National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Important steps include:
- Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week
- Eating a nutritious diet
- Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
- Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
- Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
National Women’s Checkup Day
Today is National Women’s Checkup Day. Early detection is one of the keys for prevention. The Today Show did a great segment on which checkups we should be getting in each decade of life. Here is a summary of the information:
In your 20s and 30s you should have the following checkups:
- Blood pressure (every 1-2 years)
- Cholesterol (every 5 years)
- Pap Smear (annually)
- Mole check (monthly)
- Tetanus Shot (If you have not gotten this in the last 10 years)
- Thyroid Check (at age 35 and checked every 2 years
In your 40s
- Mamogram (every 1-2 years)
- Eyes for glaucoma (every 2 years)
- Blood sugar (after 45)
In your 50s
- Colonoscopy (every 10 years)
In yours 60s
- Glaucoma (every year)
- Flu vaccine
- Pneumonia vaccine
- Osteoporosis (start at age 65 and every 2 years)
These tests are cumulative, meaning you should be getting ALL of these tests as you age.
This morning after a 2.5 mile walk with Sophia and Boo I had a big ol’ bowl of cereal. In today’s mix:
- Walmart Brand “Total” cereal
- Kashi Heart to Heart
- 4 sliced fresh strawberries
- Almond Milk, original flavor
Today’s workout was a sweaty cardio session on the Arc Trainer. I did 45 minutes while watching some morning talk shows and cooled down for 10 minutes walking on the treadmill. Felt great!
And the winner is…
The BLUE DRESS!
Thank you ALL for your opinions! It was a close call between the gray and white Jessica Simpson dress and the Calvin Klein blue dress…but after the opinions from you all, some online friends on the Oxygen forums, and some family opinions, the blue dress one overall 🙂 I’ve worn it one other time so I’m glad to be putting it to good use again!
If you are interested in finding this dress, I purchased it at TJ Maxx. They have tons of Calvin Klein dresses at the moment!
What types of preventative screenings do you regularly get? I get a pap smear every year, I get a blood pressure screening every year, I check my eyes every 2 years, and I go to the dermatologist every year.
What check ups do you NEED to get? I need to get my cholesterol tested, I have no clue what it is! I also need to check and see when I last got a tetanus shot!
What is your favorite part about going to weddings? I’m not going to lie, I am a big fan of the open bar 🙂 And I also love dancing with my friends and family and that usually goes with the boozing!
Healthies Packaged foods for 2010:
View a Today Show video for the Healthiest Package Foods for 2010!
Are any of your favorites here? I buy frozen strawberries, laughing cow cheese, and Chobani Greek yogurt