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May 12-18 is National Women's Health Week
Mark your calendars for this year’s National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), May 12-18, and help celebrate the importance of women’s health for the women in your life! Many women are busy taking care of others and all too often neglect their own health needs. Observance of this special week helps to promote awareness of women’s health issues and to encourage cooperation within communities to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. This is a time for women in all walks of life to take charge of their health by accessing needed screenings, becoming more active, eating better, paying attention to mental health, and avoiding unhealthy and risky behaviors.
Several events are taking place around Indiana during the week. To find an event near you, visit National Women’s Health Week.
OWH is celebrating NWHW this year by encouraging Indiana State Department of Health female employees to make their health a top priority by maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. OWH is featuring a W.A.L.C. (Women Active at Lunch Campaign) Challenge to encourage employees to move more during their work day, especially at lunch. Through a generous donation from HHS, Office on Women’s Health Region V, OWH is able to provide pedometers to 100 female employees to track their daily steps. At the end of the week, the top ten women will be honored and will receive a reward! OWH is also hosting for employees a W.A.L.C. with the Commissioner, Dr. VanNess, on Thursday, May 16 and a Lunch and Learn on Friday, May 17, featuring Birdie Meyer speaking about "The Worn-Out Woman."
OWH is also partnering with the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health to bring their WOW (Women’s Wellness on Wheels) Bus to ISDH on Wednesday, May 15, for female employees to receive biometric health screenings, information, and referrals.*
*Funding for this activity was made possible in part by the HHS, Office on Women's Health. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences, do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Shadows of Innocence Live Interactive Screening
OWH invites YOU and YOUR COMMUNITY to participate in a live interactive screening of the documentary Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana’s Youth. The documentary, created by PBS affiliate WFIU/WTIU in Bloomington, IN, discusses the problem of sexual assault in Indiana and examines how primary prevention can be effective at ending sexual violence. The screening will be on May 14 at 7 p.m. Click here to be connected to the documentary on May 14.
Downtown Indianapolis Walking Map
To encourage Hoosier women to get more active, ISDH has put together this walking map of Downtown Indianapolis. It features several paths with estimated time of completion. It's all ready - all you have to do is lace up those sneakers and hit the pavement!
after40 Special Feature on Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Project INFluence has moved! Find out more about the National Center of Excellence in Women's Health's recent launch of the newly designed INFluence initiative.