Traditionally, women are responsible for overseeing the health and well-being of their families. This is an important job, so how can these moms make sure their families are healthy if they aren’t prioritizing their own health as well?
May 12-18th has been officially named National Women’s Health Week by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. According to the womenshealth.gov website, this week has been established to promote the importance of women’s health while empowering and encouraging woman everywhere to make their own health a priority.
The organization has also listed the “Five Steps to Improving Women’s Physical and Mental Health”:
- Make it a point to get regular checkups and preventive screenings from your healthcare professional.
- Get active.
- Eat Healthy.
- Pay attention to mental health; get plenty of sleep and manage stress properly.
- Avoid unhealthy and unsafe behaviors.
The one step that seems to be a constant theme when discussing women’s health is that receiving regular checkups and screenings from a doctor is very important. This can help with the detection of serious conditions such as heart disease (the leading cause of death in women,) diabetes, cancer, mental illnesses, and STD’s, just to name a few.
Overall, besides preventing serious health problems, this week is promoting simple, every day, healthy habits such as exercising, maintaining a balanced diet and healthy emotional state, as well as wearing your seatbelt, applying sunscreen, and generally taking care of your body. All of this will lead to healthy aging and longevity.
Learn how to help your patients take stock of their health head to toe. Promote and encourage your female patients to take the pledge today, Monday May 13, 2013, by promising to schedule a visit for a regular checkup during the month of May.
For an interactive, first- hand experience at learning about overall health and prevention, attend A4M’s BHRT Symposium June 5-8 in San Diego or September 18-21 in Boston.
For more information, visit http://www.a4m.com/anti-aging-conference-bhrt-san-diego-2013.html or http://www.a4m.com/anti-aging-conference-boston-2013-sep.html