With Mother's Day just around the corner and National Women's Health Week recognized on May 14th-20th, this is the perfect opportunity to empower the women in our lives to make their health a priority!  

Managed by Director LaDonna Johns, the city's Department of Health and Human Services, East Orange's W.I.C. Program and the Division of Senior Services provide routine screenings, healthy food programs, nutrition counseling, wellness activities and referrals to help keep women in our community healthy no matter their age.

Under the leadership of the East Orange General Hospital's new CEO Otis Story, our new and improved community hospital also has expanded its services to include a state-of-the-art Women's Health Center that offers one-stop comprehensive and specialized services to treat women through every stage of their life. 

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During National Women's Health Week, and on behalf of the men who love you, I'd like to encourage women to take control of their health and be sure to take the necessary steps listed below to improve it:

 * Maintain well-woman checkups 

 * Stay active and eat healthy 

 * Get enough sleep

 * Manage stress 

 * Avoid unhealthy behaviors 

To find out other ways you can maintain a healthy lifestyle, visit the Office on Women's Health at www.womenshealth.gov and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at www.healthfinder.gov for personalized  recommendations on improving your health.

Be well, be healthy and have a wonderful Mother's Day!