We all want to be healthy, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to
start, or it might even feel like it’s too late. This month, from
May 14 to May 20,
Frederick Regional Health System is proud to support National Women’s Health
Week. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on
Women’s Health, this week of awareness aims to let women know that now is the perfect
time to start working on becoming the healthiest version of yourself.
Regardless of where you are in life, there are steps you can take to take
control of your health and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
To participate in National Women’s Health Week, get involved on social
media using the hashtag #NWHW or join the National Women’s Health Week
Thunderclap. Want to learn about your health style? Take the
National Women’s Health quiz to find out if you’re living your healthiest life. For questions
and information regarding women’s health services, please contact our
Women’s Health Department.
Prioritizing Health at Every Age
Women in their 20s may think it’s too early to start worrying about
their overall health, while women in their 50s or 60s may be more concerned
with theirs. The truth is that it’s never too early or too late
to start taking care of yourself.
There are some health tips that are universal regardless of your age, such
as getting at least
30 minutes of physical activity each day and getting
seven to eight hours of sleep every night. It’s important to eat healthy and maintain a healthy
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Avoid smoking, or get help quitting, and limit your alcohol use to
one drink or less a day. When riding a bike or playing sports, wear a
helmet or protective gear. To protect yourself and others,
don’t text and drive.
While these tips apply to women of all ages, age can play a role in which
steps you should prioritize when considering your overall health.
Women in Their 20s
If you’re in your 20s, it’s important to try to take
400 to 800 mcg of folic acid every day. When talking to your doctor, discuss whether
you plan on
having children in the next year or discuss
birth control options that are right for you. Women in their 20s should talk to their
doctors about how to
protect themselves from the sun and the hazards of tanning. Melanoma and skin cancers are some of the
most common cancers that impact
Women ages 26 and younger should ask their doctor if they need to take an
HPV test, while those over the age of 21 should ask if they need a
Pap test. Ask your doctor if you should be tested for any sexually transmitted
infections, including chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Women in Their 30s
Like women in their 20s, women in their 30s should take
400 to 800 mcg of folic acid every day. They should also talk to their doctor about
whether or not they plan on
having children in the next year or the
right birth control for them. Talk to your doctor about any
violence that exists in your life, depression or
mental health concerns that you may be dealing with, and your
family health history. Ask your doctor about getting tested for sexually transmitted infections.
Women in Their 40s
If you’re a
premenopausal woman in your 40s, continue taking 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid each day and
talk to your doctor about whether or not you plan to have children. Avoid
using illegal drugs or
misusing prescription drugs. Talk to your doctor about any
perimenopause symptoms you may have. Ask your doctor about getting a
mammogram and being tested for diabetes. Frederick Regional Health System is the first health care provider in
Frederick County to offer
Women in Their 50s
Women in their 50s should talk to their doctor about any menopause symptoms
they’re experiencing. If you’re a woman in your 50s, ask your
doctor about taking low-dose aspirin and getting tested for
colorectal cancer. If you’re over the age of 55, ask about being tested for
Women in Their 60s
If you’re a woman in your 60s, it’s important to talk to your
doctor about who will make
health care decisions for you if you’re no longer able to. If you’re age 65 or older,
you can help to prevent falls through
vitamin D and exercise. Getting the proper amount of vitamin D can increase muscle strength and reduce the loss of muscle mass in women. Women in their 60s should be tested for
lung cancer, pneumonia, and shingles. Women age 65 and older should ask their doctor about being tested for
Take the First Step Toward Better Health
Too often, women set their own health and well being aside for the needs
of others. From May 14 to May 20, join Frederick Regional Health System
in making women’s health a priority. We are proud to be able to meet the
unique health needs of women in Frederick County and surrounding communities.
Please contact our Women’s Health Navigator today at 240-215-1447 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on the path to improved health and wellbeing.