Fulton County Health Services Remind Women It’s Time to Take Care of their Health | Print |

Community event to provide free health screenings and health information

In observation of the annual National Women’s Health Week, May 8-14, 2011, the Women’s Health Division of the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will sponsor a health awareness event to emphasize the importance of getting regular check-ups, including screenings for diabetes, breast cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 10:00am – 2:00pm, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness’ Women’s Health Program will promote women’s issues at the City of Refuge/Eden Village located at 1300 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd in Atlanta.  Free health screenings for diabetes, HIV, clinical breast exams, and spinal exams will be available.

Many of the leading causes of death among women, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, can be successfully prevented or treated if the warning signs are caught early enough.  Maintaining regular check-ups is an important health habit that can contribute to the betterment of a woman’s overall health. 

“Getting a health check-up is one of the most important and simple steps a woman can take to contribute to improved health,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “Our Women’s Health Service Clinics are great places to start to receive initial screenings and to get information on women’s health issues.”

The theme for 2011 is "It's Your Time." National Women's Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. Those steps include:

  • Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

National Women’s Health Week, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a national effort by an alliance of organizations to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health. 

For more information about the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness Women’s Health Program, call (404) 730-1682 or log-on to http://fultoncountygahealth.org.