You may be wondering what’s special about May 8-14? This month, we at Women’s Health Partners encourage women to take the National Women’s Health Week pledge.
What Happens National Women’s Health Week?
Each year starting on Mother’s Day, the U.S. Department of Health and the Office on Women’s Health want to empower women to make their health a priority. For the entire week, women are encouraged to learn more about their health and take a pledge to take at one step towards better health.
Tips for Improving Your Health
When you take the pledge, the Office on Women’s Health recommends specific areas of your health to focus on by age. Follow Women’s Health Partners on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about ways to stay healthy at any age in life. There a few things that anyone can do to improve their health:
- Schedule a well-woman visit
- Get the appropriate preventative screenings
- Stay active
- Eat healthy
- Monitor your mental well being
At 20 Years old
You should have your first pap test at 21 if you haven’t already and have a sexually transmitted infection screening if necessary.
At 30 Years old
Be sure to talk with your obgyn if you are planning on getting pregnant. Continue to get an annual well-woman visit during your 30s.
At 40 Years old
Decide with your obgyn when you should have a mammogram, especially if you have certain risk factors. If you’re having perimenopause symptoms, there may be ways to manage these symptoms.
At 50 Years old
During your 50s, it is good to get a lung cancer screening if you are a current or past smoker. It is also time to have a preventative screening for colorectal cancer.
At 60 Years old
Continue to get regular mammograms and osteoporosis screenings during your 60s.
At 70 Years old
Be sure to get a seasonal flu shot, a shingles shot, and a pneumonia shot, as well as others your doctor may recommend.
At 80 Years old
Discuss with your doctor ways to prevent falls, and if you have any problems with your visions or hearing.