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Healthy Choices for Women

Contributed by Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group

senior woman playing golfIt is never too late to start making healthy choices and living healthy. Making healthy choices does not have to be hard or time-consuming. These eight tips can help you on your path to wellness.

Eat a well-balanced diet

  • Eat foods low in saturated fats and avoid processed sugars

  • Choose vegetables, fruits, and home-cooked food

  • Limit red meat and sodium

  • Avoid soda, junk food, fried foods, and fast food

Exercise regularly

  • Check with your health care provider first, particularly if you have any medical conditions

  • Start gradually

  • Aim for 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week

Make time for enough sleep

  • Most people need seven or eight hours a night

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  • Stress can be physical, mental, emotional, or chemical

  • Feeling worried or pressured about money or relationships is very common among women

  • There are things you can do to reduce your stress level

Avoid heavy drinking

Get enough folate

  • The recommended amount is 400 mcg daily

  • Most important if you are of childbearing age

  • Found in fortified cereals, fruits and vegetables, and most multivitamins

Avoid too much sun

  • Use sunscreen when exposed to sunlight

Maintain a healthy weight

These eight tips can help you set goals for your health. When setting health goals, remember that everyone is different. What may work for you may not work for someone else. If you need help, talk with a member of your health care team.

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Updated/Reviewed: May 1, 2010