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    Celebrating National Women’s Health Week

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | May 10th, 2020

    Celebrating National Women’s Health Week

    Are you a care-giver providing unconditional love to people that surround  you? If the answer is YES, by definition you are a mother and I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. I hope you had an excellent day. I hope you had time to take a deep breath and relax. Mother’s Day marks the beginning of National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). This week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life.

    As mentioned on the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) website – your health is a lifelong journey. It is personal.  Your health is unique and it is yours. There are tools that are provided to find out if you are ready to find your health. Click here to find out more.

    OWH provides steps one can take for better health.

    1. Talk to your healthcare provider :
      1. If you have concerns about COVID-19
      1. If you are sick
      1. If stress is getting in the way of your daily activities
      1. If you have a health condition, such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, to develop or maintain a plan to keep it under control.
    2. Maintain a healthy weight – consider the checking out the blog – Make the scale your best friend, What is the best diet plan, What is the best diet plan (part 2)
    3. Get and stay active regularly in your home or outside your home.
    4. Eat heart-healthy, well balanced meals and snacks.
    5. Take care of your mental health
      1. Stay connected with family and friends.
    6. Find ways to manage stress – check out blog – Have You Tried Meditating
    7.  Practice go sleep habits to improve your mental and physical health, and boost your immune system:
      1. Follow a routine for going to sleep – be consistent going to bed and getting up – even on weekends. Blog – Begin with Sleep.
      1. Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
    8. Monitor alcohol intake and avoid illicit drugs, including drugs that are not prescribed to you.
    9. Look out for your lungs – Try to quit smoking and vaping – For help call –800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)
    10. Slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 while protecting yourself – CDC.gov/coronavirus
      1. Maintain social distancing
      1. Wash your hands
      1. Wear a facial covering

    For more information, you can visit womenshealth.gov/nwhw.

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    The book discusses common gynecological and women’s health issues in a series of witty and entertaining letters. These letters, all educational, offer suggestions on what approaches to take in tackling the medical problems that typically bring women to an ob/gynecologist. The letters are spiced with art, a poem and quotes. Although its emphasis is on gynecology and women’s health, it touches on some other medical issues that make women visit their doctors.

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