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Healthy Women Today Newsletter - March 2012

Heather Roppolo-Guidone

Spotlight on Women's Health

Interview With a Woman Who Had Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common health problem in women. It occurs when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body. Heather Roppolo-Guidone had a serious case of endometriosis: Stage 4. But this didn't stop her from having her "miracle baby" and getting well. Heather is dedicated to improving the lives and health of other women and girls with endometriosis. Learn more about the disease in this candid and personal interview.

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What Women Want to Know

Highlights from the womenshealth.gov information and referral center

A woman wrote to us because she hadn’t gotten her period in two months. She sometimes got late periods when she felt stressed, so she wasn’t too worried at first. But because it had been two months since she had a period, she got very concerned. She was scared that it could be some kind of cyst. We encouraged her to take a pregnancy test and also to contact her doctor right away. We also sent to her the following links to organizations and publications.

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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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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. It is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH). It helps organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed specifically on March 10 every year, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March.

Learn more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Are You Nearing Menopause?

Menopause is when a woman’s menstrual period stops permanently. Periods can stop for a while and then start again, so a woman is considered to have been through menopause only after one year without periods. Did you ever wonder if men have hormone changes, too? Or what the symptoms of menopause are in women?

Learn more about menopause.
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Healthy Recipes for a Healthy Life

Cooking reflects the great diversity of our country. Try some classic American recipes today! These recipes are courtesy of USA.gov.

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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. March's spotlight is on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.


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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.

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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 and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10. Sign in to add your organization's events.

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.

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Content last updated March 29, 2012.

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