Do you find it difficult to fit the gym into your daily routine or carve
out time to schedule yearly medical appointments? This month,
Frederick Regional Health System proudly supports
National Women’s Health Week. This weeklong initiative focusing on empowering women to take the proper
steps to achieve a healthier lifestyle kicks off on Mother’s Day,
May 13 and concludes on May 19. Whether you’re already feeling great,
or know you should make some lifestyle changes, National Women’s
Health Week aims to provide all women with the
tools to live a healthy lifestyle.
Join us on social media for National Women’s Health Week by using
#NWHW, save the date for our
Women’s Health Expo on Saturday, May 19, and support the National Women’s Health Week
Steps Toward a Healthier Life at Any Age
Have you ever told yourself, “I have plenty of time in life to start
running,” or “I’m too old to start taking a yoga class!”
Whatever change you want to make, it’s never too early or too late
in life to reap the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle and making
healthy changes focused on you.
Women in Their 20s & 30s
Making healthy behaviors a habit during your 20s and 30s will lead to a
higher chance that you continue these habits throughout your life. Some
daily healthy behaviors to begin now include getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity,
at least seven to eight hours of sleep, avoid smoking or get help quitting
if you do, and take 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid.
Make sure you
talk to your doctor at least once a year about your diet, weight, and activity level, whether
you’re planning to have children, and be sure to share your family
health history, especially related to cancer. Also, ask if you need any
routine testing, medicines, or vaccines related to blood pressure, STDs,
Pap test, flu, or cholesterol.
Women in Their 40s & 50s
On a daily basis, get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, at least seven to eight
hours of sleep, avoid smoking or get help to quit, and if you’re
in your 40s and are premenopausal, take 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid.
At least once a year, talk to your doctor about your weight and diet, tobacco
use, violence in your life, and family health history for cancer risks.
If you’re in your 40s, talk to your doctor about premenopausal symptoms
and if you’re planning on having children. If you’re in your
50s, make sure to talk about any
menopause symptoms you’re experiencing.
Women in Their 60s & 70s
Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day and talk to
your doctor about any
limiting chronic conditions. Get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, avoid smoking or get help
quitting, and limit alcohol consumption to one drink or less each day.
Consult your doctor on what health check-ups Medicare covers, who will make health care decisions
for you if you’re unable to, mental health concerns, weight and
diet, any violence in your life, and tobacco use.
Women in Their 80s & 90s
If you have
health conditions that limit your mobility, consult your doctor on how to stay active. On a daily basis, ensure that
you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep, limit alcohol use to one
drink or less, avoid smoking or get help quitting, and strive to achieve
and maintain a healthy weight.
Talk to your doctor at least once a year about who will make
health care decisions for you if you’re unable to make them and if you’re experiencing
depression or other mental health concerns.
Take the Steps to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
There is never a bad time to start working toward living a healthy and
active life. Get started this year during National Women’s Health
Week and take control of your health and wellbeing. For questions and
more information regarding
women’s health, please contact our Women’s Health Navigator at 240-215-1447 or email