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nwhw-2013-ecard-header_originalToledo, OH — The Kitchen Salon is joining the Office on Women’s Health within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in celebrating National Women’s Health Week 2013. On May 18th, The Kitchen Salon will host Hair, Health & Happiness Luncheon & Meetup where women in the community will be able to Connect with other women who are wearing their hair chemical free by personal choice, for health reasons or due to hair loss. This one day event includes lunch, a Q & A session, product swap and InFROstations that will guide any interested in learning more about the health benefits, versatility and beauty of wearing their hair chemical free. Ticket information is available by clicking on the event page at www.thekitchensalon.com.

National Women’s Health Week is a nationwide initiative that calls attention to the importance of women’s health. National Women’s Health Week empowers women to take small, manageable steps for longer, healthier, happier lives. The steps include encouraging women to visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings; get active; eat healthy; pay attention to their mental health, including managing stress and getting enough sleep; and avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

During the week, families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals come together to raise awareness of women’s health and support women to take simple steps for better health.

The Kitchen Salon is dedicated to providing education about the health benefits of going natural. It’s like going green, but in hair care instead! Many health ailments such as high blood pressure, cancer, lupus and fertility problems can lead to hair loss. Hair is more fragile when it has been chemically processed. Generally, licensed cosmetologists are not educated on the care and maintenance of naturally curly hair types, so it makes the transition of going natural and staying natural difficult for many Women.

“National Women’s Health Week is important because it encourages women to make time for their health,” says Megan Davis,founder of The Kitchen Salon. “Women are often the caregivers for their families and, as a result, forget to make their own health a priority. With National Women’s Health Week, we remind women that they, too, need to visit the doctor, make sure their screenings are up-to-date, get active and just take time for their health.”

National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 12, and will be celebrated until May 18, 2013. National Women’s Checkup Day — a day on which women across the country are urged to visit their health care professional — will be held on May 13. For more information about National Women’s Health Week, please visit womenshealth.gov/nwhw/. To learn more about Hair, Health & Happiness in Toledo, Ohio; and to reserve tickets, please visit their event site.