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Ways to Help Make Mother’s Day Healthy

Photo: Mother with son and daughter kissing her faceMake Mother’s Day a special day of health—and keep up the good habits all year. You deserve it!

Sunday, May 11, is Mother's Day, and the start of National Women's Health Week. National Women's Health Week (May 11-17) encourages women to make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a safer and healthier life.

Eat healthy.

Whether you're enjoying breakfast in bed or going out for a special meal in a restaurant, remember to eat healthy. Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Also, most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

Sleep well.

You need your rest—and for more reasons than beauty. Insufficient sleep is connected to a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. How we feel and perform during the day is related to how much sleep we got the night before. How much is enough? Adults need 7-9 hours, according to these sleep guidelines for different age groups.

Move more.

Shake things up with physical activity—whether brisk walking, running, dancing, biking, swimming, gardening, or something else that will help you get the recommended minimum 2½ hours of moderate physical activity each week. You should also do muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week.

Share history.

Photo: Mother and daughter blowing bubblesConnecting socially is sometimes a part of Mother's Day activities. A family get-together is a chance for you to reconnect, have fun, and share memories. Take the opportunity to learn and pass on your family health history. Family members share genes, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments that together may influence their health and their risk of chronic disease. Knowledge is power.

Enjoy outdoors.

Are you passionate about the outdoors? Gardening, enjoying the sun, and walking can be great ways to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, and beautify the community. Learn ways to enjoy yourself in the great outdoors and stay healthy and safe.

Schedule your preventive services.

Make sure to get your check-ups and screenings. The Affordable Care Act includes preventive services for women without charging a copayment or coinsurance. Preventive services for women include, but are not limited to:

  • Breast cancer screening (mammography)
  • Cervical cancer screening (Pap test)
  • Contraception
  • HIV and STD screening and counseling
  • Osteoporosis screening (bone density)
  • Well-woman visits

Women’s preventive services are covered even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. To learn more about these services, visit Preventive Health Services for Women.

  • Page last reviewed: May 6, 2013
  • Page last updated: May 6, 2013
  • Content source:
    • CDC Office of Women's Health
    • Page maintained by: Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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