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For Release:  April 29, 2010 
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601)

It’s Your Time: Oklahoma Celebrates Women’s Health Week May 9-15

To highlight the importance of women’s health, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will celebrate National Women’s Health Week May 9-15, 2010. National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the health observance.

With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the initiative encourages women to make their health a top priority and take simple steps to live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Women are often the caregivers for their spouses, children, and parents and may forget to focus on their own health.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the number one killer of women in Oklahoma. In 2005 more than 6,500 Oklahoma women died of heart disease and stroke, which amounts to 18 women per day. Engaging in physical activity, making healthy food choices, and being tobacco free can contribute to good health. It is also important for women to get regular health checkups. May 10 is National Women’s Health Checkup Day. Women are encouraged to visit their healthcare provider or schedule a checkup.

Being healthy before and between pregnancies also greatly increases a woman’s chances of having a healthy baby. A statewide campaign, “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” encourages women to make healthy lifestyle choices to improve the likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy. It is also vital for spouses, partners, family, and friends to support a woman’s healthy choices. More information and resources are available at http://iio.health.ok.gov.

National Women’s Health Week also provides an opportunity for all Oklahomans to learn about the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, which strives to improve health outcomes through three targeted flagship initiatives: children’s health improvement, tobacco use prevention, and obesity reduction. View the plan at www.ok.gov/health/Organization/Board_of_Health/OHIP.html

The OSDH and local communities have planned numerous activities to celebrate National Women’s Health Week. To learn more about how the OSDH supports women’s health, please visit www.health.ok.gov.

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