Press Release

May 8, 2010


Empowering Women to Make Health a Top Priority

State public health director announces statewide events for National Women’s Health Week – May 9-15, 2010  

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health director, is encouraging women to take time for themselves during National Women’s Health Week and focus on improving their health and preventing disease. This year’s theme is “It’s Your Time,” a nationwide initiative encouraging women to take simple steps for a healthier and happier life.

“Women are often the caregivers in the family, taking care of children, spouses, parents and others. During National Women’s Health Week, I encourage everyone to tell the women in their lives to take time for themselves, for their health,” Dr. Arnold said. “Tell you mother, grandmother, wife or aunt to get regular health screenings, take time to exercise and do the little things that will help them lead longer, healthier lives.”

The following are steps women can take to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain disease.

  • Getting at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, one 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.

As part of National Women’s Health Week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Office of Women’s Health is teaming up with local health departments and medical centers to host women’s health education and screening events in communities. IDPH awarded 28 grants totaling $39,230 for events across the state designed to increase the knowledge and general well being of women.




Bond County Health Department

Stroke Awareness and Risk Assessment event May 11 - free screenings


Carroll County Health Department

Healthy cooking demonstration, screenings and Zumba demonstration


Cass County Health Department

Health fair and screenings


Douglas County Health Department

Health fair with workshops, screenings and exhibitor education


Fayette County Health Department

Health fair with lunch and prizes


Ford-Iroquois County Health Department

Screenings and educational materials for 5K walk/run workshop


Hancock County Health Department

“All About You Women’s Health Expo” May 14


Henderson County Health Department

Health Exposition and screenings


Henry County Health Department

Healthy lifestyle education and screenings


Jasper County Health Department

6th Annual Jasper County Health Fair


Jersey County Health Department

Health fair and screenings for women


JoDaviess County Health Department

May 19 cardiovascular disease screenings


Lake County Health Department

Building Better Bones presentation


LaSalle County Health Department

“Woman to Woman – Take Time for Yourself: workshop May 15


Lee County Health Department

Seminars and screenings


Livingston County Health Department

Seminar speakers and screenings


Marshall County Health Department

Community health fair with free screenings


Mason County Health Department

Women’s Health Fair and screenings


Mercer County Health Department

Workshop to promote physical activity


Monroe County Health Department

Health fair, speakers and screenings


Peoria City/County Health Department

Free heart and osteoporosis screenings


Provena St. Joseph Medical Center

Workshops, exhibitors and screenings


Skokie Health Department

Screenings and education program


Wabash County Health Department

“Take Time for Your Health” gift packets


Washington County Health Department

Women’s Health Awareness Day- May 10


Schuyler County Health Department

Educational sessions and screenings


Warren County Health Department

“Health Series” for women


Will County Health Department

Women’s Health Fair/ Workshop





The Office of Women’s Health encourages all Illinois women to participate in events their local health care facilities may be offering to promote a happier and healthier tomorrow.

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