I missed writing about Mother’s Day in last week’s column and I also missed National Women’s Health Week, which was held May 9-15. I decided to make up for it in this week’s column. It is never too late to take steps to improve health.
I would like to talk to all the mothers and wives and ask you, “Are you taking good care of yourself?” If we think about all the important things that women in the family take into account, what if they weren’t around to get those details? The goal of Women’s Health Week is a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves.
Some offices were closed during the pandemic and appointments were canceled or postponed. If you or a family member has missed important preventive care appointments over the past year, now is the time to reschedule them.
It is recommended that all women receive a check-up from the woman each year. While not everything can be taken care of in a single appointment, your doctor, practicing nurse, or physician assistant will discuss a schedule of PAP smears, mammograms, and colon tests. If you have health problems, such as high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes, it’s even more important to get appointments regularly.
It is important for all women to choose heart-healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. An ideal place to get help planning family meals is at www.myplate.gov. Another option is to download the Start Simple app with MyPlate. Information on stages of life from infants to older adults is available to the public.
Most importantly, don’t forget to take care of your mental health. Stay connected with family and friends. Take time to focus on your needs and participate in an activity you enjoy. Taking care of yourself will allow you to continue to take care of your family and others who depend on you. More information can be found at www.womenshealth.gov
If you have extreme stress and need help, contact your primary care physician or call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It is an information and treatment service 24 hours a day, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, free and confidential for people and families with mental health and / or consumption disorders. of substances.
Berny Unruh is the family and community welfare agent for the Cottonwood Extension District. You can contact her at 785-628-9430 or firstname.lastname@example.org