May - The Month For Mothers

Eva Davis  |  5/21/2014 8:46:23 PM

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What comes to mind when we think of May? Mother’s Day! A day set aside to enjoy and appreciate mothers. It is a day for us to honor our mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It should be one of the most important holidays on earth. So, what do we do for our mothers during this special month?

Let's help our mothers to be proactive about their health by encouraging them to stay on top of what’s important: eating healthy, exercising, and getting timely preventive health care screenings. 

1. Eat Healthy

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, make half of our grains whole, choose low-fat milk and milk products, select lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts and select foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt , and added sugars.

2. Exercise

Be active 5 or more hours each week. Do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level or 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level.

3. Routine Health Screenings - Suggested Timeline

General Health

Physical examination - get screened every 2-3 years; discuss with your health care provider.

Bone Health

Bone mineral density test - get screened at least once beginning at age 65; earlier depending on your risk factors for osteoporosis.

Breast Health

Mammogram - get screened every 1-2 years starting at age 40.

Colorectal Health

Colonoscopy - get screened every 10 years starting at age 50.

Heart Health

Blood pressure screening - get screened at least every 2 years in your health care professional’s office.

Cholesterol screening - get screened every 5 years starting at age 35. Begin screening at age 20 if you smoke, are obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure or have a family history of heart disease.

Moms are a special part of our world; let’s keep them healthy!

References:
www.ChooseMyPlate.gov
www.Womenshealth.gov
Preventive Health Screenings for Women from www.HealthyWomen.org
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