Cuero Regional Hospital is not only celebrating National Hospital Week, but also wants to recognize National Women’s Health Week during May 12 – 18, 2019. This particular week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 20th annual National Women's Health Week kicked off on Mother's Day, May 12, and is celebrated through May 18, 2019. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week to encourage all women to be as healthy as possible.
When asked what women can do to improve their health, Dr. Daniel Dugi, family practice physician at Cuero Regional Hospital, recommends the following, “First and foremost, take the time to schedule a well-woman checkup with your primary care doctor. If you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to start that relationship. Regular visits to your primary care giver can help you stay on track with preventative screenings, vaccines, mammograms and more. Of course get active and make smarter choices when it comes to your diet. Women need to prioritize their sleep as well, which can help with managing stress. Since women typically fill the primary care-giver role, it is so very important for them to stay on top of their health and ensure that it is a priority throughout their life,” Dr. Dugi said.
“The key to building healthy habits is finding out what works for you,” Dr. Dugi says. “Work with your provider to set health goals, discuss what motivates you and what is holding you back from embracing a healthier lifestyle. Your medical provider can help you identify steps to take to meet your goals.”
The Office of Women’s Health website www.Womenshealth.gov offers tips on activities women can do during their free time to boost their health:
- Use free online videos or apps to exercise at home.
- Start a health diary to document your health journey.
- Organize a party with your friends to find ways to cut costs on healthy foods at the grocery store, like using coupons or sharing items bought in bulk.
- Cook a healthy meal or snack!
- Drink water instead of soda and sugary drinks.
- Turn on your favorite music and dance.
- Take a walk with your neighbors.
Also on their website, they offer healthy suggestions to implement while at work:
- Set a timer to remind yourself to stand up and walk around regularly during the day.
- Organize a lunchtime walk or fitness break with your coworkers.
- Host a healthy potluck or lunchtime salad bar.
- Start a friendly competition with coworkers. Track your steps, water intake, or other healthy activities.
- Invite a local fitness instructor to teach a free fitness class.
- Bring in light weights you can use at your desk.