Office on Women's Health Blog
Healthcare and Women
I recently saw a new internist for my annual well-woman visit. We talked for a long time about my health, exercise, sleep, eating habits and my role as director of the Office on Women's Health. Then she did a brief physical exam — blood pressure, weight, height, the usual. While it's reassuring to know that I'm in good health, the exam wasn't the most important part of the visit. The talking was.
Food exists at the intersection of necessity, good health, fun, and discovery… at least in a perfect world. During National Women's Health Week, let's cook up more positivity around our meals by, well, cooking. Whether you are a beginner or a gourmet, you can boost your appreciation for the foods you eat simply by preparing them yourself. Spice up old favorites and discover new ones using these free resources.
Shellie Y. Pfohl
At 14, I never would have guessed that setting the volleyball, swinging the softball bat, or biking around the park could mean so much. Back then, just playing on a team with my peers was its own reward. Now, though, I can confidently look back and say those youth sports experiences helped to shape me into the person I've become — an athlete and achiever for life.
Does taking care of yourself fall to the bottom of your to-do list? With so many competing priorities, it's not always easy to put your health first. Take just one day to focus on you and your health — and add years to your life.
Women's History Month reminds us to pay tribute to the generations of women who have contributed to the growth of our nation, in public and private life. As we celebrate Women's History Month and recognize the extraordinary achievements women have made throughout history, I'd also like to reflect on the accomplishments the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made over the last year to improve the lives of women and girls
With each report, the list of health risks connected to tobacco use and exposure continues to grow, especially for women. In the 2014 report from the Surgeon General, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, we learned that women — for the first time ever — are as likely to die as men from diseases caused by smoking.
As a medical doctor and director of FDA's Office of Minority Health, I am highly conscious of health disparities in the United States. Certain racial and ethnic populations respond differently to some medical products.
As the director of the Office on Women's Health and as a mom, I know that the Marketplace is a powerful tool that will have an impact on millions of Americans, including my son. It can help your son or daughter, too.
Kathleen Sebelius, Debbie Wasserman Schultz
... under the Affordable Care Act, most health insurance companies and employer plans must cover tamoxifen and raloxifene — like other recommended preventive services — without co-pays or other out of pocket expenses for women at increased risk for breast cancer.