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Date
2014-05-08
Title
Empowering Women’s Health
Topic
National Women’s Health Week and National Women’s Check-up Day

Empowering Women’s Health

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 11 and continues until May 17, and May 12 is the 12th annual National Women’s Check-up Day. The goal of these national health observances, led by the HHS Office on Women’s Health, is to empower women to make their health a priority.

The most prevalent chronic diseases among women 65+ years:

  • Arthritis – 54.4%
  • Heart Disease – 25.7%
  • Cancer – 21.9%
  • Diabetes – 19.2%

Source:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. Health Data Interactive. www.cdc.gov/nchs/hdi.htm.

The most prevalent risk factors for chronic disease in women are:

  • Insufficient physical activity –  48.5%
  • Obesity  – 31.8%
  • Smoking –  20.2%
  • High cholesterol – 11.3%
  • Pre-diabetes –  8.2%

Source: CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Reproductive Health. Fact Sheet: Preventing and Managing Chronic Disease to Improve the Health of Women and Infants

Medicare-Covered Preventive Services

We remind you that women with Medicare are covered for many preventive services and screenings, if certain criteria are met, that can help reduce the risk for incidence of certain diseases, and detect diseases in early stages to allow for a better prognosis. These services include:

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling
  • Annual Wellness Visit (providing personalized prevention plan services)
  • Bone Mass Measurements
  • Cancer Screenings
    • Breast cancer: Mammograms
    • Cervical and Vaginal Cancer: pap smear, pelvic exam (includes a clinical breast exam)
    • Colorectal Cancer: fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, barium enema
  • Cardiovascular Disease Screening
  • Depression Screening in Adults
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Diabetes Self-Management Training
  • Glaucoma Screening
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Screening
  • Immunizations (Seasonal Influenza, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B)
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity
  • Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and High-Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs
  • Tobacco-Use Cessation Counseling

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