Health & Wellness

7 Days of Women’s Health

May 16,2018 | Health & Wellness

To celebrate National Women’s Health Week May 13-19, we’re sharing a women’s health and wellness tip for each day of the week. We’ve also highlighted other health observances in May that you might find helpful. Keep in mind, these tips are for informational purposes only and should not replace a medical advice from your doctor.


Day 1:
Go for a nice long walk or bike ride. If you’re celebrating Mother’s Day with your grandkids, make sure to chase them around the yard an extra time or two! Exercise is beneficial for people of any age, and has proven benefits for older adults. It reduces the risk of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and falls/fall-related injuries.


Day 2: May 14 is National Women’s Checkup Day. Take a few minutes today to schedule your yearly wellness visit with your doctor. This is a time to check in with your doctor on how you’re doing, what your health and wellness goals are and what changes you can make to reach those goals.


Day 3: Head to Walgreens and stock up on sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection. Remember to apply sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. This protects your skin from harmful UV rays, and will help safeguard from the potential triggers for skin cancer.


Day 4: According to the National Eye Institute, women have greater instances of eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Since May is also Healthy Vision Month, don’t forget to schedule an eye exam, and learn more about AARP MyVision Care provided through EyeMed.


Day 5: To help prevent osteoporosis—which is most common in older women—make sure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D, and do a weight-bearing activity like running, dancing or jumping jacks to help strengthen your bones. Also, talk to your doctor about whether you need medicine to prevent bone loss. If you do, check out AARP Prescription discounts provided by OptumRx.


Day 6: Try a new recipe and make a healthy homecooked meal tonight. Choosing healthy foods and drinks – like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fait dairy – more often can help prevent or manage many health problems that affect women.
 

Day 7: Rest and go to bed early tonight. Getting adequate sleep (7 to 8 hours) is important to overall health and well-being.


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These articles present general information and are for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for legal, financial, medical, or other professional advice.