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Healthy Choices for Women
Contributed by Women Veterans Health Strategic Health Care Group
It 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
Check with your health care provider first, particularly if you have any medical conditions
Aim for 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week
Make time for enough sleep
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
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.
Test Your Knowledge about Women's Health (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - Test your knowledge about women's health issues by answering a few questions and learn more about the topic.
Folic Acid IQ (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)
Folic Acid Quiz (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Healthy Living (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - a variety of topics for staying healthy
Make Healthy Choices (Healthier US Government) - options and resources to help you make healthy decisions
Women's Health: Preventing the Top 10 Threats (Mayo Clinic) - Take steps to promote women's health and reduce your risks today.
Updated/Reviewed: May 1, 2010