It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you. Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration May 14–20 to take control of your health. Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a priority.

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

  • Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthily.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Find out what additional steps you can take based on your age.

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A well-woman visit is a yearly preventive checkup with your doctor. It’s a time to check in on how you’re doing, how you’d like to be doing and what changes you can make to reach your health goals.

In addition to talking with your doctor or nurse about your health, you may also need certain vaccines and medical tests. Every woman’s health is slightly different. Some tests and medicines are not recommended for all women after a certain age. Whether you want a certain test or whether you want to continue a yearly test like mammograms is a personal decision you can make with your doctor after talking about the benefits and risks.

Your doctor can help you with more than just tests and vaccines. If you are feeling sad or having trouble driving, eating, sleeping, using the bathroom or getting dressed, talk to your doctor or nurse. He or she can help you figure out how to do the things you want to safely.

For example, elderly medical alert systems not only makes seniors’ day-to-day life much easier but also makes monitoring their health a snap. Whether you are looking for a health monitoring product or senior alert system, you can find a wide range of devices that are very useful and vital for managing chronic diseases.

It can be difficult to manage your health while living with a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Take it one day at a time, and remember that you have to take care of yourself before you can help care for others.

Need help meeting your health goals? Schedule your annual well-woman visit during National Women’s Health Week to get started.

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