National Women’s Check-Up Day – 5/9
Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (@womenshealth) and as part of National Women’s Health Week, the second Monday in May is National Women’s Check Up Day. This year the day falls on May 9th and marks the 14th annual Women’s Check-Up Day. Each year the goal is to encourage women to schedule their annual well visit. Well visits are important to do once a year to discuss family history, family planning, and personal habits; schedule or receive necessary tests, including screenings for blood pressure and/or cholesterol; and to set healthy goals to be active and maintain a healthy weight.
Annual Well Visit
There are three main goals for a well visit: documenting your health habits and history, getting a physical exam, and setting health goals. It is important to make the most of your visit, so be sure to prepare in the following ways:
- Know your family history and be ready to share it with your doctor. Use this family history tool to help you track conditions that run in your family.
- Make a list of questions you would like to ask the nurse or doctor. Be sure to research some important questions to include.
- Screenings are one of the most important things you can do for your health. Reasearch which screening tests you need and discuss them with the nurse or doctor.
The Office on Women’s Health is asking women across the United States to take action on May 9th and schedule a well-woman visit with your doctor or nurse. The OWH encourages women to use their site to easily learn which screenings are needed at what age. Women can also review the many preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act. Ask friends and family to participate and spread the word through social media by using #WomensCheckupDay.