National Women’s Health Week- 5/13-5/19/12

It’s National Women’s Health Week. While every woman should be conscious of her overall health regularly, this week is a great time to sit down and schedule those screenings, look over your diet and exercise plan, mental health, etc.

Scheduling screenings: Every woman should have regular check-ups for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, reproductive health and mental health. In fact, heart disease is still the #1 killer in women! There is a great interactive screening chart on the WomensHealth.gov site- http://womenshealth.gov/whw/health-resources/screening-tool/index.cfm

Diet and Exercise: What a woman should eat and what sort of daily activity she should engage in will vary based on her own personal health. The general guidelines are:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Fish, Lean Meats, nuts
  • Light dairy products
  • Grains- whole grain products
  • Healthy oils

At least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

Mental Health– minimizing stress (I know, this can be very tough with the many obligations we have in our daily lives, but trying to minimize stress can help one lead a longer, healthier life), getting plenty of sleep at night. Engaging in health behaviors (quitting smoking and drinking in moderation).

Have you had your checkups?!?!?!?!

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