10 Healthy Things Every Woman Should Do

Mother & DaughterWith Mother’s Day approaching, we’re reminding all the women out there to make your health a priority! As providers of women’s health, we’re aware of how often women tend to take care of others before they take care of themselves. Well this month we’re offering 10 simple things every woman can do to get on the healthy-living bandwagon! Ready, set, go!

  1. Visit your doctor. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends all women 21 and older see their doctor (gynecologist and primary care) every year for a wellness check-up.
  2. Reduce risks. Many health problems can be avoided by reducing your risk of developing them. Make lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, scheduling wellness check-ups, exercising and eating healthy. It’s not always easy so connect with other women to garner support!
  3. Check Yourself. You know your body! Perform monthly breast self-exams and get regular clinical breast exams and screening mammograms to ensure your breasts are healthy. For other body parts, if you notice any abnormalities, please talk to your doctor.
  4. Eat healthy. Meals rich in fruits and vegetables are important for good health. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt and fat.
  5. Get moving. If you aren’t exercising, start! Getting adequate exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Exercise controls weight, reduces risk of diseases and cancers and improves your mental health and mood. Try for 30 minutes of exercise every day.
  6. Sleep well. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Get to bed early and try to get in at least 7- 9 hours of sleep each night.
  7. Manage stress. Stress is unavoidable but it doesn’t have to run your life. Read our article on “Stress & the Harmful Effects on Your Health” to learn ways to manage stress.
  8. Get to know your history. Know and share your family’s medical history. Family members share a lot including genes that may influence your health and risk for diseases and cancers. Share your family’s medical history with your health care providers as well as with your child’s health care provider.
  9. Schedule “Me” Time. Take time just for you each week! It’s vital to living a fulfilling life. Time to yourself can help you have a better understanding of yourself. Remember, self-time is not selfish – it’s necessary for self-care!
  10. Show you care. Show others you care about their health by encouraging them to do all of the above mentioned suggestions. This is especially true for the women in our lives.
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