Mother’s day celebrated yesterday (2nd Sunday of May) kicked off the Women’s Health Week, which seeks to bring about awareness among women about their health; urging them to take charge of it. Between home, children, work and a myriad other issues, women tend to make their own health a last priority.

By making some simple lifestyle changes, however, it is possible to see great improvement in women’s health; a change that will translate into health dividends for the entire family as well. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health urges women to:

  • Get two and a half hours of moderate physical activity a week or half that duration of vigorous physical activity a week
  • Eat a nutritious diet eschewing unhealthy foods
  • Get regular checkups from a health professional and getting done the recommended screenings and tests appropriate for the age and health of a woman.
  • Wear a seatbelt. Give up smoking. Do not indulge in other such risky behaviors
  • Manage stress and get sufficient rest and good quality sleep. In other words pay proper attention to mental health; make that as important a factor as physical health.

Source: hattiesburgamerican