The St. Francois County Health Center in Park Hills is kicking off National Womenâs Health Week with free walk-in screenings from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 12 from 8 a.m.
The health center is offering cholesterol, hemoglobin A1C at no charge to all women. No physician order or appointment is required while supplies last.
Also, this year the health center will also be offering free nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian to women who come in for their screenings.
âOur Womenâs Health Day gives women the opportunity to have free health screenings and receive education on their risk factors for chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease,â said Assistant Director Amber Elliott. âWomen are oftentimes the caregivers for their families and they frequently donât take the time or spend the money to participate in health screenings for themselves.â
Women have unique health issues, and because of that, some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently.Â According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular disease â which is often thought to be a “male” problem â is the number one killer of women globally.
The 18th annual National Womenâs Health Week â which kicks off on Motherâs Day, May 14 and continues through May 20 â is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Womenâs Health. According to DHHS, “the goal is to empower women to make their health a priority.” The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.Â
In 1900, a woman’s life span was about 50 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy for American women by 2012 had risen to 81 years of age, and continues to rise. Not only are women living longer, but they also can anticipate the possibility of enjoying a better quality of life throughout their span of years. In order to accomplish this, the CDC says it is essential that women take charge of their health. Â
To improve both physical and mental health it is advised that women visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit, or checkup, and preventive screenings; stay physically active; eat healthy; pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress; avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
The St. Francois County Health Center has been celebrating Womenâs Health Day for more than 10 years â and through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) MRC Challenge Award grant â it is able to offer the lab tests and screenings for free again this year.Â
For more information on National Womenâs Health Day visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Womenâs Health at www.womenshealth.gov or call the St. Francois County Health Center at 573-431-1947.