Eat healthy. Stay active. And get some sleep. Most important? Start today! Our federal government's Office on Women's Health created National Women's Health Week to encourage all women to make healthy choices that are right for them—and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event.
The national observance, which begins each Mother's Day, runs from May 10 to 16, 2020. National Women's Health Week is a reminder for all women and girls, especially during the outbreak of COVID-19, to make their health a priority and take good care of themselves. It is a week that brings into focus the importance of incorporating simple preventive and positive health behaviors into your everyday life.
Women have their own set of unique health issues, such as pregnancy and menopause. What’s more, some of the health issues that affect both men and women can affect women differently. Examples include urinary tract problems and osteoarthritis—both of which tend to affect women more often.
Read on to learn much more—including a look at how to improve your overall wellbeing—and learn five valuable women's health tips along the way.
Schedule an annual wellness exam and visit your doctor
Annual checkups are an absolute must for helping you maintain good health. If you haven't had a physical in quite a while, contact your doctor today and book an appointment. Yes, even if you're feeling great.
Examine your diet
Check your daily eating habits to make sure you're getting the recommended portion of nutrients. It's easy to slip into an unhealthy eating routine. Make National Women's Health Week a time to improve your diet.
Join the gym
Join your local gym and establish a weekly workout routine. Better yet, if you have the resources, hire a personal trainer who will keep you encouraged and honest.
Schedule a pap test
If you are over 21, check for cervical cancer every three years. If you're between 30-65, you can get both Pap and HPV tests every five years.
Birth control benefits
Studies have shown the Pill can lower the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer as well as regulate your menstrual cycle.
Kids need their moms.
For moms, living a healthier lifestyle and applying preventative measures means you'll be around longer for your kids. Also, children tend to adopt their parents' habits; healthy moms are likely to have healthier kids.
Happiness starts with good health.
Healthy women tend to have more energy to get through their day and approach life with more optimism and hope. They are less prone to stress and experience less anxiety. Use National Women's Health Week as your reminder to take a deep breath.
Good health is infectious.
When family and friends see how happy you are by living a healthier lifestyle, they'll crave a piece of that happiness pie. Living and eating well encourages others that they can do it too.
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