hosts a Twitter chat party, Celebrate the National Women's Health Week & National Minority Health Month, May 15th, 2012 8pm EST

Top Quote partners with Office on Women's Health & Office of Minority Health within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health to host the National Women's Health Week & National Minority Health Month on Twitter #CARENOV End Quote
  • Houston, TX (1888PressRelease) April 12, 2012 - On May 15th at 8pm EST, will hold a Twitter Party "Healthy Lifestyle - "Celebrate Women & Caregivers Health" - to raise awareness about manageable steps women can take to improve their health and in reducing health disparities. The theme for National Women's Health Week 2012 is "It's Your Time," a theme that empowers women to take small, manageable steps to lead longer, healthier and happier lives. The steps include encouraging women to visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings; get active; eat healthy; pay attention to their mental health, including managing stress and getting enough sleep; and avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

    The theme for the National Minority Health Month 2012 is "Health Equity Can't Wait. Act Now in Your CommUNITY." A person's health is based on more than just the ability to go to the doctor, what they eat or where they live. When it comes to health, multiple factors play a role. Everyone plays a part in the health of Americans. The focus is on the importance of incorporating simple preventive and positive health behaviors into everyday life. During National Women's Health Week, women should discuss with their health care professionals which of the tests are right for them, when they should have them, and how often. Maintaining regular check-ups is one of five health habits that can improve a woman's health. The others include physical activity, a healthy diet.

    According to Family Caregiver Alliance, it is estimated that the percentage of family or informal caregivers who are women range from 59% to 75%. The average caregiver is age 46, female, married and working outside the home earning an annual income of $35,000. Although men also provide assistance, female caregivers may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than male caregivers. In another study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare,
    72% of family caregivers report not going to the doctor as often as they should,
    55% of family caregivers report skipping doctor appointments,
    63% of caregivers report having poor eating habits than non-caregivers,
    58% caregivers indicate worse exercise habits than before caregiving responsibilities.

    For these reasons, is hoping to raise awareness of women's health issues and educate women about simple steps they can take for longer, healthier and happier lives.
    "The two initiatives are important because it encourages women to take time for their own health," says Dr Erowele, cofounder, "Women are the natural caregivers for their families and as a result, forget to make their own health a priority. We want to remind women that they, too, need to be proactive - visit the doctor, make sure their screenings are up-to-date, get active and just take time to think about their health. Prevention is better than cure."

    Details on how to join the party via
    Visit or
    Enter #CARENOV OR
    Visit the chat room directly [you need a Twitter account in order to use]

    Date: Tuesday, May 15th 8pm EST 8p.m (EST) (7 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. PT).
    Party Host: ( @ ) carenovate
    Party guests - Bloggers, caregivers, care seekers, women, health care providers
    Hashtag: #CARENOV

    To learn more about the Healthy Lifestyle - "Celebrate & Promote Women/Caregivers Health" - Twitter Party, visit & RSVP or

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