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PCNA Celebrates National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week begins on Mother’s Day each May. It is an observation led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal of this week is to empower women to make their health a priority, and also serves as an opportunity to help women understand what it means to be healthy and well.

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is one of many organizations working to improve women’s health. In collaboration with the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, The National Coalition for Womenwith Heart Disease, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, PCNA released a guide for preventive action against heart disease for women in 2011. The guide can be found on our website (pcna.net) and provides vital information in women’s defense against heart disease.

Furthermore, this year during Women’s Health Week, PCNA will provide our audience (many of whom are women) with interesting articles on healthy eating, exercise, and mental health all week long via facebook.com/HeartNurses. PCNA members should watch for daily tips on how to achieve and maintain optimal physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

“This is a great opportunity to increase awareness of women’s risk of heart disease,” says Barbara Fletcher, RN, MN, FPCNA, FAHA, FAAN, President, PCNA. “This is a call to action for the fight against heart disease! No matter how busy our lives get, it is always important to take the time to consider your own physical, mental, and emotional health. These daily tips will be a great way to remind our audience of how they can keep themselves healthy. The lifestyle habits that improve cardiovascular health also support ‘successful aging’ and other chronic diseases.”

PCNA has established itself as the premier organization of nursing professionals dedicated to the prevention of cardiac and other vascular diseases throughout the lifespan. PCNA’s mission includes developing and promoting nurses as leaders in this field and supporting comprehensive risk reduction strategies for individuals and populations across the lifespan. PCNA takes pride in supporting leadership, advocacy, lifelong learning and empowerment of the nursing community. To learn more about PCNA and their continuing education, free nursing tools, Annual Symposium and more, visit PCNA.net or join them on facebook.com/heartnurses or twitter @heartnurses.

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