COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Each Mother's Day marks the beginning of National Women's Health Week.
The West Central Health District is using this week to remind women to make their health a top priority. The nationwide initiative encourages women to take steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life.
"It starts every year after Mother's Day. It's a week set aside so women can remember how important they are to everybody and to remember their health," says Pamela Kirkland, public relations and information coordinator for West Central Health District Georgia.
For better health, women are encouraged to do the following:
Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
Get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day
Eat a nutritious diet
Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress
Avoid risky behaviors, such as smoking, heavy drinking, distracted driving and not wearing a seatbelt