May 11 through 17 is National Women's Health Week

National Women's 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 Women's Health (OWH), 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.

Here are two activities to check out:

Help Women and Girls : Illinois Organizations that help women and girls need donations of all kinds of things. Check out their website to see where you can donate items.

Woman Challenge : This May, thousands of women across the country will embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health. They will be part of the WOMAN Challenge: Women and girls Out Moving Across the Nation. Find out how you can take part and improve your health.