National Women’s Health Week: May 11-17, 2008

National Women's Health Week

The 9th annual National Women’s Health Week will kick off on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008 and will be celebrated until May 17, 2008. National Women’s Check-Up Day will be Monday, May 12, 2008.

National Women’s Health Week empowers women across the country to get healthy by taking action. The nationwide initiative, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH), encourages women to make their health a top priority and take simple steps for a longer, healthier and happier life. During the week, families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease, like:

    • Engaging in physical activity most days of the week
    • Visiting a healthcare provider to receive regular check-ups and preventive screenings
    • Avoiding risky behaviors, like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt


What is the WOMAN Challenge?

This May, thousands of women across the country will embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health. They will be part of the WOMAN Challenge: Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation.

To kick-off the ninth annual National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17, 2008) the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health is coordinating the WOMAN Challenge. The free eight week WOMAN challenge encourages women and girls to set and achieve personal physical activity goals, appropriate for their lifestyles. The WOMAN Challenge begins on Mother’s Day, May 11, and ends on July 5, 2008.

Be one of the first to register and…

    • Receive a tracking log to record your progress throughout the eight week Challenge and the remaining year
    • Receive weekly motivational e-mails and health tips to help you reach your personal physical activity goals
    • Choose 1 of 6 virtual routes throughout the United States to move along during the challenge. Explore the country without leaving your hometown!
    • Participate as an individual or form a team

The WOMAN Challenge welcomes all women and girls (ages 9 and above) to participate.

For more information please visit: National Women's Health