Health and Family Services Cabinet
Celebrate Women’s Health in May
DPH Encourages Women to Join the Walk Across Kentucky
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) Division of Women’s Health, in partnership with the Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Franklin County Health Department and the Kentucky Commission on Women, is hosting a “Walk Across Kentucky” on May 13 as part Women’s Health Week, a national observance spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Women are being encouraged to participate in the walk, which will supply health information on various topics related to women’s health.
The theme for National Women’s Health Week is “It’s Your Time.” The Frankfort event will begin at noon on the steps of the Capitol, proceeding down Capital Avenue. If the event is rain-delayed, the walk will be at 1 p.m. on May 20.
“Often, women don’t allow much time to take care of themselves,” said Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Janie Miller. “Our health should stop taking a backseat to everyone else’s needs. I hope all women will take a minute to recognize the importance of National Women’s Health Week and, if possible, join our walk.”
During the week, families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals come together to raise awareness about women’s health issues and educate women about simple steps they can take to promote longer, healthier and happier lives.
“This event presents a wonderful opportunity for women to gain more information and be encouraged to take hold of their own health,” said Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Eleanor Jordan.
“National Women’s Health Week is important because it encourages women to take time for their health,” said Connie Gayle White, M.D., director of the Division of Women’s Health. “Women are often the caregivers for their families and, as a result, sometimes forget to make their own health a priority. With National Women’s Health Week, we remind women that they too need to visit their health care provider, make sure their screenings are up-to-date and take time to think about their health.”
National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 9, and will be celebrated thorough May 15. National Women’s Checkup Day — a day when women across the country are urged to visit their doctor — is May 10. In addition, the Woman Challenge, an eight-week online physical activity program, will be May 9 to July 3.
Local health departments across the state are encouraged to organize a walk in the community during this week as a way to bring the importance of women’s health to the forefront in each community. Call your local health department to inquire about events in your area.
For more information about National Women’s Health Week, please visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw. To contact the DPH Division of Women’s Health, call Roanya Rice at (502) 564-3236, ext. 3073, or e-mail Roanya.Rice@ky.gov.