Making Time for Health Screenings

Although fathers today are much more involved in the day-to-day caring of their children, women are still the primary caregivers. And as such, many moms put the needs of their families before their own.

Federal health authorities are encouraging women this week to schedule check ups and reassess their health as part of National Women’s Health Week. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a website to inform women on how much exercise they need and when to get screenings.

When women take care of themselves, they can better take care of their families.

Basic steps to a healthy lifestyle include:

  • 150 minutes of moderate exercise once a week
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Receiving regular checkups and screenings
  • Avoiding tobacco use
  • Always wearing a seatbelt
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Managing stress

Women can access an interactive screening chart and immunization tool from the Department of Health and Human Services. The chart includes information about when to seek screenings for breast cancer, diabetes, bone health and colorectal health. It also encourages women to ask their doctor for advice on when to seek screenings and regular testing.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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