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For Release: May 9, 2012 – Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – 405/271-5601

Oklahoma Women: Put Your Health First!

It’s an unfortunate fact that more than 60 percent of Oklahoma women are overweight and obese, which contributes to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages women to make their health a top priority and take the time to engage in simple steps that can reap big improvements in their health and lower risks of certain diseases. These steps include the following:

Get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.

  • Engage in muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days of the week.
  • Eat a nutritious diet.
  • Avoid smoking.

To highlight the importance of women’s health, the OSDH will recognize National Women’s Health Week, which kicks off on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, and extends through Saturday, May 19. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the health observance. In addition, May 14 is National Women’s Health Checkup Day and women are encouraged to visit their healthcare provider or to schedule a checkup.

For women of childbearing age, making time for health improvement is critical. Being healthy before and between pregnancies greatly increases a woman’s chances of having a healthy baby. A statewide initiative, “Preparing for a Lifetime, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility” promotes healthy lifestyle choices which improve the likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. It is also vital for spouses, partners, family, and friends to support a woman’s healthy choices. For more information and resources visit http://iio.health.ok.gov.

The observance of National Women’s Health Week also provides an opportunity for all Oklahomans to learn about the “Shape Your Future” campaign, which challenges individuals, schools, and communities to get involved in improving Oklahoma’s health outcomes. Learn more at www.shapeyourfutureok.com.

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 or check with your local county health department.

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