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Making health a top priority in women’s lives

This May, join a nationwide initiative to empower women to make their health a top priority.

On May 9, Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH). This week-long observance focuses on educating women to take the necessary steps that will improve their physical and mental health.

 National Women's Health Week focuses on educating women to take the necessary steps to improve their physical and mental health.

The women in our lives play numerous roles: wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. More often than not, women forget to focus on their own health while taking care of their families and the people around them. National Women’s Health Week reminds all women that taking proper care of themselves, physically and emotionally, is critical to living longer, happier lives and allows them to continue to fill these important roles.

OWH suggests women take these simple steps to improve their health:

  • Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both every week.
  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Visit a doctor to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings.
  • Avoid risky behavior, such as smoking and not wearing a seat belt.
  • Pay attention to mental health by getting enough sleep and managing stress.

National Women’s Checkup Day is Monday, May 10. Contact your doctor to schedule checkups and screenings that help lower risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, mental health illness and others conditions. Screenings can also assist in finding these diseases early. According to the American Health Association, women are dying of heart disease at a significantly higher rate than men because they lack education and awareness of heart disease, the disease itself may be different, and they neglect to make their own health a priority!


 Take a moment this Mother's Day to tell all the special women in your life that their health should be a top priority. 

In addition to giving flowers and gifts this Mother’s Day, please take this opportunity to tell your mother and all of the women in your life that their health needs to be a top priority. Reflect on everything your mother did for you throughout the years, express your appreciation and recognize how much your mother, and her health, are a priority on Mother’s Day and on every day.

Click here to make a donation to Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation in honor of your mother, and all of the moms and women in our community. Include your mom’s information in the “Honor/Memorial Gift and Notification” section, as well as a personal message in the Comment section, and we will send a note of thanks on your behalf.

For more information on how women can prevent heart disease and make their health a priority, please visit Columbia St. Mary's Heart Secrets program designed for women, no matter their age, at


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