(WIBW) - The Shawnee Co. Health Agency plans several events to mark National Women’s Health Week.
The weeklong health observance is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Its focus is to empower women to make their health a top priority in their life.
This year’s event will be held May 9 – 15.
Monday, May 10th
SCHA along with the American Cancer Society (ACS) will be hosting “Women’s Breast Health” at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s Marvin Auditorium. The presentation will feature ACS staff along with a breast cancer survivor to help educate women about breast cancer and what they can do to stay healthy.
The presentation is scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm. Lunch will not be provided but guest may purchase lunch at the library’s café and eat during the presentation.
Wednesday, May 12th
SCHA will have an informational booth at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, located on the south side of the Capitol along 10th Street. It will be open from 8:30 am to 1 pm.
Thursday, May 13th
Amber Groeling, registered dietitian with Hy-Vee in Topeka will be a guest speaker during a brown bag lunch at SCHA’s auditorium, 1615 SW 8th, on women’s nutritional health. The presentation will start at 12:15 pm and feature foods with high health benefits to women. Guest are encouraged to bring their own lunch to eat during the presentation.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.
With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier and happier life. Important steps include:
•Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week
•Eating a nutritious diet
•Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
•Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
•Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress