Office on Women's Health Blog

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OWH Resolutions: Where Are They Now?

Nicole Greene

Last year, I asked some of my colleagues to share their plans for improving their health and well-being in 2018. As the year is coming to a close, I asked them to give us an update.

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Cooking Your Way to Good Health

Amber Mosher

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.

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Be Active Your Way for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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.

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An Interview With National Women's Health Week Ambassadors: Founders of Her Campus

Together, Annie, Stephanie, and Windsor founded Her Campus, an online community for college women, with information on love, life, careers, and — of course — health. Read their interview to learn why they feel it's important to speak up about women's health. Plus, get their tips for leading healthy lives.

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Schedule Your Annual Well-Woman Visit

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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.

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Hazel Dean

Sexually Transmitted Infections: What Women Need to Know

Hazel Dean

STIs affect women differently than men. April is Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office on Women's Health are teaming up to raise awareness and start the conversation around STIs among women

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Understanding Infertility

Dr. Sheree Boulet

Have you known someone who had trouble having a baby? Have you had trouble yourself? Infertility is common and affects both women and men. About one in nine U.S. women 15 to 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.

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It's Only Natural — Mother's Love. Mother's Milk.

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It's Minority Health Month! Are you ready for some good news? Breastfeeding rates in the African-American community are on the rise! Sixty-two percent of African-American babies born in 2010 were ever breastfeed — that's up from 47 percent in 2000. OWH is committed to continuing increasing the rate of breastfed babies in the African-American community and helping all families understand the benefits of breastfeeding.

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Sexual Assault: A Crime Against Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In 1974, the women's liberation movement was in full swing. My class at Baylor College of Medicine had over 30 female students, more than in previous years. We felt powerful — like trailblazers doing our share for women and society. But I still wondered: Would it happen to me?

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

One in Three: Sexual Assault Affects Too Many Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It might feel scary to ask for help or support, but help is available. Whether you were assaulted recently or many years ago, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or use the Online Hotline. Both are free, confidential, and open 24/7.

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Creating Trauma-Informed Congregations

Andrea Blanch, Kimberly Konkel

According to national experts convened by SAMHSA, trauma results from events or circumstances that are experienced by an individual as harmful or life threatening and that have lasting adverse effects on mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being.

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