Next week, millions of women will take steps to improve their health during National Women’s Health Week, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Kicking off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and running through May 19, 2018, the week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.
Regardless of your age, health history or fitness level, there are many ways you can improve your health or build on your already good health.
Find out how much you already know about healthy living. Take the National Women’s Health Week quiz and determine your personal health score.
Did you know there are specific steps you can take for your health, determined by your age group? Whether you’re in your 20’s or your 90’s, you can find a to-do list of healthy tips for your decade here.
Build a healthy plate at every meal:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate helps find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. The interactive website allows you to create an eating plan that:
- Focuses on variety, amount and nutrition
- Guides you toward choosing foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium and added sugars
- Helps you initiate small changes and then build on them to result in healthier eating
Simple steps you can take right now toward better physical and mental health:
Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.
Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
Celebrate and show your support:
Interested in participating in National Women’s Health Week but not sure how? Here are five ideas for how you can celebrate with your friends and coworkers.
- Take a healthy-selfie and share it through social media. Use the #NWHW hashtag.
- Organize a lunchtime walk with your coworkers or an evening stroll with neighbors.
- Start a friendly competition. Track your steps, water intake, or other healthy activities with your friends.
- Sip healthier. Drink water instead of soda and sugary drinks.
- Cook up something healthy! If you need inspiration, check out these recipes
There’s no better time than the present to take charge of your own health and encourage the other women in your life to take charge of theirs. Start by celebrating National Women’s Health Week and begin building the foundation for a lifetime of good health.
Share these easy-to-read facts and tips on the importance of screenings and well-woman visits.