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From the Communications Director

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health (OWH)

"Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding."

Think of all the relationships you have with different kinds of women. You might have women in your family that you see every day or women you work with who you see more than your family! There are women with whom you play, network, exercise, learn and laugh. The women we surround ourselves with can sometimes be the most encouraging people in our lives and at other times drive us crazy — but one thing is for sure, the camaraderie we have with one another is irreplaceable.

One of the things we focus on at the Office on Women's Health (OWH), is the ability for women to encourage each other — especially when it comes to our health. Supporting healthy behaviors and empowering women to become healthy is one of the best ways we can enhance our relationships. With OWH-sponsored programs like National Women's Week (May 14-20), National Women's Check-Up Day (May 15), and the WOMAN Challenge, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of women and girls through education and motivation.

National Women's Health Week is a time for women to "Reconnect to Their Health" by attending one of hundreds of events around the country. Kicking off with National Women's Check-Up Day on May 15th, we are encouraging women to make appointments with their doctors and help other women to do the same! You can see the events in your state at and encourage other women to attend events in their area. The WOMAN challenge is a virtual course where you can track your steps as a team or an individual on courses that take you around the country!

May is filled with dozens of National Health Observances you can participate in and learn more about. This month, go on a bike ride for National Bike Month, participate in National Running and Fitness Week (May 14th-20th), or encourage someone to quit smoking during World No Tobacco Day (May 31st). The important thing is to get involved and get someone else to tag along. Encourage the women in your life to be proactive in their health and, in doing so, you may help them live longer, healthier lives.

Valerie Scardino, M.P.A.
Communications Director,
Office on Women's Health, HHS


Sat May 20, 2006 4:03 pm
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