National Women’s Checkup Day
Observed annually on the second Monday in May, National Women’s Checkup Day is a holiday that reminds women everywhere of the importance of regular healthcare visits. This holiday falls during National Women’s Health Week and aims to help women to focus on their health before they grow into life-threatening conditions.
Many illnesses can easily be treated if they’re caught early enough and if the person takes proactive treatments. Properly regular healthcare visits include going over family history with a doctor, getting screened for common illnesses, and setting health care goals. If this is done regularly, a woman can take control of their health and extend their potential lifespan.
The History Of National Women’s Checkup Day
We’re unsure when this holiday was created, but we do know that it was created by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. They created this holiday to focus women’s attention on the importance of regular checkups for managing their health.
Facts About Women’s Health
Below are some facts about women’s health that we hope encourages every woman to get a regular health checkup.
- Approximately 13% of women over the age of 18 are in fair or poor health.
- Less than 50% of women over the age of 18 met the federal physical guidelines for aerobic activity.
- Over 38% of U.S women over 20-years old are obese.
- Approximately 20 million women suffer from eating disorders.
- Approximately one out of eight women will develop breast cancer at some point.
Observing National Women’s Checkup Day
The best way, and possibly the only way, to observe this holiday is to take the time to schedule a checkup—especially if you haven’t had one lately. It’s also a good idea to come to that checkup with a list of health concerns, a complete-as-possible family history, and a list of any medications that you take. After getting your checkup, be sure to use the hashtag #WomensCheckupDay to encourage other women to get a checkup, too.