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National Women's Health Week  May 10-16, 2020

National Women's Health Week (NWHW) is a week long health observance lead by the US Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health (OWH). The week of May 10-16, 2020 serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves.   It is extremely important for all women and girls and especially those with underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and women 65 years of age and older to take care of themselves now.

What steps can You take for better health?

  • Take care of your body and mind and talk to your healthcare provider
    • if you have concerns about COVID-19:
    • if you are sick
    • if stress is getting in the way of your daily activities
    • if you have a health condition such as: asthma, diabetes, hypertension or obesity
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get and stay active regularly inside and outside your home.
  • Eat heart healthy-well balanced meals and snacks.
  • Take care of your mental health and find ways to manage stress.
    • Stay connected with family and friends.
  • Practice good sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health and to boost your immune system.
    • Follow a routine for going to sleep-be consistent in going to bed and getting up-even on weekends.
    • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
  • Monitor alcohol intake and avoid illicit drugs, including drugs that are not prescribed for you.
  • Look out for your lungs.
    • Try to quit smoking and vaping.
    • Smoking weakens your lungs and puts you at a much higher risk for serious complications.
  • Complete your preventative care procedures and screening tests as recommended.
    • Mammogram and/or Pap smear
    • Colonoscopy or another colorectal cancer screening test
    • Bone density screening
    • Get your flu vaccine