Here at Alexander Health Center, we believe it is never too early to be pro-active in achieving and maintaining good health and health habits to carry through your entire lifespan. AHC will be taking advantage of this time to inform, not just women, but the community as a whole, on the health issues that affect us all, as many of these issues overlap genders and all people should know how to support the people around them.
Throughout the week we will address issues, such as:
- Preventive screenings
- Being Active
- Eating healthy/Nutrition
- Injury prevention
- Skin care
Prevention before reaction
- For all women of all ages, annual exams can be the most important thing you do for yourself.
- Starting at age 21, women should start getting their Pap tests and continue getting them every 3 years.
- Annuals are typically free.
- It’s a chance to set goals, plan, get all needed screenings, ask questions.
- Get vaccinated against HPV.
- Get STI testing.
- All women of all ages need a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, and muscle-strengthening at least two days a week.
- Just getting started? Start with 10-minute walks at least 3 days a week, build up minutes, increase the pace, increase days a week.
- Being active decreases your chances of developing chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancers
Eat healthy & take supplements
Why eat healthily? Energy for your body and brain; Help reach and maintain a healthy weight; lower risk of heart disease and diabetes; get the essential nutrients needed to alive and healthy.
- Women need 1600-2400 calories per day.
- Particularly important for women are calcium, iron, and folic acid.
- Women burn fewer calories at rest and exercise than men do.
- Heart disease is the number one killer of women after 34, but a healthy diet now can mean prevention for later.
- Follow the My Plate guidelines to ensure a well-rounded diet.
Did you know the body’s largest organ, it is your first line of defense against disease and protects your internal organs from injuries?
- Check skin regularly, look for the ABCDEs; Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, Evolving
- Use sunscreen 365 days a year
- Moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower
- Use petroleum jelly for rough, dry and cracked skin, and to prevent chafing when running or biking
- Use products with vitamin A and alpha hydroxyl acid
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Fact: Injuries are the number one cause of death for women ages 15-34.
- Don’t text while driving.
- Always wear a helmet when on a bike or scooter.
- Don’t drive while intoxicated, this means alcohol and drugs.
- Always wear a seatbelt while riding in a car.
Lime scooters can be fun, but make sure you are being careful!
Stay tuned next month to learn more about how to take care of your health.