According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the 9th annual National Womens Health Week kicks off on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 11, and will be celebrated until Saturday, May 17. National Womens Check-Up Day will be Monday, May 12. No more excuses now is the time to call your doctor or nurse to schedule an appointment for at least one of your recommended preventive health screenings. National Womens Health Week empowers women across the country to get healthy by taking action. The nationwide initiative, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Womens Health, encourages women to make their health a top priority and take simple steps for a longer, healthier and happier life. During the week, families, communities, businesses, government, health organizations and other groups work together to educate women about steps they can take to improve their physical and mental health and prevent disease, like: Engaging in physical activity most days of the week Making healthy food choices such as adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet Visiting a healthcare provider to receive regular check-ups and preventive screenings Avoiding risky behaviors, like smoking and not wearing a seatbelt To celebrate National Womens Health Week, partner with your daughter or a girlfriend and join the WOMAN (Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation) Challenge, an eight-week physical fitness challenge that encourages participants to get 10,000 steps or 30 minutes of exercise every day. Reach out to the girls and women in your life and ask them to join you as you start walking towards better health. You can find more information about the 9th annual National Womens Health Week and other helpful information about womens health at www.womenshealth.gov. The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh, or call them at 565-4620.