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Healthy Women Today Newsletter - May 2012

Jane Sutton

Spotlight on Women's Health

An Interview About Living a Healthy Lifestyle

In May, the Office on Women’s Health celebrates National Women’s Health Week. This important week reminds women to make their health a top priority. Many women find it hard to take care of themselves because they are busy working and taking care of others. Jane Sutton, a successful professional, wife, and mother, learned early on that healthy eating and exercise would help her achieve all of the things she set her mind to. Read on for tips and suggestions to help you make the most of all the years ahead of you. Learn more about balancing your career and your health in this interview.

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What Women Want to Know

Highlights from womenshealth.gov

A woman wrote to us wondering if she could have lupus along with other rare disorders. She didn’t know if it was possible to have more than one rare disorder at a time. We told her that there is evidence that having lupus increases your risk of other health problems. It can also cause these diseases to occur earlier in life. We sent her links to the following publication and website.

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Celebrate National Women’s Health Week Online

Visit our Facebook page and like us this week! You’ll see that we post daily tips on good health practices for women. Spreading the word about women’s health through social media is a great way to celebrate National Women’s Health Week. You can also use your own website, Facebook page, Twitter feed (#NWHW), and blog to share important information, encourage discussion, and promote your National Women’s Health Week event.

PDF Learn more about how to celebrate National Women’s Health Week online (PDF, 346 KB).

Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

Federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury. The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes, and wrinkles.

Learn more about these skin products.
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Free Training Available for Quick Health Data Online

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women's Health is providing free telephone training for the Quick Health Data Online system. You will learn about the data available and easy ways to extract and present these data while sitting at your desk and using your own computer.

Learn more about this training and how to register.

Could You Have Lupus?

May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys, and brain.

Learn more about the symptoms of lupus, and get support from the community forum if lupus is affecting your life.

Healthy Recipes for a Healthy Life

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. The disease affects about one in 100 people in Europe and North America. May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Try some of these gluten-free recipes, even if you don’t have celiac disease!

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Health News Headlines

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Quick Health Data Online Monthly Spotlight

Every month Quick Health Data Online highlights topics of interest and relevant data available on their website. May's spotlight is on National Women's Health Week.


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News from the Office on Women's Health
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The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All Ages is available to order online and in bookstores nationwide. From the nation's leaders in women's health, the Guide covers a broad range of health topics affecting women of all ages.

Featured Programs

Best Bones Forever! – National Bone Health Campaign

Could I Have Lupus? – National Lupus Awareness Campaign

Make the Call. Don't Miss A Beat. – Heart attack information for women

National Women's Health Week is May 13-19, 2012. The 2012 website is now open. Check out ideas for celebrating Women's Health Week, and register your organization's activities.

Text4baby – Support for new and expectant moms

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Health Observances

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Content last updated May 16, 2012.

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