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Fill-in-the-Blank News Release for County Health Departments
Women’s Health Week, May 8-14, Empowers Women to Prioritize Their Health

For Release:   _____, 2011
Contact:          _____ 
Phone:             _____                                                                                                                  

Celebration Empowers Women to Make Their Health a Top Priority!

To highlight the importance of women’s health, the _____ County Health Department is joining the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to recognize National Women’s Health Week, which kicks off on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, and extends through Saturday, May 14, 2011. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the health observance.

Currently, Oklahoma ranks 46th nationally for health. Data from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Surveillance System indicate that more than 60 percent of Oklahoma women are overweight and obese, which contributes to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” women are encouraged to make their health a top priority and take simple steps to improve their health and lower risks of certain diseases. Those steps include:

  • 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.

It is also important for women to get regular health checkups. May 9 is National Women’s Health Checkup Day. Women are encouraged to visit their healthcare provider or to schedule a checkup.

In addition, 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,” said _____, administrative director for the _____ County Health Department.  Learn more at www.shapeyourfutureok.com.  

The _____ County Health Department and other local organizations have planned activities to celebrate 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 including date, time, place, etc.)

To learn more about women’s health, please visit www.health.ok.gov or call the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).



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