- May 15, 2020
- Posted by: admin
- Category: News
Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? If you did, you’re only among 56% of women who are aware of this statistic, despite increases in awareness over the years (Source: CDC).
Women’s and girl’s health should not be overlooked, which is why National Women’s Health Week was established. This week is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH).
With busy schedules, it can be hard to incorporate any change into your everyday life–but it’s important to start somewhere. We’ve compiled some small tips that you can start to incorporate now to make a lasting impact on your health:
- Know your numbers. Find out your blood pressure now and get regular blood pressure checks. If your blood pressure is elevated (over 120/80), talk to your doctor now about a treatment plan. Blood pressure is a silent killer.
- Get active. Start small by going for short, ten minute walks a few times a day. Try to build up to 30 minutes a day, five times a week.
- Talk to your healthcare provider. Discuss any concerns about past medical history and your current health.
- Eat fruits and vegetables. Eating well has a huge impact on your health!
- Stay connected. Social distancing has made connecting to others more difficult – but it’s more important now than ever to stay connected to family and friends. Try to schedule virtual time together to stay connected.
If you have any concerns about your health, talk to your doctor so you can discuss these concerns and develop any potential treatment plans. You can also learn more about National Women’s Health Week and other valuable health resources at these links:
National Women’s Health Week
American Heart Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Women and Heart Disease