There is more to being healthy than taking your vitamins and eating an apple a day. Education and awareness are crucial to live a healthy lifestyle. National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. This week is set aside to encourage women to make their health a priority and understand what it means to be well.

NWHWGetActiveInfographicYou can get there in a few steps that are provided by the Office on Women’s Health:

  • get active
  • eat healthy foods
  • manage stress
  • sleep well
  • avoid unhealthy behaviors such as smoking
  • receive preventive screenings

Preventive screenings are important because they allow medical professionals to catch diseases early. This can help professionals treat disease easier or help lower risks for other conditions. Effective and easier treatment can usually be provided when diagnosed early. Preventive screenings are also important and many insurance plans are offering preventive services for little or no cost to the individual.

The Office on Women’s Health provides a list of preventative screenings with descriptions of when and why you should receive them. The frequency of specific tests varies on your age and other risks factors that you may have. For example, women should receive mammograms every one to two years beginning at age 40 to identify early stages of breast cancer.

“Most health plans are required to cover an annual well-woman visit at no cost to you,” according to the Office on Women’s Health. Overall wellness is important and should be a priority. Not only should you make it a priority for you, but for the people who surround you. The power and control to be a well woman belongs to you.