National Women’s Health Week, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, starts on Mother’s Day, May 11. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.
For ob-gyns, it’s a great opportunity to help our patients and communities learn more about what it means to be a well woman.
The campaign encourages women to get regular checkups and preventive screenings, get physical activity, eat healthfully, improve mental health, and avoid risky behaviors such as smoking or texting while driving.
So what can ob-gyns do to celebrate National Women’s Health Week?
- Encourage your patients to schedule an annual visit on May 12, which is National Women’s Checkup Day
- Promote and encourage screening for breast and gynecologic cancers and STDs
- Take advantage of continuing education courses offered by ACOG
- Share ACOG’s patient education resources in your clinic or office and on social media (use the hashtag #NWHW hashtag in your tweets)
- Be a role model by embodying the behaviors you’d like your patients to adopt, such as regular physical activity, healthy eating, and living smoke-free
Let’s take advantage of this great opportunity to promote healthy behaviors for our patients.