Celebrating Women’s Health Week!

National Women’s Health Week starts each year on Mother’s Day to encourage women and girls to make their health a priority. Even during COVID-19 when many of us are at home, there are safe ways for you to stay active and healthy.

Women personify many roles in our lives. Two out of every three caregivers in the United States are women, meaning they provide daily or regular support to children, adults, or people with chronic illnesses or disabilities. Women who are caregivers have a greater risk for poor physical and mental health. Preventive care can keep disease away or detect problems early so that treatment is more effective. Protect your health by identifying the care you may need.

Talk with your Health Providers

Regular check-ups are important. During the COVID-19 pandemic, some health services are being done either online or by phone. Talk to a healthcare provider:

Enjoy a Healthy and Balanced Diet

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A healthy balanced diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Learn the basics of healthier eating habits.

  • A healthy eating plan includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat free and low-fat milk and other dairy products, lean meats, and is low in salt, saturated and trans fats, and added sugars.
  • Women need folic acid every day for the healthy new cells the body makes daily. It’s also important to help prevent major birth defects when pregnant.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol. Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions and can lead to the development of chronic diseases. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation, which is up to 1 drink a day for women.

Get Active

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Physical activity helps improve your overall health.

Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It lowers your risk of heart disease which is the leading cause of death for women. With many people following social distancing guidelines, being physically active may seem hard. Here are five ways you and your family can be active safely at home:

  1. Find an exercise video online. Search the internet for exercise videos led by certified exercise leaders or trainers and match your interests, abilities, and fitness level. You can find videos to help you do aerobics, dance, stretch, and build strength. No gym or special equipment needed. You can also find videos created especially for kids and older adults.
  2. Work out with items you have around the house.Use full water bottles, canned goods, or other items for strength training if you don’t have weights around the house. Stretch with a towel. Walking or running up and down stairs (that are clear of obstacles to avoid tripping) can be a great workout.
  3. Make the most of screen time. While watching TV, your family can do jumping jacks during commercials or move along with the characters in a show or movie by walking or running in place.
  4. Family playtime is a great way to work in physical activity. Hula hoops, hopscotch, jumping jacks, and jump ropes are a great way for the whole family to get active. Games like hide-and-seek and playing catch keep everyone moving and having fun.
  5. Housework and yardwork countVacuuming, sweeping, gardening, and cleaning inside and outside where you live all count towards your physical activity goal. And you’ll knock out some items on your to-do list while gaining health benefits.

If you choose to do physical activity outdoors, remember to choose safer activities. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. CDC recently updated mask guidelines for outdoor activities for fully vaccinated people. Learn more about how to safely return to enjoying many activities after being fully vaccinated on CDC’s COVID-19 website.

Prioritize Mental Health

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Keep your mind and body healthy by taking time to unwind and enjoy your favorite activities.

Keep your mind and body healthy. Research shows that positive mental health is associated with improved overall health and well-being. It may be tough during the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain healthy behaviors and manage stress. There are some important steps you can take to get the support you need to cope with stress:

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Practice Healthy Behaviors

Daily decisions influence overall health. Small actions can help keep you safe and healthy and set a good example for others.

Page last reviewed: May 5, 2021