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Health & Happiness: 5 Strategies for Wome

Stay active. Eat healthy. And get some sleep! Most important? Start today. The federal government’s Office on Women’s Health created National Women’s Health Week as a way to encourage all women to make the choices which are right for them.

Women have unique health issues such as pregnancy and menopause. And some of the health issues that affect both men and women can touch women differently. Examples include osteoarthritis and urinary tract problems — both of which tend to affect women more.

The observance, which begins each Mother’s Day, runs from May 9 to 15, 2021. National Women’s Health Week also encourages women to consider the factors that influence their mental health, such as managing stress, in order to ward off anxiety and depression. This year marks the 21st annual event.


1. Lose the stress

Long-term stress can lead to serious health problems. Women are also more likely to develop depression and anxiety

2. Put a cap on calcium

There’s a limit. If you’re under 50, try for 1,000 mg per day. Over 50? Push it up to 1,200 mg. Calcium-rich foods include milk, salmon, and almonds.

3. Pap test

Check for cervical cancer every three years if you’re over 21. If you are 30-65, you can get both Pap and HPV tests every five years.

4. Birth control benefits

Studies show the Pill can lower the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer as well as regulate your cycle.

5. Stop fearing (all) fats

Fats aren’t necessarily detrimental to your health. Those that come from avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish are generally ok.