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This year National Women's Health Week will be observed around the country from May 8 (Mother's Day) through May 14. The week is aimed at encouraging women to take time for themselves by making their health a priority.

Locally, women ages 35 years and older will be able to kick off National Women's Health Week a day earlier on May 7 by getting a free mammogram provided by CHI Memorial Health. Mammograms will be offered on CHI's Mammography Mobile Coach from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Olivet Kingdom Center, 730 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Although walk-ups are welcome, women are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 423-495-4040.

In addition to getting a mammogram, women are encouraged to complete these tasks to help ensure their physical and mental health during National Women's Health Week:

* Schedule preventive care exams with your primary care physician, gynecologist and optometrist.

* Find new ways to stay physically active. Go for a walk, run or bike ride.

* Make time to connect and/or reconnect with family and friends.

To learn more about National Women's Health Week, visit womenshealth.gov.

Karlene Claridy

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