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Women Focus on Health

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Mothers day is over but the nation continues to celebrate women.
This week, mothers, sisters and daughters are being reminded to focus on their own health.
Ben Smith shows us why it's important for women to focus on wellness.

Gail was raised in a family that did not always focus on healthy living.
"There is a lot of guilt for women, that we are not taking care of our family or our husbands." says Gail Heil
So for the majority of her life, she has focused on keeping herself in good shape.
"Being healthy is my hobby.  It's my art." says Gail
And that has helped her family.
"I believe one of the best gifts that I have given my children is that they saw my healthy lifestyle." 
This week is National Women's Health day; It is a great reminder for women... to just take sometime for themselves.
"It is vitally important that women start to consistantly take great care of themselves because they are modeling that it's important to take great care of oneself to their spouse and to their children." says Rhonda Schafer-McLean MDPhd
She shares some ideas on how to keep in good health.
The first is to make regular doctor visits. 
"you need to go see a physician because things do change, they change sometimes annually, sometimes more frequently."
Also, getting moderate excercise on a regular basis.
"That has significant capability to reduce the long term affects of heart disease for many many people."
Of course, one of the biggest factors of good health is proper nutrition.
"Veggies, veggies, veggies.  Keep your carbs to an appropriate limit and good fats, not bad fats."
Other things to keep in mind are paying attention to mental health, and avoiding bad habits such as smoking or texting and driving.
Following these guidelines will help mothers and their families enjoy life to the fullest.
"We're loving ourselves so we can show others to do the same.  Isn't that the ultimate is to live the life you want?" says Gail
Gail is a great example of someone who is taking care of her family, by taking care of herself.
Ben Smith KXNews
For more tips on how to stay healthy--visit the U.S. department of health's website at WomensHealth.gov
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