Snapshots on Women's Health

Women's Heart Health

New Resources for American Heart Month

OWH offers resources to help women make informed decisions about their heart health. Our new Heart Health toolkit features sample messages you can use on Twitter, Facebook, newsletters and blogs. Share these resources to encourage women in your community to protect their hearts.

Domestic Violence Awareness

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) firmly believes that violence against women (VAW) is never acceptable. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, OWH reiterates its commitment to raising awareness about VAW, the important role health care providers’ play of conducting screenings for domestic and interpersonal violence among women and adolescents, and health insurance coverage. If you are a domestic violence prevention advocate or are a woman-focused organization, OWH wants to remind you:

  1. Domestic violence is when one person in a relationship purposely hurts another person physically or emotionally. Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence or interpersonal violence, because
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June is National Congenital CMV Awareness Month

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses. This group of viruses includes the herpes simplex viruses, varicella-zoster virus (which causes chickenpox and shingles), and Epstein-Barr virus (which causes infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono). CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Among every 100 adults in the United States, 50–80 are infected with CMV by the time they are 40 years old.

If you have CMV during pregnancy, you have a 1-in-3 chance (33 percent) of passing it to your baby. CMV...

May - A Focus on Women's Health

National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. 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. The 17th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and is celebrated through May 14, 2016.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman
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February is American Heart Health Month

What is cardiovascular disease?

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and other diseases of the heart. It also includes the peripheral vascular system, or the system of veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the heart and lungs.
  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in Utah and the U.S.
  • Many individuals can be a high risk for heart disease and stroke but may not have any symptoms.
  • Age and family history increase the risk for heart disease. Men have a higher risk of heart
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Every 19 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.

November is American Diabetes Month

  • Almost 145,000 Utahns have been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Diabetes is a serious disease that can have devastating consequences.
  • It is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-extremity amputation and renal failure. It is also the leading cause of blindness among adults younger than 75. It is one of the leading causes of heart disease. 
  • Diabetes education classes can help people with diabetes know what they need to do to control their diabetes.  For a list of classes, go to the Choose Health Website
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) firmly believes that violence against women (VAW) is never acceptable. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, OWH reiterates its commitment to raising awareness about VAW, the important role health care providers’ play of conducting screenings for domestic and interpersonal violence among women and adolescents, and health insurance coverage. If you are a domestic violence prevention advocate or are a woman-focused organization, OWH wants to remind you:

1.   Domestic violence is when one person in a relationship purposely hurts another person physically or emotionally. Domestic violence...

September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month

Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers. Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, and risk factors (things that may increase your chance of getting cancer).

All women are at risk for gynecologic cancers, and risk increases with age. You can lower your risk for some of these cancers. When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment works best.

CDC promotes awareness of gynecologic cancers through its national awareness campaign, Inside Knowledge: Get the Facts About Gynecologic Cancer.

CDC’s National...

Breastfeeding, A Public Health Issue

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), and Utah celebrates the year-round efforts of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. The Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding brought to light this as a public health issue. Programs at The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), including the Healthy Living through Environment, Policy & Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) and Maternal and Infant Health programs, strategically support breastfeeding by assisting hospitals and workplaces through grants funded by the CDC and HRSA.

Utah Data - Breastfeeding is on the rise in the Nation and in Utah          ...

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