For nearly two decades, National Women’s Health Week has helped countless women turn their lives around by making healthy decisions. Starting on Mother’s Day every year, its goal is to raise awareness of common women’s health issues while encouraging individuals and communities to take action. In 2017, Women’s Health Week will start on May 14. Why should you pay attention to this campaign?
Women’s Health Week – More Than Medicine
Advances in modern medicine have saved and improved countless lives, but basic awareness of common issues is still lacking. By empowering women with the knowledge to make smart decisions, Women’s Health Week aims to help every woman in the country attain a happier, healthier life. The campaign builds its message on four pillars of healthy living.
Mental Health Awareness
Studies indicate that women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression and anxiety. Because of this, one of the primary goals of Women’s Health Week is to help women be aware of their mental health. The Office on Women’s Health recommends that certain stress-relieving activities can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of some mental concerns.
Unhealthy habits can be hard to crack, which is why Women’s Health Week energetically targets them. From smoking to using a phone while driving, simple decisions can affect our lives in profound ways. In contrast, starting healthy behaviors today can protect you from injury and illness throughout your lifespan.
An Active Lifestyle
The many ways exercise positively impacts our lives are still being discovered. No one needs to be reminded that exercise will help you feel better and lose weight, but did you know that moderate physical activity might lower your risk of breast cancer? Women who lead active lives experience benefits far beyond what they set out to achieve.
Regular Well-Woman Visits
Though healthy living is a personal choice, there are some aspects of healthcare that require professional help. Tests and screening, for example, can help women detect symptoms or risk factors before they turn into serious issues. For instance, did you know that 75 percent of women over 40 have at least one risk factor for heart disease? As the most common killer of women in the United States, heart disease deserves our attention and is just one reason women should schedule regular check-ups.
Southtowns Radiology is proud to celebrate National Women’s Health Week alongside the women of our communities. We offer a wide array of screening and women’s health exams, including ultrasounds and mammograms, to women throughout the Buffalo, NY region. Contact us today or schedule an appointment to find out more about our services.