National Women’s Health Week: Make time to stay healthy

Falls Church, Va. -- In this world of busy days trying to balance work and family life, many women still don’t take time to meet their own needs, especially when it comes to their health. Women’s Health Week, which starts with Mother’s Day, is a national reminder for women to find the time they need to give themselves the care they deserve.

You can start by getting annual screenings and preventive check-ups. Preventive care helps keep keep you healthy by detecting problems early, when treatment is more effective. Talk to your health care provider to learn more about which screenings and exams are appropriate for you. TRICARE covers clinical preventive services like blood pressure screening, breast and cervical cancer screening and cholesterol testing.

Assess your activity level and get moving. Take advantage of warmer weather by going outside to walk or run. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health and has many benefits including lowering your risk for heart disease—the leading cause of death for women.

There are several things you can do on a daily basis to stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings a day. 
  • Drink plenty of water, at least 8 glasses a day.
  • Wear sunscreen protects your skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays.
  • Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Use only prescription drugs prescribed for you and drink only in moderation. 
  • Stop smoking. 
  • Realize that stress is normal and find a healthy way to relax after stressful days.
Use this week to create healthy habits for yourself and all the women in your life. You can also visit WomensHealth.gov and join women across the country who are taking the pledge to take at least one step for better health.