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National Women’s Health Week steps for better health

National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. The week of May 8-14, 2022 serves as a reminder for women and girls to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. It is extremely important for all women, especially those with underlying health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and women 65 years and older, to take care of your health now.

The Livingston County Department of Health and the Office on Women’s Health encourages women and girls to:

• Talk to your healthcare provider if:

  • You have concerns about COVID-19;
  • You are sick;
  • Stress is getting in the way of your daily activities; or,
  • You have a health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, to develop or maintain a plan to keep it under control.
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• Maintain a healthy weight.

• Practice regular physical activity in or outside your home.

• Eat heart-healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks.

• Take care of your mental health:

  • Stay connected with family and friends.
  • Find healthy ways to manage stress.

• Practice good sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health, and boost your immune system:

  • Follow a routine for going to sleep – be consistent going to bed and getting up – even on weekends.
  • Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.

• Monitor alcohol intake and avoid illicit drugs, including drugs that are not prescribed to you.

• Avoid smoking and vaping. o Smoking weakens your lungs and puts you at a much higher risk of having serious complications from infections like COVID-19.

For more information about women’s health, please contact the Community Health Worker Program at 585- 243-7299 or the Center for Sexual Health and Wellness of the Livingston County Department of Health at 585- 243-7540, or visit here.