WHA: your partner in health
Western Health is pleased to offer our members this resource for information on women’s health issues, from prenatal care to preventing osteoporosis.
Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions about your health care and general wellness. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about how often you need preventive screenings, such as mammograms and PAP tests, based on your age, personal health and family history.
We encourage you to share this site with your friends, family members and anyone interested in becoming more informed about women’s health.
KHURAM ARIF MD, MBA, CPE
Chief Medical Officer
Western Health Advantage
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Put you on your to-do list.
Like many women, you probably put your family, career and home first. By putting your health first, you can be there for life’s milestones: a child’s college graduation or wedding day, your retirement and grandchildren. What about that dream vacation? Whatever it happens to be, use it to motivate yourself to put your health first.
Here are a few items to check off your to-do list that can help you stay on track!
Complete your annual health exam
Your annual well-woman health exam gives you and your doctor the opportunity to discuss your personal health goals and any risk factors as well as ensure that you’re up to date on screenings and immunizations.
Make it a habit to stay active. New research shows that no matter how you do it, getting 2.5 hours of physical activity each week with moderate to intense exercises, such as brisk walking or playing tennis, along with strengthening activities two or more days a week can reap huge health benefits.
Eat balanced meals
At the heart of good health is good nutrition. Make smart, healthy choices to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Whether it’s listening to music, physical activities, deep mindful-breathing or simply learning to say no, find what relaxes you and eliminates stress and stick to it.
Get enough sleep Are you getting the right amount of sleep?
Most of us need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night in order to adequately function throughout the day. Here are some simple tips for a good night’s sleep:
Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each day
Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed
Set aside some time to relax about an hour before going to bed
Tune out — no electronics, including TV or phones, close to bedtime
Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool
Last review date: March 30, 2017