Take Control of Your Health During National Women's Health Week

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Take Control of Your Health During National Women's Health Week

09, May 2016 8:15 AM


women's health is important to everyoneMother's Day kicks off the annual celebration of National Women's Health Week. Sponsored by the Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this week-long event encourages women to take steps to improve their health at every age. 

For a nutrition education organization staffed nearly entirely by women, this week provides a great opportunity to address some of the most pressing health problems for women. As nutrition professionals, moms and daughters, we know how diet and lifestyle choices directly impact women's health. 

Simple changes in eating and activity patterns can have very positive impacts when it comes to chronic diseases of concern for women, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Arm yourself with knowledge to reduce your risk of each condition, then see how delicious prevention can be with tailored recipe ideas, too.

Type 2 Diabetes

Prevalent, Pricey and Preventable
Diabetes Prevention, What You Need to Know
Four Action Steps to Reduce Your Diabetes Risk (in English and Spanish)
Sugar in Milk: Should I Be Concerned?
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas Help Beat Diabetes (recipes)

Heart Disease

Heart Health: What Really Matters 
Potassium, A Key Nutrient in Heart Health
Heart Health Controversy: Reducing Sodium
Heart Health Controversy: Reducing Saturated Fats
Keep the Beat with a DASH of Health
DASH Eating Pattern to Lower Blood Pressure
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas With a DASH of Health (recipes)

Osteoporosis

How to Prevent Osteoporosis and Keep Your Bones Strong
How Much is Enough? Calcium and Vitamin D Requirements
Are Milk and Calcium Good For Your Bones?
What Role Does Protein Play in Building Strong Bones?
Prevent Fractures Through a Commitment to Healthy Bones
Healthy Eating Meal Ideas Bone Up on Health (recipes)

The great news is that simple changes in eating habits and physical activity routines can greatly reduce the risk of developing these chronic diseases, or minimize their severity. We encourage women to invest in themselves and their health starting this week. Start with the Healthy Eating Planner to assess and improve your eating habits. Being active is important in reducing chronic disease risk too, so check out the three reasons to add exercise to your diet




Tags: balanced meals diabetes Healthy eating heart osteoporosis physical activity

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