It's National Womens Health Week 2012

It's National Women's Health Week

Did you know that it's National Women's Health Week? National Women's Health Week is a weeklong observance initiated by the US Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of promoting women's health.

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The observance aims at creating awareness on women's health issues and encourages women to make their own mental and physical health a top priority. Encourage female workers to follow these five steps to help manage their health:

Get a Check-Up

The old adage of visit your doctor every 6 months is still true today. If you haven't received a physical this calendar year, then it's time to give your physician a call. Set aside an hour or two (maybe a long lunch break) to go see your doctor. Check-ups and other preventative screenings such as mammograms, blood pressure, cholesterol checks help doctors find markers, or pre-cursors for potential health risks. See the guidelines as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for recommended screenings.

Get Active

An obvious statement, but exercise is an important factor in reducing risks of diseases such as heart disease or stroke. Exercise helps improves circulation, increase energy and boosts your metabolism. Regular exercise prevents weight gain. Getting into a good routine is the key. Try bringing a gym bag to work so you don't have to stop at home to grab your gear.

Fruits & Veggies A Plenty

Fill your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Variety is the key to healthy eating. A fun trick is to "eat the rainbow" - try to eat at least one fruit or vegetable from the color of the rainbow each week. In addition, eat plenty of whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice. For the meat eaters, fish, skinless poultry and lean red meats are your best options. Fruits are perfect mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. On the go? Throw a banana into your bag. It will fill you up better than those cookies and is obviously more nutritious.

Pay Attention to your Mental Health

Everyday it seems that more data points to the importance of a good night's rest. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night to help recharge your mental battery. Sleep allows the body to rest and physically repair itself. It's not a coincidence that bed rest is the best thing for your body when fighting a cold.

Don't forget to watch your stress level. Stress can throw your whole body into a funk. It affects your metabolism, your immune system, and inflames tissue. Take Mental breaks during the day help your stress levels come down.

Cut out the bad

Smoking, over indulgence in alcohol and junk food raise your risk factor for chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. You have probably heard this a million times so why not stop today? Talk to your physician about smoke cessation and even find a good nutritionist to get you on the right path to eating healthy.

For more on National Women's Health Week, visit their official site.