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This Mother’s Day Make Health A Priority

By Griffin Hospital on 5/9/2017

This Mother's Day, we encourage moms to make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a healthier life. Below are a few things moms of every age can do to take care of themselves.

Eat your colors.
Moms often tell their families to “eat your fruits and vegetables,” but it’s good advice for moms too! Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health, and as an added bonus, most are filling and naturally low in fat and calories.

Move around.
Moms are naturally always running around, but it’s important to add a regular 30-minute physical activity to your day to help you feel more energized and improve your health and mood. Further, regular exercise can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. Exercise also strengthens your bones and muscles, which is especially important for helping to prevent falls later in life. There are lots of ways to get the physical activity you need. Walk, run, dance, bike, swim, garden, or do anything else that will help you get the recommended minimum 2½ hours of moderate physical activity each week.

Sleep well.
Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. How you feel and perform during the day is related to how much sleep you got the night before. How much is enough? Consider these sleep guidelines for different age groups.

Manage stress.
Stress can be beneficial by helping you develop skills to cope with and adapt to new and potentially threatening situations throughout life. However, the beneficial aspects diminish when the stress is severe enough to overwhelm your ability to take care of yourself and your family. The best way to manage stress is by taking care of yourself! Avoid drugs and alcohol, stay active, and connect with friends and support groups regularly.

Share family health history.
Prevention is the best way to manage your health, and moms can play a part by knowing and passing on your family health history to their children and other family members, so they know what conditions run in the family and what they may want to consider getting screened for more regularly.

Get screened.
The best way to manage your health is to prevent getting sick in the first place. Further, when caught early, your chance of overcoming the disease increases significantly. Women should be regularly screened for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, breast, colon and lung cancer, as well as osteoporosis as you age. For a complete list of recommended screenings by age and gender CLICK HERE.

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