March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s a time to shine a light on the important roles of women in our society, their amazing contributions to the world, and their continued achievements.
The day is also a call to action that gives us the chance to reflect on what still needs to be done to protect the well-being of women in our communities. We also take this time as an opportunity to empower and remind all women that their health is and should always be a priority.
Here are some useful tips you can follow and share with the women in your life:
- 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 seat belt or bicycle helmet.