From May 13 to May 19, we celebrate National Women’s Health Week.
We take this time as an opportunity to empower and remind all women that their health is and should always be a priority.
There are steps you can take to be as healthy possible all throughout your life.
Here are 6 steps you can take to get started:
- Schedule a well-woman check-up every year. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s or 40s, an annual well-woman visit is a great way to keep track of your health and help prevent, identify and treat health problems. This is also a great time to discuss your family health history, family planning goals, and personal habits.
- Take a vitamin supplement with 400 micrograms of folic acid in it every day, even if you’re not trying to get pregnant.
- Do something active every day. You don’t need a gym membership to exercise. Walking, dancing, and even doing housework are good ways to stay active.
- Eat healthy foods. Eating healthy foods can help your body stay healthy and strong. It can also help you get to and maintain a healthy weight.
- Pay attention to your mental health. Make sure you get enough sleep and learn to manage stress.
- Don’t smoke, and avoid unhealthy behaviors, like texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
A well-woman visit is a preventive service covered by most health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, at no extra cost to you. Learn more about recommended preventive services that are covered under the Affordable Care Act at Care Women Deserve.
Visit the Office of Women’s Health page to find out what other steps you can take for good health.