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The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot

The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot is a monthly resource for information on a variety of topics ranging from the best way to get a good night's sleep to women's health.


May's Topic: Women's Health

The Way to Women's Health with Holly Rickert, Family Birth Center Director

Being a strong woman means taking control! With that in mind, here are a few ways you can be in charge of your physical and mental health.

First, discuss with your physician how frequently you should be going in for a routine checkup. As you age mammograms and bone density screenings should be performed more often but you may not need a pap smear as frequently.

Secondly, never underestimate the importance of staying active! Regular physical activity lowers your risk for heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. It can also help improve mental function and decrease the risk of osteoarthritis by increasing bone density. If it’s been a while since you’ve been active, ease into it and consider seeking guidance from a personal trainer.

As always, it is very important that you eat a well-balanced diet. Maintain a good balance between the calories you consume and the calories you expend. You can visit choosemyplate.gov for help developing a roadmap to healthy eating.

And lastly, don’t forget about the benefit of a good night’s sleep. Establish a bedtime ritual, avoid caffeine, and minimize screen time before turning in for the day.

There is no time like the present to celebrate being a woman and to take control of your health. Don’t forget, healthy living is a lifelong endeavor you must work on every day.


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