National Women’s Health Week is May 8-14. It’s time to prioritize taking care of YOU! Check off the boxes on your wellness assessment:

❑ Schedule Your Annual Appointments

Preventive screenings such as PAP-smears, mammograms, bone density scans, colonoscopies, and cholesterol checks are the most effective ways to recognize early changes in your body and get early treatment, if needed.

If something doesn’t feel normal or right for you, do not ignore it; schedule an appointment with your health care provider.

❑ Maintain a Healthy Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of staying healthy. That number is different for everyone but it’s important to know what a healthy weight is for you.

❑ Get Moving and Stay Active

Physical activity is important for all women throughout their lives. You can change your physical activity routine to fit your needs based on your age, stage of life, or physical abilities.

If you are pregnant, there are many ways to stay active. Before you start or change your activity, talk to your doctor about your plans.

❑ Eat Well-Balanced Meals and Snacks

If you need help incorporating healthier meals, there are tips from the USDA to help you make a plan and stay on track, including healthy recipes to incorporate into your rotation.

❑ Practice Self-Care for your Mental Health 

Each stage of your life can create different challenges to good mental health. The events that worry you as a 20-year-old probably won’t be the same as what causes you stress when you’re 50. Stress shows up differently for everyone. Upset stomach, migraines and heart problems are a few examples of how stress affects women.

Staying connected to your community of family, friends, and neighbors can improve your well-being and positivity, whether you’re celebrating a milestone or having a difficult time.

Your sleep habits are also a big part of maintaining good mental health.

If you’re worried about your mental health, talk to someone right away.

❑ Incorporate Safe Behaviors into Your Daily Routine

Quit smoking. Wear your broad spectrum sunscreen. Practice safe sex. Drink in moderation. Wear a seat belt. Continue to take steps to protect yourself against COVID-19.