Office on Women's Health Blog

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I Can Do It! Supports Healthy Living for Women With a Disability

Holli Richmond

The I Can Do It! model ensures women and girls with a disability have opportunities to be physically active and practice healthy eating behaviors. Learn more.

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Nicole Small

An Interview With a Woman Living With a Disability: Nicole Small

As many as one in five American women are living with a disability. Disabilities may present challenges, but many people can — and do — enjoy full, productive lives. Here to tell us about her experience living with spina bifida myelomeningocele is Nicole Small. At the age of 24, Nicole is committed to educating others about spina bifida. In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2013, read Nicole's story about overcoming the hardships and struggles spina bifida presents.

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Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak Declares Thanksgiving "Family Health History Day"

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak

The Surgeon General's My Family Health Portrait tool provides you a free and easy way to record your family health information. You can organize your family history information and share it with your family and health care professionals.

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November Is Family Caregivers Month

Ann Abercrombie

My mother called me last Thursday night to let me know she was in the hospital and would be having surgery the next day. As I drove to North Carolina to be with her, I was thinking about how many people are in a similar situation, providing care for a family member from a distance.

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October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

October is when the Office on Women's Health recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Having worked in women's health for more than 30 years, I've come across many statistics about women's health. One that is particularly distressing is the number of U.S. women who have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

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Q&A: Smoking and How It Affects Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Did you know that two weeks to three months after quitting smoking, a woman's heart attack risk begins to drop? In honor of the Great American Smokeout, I spoke with Dr. Howard Koh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to learn more about smoking and how it affects women.

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Pamela Worth

One Woman's Story: Quitting Smoking

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Quitting smoking isn't easy. In fact, many ex-smokers say that it's one of the hardest things they've ever done, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Millions of people have quit — and so can you.

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How the Affordable Care Act Improves the Lives of American Women

Kathleen Sebelius

Important preventive services are now available to women at no additional cost. These include an annual well woman visit; screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer; certain contraceptive methods; smoking-cessation treatment and services; breastfeeding support and equipment; screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence; immunizations; and many more. Thanks to the health care law, more than 47 million women have guaranteed access to preventive services without cost-sharing

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An Interview With a Woman Who Successfully Quit Smoking: Pamela Worth

There's no doubt about it — quitting smoking is tough. But you can do it. Here to tell us how she successfully quit is Pamela Worth. With the Great American Smokeout just around the corner, read on for Pamela's tips and suggestions for quitting. Learn how her decision to quit is helping her lead a healthier life.

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Protect Yourself: Breast Cancer Screening

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — the perfect time to talk about the importance of breast cancer screening. Every woman has a story or connection to breast cancer; my grandmother died of breast cancer before I was born. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

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An Interview About Eating Disorders: Krista Barlow

Krista Barlow struggled with anorexia and bulimia through high school and college. Understanding more about the diseases helped her to overcome them. She hopes to help others by sharing her story. Learn more about these conditions in this candid and personal interview.

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