Heart attack survivor stresses importance of women’s health

Good Day Dakota

This week marks the 20th Annual National Women’s Health Week. This is a great reminder for women to not only focus on their physical health but their mental health as well.

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health leads National Women’s Health Week.

Millions of women across the nation are taking the steps to improve their health not only for this week but for life.

The Regional Director of the American Heart Association, Mary Reiser, and American Heart Association advocate and survivor, Shelia Long, sat down to talk to us about the importance of women prioritizing their health. 

The American Heart Association will be hosting their signature “Go Red for Women” event this November as well. 

What steps can I take for better health? To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

• Visit a health care provider for a well-woman visit (checkup), preventive screenings, and vaccines.

• Get active.

• Eat healthy.

• Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.

• Practice safe behaviors, such as quitting smoking, not texting while driving, and taking steps to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

How can I take these steps?

It’s not always easy to take steps for better health, and every woman has her own approach. The key is to find what works for you. A great way to do that is to reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what’s holding you back from being your healthiest you.

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