Calling all busy mommas! Did you schedule your annual checkups yet? National Women’s Checkup Day is Monday, May 11th. The goal of this national initiative is to encourage women to create healthy habits that may improve their long term health. Most of the time we moms put ourselves on the back burner so it’s important to take time out of our busy routines and schedule our annuals!
National Women’s Checkup Day is part of a bigger initiative–National Women’s Health Week! This week takes place the Monday after Mother’s Day. It is a reminder that regular health exams and screenings can help prevent future illnesses. Important screenings include breast exams, pap smears, cholesterol, high blood pressure, skin cancer, immunization schedule, HIV, eye exams, and oral health. I didn’t know how important annual skin screenings were until I got older. Now I book my yearly dermatologist appointment around my birthday too. You know what they say, early detection is key!
Healthy Living Tips
Besides scheduling and attending your annual checkups here are a few other ways to promote a healthy lifestyle:
- Get active! Try to move your body at least 20 minutes a day.
- Eat healthier.
- Pay attention to your mental health and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Make sure that you are getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Quit smoking.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Practice self-care.
- Eliminate toxic relationships.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Practice meditation.
It is important to remember that your age, family history, and lifestyle choices may impact how often you should seek medical care. Being healthy starts with all of us taking control of our wellbeing. Your family needs you to be healthy and strong. So schedule your appointments, call up your #momsquad and encourage them to schedule their checkups too! We are in this together, mommas! Learn more at womenshealth.gov!