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The foundation of good health is the same no matter what your age is! For National Women’s Health Week, VEBA is emphasizing the importance of taking care of your health, especially to those with underlying health conditions. We encourage all women and girls to take the following steps to make their health a priority not only this week, but all year long!

Talk to Your Healthcare Provider

Take care of your body and mind by talking to your healthcare provider. Whether you have concerns about COVID-19, ongoing or sudden health issues, or if stress seems to be getting in the way of your daily activities, it is important to always stay connected with your healthcare provider for these concerns. If you are nervous about talking to your healthcare provider, the National Institutes of Health offers advice and tips.

Get Recommended Screenings and Preventive Care

Regular check-ups are important to prevent disease, disability, and injuries. During the pandemic, fewer people have been keeping up with their routine check-ups. VEBA’s Co-Medical Director, Dr. Lee Remington-Boone, explains why it’s critical and safe to see your doctor.

By getting preventive services and screenings, women can detect problems early so that any necessary treatment is more effective. Talk to your doctor to find out what screenings and exams you need and when.

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet

Nutrition is an essential part of living a healthy lifestyle. The basics of healthy eating and good nutrition starts by limiting your intake of unhealthy foods. This includes eating more fruits and vegetables, and cooking at home more each week. Join our weekly cooking classes or browse for healthy recipes to make at home.

Women have unique nutritional needs compared to men, such as needing more vitamins and minerals during pregnancy or after menopause. Fiber is also super important for women’s health. Fiber helps lower the risk for diseases that affect many women, such as heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer. Learn more about these unique nutritional needs at WomensHealth.Gov.

Get Moving and Stay Active

Being physically active is one of the best and most important steps for staying healthy. By staying active, you lower your risk of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women. According to WomensHealth.Gov, everyone should be active for at least 30 minutes each day. These active 30 minutes should be in addition to normal activities of daily living.

To help you get moving, the VEBA Resource Center offers free virtual movement classes like HIIT Cardio, Strength Training, and Dance Fitness. All classes are great for all levels, so check out our class calendar and register for a class today!

Take Care of Your Mental Health

More than 1 in 5 women in the United States experienced a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety, in the past year. As important as being active is for our health, we need to remember mental health is just as equally important. Prioritizing your mental health will help you improve your overall health and well-being.

With COVID-19, it is easy to get lost in the news and start to feel overwhelmed. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need a reset, we offer classes at the VEBA Resource Center to help, like “Yoga Therapy to Refresh Your Mind” or “Midday Mindfulness Refresh.” These classes are designed to promote healing and restoration, and will help you improve your mindset in a calm, nurturing environment. View our class calendar for an upcoming class.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health help, we have put together this list of local and national resources.

Find Healthy Ways to Manage Stress

Stress is a bodily reaction to either a change or a challenge. Long-term stress can lead to serious health conditions, so it is important to find healthy ways to manage stress. For women, stress can cause health problems such as migraines, depression, anxiety, problems getting pregnant, menstrual cycle problems, and heart problems.

Below are some videos to help with stress management:

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed, join our “Yoga Therapy for Stress Management” class on Mondays at 4:00 pm. This class will teach you how stress and anxiety presents itself in the body, mind, and emotions. Learn effective tools to help manage and reduce your stress and anxiety through yoga poses and techniques. Register here!

Practice Healthy Behaviors

Small actions and daily decisions to practice healthy behaviors can keep you safe and healthy. These small actions can include getting enough sleep, avoiding distracted driving, being smoke free, and monitoring your alcohol intake. If you need help overcoming obstacles and living healthier, meet with one of our Care Navigators who can help create a tailored plan for you.

It is not always easy to take the first steps toward better health, and every woman will have her own approach. The key is finding what works for you. Take time to reflect on your health goals, figure out what motivates you, and determine what’s holding you back from being your healthiest you.