The 17th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, and is celebrated through May 14, 2016.
National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.
To help you take control of your health follow these National Women’s Health Week tips from the CDC for a path to a healthier you:
Get Recommended Screenings and Preventive Care
While regular check-ups are important, you can further protect your health by getting the care you need to prevent disease, disability, and injuries. Preventive care can keep disease away or detect problems early, when treatment is more effective. Check this Health Screening Test Guidelines chart from U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for what to have checked when.
Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and has many benefits including lowering your risk for heart disease - the leading cause of death for women. This Physical Activity Fact Sheet from Office on Women’s Health is a helpful resource.
Enjoy Healthy Foods
Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Learn the basics and move toward a lifestyle of healthier eating habits. A good place to start is HelpGuide’s Diet and Nutrition for Women.
Prioritize Mental Health
Keep your mind and body healthy. There is emerging evidence that positive mental health is associated with improved health. The Huffington Post has put together some helpful ideas in their 16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health.
Practice Healthy Behaviors
Daily decisions influence overall health. Small actions can help keep you safe and healthy and set a good example for others. Care2’s Simple Ways to Improve Your Health Today has some great suggestions.
Remember, it’s never too early or too late to make a healthier you!