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May 09, 2011

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National Women's Health Week

By Jennie Anderson, AIDS.gov Communications Director

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Yesterday was not only Mother's Day, but it also was the start of the 12th annual National Women's Health Week (NWHW). According to Nancy C. Lee, MD, Director of the Office on Women's Health:

The aim of this day is to raise public awareness about the importance of women's health and encourage women and girls to make their health a top priority. Women are the foundation of many families, but too often we place the needs of others before our own. NWHW serves as a reminder to take the time to be physically active, eat well, visit a health care professional, avoid risky behaviors and pay attention to our mental health.

This observance is an important opportunity to talk about HIV among women. We know that women are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Last month I wrote a blog post, Taking Action for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: What can you do? In this post I shared highlights from the White House meeting on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10). 

How will you take action during NWHW? We'd love to hear from you and encourage you to leave a comment on this post.

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