Celebrate National Women’s Health Week!

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National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day to encourage women to make their health a priority. Take these steps to live a safer and healthier life!

Get Recommended Screenings and Preventive Care

Protect your health by getting the care you need to prevent disease, disability, and injuries. Regular check-ups are important. Preventive care can keep disease away or detect problems early, when treatment is more effective. Talk to your health care provider to learn more about what screenings and exams you need and when.

Get Moving

Get out and about and enjoy the spring and summer weather. Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and has many benefits, including lowering your risk for heart disease—the leading cause of death for women.

  • Adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity that requires moderate effort. You don’t have to do it all at once. Even a few minutes at a time has health benefits, and some activity is always better than none.
  • Adults should do strengthening activities at least 2 days a week that include all major muscle groups.
  • More than one out of four older people falls each year and women fall more often than men. Strength and balance training can help reduce falls.

Enjoy a Healthy and Balanced Diet

Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Learn the basics and move toward a lifestyle of healthier eating habits.

  • A healthy eating plan includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat free and low-fat milk and other dairy products, lean meats, and is low in salt, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars.
  • Women need folic acid every day for the healthy new cells the body makes daily. It’s also important to help prevent major birth defects when pregnant. Women who could become pregnant need 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of folic acid each day. Two easy ways you can get enough folic acid are to take a vitamin that has folic acid in it every day or eat a bowl of breakfast cereal that has 100% of the daily value of folic acid every day. Folic acid pills and most multivitamins sold in the United States have 100% of the daily value (DV) of folic acid; check the label to be sure.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions and can lead to the development of chronic diseases. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation, which is up to 1 drink a day for women.
  • Get started with a step-by-step guide to weight loss and better health.

Prioritize Mental Health

Keep your mind and body healthy. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with improved health.

  • Everyone experiences stress at times. Find healthy ways to cope with stress.
  • A CDC studyexternal icon shows that about one 1 out of 10 women in the U.S. experience symptoms of depression. Learn some of the symptoms of depression, which include a loss of energy, or a lasting sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.

Practice Healthy Behaviors

Daily decisions influence overall health. Small actions can help keep you safe and healthy and set a good example for others.

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A Healthy World For Women and Girls: Commemorating 25 Years of Service

In 2019, CDC celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Office of Women’s Health. Learn more about what the Office of Women’s Health does to advance the health and safety of women and girls.

Page last reviewed: May 14, 2019