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June 14, 2019

Taking steps for better health is not always easy. Professional athletes sometimes need a little extra motivation! As a National Women’s Health Week ambassador, tennis champion Sloane Stephens shares how she builds healthy behaviors into her life. In this blog post, Sloane talks about getting motivated on tough days, making healthy food choices, and staying fit off the tennis court.

May 22, 2019
Office on Women's Health

Your health is a lifelong journey and it is unique to you. We all have our own reasons for wanting to be healthy and ways of going about it. Taking small steps for your health can make a big difference over time! This National Women’s Health Week, we are encouraging women to reflect on their health and share how they make healthy habits part of their everyday lives. Below, a few women leaders here at the U.S.

May 21, 2019
Dorothy Fink

The 20th annual National Women’s Health Week is here! I am thrilled to be part of the celebration this year as the new director of the Office on Women’s Health. As a practicing physician, I have been focused on women and girls’ health issues my entire career and am excited to bring my knowledge to this role and continue to help women and girls achieve the best possible health. 

January 28, 2019
Adrienne Glusman

In 2011, my life was uprooted in an instant. I remember sitting on the floor of my Brooklyn, New York, apartment, heart pounding, tears flowing, palms sweating, anxiously anticipating a phone call where I hoped to hear two words: "She's OK."

Earlier that morning, my mom, who lived alone, was knocked unconscious after falling in her home in Tampa, Florida. A family friend found her about 12 hours later. While I waited for that phone call, I knew my life would never be the same.

December 4, 2018
Nicole Greene

Did you make a New Year’s resolution in 2018? If so, how’d it go? Did you meet your goal, or do you have more work to do? Reflecting on your progress may bring on a range of emotions. Whether you’re feeling proud or discouraged, that’s OK. Sometimes we accomplish our goals the first time, and sometimes it takes longer than we expect. The key is to stick with it! Just ask my colleagues. Last year around this time, I asked some of them to share their plans for improving their health and well-being in 2018.

August 24, 2018

Coming up on August 27, 2018, the National Meeting on Active Duty and Veteran Women’s Health will bring together health professionals and researchers to discuss the specialized health care needs of active duty and veteran women. In preparation for the meeting, Dr. Sally Haskell of the Veterans Health Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), joins us on the OWH Blog. She discusses the unique risks and exposures that women veterans face that can impact their health and health care.

June 28, 2018
Sayeedha Uddin

As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I have seen many women who struggle with mood changes after having a baby. There is a common belief that childbirth is a magical time for all mothers and that as soon as the baby is born, maternal feelings and knowledge magically appear. For many women, this may not be the case. Some women struggle with feeling anxious, sad, or like they are unable to care for their baby. They might even feel powerless to take care of themselves. Ella’s story is an example of the struggle some women experience.

June 5, 2018
Lynn Bufka

Stress occurs when you feel like the demands placed on you — such as work, school, or relationships — exceed your ability to cope. It can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in traffic or late for an appointment, or it can last a long time if you're dealing with relationship or money problems, the death of a loved one, or other serious situations.

May 25, 2018

How do you feel about your body? Most of us have things we like and don’t like about our bodies. Melinda Parrish, National Women’s Health Week ambassador and plus-size model, talks with us about learning to accept and love our bodies — exactly as they are today. Melinda shares her approach to living her healthiest life and explains what she wishes she’d known about being healthy when she was younger. Read her interview for tips on making time for yourself, eating well, and staying active.

May 8, 2018
Nicole Greene

Health and wellness is a journey. No matter where we are in the process, we can always learn news ways to reach our health goals. In fact, we can inspire each other! This National Women’s Health Week (May 13–19), join us by sharing some health advice you would give your younger self. We’re calling it the #WhatIWishIdKnown challenge, and we’re asking women to share their #WhatIWishIdKnown stories online and through social media.

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