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Notice to Readers: National Women's Health Week, May 12--18, 2002

The week of May 12--18, 2002, marks the third annual National Women's Health Week. This national effort encourages women of all ages to take steps to improve their health (1). During the week, public and private organizations and agencies work to raise awareness of key health issues to help women make healthier choices to improve their lives.

Heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and influenza/pneumonia are the leading causes of death among women in the United States (2). Heart disease and cancer combined account for approximately half of all deaths in the United States (3). Prevention is key in reducing risk for these and other diseases.

All women can live longer and healthier lives by incorporating positive health behaviors into their daily lives. These behaviors include eating better, exercising regularly, being smoke-free, getting regular examinations and screenings, and protecting themselves from disease and injury.

Information on National Women's Health Week, staying healthy, and CDC/ATSDR women's health programs and activities is available at


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Women's Health Week: The National Women's Health Information Center. Available at
  2. Anderson RN. Deaths: leading causes for 1999. National vital statistics reports; vol 49 no 11. Hyattsville,Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 2001.
  3. CDC. The burden of chronic diseases and their risk factors: national and state perspectives. February 2002. Available at

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