This year, National Women's Health Week will be observed May 9 -15. The week reminds women to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. The week focuses on introducing and making simple preventive and positive healthy habits into everyday life.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that women regularly take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health, and potentially lower their risk of certain diseases:
- Go for regular check-ups. A well-woman visit with your doctor or nurse is an important way to stay healthy. It includes a full checkup and focuses on preventive care which can keep disease away or detect problems early, when treatment is more effective. You may get screenings or tests in addition to counseling about a healthy lifestyle and your risk for certain health conditions.
- Get Active. Women of all ages and abilities can benefit from getting active for at least 30 minutes every day. Physical activity like walking and cycling can help you feel better and be healthier.
- Eat a nutritious diet. Choosing healthy foods and drinks can help prevent or manage many health problems that affect women. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy types of protein and dairy. Also avoid or reduce your consumption of alcohol and foods that are high in saturated or trans-fat, sodium, and added sugars.
- Take care of your mental health. Good mental health means you’re able to cope with daily stresses and accomplish personal goals. Make sure you’re managing stress by getting enough sleep and doing activities you enjoy. Also recognize the signs and symptoms of your body’s response to stress and plan how to cope with them.
For more information and resources, visit the CDC’s Women's Health Week website.