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Better Hearing Institute Joins HHS' Office on Women's Health in Promoting National Women's Health Week and Hearing Health
Date:4/30/2010

on, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, social rejection and loneliness, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety, impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced job performance and earning power, and diminished psychological and overall health.

The 11th annual National Women’s Health Week, which starts on Mother's Day, May 9, is a week-long observance coordinated by the OWH to empower women to make their health a top priority. With the theme, “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.

The message to women during National Women’s Health Week is to:
--Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week.
--Eat a nutritious diet.
--Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings—including screenings related to hearing health.
--Avoid risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt.
--Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.

“Despite the far-reaching impact hearing loss has on so many aspects of a woman’s life, many who are already aware that their hearing has deteriorated are reluctant to seek help,” Kochkin continues. “Unfortunately, too many wait years, even decades, before getting treatment, becoming more and more disconnected as time goes by. We hope that by joining with the HHS Office of Women’s Health to promote National Women’s Health Week, we can help women take appropriate steps to care for their health—including their hearing health. We hope our efforts make a difference.”

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