National Women’s Health Week is a great time to focus on your well-being. No matter your age, there are things you can do every day to improve your health and prevent some major health issues. One thing you can do is focus on healthy eating and maintaining a healthy weight. Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more about healthy eating and find the right plan for you. Another great resource for personalized recommendations is https://healthfinder.gov/. Remember to also try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Remember to wear a seatbelt and don’t text and drive to avoid injury and possible need for surgery. Also, wear a helmet when riding your bike to decrease the risk of head injury or brain damage.
There are several things you should talk to your doctor about at least once a year. Family health history can play a huge role in your health, so it is important to bring up any family health issues, especially cancer. You should definitely let your doctor know about your alcohol and tobacco use, and any mental health concerns. Remember to ask your doctor if you need any tests, medicines or vaccines for blood pressure, cholesterol, flu, hepatitis B & C, HIV, pap, HPV or tuberculosis.
Celebrate National Women’s Health Week and remember these tips for staying healthy. Focus on how you’re doing, how you’d like to be doing and what changes you can make to reach your health goals.