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National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day each year. During this week, individuals, families, communities and others work to help women learn how to achieve longer, healthier, and safer lives.

The Barbour County Health Department kicked the week off early this year by sponsoring a visit by Bonnie’s Bus, the mobile mammography unit, on May 8.

National Women’s Health Week is an annual observance led by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.

The week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well, which means “being as healthy as you can be.” Most importantly, it’s about women taking steps to improve their physical and mental health.

Recommendations by the staff at the Barbour County Health Department include:

– Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.

– Get active.

– Eat healthy.

– Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.

– Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

For more information, contact the health department at 304-457-1670.