Women’s Health: Tips For Reducing Risk
Many of the largest health threats to women are preventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top causes of death among adult women in the U.S. include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and unintentional injuries.
While you can’t eliminate genetic factors such as family history, you can take control of your health by preventing illness and monitoring risks. Read up on our well-being tips below.
Fill your plate each meal with real, nutrient-dense choices while avoiding processed foods. Aim for vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fibrous foods, lean protein, and good fats.
Take steps to reduce stress by incorporating habits such as meditation, yoga, or journaling. If you are looking for support, the free nationwide NAMI Helpline is available: 800-950-6264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Up & Moving
Aim for at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity – or a combination of both! Choosing activities you enjoy will help keep you motivated and reduce risk.
Maintain A Healthy Weight
Losing weight (and keeping it off) can lower your risk of heart disease, other serious health conditions, and various types of cancer. Rather than focusing on dieting fads, strive to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Drink in moderation if you choose to do so. For women, that means no more than one drink per day. A drink is 1.5 fluid ounces of standard 80-proof liquor, 12 fluid ounces of beer, or 5 fluid ounces of wine.
Women can protect respiratory health by not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke exposure. If you would like to quit, talk to your doctor. For additional assistance, visit women.smokefree.gov.
Simple preventive measures can go a long way toward reducing your health risks and living a well-balanced life!