Between taking care of a home, a spouse, children and a full-time job, many women devote virtually all of their time and energy to everyone else's needs but often neglect their own. For women who don't take the time to eat right, exercise and reduce stress the consequences can have a ripple effect far beyond their personal health.
The goal of National Women's Health Week, is to tell women that "It's your time" to make your health a top priority.
The most important steps women can take to improve their health include eating a well balanced, nutritious diet; getting regular physical activity; avoiding unhealthy behaviors, like smoking; and paying attention to mental health. Taking these steps can reduce the risk of the top four causes of death among women: Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease.
In addition, women should get regular checkups and preventive screenings. Here are some general guidelines for recommended screenings and immunizations for women. Your doctor or health practitioner may adjust the timing based on your health care needs.
It is also important for women to maintain a personal and family health history as this may affect risk factors and prevention of some diseases.
National Women's Health Week, which begins with Mother's Day on May 8, is coordinated by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and includes National Women's Checkup Day on May 9th.
We too urge all women to take time out for yourself so you can live longer, healthier and happier lives.
"It's Your Time." National Women's Health Week. Web. 23 April 2011.