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    The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announces that this week is observed as National Women's Health Week, May 13-19, 2018.
    RaeAnn Tucker, Health Department Director of Health Promotion, states, "The goal of Women's Health Week is to empower women to make their health a priority.  National Women's Health Week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well."
    Tucker adds, "Next week, as we celebrate National Women's Health Week, we will also focus on what it means to be a well woman.  The fact is it's really a state of mind.  It's being healthy as you can be.  And, most importantly, it's about takings steps to improve your physical and mental health.  Important steps include:"
* Getting at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week.
* Eating a nutritious diet.  Eat mainly fruits and vegetables; grains (at least half should be whole grains); fat-free or lowfat milk and dairy products; fish, skinless poultry and lean red meats; and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
* Visiting a health care professional for regular checkups and preventative screenings.
* Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
* Avoiding unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
    During Women's Health Week, the Health Department hopes to raise awareness of the Health Department's Women's Health Services.  The Department's clinic offers area women such services as annual exams, pap smears, pregnancy testing, contraceptive counseling and supplies, clinical breast exams, fasting blood profiles, and immunizations.  Payment for Department services include medicaid, some insurances, and a sliding fee scale based on client income.
    To find out more about the Health Department's health services for women call the Department at (309) 852-5272 or visit our website at or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us On Twitter.

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