Just following Mother’s Day this past Sunday, begins the 20th Annual National Women’s Health Week. Created by the federal government’s Office on Women’s Health, National Women’s Health Week lasts from May 10th until the 16th and works to encourage women to make their personal health a top priority.
National Women’s Health Week serves as an important reminder for women to always take special care of their health, as there are many health issues that are unique to women.
Being that women’s health is unique, there are specific strategies and tips many health professionals propose to live a happy and healthy life. Here are some key points to take into account as a woman during this health-focused week:
Some Fats Are Good Fats
As a woman, it’s common to see diet regimens that recommend cutting out all fats. However, not all fats are harmful to your health. Embrace healthy fats from foods such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and certain fatty fish.
Keep Up-To-Date With Tests
Getting checked for cervical cancer through a pap test is extremely important. If you’re over 21, it is advised to receive a test every 3 years. For women between the ages of 30-65, a pap test should be performed every 5 years.
Limit Your Calcium Intake
Although calcium is very important to women’s health, there is a limit on how much you should be ingesting. If you’re under 50, 1000mg per day is appropriate, and if you’re over 50, aim for roughly 1200 mg per day.
Sleep is incredibly important to any adult’s health, and should not be forgotten when taking the time to focus on your well-being. Be sure you’re equipped with a high-quality mattress
that will ensure your best night’s rest, as well as premium pillows
that will properly support your neck and head.
Assess Your Diet
It’s always a good idea to evaluate your regular diet to make sure you’re receiving enough nutrients each day. Important nutrients to a woman's health include calcium (but remember, not too much), folate, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and fish oil.
We understand that avoiding stress is easier said than done, but it’s important for women to attempt to reduce stress in any way they can. Women are more likely to develop stress, depression, and anxiety, and long-term stress puts one at the risk for serious health problems.
Staying active regularly is the cornerstone of every person’s personal health. So as a general reminder, be sure you’re staying active each day. It is recommended that adults practice moderate exercise for a weekly total of 2 and a half hours, and strength training on every muscle group 2 days out of each week.
Go to Regular Screenings
Be sure to stay up-to-date on all cancer screenings, including breast cancer mammography screenings. Also, when out in the sun take special care in putting on sunscreen and taking care of your skin.
Two great things to keep in mind during this week are: the healthier you are, the happier you are and good health is inspirational! If your friends and family see you active and healthy, there’s a better chance they will feel inclined to prioritize their personal health as well. So take this week to not only improve your own personal health but encourage others around you to do the same.