May Is Women’s Health Month
May 27, 2021
May is Women’s Health Month, and the theme this year, set by the Centers for Disease Control, is Ending the Epidemic and Elevating Women’s Health. This means the focus is on uplifting women to take control of their health and the health of their communities. It is more important now than ever before to make your health a priority. Here are the best ways for women and girls of all ages to celebrate Women’s Health Month:
Protect yourself and others against COVID-19
Getting vaccinated and following CDC guidelines on social distancing, washing your hands, and wearing masks are essential to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Plus, talking about why getting vaccinated is important with friends and family will lead to lower numbers of infections. For more details about COVID-19 resources available to SmartHealth members, check out this information page.
Make an appointment with your general care provider
Scheduling a checkup with your general care or women’s health provider is a great way to seek preventive care, or to get help with other health-related issues. You can use this appointment to get yearly screenings or tests that you may not have gotten during the pandemic, or you can talk with your doctor about what to expect when you get vaccinated.
Eat healthily and stay active
Women’s health isn’t only about going to see your general practitioner or staying safe against COVID-19, it is also about focusing on living a healthy lifestyle. Eating lots of lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables will ensure that your body has enough nutrients to function optimally. Getting and staying active is one of the best ways to help your mind and body. Finding ways to get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily will make a big difference.
Prioritize your mental health
Finally, the pandemic has affected the whole world’s health both mentally and physically. That is why it is so important that you check in with yourself and other women in your lives about mental health. Stay connected with your family, friends, and community, as well as making time for activities you enjoy are the best way to improve your health.
This women’s health month, take charge of your health by following the methods above and urge the other women in your life to do the same.