This message is for all the women who put family first, often at the expense of their own health.
This message comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.
Women often put the needs of their family first. As a result, their own health can take a back seat. Women can do some things to promote healthy habits for themselves and for their family.
Dr. Nancy Lee is the director of the HHS Office on Women’s Health.
“We want women to get active, eat healthy foods, pay attention to their mental health, schedule regular checkups, and avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and not wearing a seat belt.”
Regular checkups are vital to the early detection of diseases. For instance, it’s important to have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly, and get the right screenings and vaccinations.
“By making their own health a priority and modeling healthy behaviors, women can lead by example.”
Learn more at healthfinder.gov.
HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
P.S. Be sure to include a yearly visit to the GYN for an exam including a PAP, a comprehensive breast exam, and if, you are 40, get a referral for your annual mammogram.