(WECT) - Though Mother’s Day is over, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop focusing on moms, especially when it comes to health.
And not just moms, but women of all ages.
This week is National Women’s Health Week. It begins on Mother’s Day and lasts until the following Saturday as a reminder to women to take care of themselves, and to make their health a priority.
“Historically, women’s health has focused on reproductive health: cervical cancer, breast cancer screening, contraceptive counseling,” said Janette Cherry, a physician assistant at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “But many organizations are trying to broaden that scope to include cardiovascular health, mental health, and bone health.”
There are several things women can do this week to improve physical and mental health including:
- Make sure you’re caught up on all your tests and screenings (mammogram, pap, blood pressure, cholesterol, and skin to name a few)
- Get active. Get back on a workout routine or make a point to do some kind of physical activity once a day whether it be going to the gym or talking a walk.
- Eat healthy. Focus on getting enough fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.
- Avoid unhealthy behaviors like excessive drinking, smoking, texting while driving, or not wearing a seat belt.
- Take time for yourself. Take a bath, go shopping, read a book. Make time to give yourself a mental break and do what you want to do.
“So much of our lives in structured and focused on ‘how much can I get done on this day and this time period’ and not realizing sometimes sitting and relaxing, sitting and doing nothing, clearing your mind is just as important," says Cherry.
Cherry explains that women’s health is more than just about treating disease. She says it’s about being well-rounded when it comes to good health.
To read more about National Women’s Health Week and to find out how you can participate, click here.