May 8, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NAACP Branch 1112 and Community Partners CELEBRATE NATIONAL
WOMENS HEALTH WEEK
Reno, Nev. The Reno-Sparks NAACP Branch in collaboration
with Ebony & Ivory Hair Salon, Negro Business and Professional
Womens Club, Inc., Second Baptist Church, Word of Life
Ministries, and Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren,
Inc., are joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services Office on Womens Health in celebrating
National Womens Health Week.
On Saturday, May
10th, Ebony & Ivory Beauty Salon will hold an informational
health fair, where women in the community will be able to
obtain pertinent information related to womens health
and a list of Learning Sessions being offered during Womens
Health Week at Health Access Washoe County (HAWC). The first
ten (10) women to come in and sign-up for the Womens
Challenge will be eligible for a drawing and will receive
a tote bag filled with health information and an incentive
National Womens Health Week is a nationwide initiative
that calls attention to the importance of womens health.
During the week, families, health organizations, businesses,
communities, the government and individuals come together
to raise awareness about womens health issues and educate
women about simple steps they can take for a longer, healthier
and happier life.
The theme for National
Womens Health Week 2008 is Its Your Time:
Get Inspired. Get Healthy.
As a leading advocate
in promoting health equity, the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has established specific
national health goals for its local branch units to focus
our efforts to address health disparities impacting people
of color throughout the nation as well as in the State of
NAACP is committed to educating and mobilizing our member
base and community partners to eliminate health disparities
by addressing and improving health outcomes for all people
of color, particularly the African-American population.
Health Week provides a great venue for community-based and
faith-based organizations to work collectively to educate
and inform our members and other individuals about the importance
of being active, eating healthy and obtaining regular routine
health care screenings.
National Womens Health Week is important because
it encourages women to make their health a top priority,
says Janet Serial, a Health Program Specialist for the State
of Nevada Health Division, who chairs the Reno-Sparks Branch's
women are the caregivers for their families and forget to
take care of themselves. With National Womens Health
Week we remind women that they too need to visit the doctor,
make sure your screenings are up-to-date and just take a minute
to think about our health.
National Womens Health Week kicks off on Mothers
Day, May 11, and will be celebrated until May 17, 2008.
Check-up Day a day where women across the country are
urged to visit their doctor will be held on May 12,
For more information
about National Womens Health Week, please visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/whw.
To learn more about
this and other events, please visit renosparksnaacp.org.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nations oldest and
largest civil rights organization.