National Women’s Health Week will take place May 12-18, and helps bring communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups together in an effort to promote women’s health and its importance.

Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, this week-long observance is helps empower women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risk of certain diseases:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving.

For more information, visit http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw.

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