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Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
Celebrate National Women’s Health Week May 10-16

For Release: _____, 2009
Contact: _____
_____ County Health Department
(Phone Number)

Oklahoma Women Celebrate Women’s Health Week, May 10-16

The _____ County Health Department is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health and the Oklahoma State Department of Health in celebrating National Women’s Health Week, May 10-16. The theme of this 10th annual health observance, “It’s Your Time,” helps call attention to the importance of women’s health.

“We want to encourage women to make their health a top priority. Often women are the caregivers for their families and forget to take care of themselves. When the woman is healthy it helps keep the entire family healthy,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____. “Women should contact their doctor to make sure their health screenings are up-to-date,” _____ said.

Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women in Oklahoma. On average, nearly 18 females die from heart disease and stroke in Oklahoma each day. Risk factors associated with these high rates of cardiovascular disease and stroke in Oklahoma include tobacco use, obesity, lack of physical inactivity and poor nutrition.

Another important aspect of women’s overall health is effective family planning. More than half of the live births in Oklahoma are reported as unintended pregnancies. Unintended pregnancies often pose risks for both mother and baby.

“We believe there is a great need for more education of childbearing age persons to understand their reproductive health and how to plan and prepare to have a healthy pregnancy and raise a healthy baby,” _____ said.

Statewide, National Women’s Health Week will kick off on May 10, which is Mother’s Day, followed by recognition of May 11 as “National Women’s Check-up Day” to remind women to schedule an appointment with their doctor. Women are encouraged to join the WOMAN Challenge – a free eight-week challenge that encourages women and girls to walk 10,000 steps or get 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. Sign up at www.4women.gov/woman.

National Women’s Health Week also provides an opportunity for individuals to learn about the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative that challenges all Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free.

The _____ County Health Department, Turning Point and other local community organizations have planned numerous activities for National Women’s Health Week. Individuals are encouraged to contact the health department to find out what is planned and to participate. (Insert CHD activities here include date, time, place ______________________.

For more information about National Women’s Health Week, please visit www.womenshealth.gov/whw. To learn more about how the Oklahoma State Department of Health supports women’s health, please visit www.health.ok.gov or call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).

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