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Healthy Women Today Newsletter - April 2012

Krista Barlow

Spotlight on Women's Health

An Interview About Eating Disorders

Krista Barlow struggled with anorexia and bulimia through high school and college. Understanding more about the diseases helped her to overcome them. She hopes to help others by sharing her story. Learn more about these conditions in this candid and personal interview.

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What Women Want to Know

Highlights from womenshealth.gov

A woman wrote to us because her teenage daughter’s best friend got genital herpes and she was concerned about transmission from the friend to her daughter. She asked about how this type of herpes could be transmitted. She wondered what her daughter could do to protect herself. Was it necessary for her teenage daughter to avoid contact with this friend? Could she share a drink? Makeup? A hairbrush? We sent her the following links to to answer these questions.

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national women's health week

Get ready for National Women's Health Week

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.

Learn more about how to participate in National Women’s Health Week.
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Quitting Smoking

Womenshealth.gov offers information and links you to resources about smoking and how to quit. Being smoke-free will help you to live longer and feel your best.

Learn more about how to quit smoking today!

Do You Know How to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke?

Many women may not be aware that heart disease and stroke are major threats to their health. But heart disease is the number one cause of death among women in the United States, and stroke is number three.

Learn more about preventing heart disease and stroke.

Being Prepared for an Emergency

If disaster strikes this summer, you may not have much time to act. Learn what simple steps you can take now to be ready to protect and care for your family should an unexpected emergency occur.

Get ready in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

Healthy Recipes for a Healthy Life

Start your day with a delicious and healthy breakfast! Here are recipes that will help give you energy after you wake up.

Check out more recipes from Health.gov!

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. April's spotlight is on National Minority Health Month.


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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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April Health Observances

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Content last updated April 30, 2012.

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