Women’s Health Week – May 13-19

Once again, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is joining with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in promoting National Women’s Health Week. And we’re encouraging hearing health professionals across the country to join in as well.

Hearing health is integrally important to a woman’s overall health. Research shows that people with certain chronic diseases—such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease; as well as depression and emotional health, memory loss and cognitive decline—may all have an increased risk of hearing loss. More than 10 million women in America suffer from unaddressed hearing loss.

National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority.

The 13th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012 and is celebrated until May 19, 2012. National Women’s Checkup Day is Monday, May 14, 2012.

BHI will be working to raise awareness of the importance of hearing health to women’s overall health during National Women’s Health Week. And we are urging women nationwide to take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge.

There are several ways you can participate in National Women’s Health Week.  Here are just some ideas:

• Organize a hearing screening in your community.
• Host a health fair.
• Disseminate women’s health information
• Issue a local press release.
• Send information through listservs.
• Hang posters in prominent locations such as your office, library, local mall, or church.
• Include the National Women’s Health Week Web banner on your web site.
• Encourage women in your community to take the BHI online hearing check at www.hearingcheck.org

To download materials for National Women’s Health Week, visit their website: www.womenshealth.gov/whw/activity-planning/