May 12, 2020
Steps Women Can Take for Better Health – National Women’s Health Week
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National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is a week-long health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The Obesity Medicine Association is proud to partner with them and support women. This week — May 10-16, 2020 — serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. We want all women and girls, especially those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older, to pay close attention to their physical and mental health and take steps to protect them. Having underlying or chronic health conditions can increase the risk of illness, including COVID-19.
Steps Women Can Take for Better Health
- Talk to your healthcare provider.
Pay attention to your overall health and schedule an in-person or telehealth visit with your health provider:
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get and stay active regularly in your home or outside your home.
- Eat heart-healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.
- Take care of your mental health
- Find healthy ways to manage stress.
- Practice good sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health and 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 to you.
- Look out for your lungs
- Slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 while protecting yourself.
To get the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and things you can do to be healthy and safe, visit:
Focusing on your health is important. Use this tool to find ideas to improve your health in a way that works for you. https://go.usa.gov/xmnGe #NWHW #FindYourHealth