National Women's Health Week

Starts on Mother's Day every year

Your health at every age

Meet our 2017 ambassadors


Ambassadors are celebrities, athletes, and entrepreneurs who are champions for women's health issues. They voluntarily help the Office on Women's Health promote National Women's Health Week to a wide range of women, including the ambassadors' fans and communities.

Please note: The personal statements and opinions expressed by ambassadors are their own and do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or the Office on Women’s Health (OWH).  Reference in this website to these ambassadors does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by HHS or OWH of the ambassadors or any related products, processes, services, or companies.


Deshauna Barber

Miss USA 2016

"As a woman in the United States Army Reserve, I have to remember how important it is to take care of my mind and body. I want to encourage women to get checked when they aren't feeling like themselves and remind others the importance of annual exams. I look forward to sharing steps you can take toward a healthier lifestyle, including the importance of staying hydrated."

Dr. Keisha Downey

Psychologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, mental health and relationship expert

"I am excited to be an ambassador for National Women's Health Week. I am grateful for this platform to help empower and inform women about their overall health. To be the best version of ourselves, we must first take care of our physical and mental health — and practice implementing balance in our lives. We are created to live a purposeful life. Let's embrace it and all that is to come."

Amy Keller Laird

Editor-in-chief, Women's Health magazine

"From spinning to rowing to athleisure, wellness is 'cool,' which means more women than ever are focusing on health! But we often forget about what we can't see: mental health. With social media — where curated images can make you feel like you don't measure up — it's more important than ever to take care of your mind. Let's vow to prioritize mental health as much as we do physical. Both are equally critical to overall wellness."

Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Plus-size model

"I am honored to be a National Women’s Health Week ambassador and show women that it is very important to love themselves and take steps toward better health. As a Latina, I have come to embody and embrace confidence, my curves, my health, and the overall love I have for myself. It's time that every woman does the same."

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden

Award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and health and wellness advocate

"From one busy woman to another, National Women’s Health Week is a reminder that we can never be too busy to take care of ourselves. We all know that’s easier said than done, so schedule that mammogram or that colonoscopy, and don’t forget the mani-pedi too. I’m on it! Are you?"

Lauren Potter

Actress and disability rights advocate

"I am so excited to be a part of National Women’s Health Week 2017! After someone I love found out that they have type 2 diabetes, I decided that the best way for me to stay healthy was to get rid of a few extra pounds. I worked so hard to reach my exercise and weight loss goals, and guess what? I did it! Whatever your health goal is, you can do it too!"

Aly Raisman

Six-time Olympic medalist, health and wellness advocate

"Health is all about balance. Finding time for yourself and making sure you do things that you love and enjoy are crucial. This National Women's Health Week, find time to be in the moment by putting your phone down, getting fresh air, and taking deep breaths. These are all key to refreshing your mind and body."

Erin Robinson

Clevver executive producer and host

"Between work and play, balancing all aspects of life can be tough. In documenting my own painful struggle with fibroids, I have learned to listen to my body and take educated action to fight for my health. As an ambassador for National Women's Health Week, it's now my mission to inspire other women to do the same. Listen to your body and advocate for your health!"

Shirley Strawberry

Author and co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show

"I feel blessed to be a National Women’s Health Week ambassador for a second year! Health is everything. This society focuses far too much on outside beauty. There's more to us than how we look. It's about how we feel and how we take care of ourselves. We get one body, so let's make it our priority to take the best care of ourselves that we can."

Anne Wheaton

Co-founder and director of The Foundation to Increase Awesome and director of the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA

"I'm so happy be an ambassador for National Women's Health Week! As women, we're great at multitasking, but our health usually gets thrown on the back burner when life gets hectic. National Women's Health Week is a great reminder to schedule annual exams, ensure we're getting enough exercise, and make healthy lifestyle choices. If you have mental health concerns, now is the time to talk to a doctor about it. You're worth it!"

Michelle Williams

Singer, actress, and inspirational speaker

"National Women's Health Week is your time to reflect on your health. Are you where you want to be physically and mentally? If you're embracing change, surround yourself with positivity. Take time to be with people you love and to enjoy what life has to offer. You're worth it!"