National Women's Health Week

May 13–19, 2018


Meet our 2018 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.


 

Carla Hall

Chef and co-host of ABC's The Chew

"My skin was breaking out, and I kept trying to fix it with cleansers and topical solutions. A good friend kept reminding me that my skin breakouts were connected to my food choices. And she was right! I wish I had known that what you choose to put in your body affects all of you — your skin, your mood, your overall health. Today, I find joy in the food choices I make, and my body thanks me."


Dr. Nita Landry

Dr. Nita Landry

OB/GYN and co-host of The Doctors

"Ask about your family health history — I wish I would have known to ask my Grandma Rose! When you learn about your gene pool, you have a better idea of what might be in store for your health in the future. In addition to asking about conditions like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, you should also ask about other issues that can be hereditary, like alcoholism and depression. Knowledge is power, and prevention is key."


Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Plus-size model

"I wish I'd known when I was younger that you can be plus size AND healthy. I love my curvy figure and everything that comes with it, but I still maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. I’m here on this earth to live my best life — loving every inch of me. Self-love is essential for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being."


Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden

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

"When you're a busy woman, it can be easy to put your personal friendships on the backburner, but a lack of social connections can be bad for your health. I wish I'd known that taking time from our obligations to nurture social connections is actually imperative to our health and longevity! Let National Women's Health Week be a reminder to make that brunch date with your girlfriends; it's for your health!"


Melinda Parrish

Melinda Parrish

Plus-size model

"I wish I had known that my health is about more than just a number on the scale or the size of my jeans. We should take amazing care of our bodies, and that doesn’t mean conforming to a certain standard of beauty. It means pleasing ourselves, not other people."


Liz Plosser

Liz Plosser

Editor in chief, Women's Health

"With three young children and a big job, it would be easy to blame my schedule for neglecting self-care. I wish it hadn't taken me decades to get comfortable putting my own wellness first, no matter how hectic life gets. I hope my 7-year-old daughter sees me making time for checkups, exercise, sleep, and healthy grocery shopping and cooking so that taking care of herself becomes her priority from an early age."