It's women's health week

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SPRINGFIELD--Gov. Rod Blagojevich Sunday proclaimed May 13-19 Women's Health Week in Illinois. The state's declaration, made on Mother's Day, encouraged women to take simple steps to improve their health and live healthier, longer and happier lives. It was made in conjuction with the eighth annual National Women's Health Week themed, "It's your time: pamper your mind, body and spirit.'' The governor also announced $44,000 in grants to local health departments to help sponsor women's health events across Illinois.

"Mothers make so many sacrifices to take care of their families and the people they love,'' said Blagojevich. "Today is a chance to show mothers how much we appreciate them and to encourage them to take care of themselves as well as they take care of others.

"Every year thousands of women in Illinois die from cancer and heart disease. Women's Health Week is a time for women to learn about how they can lead healthy lifestiles and remind them about the importance of knowing their health background along with their risk factors, so they can take action.

Among the grants were these to local health departments in the Tri-States:

*Cass County Health Dept.: May 15 health fair with educational materials provided to attendees with free and reduced cost breast and pelvin exams, complete metabolic panels, finger-stick cholesteros and bone density screenings.

*Henderson County Health Dept: May 19 day of seminars on diabetes, nutrition, breast cancer, heart disease and fitness equipment demonstrations.

*Morgan County Health Dept.: Week of May 13, public service announcements and brochures with preventative screeing information.

*Pike County Health Dept.: May 15-16, free cholesterol and diabetes screenings.