Web Watch: Get set for National Women’s Health Week

Promote women’s health issues during the annual observance of National Women’s Health Week, scheduled this year for May 11-17. Use the following web sites as resources:

1. National Women’s Health Week. Web: www.4woman.gov/WHW/.

Organizers are planning National Women’s Check-Up Day on May 12. Many health providers will offer free preventive health services to women. Sign up your facility’s participation at the web site.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Women’s Health. Web: www.cdc.gov/od/spotlight/nwhw.

Look for tips on women’s topics on this web site and read the current issue of its newsletter, Health Matters for Women. Test your knowledge of women’s health issues and follow links to learn more.

3. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health. Web: www.fda.gov/womens.

Check out the free English and Spanish material on diabetes on this web site, part of the organization’s "Take Time to Care" campaign. The campaign offers a brochure, Diabetes, available in portable document format (PDF), as well as recipes and a wallet-sized diabetes alert card.

4. MEDLINE Plus Women’s Health. Web: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/womenshealth.

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, MEDLINE Plus Women’s Health offers an A-to-Z listing of women’s topics. Click on each topic, and you will be directed to a page listing general over-view articles, prevention/screening, organizations, lists of print publications, and dictionaries. You also can have each topic searched on MEDLINE to draw a list of abstracts on chosen subjects.

5. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health National Women’s Health Information Center. Web: www.4woman.gov.

This site offers a database on women’s health and directs readers to topic areas. Click on "For Health Professionals" to read current information on women’s health research, as well as print out patient handouts in PDF format. You also can use the toll-free call center, (800) 994-WOMAN [(800) 994-9662], where English- and Spanish-speaking information and referral specialists will find and order free health information or provide organizational referrals to assist you with any health questions.

6. Healthfinder.gov. Web: www.healthfinder.gov.

This web site was developed by federal agencies as a resource for government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. Type "Women’s Health" in the search engine at the opening page, and you will be directed to a listing of more than 200 documents on women’s health. A 2003 calendar contains national health observances, conferences, meetings, and events related to medical and health issues that specifically affect women.