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National Womenís Health Week:
May 9-15, 2004

The National Women's Health Information Center

National Womenís Check-Up Day is a nationwide effort led by the Health and Human Services. The purpose of the National Womenís Check-Up Day is to emphasize the importance of getting regular check-ups and screenings for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and HIV sexually transmitted diseases.

Many hospitals and clinics will be having health screenings and you can check with your local hospital for times and dates. If you need further information you can log onto the Health and Human services web site.



estronaut.comThis is also a good site to visit. There is plenty of information on it that might be of use for women who need information on many different health issues. Here are just a few things that you will find on this site. Information on Cholesterol Levels, Why Girls With Attention Deficit Disorderís Go Undiagnosed, Breast Cancer, Pre-menopausal for Women, Sex, Pregnancy and how to care for your Body. There is a page on Mid-life Eating, and a page on the Mind. The Mind page has good information on Depression, PMS, Women and Substance Abuse, and Women and Grief.


stethoscope.jpgPeripheral Vascular Disease (PVD):
[May 7]

According to the most people donít know they have this problem.  They say that signs of the disease often donít show up until an artery has narrowed by 50 percent or more.  The first signs are painful cramps, aching, or muscle fatigue-symptoms called claudicating.  They occur most often in the calves, thighs, hips, and buttocks during activity.  Log onto this web site to learn more about this disease.

There are also informational tips on blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and tips on using your medicines safely and smartly as well as helping your doctor help you, so check it out!


Eating Light:
[May 7]

Do you need some light recipes to lose weight? Log onto and click on the food page to get tips on weight loss by eating light. Try these recipeís featured on this great web site.

atole.jpgCinnamon Atole:

3 l/2 cups warm water
2/3 cup masa harina
3 l/2 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
l (3-inch cinnamon stick, plus additional for garnish)


Place the water and masa harina in a blender, and process until smooth. Strain the masa mixture through a sieve into a large saucepan; discard the solids, add milk, sugar, and a cinnamon stick, stirring mixture with a whisk. Cook over medium heat 20 minutes, or until mixture is slightly thick, stirring frequently. This comforting drink is delicious served with a garnish of cinnamon sticks. The mentioned recipe was adapted from Rick Bayless Mexico: ďOne Plate at a TimeĒ




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