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“I encourage all women and girls — especially those with underlying health conditions — to prioritize their health and catch up on any missed screenings, routine care, and vaccines. As we celebrate National Women’s Health Week, let us recommit to ensuring equal access to high-quality, affordable care for all women and girls and to improving the health of our Nation,” Joe Biden, President of the United States, said in a recent proclamation on National Women’s Health Week.

This year marks the 21st annual National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), an initiative starting every Mother’s Day, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH).

Over the last few years, many women have put routine care, preventative screenings, and vaccinations on hold, leading to ongoing gaps in care. During National Women’s Health Week, the OWH is encouraging women and girls to reflect on their individual health needs – physical and mental – and take steps to improve their overall health.

Whether you choose to continue your current activities and habits or incorporate new ones, now is a great time for all women and girls to focus on better health. Those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and women 65 years and older should especially seek to get back on track with routine care and preventative screenings as soon as possible.

The OWH provides some great recommendations on activities and habits you can incorporate into your life to support a healthy lifestyle. Some highlights include:

  • Visit a health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screening, and to stay up-to-date on your vaccines.
  • Set aside time to be active for at least 150 minutes each week (just 20 minutes each day), and maintain a balanced, heart-healthy diet.
  • Pay attention to your mental health, including getting enough sleep, managing stress, reaching out to family and friends, meditating and spending time in nature, and contacting a professional if needed.
  • Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

BioIQ is committing to this initiative along with the OWH by offering resources for at-home screenings and raising awareness about the ongoing disparities that women face not only this week, but throughout the year.

We offer at-home tests and screenings that fall into many of these life categories, including our Wellness and Heart Health panels, as well as individual screenings, tests, and vaccinations such as COVID-19, fecal immunochemical, kidney, melanoma, and various STI tests, among many others.

By providing convenient options to access fully integrated healthcare services, health plans can achieve clinical adherence for preventable and treatable conditions, and women and girls can see better health outcomes. Contact us today to learn more about how we can partner with your organization to meet the needs of your population and together we can ensure equal access to high-quality care for all women and girls.

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