Office on Women's Health Blog

Melinda Parrish

Plus-size Model Melinda Parrish: What I Wish I’d Know About Body Positivity

Plus-size model Melinda Parrish talks with us about learning to accept and love our bodies — exactly as they are today. Read her interview.

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Our Year in Review: Accomplishments in Women's Health

Kathleen Sebelius

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

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One Woman's Story: Advocating for Women and Girls With HIV/AIDS

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Tamika Williams, a former professional basketball player, joined us this year as an ambassador. We spoke with her earlier this month to learn why she decided to get involved. For her, it's personal.

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Take Action: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day for action! What are you going to do?

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The First Lady Honors International Women of Courage

Kasie Coccaro

Your business can take easy steps to support breastfeeding! Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions This site offers cost-effective tips and time and space solutions listed by industry. The Business Case for Breastfeeding This toolkit gives businesses easy steps to make a breast-friendly work environment. You can share the program's information with your supervisor or your company's human resources department.

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Give the Gift of Life

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

About 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but only 10 percent actually do each year. That's a small percentage considering someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

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An Interview with a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassador: Tamika Williams

Track your symptoms Print and fill out the Lupus symptom tracker (PDF, 104 KB) or track your symptoms using an app. Some apps also keep track of your medicines and share the information with your doctors.

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Women and Smoking: A Winnable Fight

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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.

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Supporting Youth This February and Throughout the Year

Evelyn M. Kappeler, Marylouise Kelley, Resa Matthew

One in 10 American teenagers suffers physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend each year and many others are sexually or emotionally abused. This abuse, also known as dating violence, can have long-term health impacts, such as emotional trauma, lasting physical impairment, chronic health problems, and even death.

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Mary Eriksmoen

One Woman's Story: Living With Heart Disease

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

At 53, Mary experienced chest pain that radiated into her jaw for three months without realizing it was a symptom of heart disease. Because of her age, she thought she was too young to have heart issues.

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Everyone Needs Vaccines!

Denise Joseph

Vaccines are very important for women — especially for pregnant women. Pregnancy changes your immune system, and during this time of year, you may become more vulnerable to the flu. A flu shot is the best protection against serious complications of the flu, like pneumonia.

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