A Primer on Proactively Preventing Disease

Just in Time for National Women’s Health Week

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14 and if you’re a mom, we hope you have the best, most relaxing, enjoyable, loving Mother’s Day ever… because the next day, we want you to get busy! Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week, and we’re encouraging all women to take some proactive steps towards a healthier, longer life.

To be “proactive” means to control a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. When it comes to your health, that can make all the difference. Fortunately, it’s not a mystery. Here are some things you can do to proactively take charge of your health.

  • Get the recommended screenings and preventive care. Talk to your health care provider about what screenings/exams you need and when.
  • Get moving! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity and strengthening activities at least two days a week.
  • Enjoy healthy foods. A healthy diet includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat free and low-fat milk/dairy products, and lean meats.
  • Prioritize mental health. More and more evidence states that positive mental health is linked with positive physical health.
  • Start small. A series of small actions can eventually add up to a big difference. That could be wearing sunscreen, adding an extra fruit or vegetable a day to your diet, or drinking more water. One good habit often leads to another.

What may be most surprising about this list is simply how unsurprising everything on it is. Hopefully, that’s also the most encouraging part of it—it’s easy to be proactive about preventing disease. So take advantage of National Women’s Health Week, and take some simple steps now towards a healthier you.

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