How Ob-gyns Can Celebrate National Women’s Health Week National Womens Health WeekNational 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.

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About John C. Jennings, MD

John C. Jennings, MD is the president of ACOG through April 2015. He is professor of ob-gyn at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin. Dr. Jennings was in private practice in San Angelo, TX, for 12 years before entering academic medicine. He has served as head of gynecology and program director of ob-gyn at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC; professor and program director of ob-gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; chair and program director of ob-gyn at TTUHSC at Amarillo; and regional dean of the school of medicine at TTUHSC at the Permian Basin.

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