National Women’s Health Week is celebrated each year beginning on Mother’s Day. It is a reminder to women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority.

Your health is a lifelong journey. The path to a healthier lifestyle may begin with simple tweaks to your lifestyle. The right diet, exercise and stress-relief plan all play a big role.

Steps to improve physical and mental health:

  • Eat healthy: A heart-healthy diet keeps away problems like heart disease and stroke. Eat more fruits and veggies. Choose whole grains and lean proteins like poultry, fish, beans and legumes. Cut down on processed foods, sugar, salt and saturated fat.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise boosts your heart health, builds muscle and bone strength and wards off health problems.
  • Lose weight: Shedding pounds lowers your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Aim for a slow, steady drop. Try to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week by being active and eating better.
  • Healthy habits: Get enough sleep and manage stress. Avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.
  • Visit your doctor: Get regular checkups. Your doctor keeps track of your medical history and can help you stay healthy. Get the recommended screening tests to keep an eye on your health and catch conditions early when they’re easier to treat.

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