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Women's Health Week
Posted by Scott filed under Women's Health
Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, Women’s Health Week is a way to remind women everywhere of the importance to make their health a top priority. As we wrap up National Women’s Health Week this weekend, we want to reinforce the positive ways we can celebrate Women’s Health all year long. Women everywhere should take the time to refocus on their bodies and see what they can do to improve their mental and physical health.
Ways to Celebrate
- Exercise. Exercise is important to everyone’s wellbeing. Regular exercise promotes both mental and physical health. But despite these benefits, not all women get regular exercise. Some may not be able to find much time, while some may be having trouble getting into the habit of exercising regularly. You should try to be active for at least thirty minutes every day. This time doesn’t need to be all spent at once; if you’re pressed for time, you can spread out your exercises over the day. Go for a walk at lunchtime, and maybe do some aerobic activities after your work is done. To make it more fun, invite a friend at an appropriate distance…
- Eat well. When it comes to healthy living, a well-balanced diet is a must. But getting a well-balanced diet can be confusing; there’s always new diet fads going around that may advertise unhealthy eating choices. A healthy diet should include whole grains, low fat or fat-free dairy products, protein, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. For bone health, you also need plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D, which can be found in some fish, such as salmon, and eggs.
- Get a well-woman visit. A well woman visit is all about a women’s body and her reproductive health. What you discuss with your primary care provider (PCP) during a well woman visit may depend on your age and overall health. You may talk about periods, medical history, and you may get a breast exam. You should be sure to get a well woman exam at least once a year. If you haven’t had one or it’s been over a year, National Women’s Health Week is the perfect time to discuss scheduling your visit with your PCP as stay-at-home restrictions begin to lift.
- Manage your stress. A little stress is fine. A lot of stress is bad and can lead to many negative health problems. Eating well and getting exercise are two good ways to help with stress, as well as your overall health. You should also be sure you’re getting enough sleep at night and try to keep a positive attitude.
- Avoid unhealthy or dangerous behaviors. To be healthy, you have to live healthy. Regularly drinking to excess or smoking are two unhealthy choices that can cause serious damage to your body, making it all the more important to avoid them. If you drink, only drink in moderation, and don’t smoke at all. If you do smoke and you want to know how to quit, you can visit the American Lung Association for tips here: https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/.
American Lung Association. (2019). “How To Quit Smoking.” Retrieved from: https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/
Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). “National Women’s Health Week.” Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/women/nwhw/index.htm
Office on Women’s Health. “National Women’s Health Week.” Retrieved from: https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw
Kohn, Jill. (2018). “Healthy Eating for Women.” Retrieved from: https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/dietary-guidelines-and-myplate/healthy-eating-for-women
Planned Parenthood. “Well-Woman Visit.” Retrieved from: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/health-and-wellness/well-woman-visit