Listen up ladies! It’s time to make your health a priority!

Are you a well-woman? If not, then it’s time to take charge of your health and become one! Each May we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, and during this week women are reminded to schedule a well-woman visit with their doctor. A well-woman visit is your annual checkup with your doctor to discuss family history, health behaviors, receive and schedule recommended preventative screenings and set your health goals.

More often than not, women tend to put their own health on the back burner because they’re too busy taking care of the needs of everyone else. If you’re a woman reading this I’m asking you, who’s going to take care of everyone if you’re not well? How can you be there for everyone else if you haven’t taken care of yourself? Regular checkups can catch a condition or illness in the early stages so it can be treated before it’s too late.

How can you participate in Women’s Health Week?

  • Organize or attend a meetup.
  • Make a pledge to yourself and your family to be an empowered well-woman!
  • Spread the word! Use the power of social media and email to encourage all the women you know to be well-women!
  • Post fliers around your workplace and web badges to your email, website, or blog.

So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t had your yearly well-woman visit call your doctor and schedule an appointment.

Photo credit: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on A Healthier Michigan in May 2014.

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  1. Had a cardiac event, unsuspecting since I swim Masters, train 4x/wk., in January. One cannot underestimate the impact of heredity: my circumplex artery was blocked 99%…my.grandmother had atherosclerosis, too, nor the impact of exercise on heart health. There was no EKG evidence of an M.I., but cardiac enzymes elevating, and was able to begin cardiac rehab five days after getting three stents at Meijer Heart Center. I am a lucky individual, in that I recognized odd signs of underarms and triceps tingling…taught First Aid and always said women’s heart attack signs are often different than men.

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