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Lettuce Celebrate!

Kick Off National Women’s Health Week this Mother’s Day

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Age is just a number, especially when it comes to taking charge of your health. Women of all ages need to make themselves a priority, and National Women’s Health Week is all about bringing this into focus. You can start leading a healthier lifestyle at any age, so why not make it today?

This year, National Women’s Health Week will begin on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, with the goal of empowering women to take control of their health. At AltaMed, we want nothing more than to help you be the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.

Here are some tips to get started on the road to a healthier you.

  • Schedule an annual checkup and get any necessary preventative screenings. Your primary care physician can let you know which tests are essential at each age, but important ones include blood pressure, cholesterol, bone mineral density, mammogram, cervical cancer and diabetes.
  • Activate your body. It’s amazing just how much at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each week can improve your health. Staying fit or shedding a few pounds can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and depression. Moderate aerobic activities that get your heart beating are as simple as a brisk walk, a leisurely bike ride, washing the car, raking some leaves, or even a round of golf.
  • Develop healthy eating habits. This doesn’t mean life without dessert, but everything in moderation (like salt and sugar) is key. Focus on fruits and vegetables, whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice, and fat free or lowfat options for dairy products such as milk and cheese. Vary your protein sources from among fish, skinless poultry, lean red meats, beans, eggs and nuts.
  • Don’t forget that your mental health is justas important as your physical health. Pay attention to and check in on your emotional temperature often. Be sure to do your best to get enough sleep, and ask for help or talk to trusted friends and family when you’re going through an especially tough period. Yoga has been known to help with stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Take and make time for yourself to do activities that bring you joy.
  • Steer clear of unhealthy behaviors. This includes things as obvious as smoking and excessive drinking, but also extends to texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt or helmet.