Got your daily exercise yet? Are you making healthier food options? How about getting enough sleep? Well it’s not too late to start today!
This year, we celebrate National Women’s Health Week to remind women all around the world to make health a priority and build lifelong healthy habits.
Women have unique health issues such as pregnancy and menopause. Some health issues like osteoarthritis and urinary tract problems tend to affect women more. Take a look below to see some healthy habits you can incorporate into your own lifestyle.
What you can do to build a healthier lifestyle:
Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit, which is a check-up/screening that focuses on your overall health and wellness. About 15% of preventative screenings reduce a women’s breast cancer risk by 15%. In addition, 70% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), a virus that can be screened and treated. HPV vaccines are also available. Making a trip to the doctor’s office a priority can assure you are in good health.
Check out some options here: Preventive Care Benefits for Women
Exercise: There are benefits to an active lifestyle. Moderate exercise reduces general cancer risk, reduces stress levels, improves metabolism and depression, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation, and increases longevity. If you haven’t adopted a healthy exercise routine yet, now is the best time to do so!
For more information, check out the link here: CDC Benefits of Physical Activity or
Eat healthy: Nourishment is essential to women’s health. It improves physical health, reduces cancer-risk, and improves overall well-being. It is important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and limit red-meat and alcohol consumption. Women also have different nutritional needs depending on their stage of life.
For more information on healthy eating and nutritional needs , click here: Healthy Eating
Practice mindfulness and pay attention to mental health: (Manage stress and get enough quality sleep). Mental health is an important aspect of our health and can affect how we handle stress or make choices. More women than men are affected by mental health conditions, many of which can be treated. Developing good sleep habits will improve sleep quality and overall health. This includes quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections.
Learn more about mental health: CDC Mental Health or
Learn more about better sleep: Tips for better sleep
What you need to know about Sexually transmitted infections: Sexually Transmitted Infections
So, join us this week as we celebrate women everywhere and empower them to make choices that improve their overall well-being. Health is a lifelong journey that is personal and constantly evolving. Start today to find what benefits you!
Take this quiz to receive personalized tips to improve your health: https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/find-your-health
National Women’s Health Network: https://www.nwhn.org/
Call the Office of Women’s Health HELPLINE (Resource line): 1-800-994-9662
|Jessica is an intern at Suwannee River AHEC. She is currently a senior completing her major in Microbiology and minor in Health Disparities in Society.|