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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.