating National Women’s Health Week with the ideas below!

Promote the NWHW Online Features

Share the “Are you ready to find your health?” online tool. OWH developed an interactive tool to help women reflect on their health. Women will explore their health goals, what motivates them, and reasons why it might be hard to stay on track with healthy behaviors, like eating well and getting enough physical activity. Based on their responses, women will get personalized tips to help them take the next step on their health journey. Use these messages to promote the tool:

  • Health is a lifelong journey. It’s personal. It’s unique. It’s yours. Find ideas to improve your health in a way that works for you. https://go.usa.gov/xmnGe #NWHW #FindYourHealth
  • Looking for ways you can eat healthier or get more physical activity? This tool can help: https://go.usa.gov/xmnGe. #FindYourHealth #NWHW

Encourage women to take steps for a healthier life — at every age. Women’s health needs change over time. OWH offers checklists with steps women can take to improve their physical and mental health at every decade, including 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Feel free to print and share the checklists with your communities. Use these messages to promote the checklists:

  • Do you know what steps you need to take for good health based on your age? Find out now: https://go.usa.gov/xmxwh. #NWHW #FindYourHealth
  • Healthy looks good at every age! Make small changes for a healthier you. Get started today: https://go.usa.gov/xmxwh. #NWHW #FindYourHealth

Join in on Social Media

Share, retweet, and comment on LeadingAge and NWHS posts! Be sure to like OWH on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest. Then post, share, retweet, and comment on National Women’s Health Week messages!

Highlight this year’s theme — “Find Your Health” — by sharing posts on social media with the hashtags: #FindYourHealth and #NWHW.

Also, we encourage you to use LeadingAge's infocards we created for NWHW.

Add Information to Your Website and Resources

Add the National Women’s Health Week logo or web banner to your website. Use the logo on any materials you create for the week.

Write about National Women’s Health Week. Share information about the week through your newsletter, blog, or website. For messaging ideas, read more about National Women’s Health Week, check out our ideas for celebrating, or use the language below.

Sample Newsletter, Blog, or Website Language

Your health is a lifelong journey. It’s unique. It’s personal. It yours. This National Women’s Health Week, learn what you can do to take the next step on your personal health journey.

Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), National Women’s Health Week encourages women to prioritize their health and take simple steps to improve it. To be your healthiest self, you can:

  • Visit a health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings and vaccines.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to your mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

We know that when it comes to taking steps for better health, it’s not always easy. Every woman has her own approach and is on her own unique, personal health journey. Take time this National Women’s Health Week to pause and reflect on your health. Ask yourself where you are on your health journey and where you want to go. Whether you’re focused on getting regular physical activity, eating healthier, or managing your stress, you get to choose the next step on your journey and how you get there. OWH has tips and resources to help you along the way!

For ideas and tips to help you improve your health in a way that’s uniquely you, visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw. Start working toward your health goals today — and share your progress with us using #NWHW and #FindYourHealth.